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Destination Wedding Photography // Lapland Snow Village Wedding of Nico and Rik

Where do I even begin with this one?

I met Nico and Rik on 20th July 2012. I remember this because it was when I was photographing Tima and Gary’s wedding in Knutsford – Rik was Gary’s best man that day and I sat at Nico’s table for dinner. I just thought they were utterly brilliant, hilarious people madly in love with each other, and I told them in no uncertain terms that whenever they get married, I wanted to be there.

Well I was there. I was right there in the Ice Chapel of the Snow Village just outside Kittila, Lapland on the evening of Monday 13th January 2014 when Nico walked in to marry Rik. She had just arrived on a reindeer led sleigh ride with her mum by her side and Rik was standing, tears in his eyes, wearing his military number ones, as she took her place proudly by his side. That moment right there will live vividly in my memory for a very very long time.

In fact, the whole weekend will stay with me forever – Nico and Rik made me feel like an old friend, more than just a wedding guest, and much more than just their wedding photographer. They made me part of their wedding adventure and for that I am bowled over and truly, truly thankful. I stayed with them, their parents and closest friends in an incredible castle lodge at the Snow Village and it was an amazingly brilliant experience from start to finish – seeing the Northern Lights on our first evening, announced by the waitress as we ate dinner, followed by a mad scramble to get outside as soon as possible to catch a glimpse of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Amazing. What a memory that is.

It is just so humbling to be invited into peoples lives in this way, and made to feel so welcome. I often am guilty of taking this job a little bit for granted I think, but I genuinely find it incredible that this is what I get to do for a living, whether it’s Lapland or closer to home, and I thank Nico and Rik for giving me this experience and I wish them all the happiness in the world for a long and happy marriage ahead.

Here’s their adventure in a few photos.

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Lapland. I miss you already.

Lapland wedding photography at Snow Village Kittila

 by ARJ Photography. Adam Johnson is a multi award winning wedding photographer available for weddings in Cheshire, across the UK and for destination weddings worldwide. Photographing weddings with a passion for emotion, light and creativity to create magical collections of wedding photography for people in love across the world.

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33 Responses to “Nico + Rik. Lapland.”
  1. Ian
    said:

    Just amazing from beginning to end.
    Love them all – think you might have nailed that one 😉
    And ain’t nobody gonna beat that dress shot!

  2. Dominic Fletcher
    said:

    Fantastic pictures. in such difficult lighting circumstances. Keep the good work up.

  3. Tracey Barrow
    said:

    What an amazing wedding! And an amazing photographer to capture it! Love love love the light in the snow portraits 🙂

  4. shelly
    said:

    honestly, I think I have something in my eye…. the shot of the bride arriving at the altar on the arm of her mum is just the stuff! Loved that shot of the dress hanging in the trees too. Flippin awesome dude. Magical.

  5. Joanna Melia
    said:

    FANTASTIC PHOTOGRAPHY , BRILLIANT PHOTOS AS USUAL, WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE.

  6. Kelly
    said:

    Adam. This is truly stunning. The one image that I love is the day after session, the bride on her own. I wish I had taken that shot it’s just amazing. Everything about this wedding is beautiful. I love your work..x

  7. Liam
    said:

    Holy shit dude, you smashed it! This must have been a tricky beast to shoot but you have blown me away! Love you man x

  8. Neale James
    said:

    WOW Adam! As you say, what an incredible adventure… a completely unique experience that you’ve captured superbly well. You’ve coped with a very tricky set of lighting conditions, including various colour casts, and of course low light, producing a wonderful memory of what was obviously a fantastic wedding. Love the silhouettes you end with too. Beautiful.

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