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Woman had her ceremony in -15 degree weather – and even went skiing in her gown! 

An Australian couple has taken the phrase ‘white wedding’ to a whole new level with a spectacular ceremony at subzero temperatures.

Brisbane pair Jean Summers, 40, and Dean Reeves, 42, decided to tie the knot in Japan’s northern most island Hokkaido in late January and kicked off their special day with a ski down the slopes.

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‘It wasn’t even a big decision for us, it was a bit of a no-brainer. Dean proposed in the snow two years ago on Christmas Eve and we absolutely love skiing,’ Joan told FEMAIL.

‘We knew Club Med had a new resort opening up and saw it had an amazing ice village so we thought it would be an amazing opportunity.’

Jean Summers, 40, and Dean Reeves, 42, decided to tie the knot in Japan’s northern most island Hokkaido in late January

Jean said that organising such a wedding was 'a bit of a no brainer' as they both love skiing

Jean said that organising such a wedding was ‘a bit of a no brainer’ as they both love skiing

Fleeing the Australian summer to be surrounded by ice and snow is not the most conventional choice, but there was method to their madness, as they both love skiing and wanted to incorporate it in their special day. 

Proving their love for the winter sport, the couple even had their engagement in a Canadian ski resort a year previously.

This time they decided on the new Club Med Tomamu Resort for their wedding ceremony.

Only a few hours before they were meant to walk down the aisle they managed to fit in two runs in their full wedding attire down the main slopes of Tomamu’s ski fields. 

The Brisbane couple even started their special day with a ski down the slopes

The Brisbane couple even started their special day with a ski down the slopes

They decided on the new Club Med Tomamu Resort for their wedding ceremony

They decided on the new Club Med Tomamu Resort for their wedding ceremony

‘We were combining two thing we were passionate about – each other and skiing,’ Joan said.

‘They originally didn’t want us to do it because they thought we would be a distraction to other skiers so we we had to politely insist and get special permission to ski.’

The loved-up couple find a real ‘peace and happiness’ on the snow and had to time it over the lunch period so there weren’t people on the slopes.

Only a few hours before they were meant to walk down the aisle they managed to fit in two runs in their full wedding attire down the main slopes of Tomamu's ski fields

Only a few hours before they were meant to walk down the aisle they managed to fit in two runs in their full wedding attire down the main slopes of Tomamu's ski fields

Only a few hours before they were meant to walk down the aisle they managed to fit in two runs in their full wedding attire down the main slopes of Tomamu’s ski fields

It's not the most conventional choice to flee the Australian summer to be surrounded by ice and snow

It’s not the most conventional choice to flee the Australian summer to be surrounded by ice and snow

‘I tried really hard to get a winter style dress. In Brisbane that proved really hard to find so I went with a style I loved,’ she said.

‘I had that beautiful big coat on that kept me warm but it wasn’t easily seen throughout the day which was a little bit sad.

‘I had a beautiful thought of the graceful stockings and the fun undergarments that every bride likes to wear but it was -6 and -7 degrees during the day.’

Unfortunately this meant it was too cold for Jean to go out in silk stockings, so she ended up wearing compression stockings from Lorna Jane instead.

The bridal party were fully kitted out in singlets, stockings, woollen gloves and capes

The bridal party were fully kitted out in singlets, stockings, woollen gloves and capes

Under the fur-lined coat Joan wore her lace Anna Campbell designer dress and Dean suited up in a Hugo Boss tuxedo

Under the fur-lined coat Joan wore her lace Anna Campbell designer dress and Dean suited up in a Hugo Boss tuxedo

'I had a beautiful thought of the graceful stockings and the fun undergarments that every bride likes to wear but it was -6 and -7 degrees during the day,' Joan said

‘I had a beautiful thought of the graceful stockings and the fun undergarments that every bride likes to wear but it was -6 and -7 degrees during the day,’ Joan said

Under the fur-lined coat Joan wore her lace Anna Campbell designer dress and Dean suited up in a Hugo Boss tuxedo. 

The bridal party – made of Jean’s daughter Miranda, 7, Dean’s son Sam, 12, and daughter Zoe, 9, niece Georgia, 16, and nephews Ben, 13, Thomas, 2 – were fully kitted out in singlets, stockings, woollen gloves and capes. 

This helped to keep them cool when the temperatures dropped to -15 degrees when the sun set and they were inside the ice chapel for the ceremony. 

‘The ice chapel is beautiful, every year they rebuild it knowing it’s going to melt, they put so much time and effort into,’ Joan told FEMAIL.

‘We were told when we were there that we were the first westerners to get married there and it’s been built every year for the last 10 years. 

‘We were surprised but felt so lucky because of how special that made our already special day.’ 

Once the sun set  the temperatures dropped to -15 degrees when were inside the ice chapel for the ceremony

Once the sun set  the temperatures dropped to -15 degrees when were inside the ice chapel for the ceremony

'The ice chapel is beautiful, every year they rebuild it knowing it's going to melt, they put so much time and effort into,' Joan told FEMAIL

‘The ice chapel is beautiful, every year they rebuild it knowing it’s going to melt, they put so much time and effort into,’ Joan told FEMAIL

Looking at the stunning photos of the fairy tale wedding one can’t help but think of Elsa from Frozen. 

‘That wasn’t my intention but I’ve watched that movie so many times with my daughters and the children kept calling me a Snow Queen on the day – I did feel like a princess,’ she shared. 

There were 20 people in attendance in total and everything only set back Joan and Dean $20,000, including alcohol, their families flights and food.

Looking at the stunning photos of the fairy tale wedding one can't help but think of Elsa from Frozen

Looking at the stunning photos of the fairy tale wedding one can’t help but think of Elsa from Frozen

‘It was cheaper to do this than getting married in Australia. I work in the travel industry, but we didn’t get deals or anything like that,’ she explained.

‘The price was with travel arrangements and outfits and everything. My first wedding 15 years ago was more than that.’

Although the other guests all paid their own way to attend, all ski lessons and even a buffet of snow crab was included.  

‘Both families are passionate skiers so it wasn’t too difficult for them to come but Dean’s dad and my parents couldn’t come as the weather made it difficult for them so we had a registrar service when we got back,’ Joan said. 

Although the other guests all paid their own way to attend, all ski lessons and even a buffet of snow crab was included

Although the other guests all paid their own way to attend, all ski lessons and even a buffet of snow crab was included

Joan said that they tried to be as mindful of everyone else’s needs as much as possible, and they made sure they weren’t exposed to the cold for too long.

‘It was wonderful, I had people tell me that they felt privileged to be a part of something so magical,’ Joan shared.

‘We wanted to put the magic back into the idea of marriage for our children, they’ve all seen marriages fall apart and end in divorce so we wanted to revive it for them.

‘They had a ball and they were so kind of spirit themselves, we knew it could have gone one of two days. They were so patient, I could tell they were cold.’

'It was wonderful, I had people tell me that they felt privileged to be a part of something so magical,' Joan shared

‘It was wonderful, I had people tell me that they felt privileged to be a part of something so magical,’ Joan shared

Now Joan wants to help other women be inspired for their own weddings, particularly if they’re having them in colder climates. 

‘I found the planning was hard as it was difficult to get snow inspiration wedding photos and it was hard to see if skiing in a wedding dress was possible,’ she said.

‘I’m so blessed it worked, it’s a small miracle. The whole day was perfect, and I don’t use that word lightly.’



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