A Winter Wedding to Olympic Valley

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Wonderful Alps in the sun of a winter day are again the perfect scenario for an amazing wedding…. a winter wedding. This time we are in Sestriere a very famous destination for skiers. This is where 2006 Olympic Games too place and where every year Ski World Cup is held.
This compound is one of the biggest in Italy with kilometers of slopes.


Mina and Derek really wanted a Winter wedding that could be even more: a Vacation in the snow.
They reached Sestriere, they both come from UK, Derek is Scottish and Mina is British but with a Morocco heritage. They both live and work in Dubai and they choose Italy for their wedding vacation to relax a bit and have a lot of fun on the snow with their relatives and friends who come from all over the world to share this lovely event!


For about a week Mina and Derek enjoyed the slopes and all activities Sestriere can offer.


And then after a week the day of the wedding arrived!
On 4th of February all Scottish guests, including Derek wore their kilts. They were all very handsome in their own clan kilt.


Mina and Derek choose wonderful Hotel Shackleton for their staying, ceremony and reception. This is more than a hotel it is a wonderful Mountain resort overlooking the mountains. Such a great venue!

Groom and all guests reached for the ceremony the highest part of the hotel: the tower. A wonderful spot with big windows overlooking the valley.
Derek waited for Mina without turing his head until she was by her side…no words were necessary at that time their eyes talked for themselves.


Mina wore a wonderful satin dress just like the snow with wonderful crystal details.
she was happy and just wonderful as a winter bride could be!


Bride and groom exchanged their vows with the sound of sweet melodies in the background played by Nicola and Maria Cristina: a perfect string duo!


After the ceremony the aperitif was served in the tower too.
Mina and Derek took the chance to take amazing pictures in the snow and the sunset!


Dinner was served in the main restaurant of the hotel.
It is a lovely and cosy area. Wood and typical winter furniture and fireplace are greatly mixed with modern element to create a fine, elegant and unique atmosphere.
Mina wanted a very simple table arrangement for her winter wedding. All was white and silver with a little touch of light green as her wonderful tulips bouquet and lovely centerpieces made of all winter flowers!

Little pine cones were the pretty names cards and table names. They were also used for the white table chart and total white wedding cake.


After the wonderful dinner prepared by Hotel Shackleton chef some speeches, wedding cake cut and….dances! Derek is a great dancer for sure as many of our groom lately!
Everybody had a great time, dancing until very late including Derek and Mina’s parents and little guests present to the wedding!


Great Dj Paolo played great rock music for them until very late!


A Winter wedding could be elegant and charming but also very happy and warm.
It could be a unique experience just original that everybody will never forget.
Mina and Derek and their guests for sure will never forget a wonderful event to the Italian Mountains!


A special thank to Independent Pictures for the great shots of Mina and Derek’s wedding you can see here.


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