Couple brave the cold for a chilly winter wedding

Charlotte and Stephen on their wedding day.  Picture: jimpascoe.co.uk.
Charlotte and Stephen on their wedding day. Picture: jimpascoe.co.uk.
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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After a whirlwind romance, Charlotte Bourner and Stephen Offord set their hearts on a winter wedding.

The couple decided to marry in the cold month of February, with their wedding morning a chilly minus seven degrees Celsius.

Stephen and Charlotte Offord on their honeymoon at the Ice Hotel in Switzerland.

Stephen and Charlotte Offord on their honeymoon at the Ice Hotel in Switzerland.

And the adventure-loving pair even honeymooned in the Arctic Circle.

Charlotte, 32, lives with 30-year-old Stephen and their dog, Hamish, in Southsea.

Married at Holy Trinity Church, in Fareham, Stephen’s heritage meant there was a Scottish theme to the day.

Charlotte says: ‘They all had their kilts on and we had the arch of swords as we walked out. I suppose it was a little bit different!

‘We decided we didn’t want to spend a long time planning and that with the unreliable British weather, we may be luckier with a cold but sunny winter’s day – hence February’

Afterwards, the newlyweds held a reception in the ward room at HMS Excellent, Whale Island, as Stephen is in the Royal Navy.

The Scottish theme carried on, with the wedding party enjoying whisky from a traditional Quaich – a shallow two-handled drinking cup.

Charlotte, a pharmacist, says: ‘We had a Michael Buble tribute act, which isn’t really traditional but he was amazing!

‘I got my dress from Creatiques in Southsea and it was a little bit of a mix between Kate Middleton’s and Pippa Middleton’s at the Royal wedding.’

With many newlyweds heading off for warmer climates, this pair went to Stockholm and then on to Lulea in northern Sweden, before they arrived in the Arctic Circle to stay at the Ice Hotel, in Jukkasjärvi.

Charlotte says: ‘We spent a night sleeping in an ice room, gaining a diploma from them for surviving a night in the cold part of the hotel.

‘While we were there we also went skiing, went on a husky ride and on snow mobiles.

‘It was a once in a lifetime holiday.’