Irene Shvets

As they travelled to discover North for the last Valentine’s day, Daniel and Irene made a deal, that if they were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights – they would marry.

The probability of catching the almost impossible to predict occurrence of Aurora Borealis according to climate forecast was rated less than 12%. The arctic sky, however, welcomed the couple with effusive malachite mirages as soon as they got off the plane ramp – they didn’t realise yet then it was the Aurora itself, named by Galileo in 1619 after Roman goddess of the dawn. Night by night vibrant neon green, brilliant blue and purple streams of solar wind energised particles spread across the sky in a celestial lightshow. Fateful electric spectacle has done its life-changing part, but very soon after came six months of quarantine parting – Irene was on lockdown in Ukraine, while Daniel stayed in Sweden. It may be that people of the Middle Ages were right in their beliefs that Northern Lights foreshow epidemics and wars. The loving couple’s electricity has been disturbed by closed borders fields.

Half-operating state departments were delaying legal paperwork.

Registering marriage in times of lockdown turned out to be even trickier than for solar wind particles to reach our planet and break through Earth’s magnetic field) However, the sweethearts have already caught the elusive phenomenon, so it was too late too give up on their romantic adventure.

And so it was – good luck was on the side of Love.

An accidental encounter with Elena Bernatskaya.

An unexpected cancellation of other couple’s registration. Prodigious hand craft of dressmakers, friends’ assistance and 43 hours to manage the wedding ceremony – all as unpredictable, as the Northern Lights.

Love triumphed! They did it, and know are looking forward to quarantine restrictions cancellation to be able to gala-celebrate their wedding in an ice castle, exactly where they caught Their Light.

Miracles happen to those who believe in them!