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Forget cold feet. The temperatures were well below freezing on the snowy days that these couples tied the knot. But whether they picked a mountain destination so they could hit the slopes after saying "I do," or had a freak snowstorm blow through on their wedding day, these photos prove that it's worth braving the cold for a few winter wonderland shots. Just remember to hide some snow boots under your wedding dress!
Deer Valley, Utah
Eric and Genevieve knew they wanted a destination wedding after attending a few friends' beach nuptials. "We felt like our friends had done all that, and most of our friends also love to ski," the bride says. A spring wedding in Deer Valley, Utah, on the tail end of ski season, won out. "It was the most beautiful setting." To stay warm for photos and the outdoor ceremony, the bride wore white Uggs and then slipped into heels once they went indoors.
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Abby spent many family vacations in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and years later she and her groom, Cliff, pulled off a glamorous ski-lodge wedding in January. It was filled with bursts of metallic gold to play off Colorado's snowy landscape. After the festivities, the newlyweds traveled by snowcat to a spectacular chalet high up on the mountain, nestled in the slopes.
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Jodi and Jon fell in love on a ski trip, so they couldn't resist getting married at Utah's Sundance Resort in January. After the ceremony, the newlyweds strapped on skis and rode the lift to the top of the mountain to pose for pics on the slopes.
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A plaid blanket for the bride and white pashminas for her 'maids (and snow boots for all!) were the perfect winter add-ons for this February wedding in Vermont.
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On the snowy day when Whitney and Jordan wed at the Sundance Resort in Utah, the temperature plummeted below freezing—not that it mattered. "I can tell from our first-look photos that my teeth were chattering," Whitney says, "but at the time, I was so full of adrenaline I didn't realize it."
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Kendall and Grant tied the knot in front of 130 of their dearest friends and family at Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, Colorado. The surrounding snow and evergreen trees inspired their green and white color palette at this January celebration.
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Every married couple weathers a few storms, but Patricia and Joseph, both D.C. lawyers, faced a squall before they even got down the aisle. "Our ceremony was planned for the Washington National Cathedral," says the bride, "but a blizzard forced us to change venues last minute." In the end, they made it to the altar on time, joined by 100 guests who braved the elements in formal attire to be there. "I loved crunching through the fresh powder," says Patricia, here with her bridesmaids.
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Not afraid of a little snowy weather, Utah-based Jennifer and Tyler set out to create a cozy wedding weekend in February in the bride's home state of Vermont. The itinerary? Nights by crackling fires, days filled with sledding outings, and a wintry first look photo shoot as the icing on the icy weekend.
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Tiffany's seven bridesmaids kept warm against February chill with vintage fur stoles at this Devil's Thumb Ranch wedding, located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains about 65 miles from Denver.
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Historic Winter Storm Nemo came raging through Vermont just before Sandy and Craig's February wedding weekend, but the stormy night made way for blue skies for Saturday's cozy ceremony with loads of snow on the ground. Here, the couple took portraits at an historic covered bridge in Woodstock prior to the ceremony. "To say it was cold out is an understatement!" said Sandy.
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Kari and Kevin knew they wanted to ring in the New Year with a wedding in Park City, Utah., but they also didn't want to impose on their would-be guests during the holidays. Their solution? They eloped during a vacation at the Washington School House Hotel with their four closest friends.