What’s not to love about a winter wedding?! I was a winter bride, so maybe I’m a little biased, but there’s something extra special to me about gathering all your favorite people together to celebrate against the cold and gray. Says the bride, Whitney:
We planned our wedding in two months. I had always wanted a summery, June wedding where the pictures are in daylight and you can have an outside wedding party. But we both have sisters who are having babies soon and we wanted to have our wedding before they were due, so we said, Why not New Year’s Eve? Plus, my husband’s last name (and now mine) is Snow. It ended up being perfect!
Whitney and Dalen chose a warm and festive color palette for their New Year’s Eve wedding: gold and white with navy blue accents. The cake was the bride’s favorite flavor, Devil’s Food with mint infused buttercream and ganache, and the groom’s cake? “The groom wanted Funfetti and so that’s what he got,” says Whitney. “And my husband’s last name is Snow, so it was a snowman covered in coconut.”
Says Whitney: Later in the evening, we served white, caramel, and cheese popcorn from Poppin’ on Broadway from my hometown, as well as cookies. We also offered our guests hot chocolate and hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks – this helped people warm up after a carriage ride!
A fun little detail? The couple mailed their invitations from Winter, Wisconsin so even the postmark fit with the snowy theme! Whitney was kind enough to send over some more about the day…
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? With two sisters married before me, we had a lot of old Martha Stewart Weddings magazines. Also, I found a palette of indigo, french blue, nude and gold on Snippet and Ink and used it in all of my planning, especially for the flowers, bridesmaid dresses, and the table decor. We wanted it to be a day to remember, and for our loved ones to have a wonderful time.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? The Chicago Temple has been an important part of my spiritual life since I was a child, but even more so as an adult. We chose the Elm Grove Women’s Club for the reception because it is close to my hometown and accommodating. Pick a place you don’t have to spruce up, that is lovely inside and out, and with kind staff.
How did you incorporate New Year’s Eve into your wedding? I wanted this to be the best New Year’s Eve of our lives – after all, we were getting married! Our first dance was to “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Then, before midnight, we handed out cheap noisemakers and hats from Wal-Mart, as well as fake snow in glassine bags for everyone to throw like confetti at midnight. We printed Auld Lang Syne on cards and put them at the tables (because who really knows the words to that song?), and sang it at midnight with the big band. Immediately after midnight, guests sent us off with large sparklers. To add to the festive mood, we offered carriage rides throughout the night.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Being married in the Temple surrounded by people who were vital in our lives and had watched us grow up was overwhelming and we were full of happiness. That’s the best way to start a wedding day, and really all that matters. Kissing at midnight on New Year’s Eve as husband and wife was pretty amazing too.
What advice do you have for other brides? Spend as much time together as you can on that day. You can’t do it all, so don’t try. It’s wonderful to work so hard and see it all come together, so just enjoy it with your new husband. Also, remember to eat! Pack yourself a lunch or snack bag – we didn’t and were starving.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? My husband was by my side helping me with all the planning during our engagement and that made us enjoy all the details and party so much more. For wedding gifts, I gave him cologne to remember the day when we smell it and he got me a Tiffany’s snowflake necklace as I became a Snow.
Photography: Jonathan Canlas / Ceremony venue: Chicago LDS Temple in Glenview, Illinois / Reception venue: Elm Grove Woman’s Club in Elm Grove, Wisconsin / Bride’s custom dress: Adell Basinger, 262-896-9772 / Bride’s shoes: Supadance / Reception dress: Ralph Lauren / Groom’s tux: JoS. A. Bank / Cufflinks: White Truffle Studio / Stationery: Amy Graham Stigler for Smock Paper / Flowers: Impressions by Ester Fleming, 414-453-3323 / Catering: Chef Jack’s / Cake: Le Cakery / Popcorn: Poppin’ On Broadway / Carriage rides: Hoof Beats Express / Music: The All-Star SUPERband