Saturday, December 15, 2012

Winter Wedding Fever: Eloping In Snowy Style!

Winter has finally found us, bringing with it notions of romance that can be hard to ignore. For me, choosing to get married on US soil was both a blessing and a sacrifice. The opportunities for a unique and uncomplicated ceremony were abound, yet we were unable to share our special day directly with friends and family due to the distance posed.

I've talked before about elopement options here in the US, but I haven't yet paid mind to the spectacular views, unforgettable experiences and dramatic memories that certain seasons can bring (to even the simplest) of ceremonies. And winter can be magical, can't it? The fantasy of snowflakes descending, coating the scenery and the frozen ground, whilst below your vows are sealed with a kiss. Imagine that roaring rustic fire awaiting the new Mr and Mrs (fill the blank - go on it's fun!) as the sun begins to slide away behind the dazzling mountain tops. Yes. please.

If you find yourself planning a winter wedding, either due to the season's personal appeal to you or in fact your need to 'seal the deal' by a certain date to satisfy visa requirements (as we had to), then let me share with you a couple of personal favorites, right here on North American soil.

The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Park, CA

With breathtaking architecture and scenery the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Park, CA is a iconic choice as a backdrops to those forever vows. With it's majestic setting this hotel offers intimate ceremonies and receptions to appeal to any wedding party. Soaring pines and towering granite cliffs surround the building and it's expansive lawn, perfectly framing your perfect day and with endless fab photography opportunities to boot!

Yosemite Park, CA

The Preacher's House, Great Smokey Mountains, TN

Offering a range of breathtaking elopement packages including Mountain View and Cabin ceremonies, this family owned business will help you to sculpt the day of your dreams. With more than 5,000 ceremonies performed and inclusive lodging available you can truly get away from it all and hush any wedding day jitters with the peace and unforgettable elegance of the Great Smokey Mountains. The simplest of ceremonies start at just $99 and there are scores of options to choose from. If this is an area you are considering, these winter wonderful ceremonies are worth a glance. 

Great Smokey Mountains, TN
Pigeon Forge, TN

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