Today marks 27 years since the ultimate wedding movie, Father of the Bride, came out on screens. Almost three decades later, the Steve Martin classic remains one of the best films out there to portray the insanity of the planning process—the guest list cutting scene rings especially true for anyone who has ever had to do the same. But aside from its realistic and hilarious portrayal of event planning, Father of the Bride is also unforgettable because it features one of the most beautiful winter weddings of all time. Remember her long sleeved lace dress? Or the swans and the frozen pond fiasco? And the heaters that had to be brought in at the last minute?
In honor of the hit movie’s anniversary, and because it is the season, after all, we’re looking back at some of our favorite winter weddings. Below, enjoy some of the snowiest, coziest, and most magical ceremonies and receptions.
This couple, who grew up summering in Nantucket, loved the idea of taking over the island over the holiday weekend. “It was like our own Christmas Stroll!” the bride explains. For the reception, they picked The Nantucket Hotel, and the wedding party and the couple’s families essentially had the run of the place all weekend.
Taking cues from its surrounding, this wedding highlighted the museum’s love of nature. Their chuppah featured ivory wisteria and hanging green Amaranthus, while guests were seated under wispy vines and trellises that included hanging Spanish moss, white Dendrobium orchids, and lemon leaf garlands.
Their reception’s scheme was Christmas-y and festive, including berries and ivy strewn across tables. English Christmas crackers were added to every place setting to give guests an icebreaker when they sat down.
Valerie had shawls from Lochcarron of Scotland made in her new family’s tartan scheme and draped them on the backs of chairs, in case anyone got chilly. Each one was embroidered with a Macaulay family motto like “Dulce Periculum,” or “danger is sweet.”
Their ceremony was supposed to take place on the lawn of the Rosecliff Mansion overlooking the ocean, but on the morning of the wedding, the temperatures were unseasonably cold and accompanied by gale force winds. With predictions for a Nor’easter later on in the evening, the couple decided to move the ceremony inside.
Given the brisk conditions common in the evenings in Cashiers, it was important that a topper of some kind be part of Brooks’ wedding day look. “I am lucky enough to have a fabulous vintage white fox fur stole that belonged to my amazingly fashionable, late grandmother, Gran T, that was a perfect complement to the dress,” says Brooks. “There was a sudden cold snap right before the wedding, and I was incredibly glad to have it!”
For her wedding day dress, Rebecca chose rising designer Danielle Frankel. Her ultimate inspiration was her grandmother’s wedding portrait. “She was this raven haired beauty in full lace,” she adds. She completed her look with a cathedral length veil—“which I now like to put on from time to time around the house”
The bride wore a pink feathered Valentino dress in the snow! Need we say more?