Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler's wedding pictures

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Lauren & Abby Ross Photography

This afternoon snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler will compete in the women's half pipe qualifying round at the Olympics in Vancouver, a long ways away from her June wedding this past summer in Costa Rica.

The Olympic silver medalist at the Torino games in 2006 married fellow snowboarder Chris Hotell at Casa Ramon, a treehouse-like private villa. The bride wore a gown by Angelina Bridal Couture and outfitted her bridesmaids in eco-friendly dresses by Aspen designer Sheila Milne.

Gretchen surprised everyone—including her husband-to-be—by hiking up her formal, floor-length wedding gown and riding into the wedding ceremony on horseback. At the reception luminary bags surrounded the villa's pool area. Guests danced the night away to song requests that they wrote on their reply cards.

See more pictures from Gretchen and Chris's wedding here and visit NBCOlympics.com for photos, videos, and schedule information for the rest of the Games.

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