At first blush, winter weddings may evoke thoughts of everything that can go wrong with a formal affair: Cathedral-length trains dragged through gray snow; barren, indoors-only portrait sessions; and guests whose teeth chatter as they commute in the cold between your ceremony and reception. But winter weddings have a way of winning you over. Because while the weather outside may be frightful, brides and grooms will make their celebrations utterly delightful with warming fires, fur stoles, white flowers, and even seasonal treats, such as s'mores piping hot cocoa.
Winter weddings are so fanciful, in fact, that dozens of celebrities have held their own November, December, January, and February fêtes. Several embraced the season: Snow-capped mountains served as the backdrop for Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson's wedding in Aspen, Colorado, where the couple kept guests warm with an outdoor fire, while others — including Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting, Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter — wed on one of winter's many holidays, from Christmas Eve to New Years Day and even Valentine's Day.
Some used winter as the perfect reason to escape to warmer weather for their weddings. Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson said "I do" in New Orleans for more temperate winter weather, while couples from Johnny Depp and Amanda Heard to Shania Twain and Frederic Thiebaud escaped to faraway islands to exchange vows with their toes in the sand and the ocean breeze in their hair.
So read on to see 27 celebrities who claimed the coldest season for their wedding days and made them magical.