Sarah and Nick had planned a romantic wintertime wedding but got a little more than they bargained for. The night before their event, a blizzard hit Washington, DC, and local authorities declared the area a state of emergency. Despite road closures and public transportation cancellations, the couple—with help from their friends, family, and wedding vendors—managed to pull off a magical celebration. After the couple had chosen their wedding date—December 19—they found out it was the anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol. The couple had wanted to embrace the Christmas season but didn't want their wedding to feel like a holiday party, and the anniversary of the Charles Dickens novel was the perfect way to celebrate the season.
The 2:30 p.m. ceremony took place at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew, a very special place to the couple—Nick had proposed to Sarah on the church steps. Following the ceremony, guests made their way to Carnegie Institute of Washington for the reception, which was (luckily!) within walking distance from the church. Sarah and Nick had hired carolers, who arrived dressed in Dickens-style attire, to perform as guests enjoyed the cocktail hour.
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Tables were decorated with white floral centerpieces accented with gold. The couple pasted gold and silver numerals to antique copies of their favorite books purchased from eBay to serve as table cards. The buttercream-covered cake was topped with custom-made bird figurines fashioned from the pages of an antique copy of A Christmas Carol. "The birds now sit on our fireplace mantel year-round," says the bride. "Despite everything, our wedding was such a great party," says Sarah. "People managed to forget about the snow and just have a blast. Even though the storm forced us to improvise in some areas, it helped us see the big picture. Looking back, we wouldn't have changed a thing." See more from this couple's wedding here. Merry Christmas! —Cari Wolfert