Snow brings couples white weddings in Raleigh

Posted January 30, 2010 10:16 p.m. EST
Updated October 20, 2011 9:23 a.m. EDT

— The winter storm that swept through North Carolina Saturday left behind snow, sleet and frigid air, but didn't stop some couples from getting married.

Brides and grooms across the Triangle forged ahead with wedding plans even though some relatives and friends couldn't make it.

Raleigh bride Jane Bell had a snowflake theme planned for her wedding, but she didn't think she would be seeing the real thing.

“I have a snowflake cake. My decor is snowflakes," she said.

When asked months ago about the possibility of an actual "white wedding," Bell said she laughed it off.

"It doesn't snow in North Carolina, come on,” she replied at the time.

However, as the snow fell, Bell's wedding went on as planned. She had expected 330 people at the service, but less than a third were able to make it.

When the restaurant hosting Kelly Roan's bridal luncheon closed due to the winter storm, her friends at church quickly threw together their own celebration.

“I told her, 'Hey, this is a bride's day, and I've had four brides in my family. ... We're going to make it work for her. Kelly's going to have her luncheon,'" said Janice Norman, Roan's friend.

“It's great; it's amazing, but it doesn't surprise me. That's the way our folks are. That's the way people are around here, and they just jump in and do whatever is needed,” Roan said.

Despite the wintry weather, the brides say their big day was special.

“I normally love the snow. It will be special. Every time it snows, I will think back to trying to get here,” Roan said.

“Even if it's just the bridal party, we'll still have a big time,” Bell said.

Because a lot of her guests couldn't make it, Bell said she planned to donate leftover meals from the reception to the homeless shelter.

Roan and her new husband are going to New York City for their honeymoon. They said they anticipate the snow might put a kink in those plans as well.