(DAYTON, Minn.) — One couple from Dayton, Minn., shivered their way through their “I Do’s” on New Year’s Day.
Nikki Hering, 28, and Ryan Hoffman, 26, tied the knot at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club on Jan. 1, but do not be mistaken. They did not take their vows inside the lovely, warm lodge, but rather, outside. Hering chose to walk down the aisle in 10-degree weather.
“We both really love winter and we wanted to stick to the first of the year, since we started dating on the first and he proposed on the first,” Hering told ABC News. “We wanted to be a little different.”
And different they were, as they added special touches to embrace the freezing Minnesota temperature on the big day.
“The outdoor area just really has a neat backdrop and overlook and it was the perfect setting for it,” said Hering. “We gave them [guests] blankets to wrap up, and provided hot coffee and cider for them to hopefully warm up. It was short and sweet so they weren’t miserable for too long.”
Hering herself wore special winter duds to deal with the frigid weather.
“I had the fur stole wrapped around the top half of my dress, and had some fingerless gloves. Otherwise, I got boots to wear under my dress that you couldn’t see, and wore them with my lucky hunting socks,” she said.
When the couple began telling their guests of their plans to wed outside in January, they ran into a fair share of skepticism.
“They didn’t quite believe us,” Hering said. “Everybody asked, ‘Really, are you sure?’ We told them it’d be short so they wouldn’t have to wait too long. The grandmas and the young kids in the family watched from a window inside.”
The morning of the wedding, the newlyweds estimate it was about 10 degrees below, but by the time the actual ceremony began at 3 p.m., they say it had warmed up to a comfortable 10 or 11 degrees.
“It was somehow magically snowing right when the ceremony started. It was a super-light, perfect snow,” said Hering.
The guests were greeted by two, large fireplaces inside the reception area as soon as they came inside from the snowy ceremony.
And as for the hardy couple — they’re now on a mini-honeymoon, ice fishing up north in Aitkin, Minn.
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Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire
Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire