Snow adds magic to wedding day

December 21, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- Maggie Wunderlich and Daniel Keck love winter sports, so when they started planning their Dec. 19 wedding and honeymoon ski trip, Maggie prayed for snow.

"I guess I prayed a little too hard, 'cause this is way more snow than we expected," Maggie said with a laugh Monday.

Their wedding photographer canceled and the restaurant where they planned to hold their reception was closed Saturday, but the couple went through with their 3 p.m. wedding at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hagerstown despite the heavy snow.

"I said to them on Saturday, 'You'll be telling your grandchildren about your wedding day,'" said Maggie's mother, Irene Wunderlich.

Maggie and Dan met at a national Boy Scout jamboree, where they both were staff members, and they dated for about 4 1/2 years, Irene Wunderlich said. They were engaged for more than a year and chose the December date for their wedding because it fell between the end of Dan's classes to become a physician's assistant and the beginning of his rotations, which start in January.


Dan lived for two years in Colorado, where he attended an outdoors school, worked for a ski resort, went dog sledding and helped rescue people from avalanches and other winter-weather emergencies, Maggie said.

Maggie enjoys snowmobiling and skiing, and said winter is her favorite season.

"We are both snow bunnies and we were both very excited" when snow was in the forecast for the wedding day, Maggie said.

But when Maggie woke up Saturday morning and looked out her window, she couldn't believe her eyes.

Then the photographer called to cancel, and she thought, "this is going to be interesting," she said.

They called the priest at St. Mary's, who said he was at the church and if the bride and groom could get there, he could marry them.

The couple had planned a small wedding, with only 18 guests, and everyone who came from out of town arrived Friday, before the snow began falling, Maggie said.

Several guests came from Colorado or northern Pennsylvania, and were used to dealing with heavy snow, she said.

"They're like, 'This is no problem, we'll be fine,'" she said. "We put snow shovels in the back of people's cars."

Maggie was in the salon getting her makeup done when she got a call telling her the restaurant where she planned to have her reception could not open because of the snow.

"I said, 'You know what? It doesn't matter because if, at the end of the day, Dan and I are married, I'm happy,'" she said.

As it happened, Maggie's family had shopped for food for a big party for friends and family planned for Jan. 1, so they served that food and everyone came back to their house and sat around the fire.

The bride and groom even got to play in the snow, she in her wedding dress and he in the kilt that he wore for the wedding, Maggie said.

"It was really, really fun," Irene said. "It's one of those times when we thought, 'Wow, this is better than if we had done it according to the original plan.'"

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