Snowmobiling couple exchanges vows on frozen Labrador lake
Have a look at Laura and Colin Abbott’s wedding snaps — you might notice her beautiful, delicate lace wedding dress perfectly sets off her big, black, furry winter boots.
Laura and Colin Abbott and their bridal party shortly after their wedding service on the icy surface of Moosehead Lake in Labrador West. Avid snowmobilers, the couple said the outdoor wedding seemed a perfect fit. — Photo by Gale Pimentel
There’s only one way to get married if you’re a snowmobile fan in Labrador, Laura says, and that’s outdoors in the winter, even if the temperature is -18 C with the windchill.
The couple tied the knot March 8 on Moosehead Lake in Labrador West, on the snow-covered beach near Colin’s family’s cabin.
“Colin and I are both really into Ski-Dooing. We go every weekend,” Laura explained. “It was my mom’s idea to get married outside at the cabin and it was awesome, but it was a planning nightmare.”
The week before the wedding, temperatures were particularly low, hovering near -30 C.
The bride, 24, and groom, 25, had a Plan B ready to go, with their reception hall on standby in case the ceremony had to be moved inside as well, due to the wind and snow.
The morning of March 8, the couple caught a bit of a break.
“It was cold, yeah, but our nerves were so crazy, we didn’t feel it,” Laura said.
Laura’s dress was sleeveless, though she wore a white fur stole and mittens with it.
The groomsmen wore black wool peacoats and leather gloves, while the bridesmaids wore longjohns and snow pants under their sleeveless purple gowns, with fur stoles and muffs.
“None of them were surprised,” Laura said of the wedding party’s reaction to the decision to have an outdoor wedding. “They said they’d never do it, but they took it pretty well.”
After the ceremony, the couple and their wedding party travelled back down the aisle on snowmobiles, smiling and waving.
Together for years
Laura, an administrator at Bowringer Engineering, and Colin, an engineer with the Iron Ore Company of Canada, have been a couple for a little more than eight years, having gotten together in high school. They met when Colin lived next door to Laura’s best friend at the time.
They took two weeks off around their wedding.
“Some people take an official honeymoon and go somewhere warm. We stayed at the cabin,” Laura said, chuckling.