The bride wore snow boots instead of heels.
The weather might have made Kenneth and Becky Ashley of Kennewick change the venue of their wedding, but it only added to their intimate ceremony at Richland's Howard Amon Park on Saturday.
Becky Ashley, ne Skinner, even arrived to the wedding in a boat on the Columbia River. And snow boots were her only concession to the falling snow.
The wedding originally was to be held in Leavenworth, said Kenneth Ashley, 33, a heavy equipment mechanic. But they decided Friday to move the wedding closer to home because of the roads.
Kristi "Kritter" Huske, an ordained minister with World Christianship Ministry, asked the couple if either had cold feet before beginning the ceremony. While Becky Ashley said no, Kenneth Ashley admitted his feet were cold, literally, from the snow.
After she married the couple, Huske, who was dressed as Santa Claus, told them, "Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other."
The couple were pelted with peppermints instead of rice, and an elf hat adorned a nearby snowman another park visitor had made.
While some of the 20 or so family and friends who attended wore winter wear, others were dressed as elves in costumes provided by Huske.
Becky Ashley, 43, said it wasn't what they planned, but it was what she had hoped for.
"The most important thing was that we got married," she said.
Her family was not able to make it with the weather because they live on the west side of the Cascades. But Becky Ashley said they will hold a summer reception that her family will be able to attend.
w Kristi Pihl: 582-1512; firstname.lastname@example.org