The weekend’s blizzard delayed, but did not stop, a local couple from getting married in East Bridgewater.

Daniel Harlow kept a careful pace on snow-covered roads while driving his soon-to-be bride, Tina, to his parent’s house for their Plymouth Street wedding on Sunday.

Together with their two small children, the couple made it through blizzard conditions to a 4 p.m. ceremony that would make them husband and wife.

But hours before the ceremony, when they pulled into the driveway of Harlow’s parents, the couple realized they were missing a key item: the wedding dress.

“I had to go back and get the dress that we left hanging on our bedroom door,” said Daniel Harlow, 29, of Whitman.

He drove another two miles back to Whitman to get the dress, but the terrible weather couldn’t keep this couple of four years from saying their vows.

“It’s our day, so we weren’t going to let the snow ruin it,” said Harlow, a manager at AutoZone in Kingston.

Minutes after the ceremony, his bride said while she “never wanted to get married in the winter,” she didn’t mind the blizzard.

“I was just calm. I was actually ecstatic that there was snow for my wedding,” said Tina Harlow, 25. “It feels wonderful.”

The Harlow wedding takes the cake for ceremonies held during awful weather conditions, said justice of the peace Ivan S. Fleischman, who officiated the ceremony and has more than 27 years experience.

“I did one in a windstorm, where a tree blew down in front of the driveway. That was a wild wedding,” Fleischman said. “But I think this is the worst snowstorm I’ve ever done a wedding in.”

Luckily, Sunday’s ceremony was held inside, but not without a hitch. The nasty weather delayed the 3 p.m ceremony by about an hour.

“People are running late and they couldn’t get out of their driveways,” said Daniel Harlow nervously, five minutes before the ceremony. “One guy got stuck, the bride’s father, he was out plowing all night. I’m aggravated.”

But soon, about a dozen friends and family members looked on as the couple exchanged vows. Also attending the ceremony were the couple’s two children, Abigail Grace, 2, and Rebecca Lee, one month.

After the ceremony, the Harlows planned to celebrate by having dinner with their guests at Mia Regazza in Abington.

While some local roads were icy Sunday afternoon, the Harlows didn’t mind.

“We’ll drive it and go slow,” Daniel Harlow said.


Maria Papadopoulos of the Brockton Enterprise can be reached at mpapadopoulos@enterprisenews.com.