Couple ties the knot in snow shelter

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 11:14am

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 2:42pm

Here's a snowstorm story that will warm your heart. Without power, one Connecticut couple planning to marry Tuesday at home decided it was too cold in the house for the nuptials. So the bride and groom moved the ceremony - to where they could find heat and tied the knot at the town's "emergency shelter," a high school!

Informal, inside Simsbury High School, this wedding was supposed to be a quiet ceremony at home. But it was cold there so it went off at this storm shelter in front of 200 other people looking for warmth. They all got much more.

State Rep. Linda Schofield says "Today is a day of many firsts. This is definitely the first wedding in Simsbury High School. This is the first wedding where the congregants are virtually all strangers to the bride and groom."

State Rep. Linda Schofield married Douglas Arnold and Kathleen Dal Santo. Under the bright lights of media on hand, Doug and Kathleen read their vows to one another.

Then there was song and then this couple who "first met" 35 years ago were then pronounced husband and wife.

Groom Douglas Arnold says "it's wonderful, this is quite a surprise, we certainly didn't expect anything like this, but it's great we saw a few folks we know in the audience."

Bride Kathleen Dal Santo says "I think it's wonderful I am so moved, I am so moved that people came together and wished us all the best."

A memorable day for many reasons including the groom's preps.

Douglas Arnold says "this morning I went outside, filled a pot with snow and melted it so I could shave."

Next it was off to the high school cafeteria for a reception with cake!

Barb Hirsch of Simsbury says "the wedding was awesome it was an absolutely perfect thing for this kind of weather."

Gerry Hirsch of Simsbury says "I think it is something they will remember for ever and ever. Not because of the event but because of how much joy there was in that room for them."

Much needed joy for a home sick crowd.

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