Dec 4, 2014

Winter Wedding Photography

While many people still opt for a spring or summer wedding in hopes to have that perfect sunny day, more and more couples are choosing to tie the knot in the colder months against a backdrop of clean white snow. If you choose to get married in the winter, it can be fun to tie in the season to your photos as well, incorporating holiday lights or an outdoor photo shoot in the snow. While it may be a little chillier, the pictures will be worth it. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your winter wedding photography. 

Wear Layers

If you have a long dress that will cover your shoes, it may be best to don boots for your outdoor pictures. These winter boots will be covered by your dress and keep your feet nice and warm without wrecking your formal shoes. It will also allow you to take pictures for longer without having your feet feel like they are about to freeze! You can even bring extra socks in case the ones you are wearing get wet. You can also put on a pair of sweatpants under your dress to keep your legs warm as well! Nobody will be able to tell and you will be able to withstand the cold a little longer to ensure that you get the perfect wedding shot. You can also arrange for a matching shall or wrap that will complement your dress, along with gloves, hats, and scarves to add some flair to your photos. 


If you are looking for clean snow as your backdrop, try to find a road less traveled if it hasn’t recently snowed. This will eliminate slush as your background if you wanted to highlight the scenery. If you are taking engagement photos, many zoos and parks offer beautiful holiday lights displays that can give you unique photo, highlighting the special time of year. Train stations also can offer beautiful holiday displays for you to capture in your photos. You could even have the blurry shoppers in the background, making your photos match all that is going on in the season! You can also incorporate holiday themes into your pictures with props and other festive locations. 

Adjust Your Times 

While snow can make for beautiful photos, it can also make for heavy traffic. Give yourself extra time when heading to your photography location to account for traffic, especially if there is bad weather that day. You should also adjust your photography time based around the shorter amount of daylight. With the sun setting earlier, the best light is in early afternoon. Take this into consideration if you want outdoor photos at your wedding. You’ll need to end the ceremony earlier to account for this to give yourselves plenty of time to get the perfect picture. 

About the Author: Jamie is a guest contributor from The Perfect Card Box, creators of wedding card boxes made to store and protect your cards with places to display your engagement photos on the outside.  

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