have a lot of really fun winter weddings coming up this year that I'm super excited about. I have shared these tips in the past but thought it was worth repeating for my brides this upcoming winter.
I am in love with winter weddings. Winter Weddings are absolutely gorgeous in the mountains and offer the kind of intimate coziness that is perfect for weddings.
Over the years of photographing winter weddings in the mountains I have come up with a few tips to make sure you get the best photographs possible that I'd like to share here.
Tip #1 : FOOTWEAR
The first things to get cold during your winter wedding photo session will be your feet and hands so come prepared. I love it when couples find cute winter boots that not only help them get around easily and keep their feet toasty but look fun in photographs too. Most dresses are long enough that you won't even see your winter boots.
Tip #2 : MITTENS
Keeping your hands warm during your winter wedding photo session is very important. It's also the perfect opportunity to accessorize with something colourful and personalized. Pick up mittens for you and your wedding party and stuff them with hand warmers to keep everyone comfortable during photos.
Tip #3 : WINTER COAT
Make sure you both have stylish winter coats to wear that will look great in photographs if it is simply too cold outside to take your coats off for photographs. Colour looks fantastic against the snow in photographs.
Tip #4 : DOWN COMFORTER
If you want to be able to take photos in your dress without a coat but need a warm up in between photographs I suggest bringing a down comforter or other warm NON-SHEDDING blanket to cozy up in. It's soooo much easier to get in and out of a blanket than to wrestle with a coat and your veil.
Tip #5 : COLOUR
People often think of white when they think of a winter wedding but white tends to get lost against the snow. I suggest using pops of colour for vivid winter wedding photographs. Where can you use colour? The bouquet, the bridesmaid dresses, the groomsmen's socks, mittens and coats.
Tip #6 : WINTER LIGHT
There is no season where it is more important to schedule your day to take advantage of the natural light than in winter. We can lose the light as early as 2pm some winter months. Therefore it is critical that you schedule your ceremony and portrait time so that you can capture the best light and be able to see the mountains.
Tip #7 : CEREMONY LIGHT
If you are having your ceremony inside often times the light you will typically get from windows in the summer is non-existent in the winter so it's important to have other lighting not only so that you can get the best quality photographs but also to create a cozy mood. When choosing your wedding venue make sure that is a venue that has good indoor options for portraits and family formals if it is simply too dark or too cold to go outside for photographs.
Do you have any winter wedding tips to share from your own experiences? Please share them in the comments below.