Warm up to a wintry mix of luxe gowns, chic layers, and a dash of sparkle.
Winter weddings are romantic for a number of reasons: The season lends itself to a rich and glamorous color scheme, snow on the ground makes for a magical natural backdrop, and the cold air outside means more room in your wedding-day look for fashionable layers.
The winter months call to mind luscious fabrics and luxe embellishments. For your wedding gown, think crepes, silks, and satins. Metallic accents are a must, as are beaded necks and waistlines. If you go for a lighter fabric like champagne tulle, make sure it flaunts a twinkling crystal finish. You can never go too glamorous with your winter wedding gown, so play up Art Deco-inspired necklines and backs, sparkly accents, and over-the-top details. A bashful bow never hurt, either.
The best part of throwing a winter wedding? You have the opportunity to wear incredibly chic layers—chunky knits, fashionable furs, and bejeweled jackets can cover the most formal gown in style. For a down-home mountain lodge reception, try throwing a cable sweater over a beaded Rosa Clará tulle sheath. While a black-tie affair held at a five star city hotel calls for a heart-melting Hermés jacket or a Parisian-inspired fur wrap.
The following photographs, shot by illustrious fashion photographer Patric Shaw in Chappaqua, New York, are nothing short of inspiring. Whether you're a winter bride or not, these extra-glamorous gowns and enviable accessories can inform how you mix materials and styles on your wedding day. Here, our favorite winter wedding dresses, styled for the season.