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.
Beaded tulle sheath wedding dress, $2,250, Rosa Clará; Cashmere sweater, $3,190, The Row available at Neiman Marcus; Bracelet and ring, Rahaminov for Forevermark; Pumps, $69, Nina
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