While a chilly, snowy wedding photo session isn't everyone's idea of a fun pre-wedding activity, we're willing to bet that most winter brides love a good snowfall. After all, why pick a winter wedding date if you don't want to take advantage of the season's most unique attribute? Just as we encourage couples to snap photos with the best fall foliage, enjoy the fresh spring air, and pose in the summer sunshine, we're here to tell you to embrace snowy wedding photos during winter.
You might have a few uncomfortably cold minutes, but they'll be well worth it to capture all the beauty your wedding season has to offer. Whether you choose to meet in a snow-covered field for your first look or snap a few candid moments in freshly fallen powder, there are tons of creative ways to capture beautiful wedding photos that include the seasonal spirit.
Consider throwing on a faux fur jacket, a cozy scarf or pashmina, or even stepping into a trendy pair of boots to stay comfortable (and look cute!) during photos.
And you shouldn't worry too much about your wedding dress, either! After all, snow is just frozen water, so the likelihood of it melting and ruining your bridal ensemble is fairly slim (as long as you aren't outside too long!). That said, it's something to keep in mind. We suggest shooting your indoor photos first before heading out for the snowy shots.
Still need convincing? Browse 27 stunning snowy wedding photos below.
Wear Custom Accessories
We believe the best winter bridal accessories are custom jackets and cozy hats. Besides, you have to stay warm between shots!
Getting married on a mountain? Show off your adventurous side and ski out of the ceremony in style. Talk about one epic exit (and photo op!).
Walk Through the Forest
This frosty first look is giving us all the feels. A brightly colored bouquet will create a beautiful contrast against the pure white snow and your wedding gown.
Choose a Breathtaking Landscape
Dreamy winter skies and a stunning snowscape make for one breathtaking pic. Use the elements to your advantage—in this case, snow-capped boulders.
Exchange Snowy Vows
Why merely snap photos outside when you can say your vows in a romantic flurry? For the ultimate winter nuptial photos, take advantage of a wedding-day snowfall by having your ceremony outdoors (but don't forget to bundle up and provide blankets for guests!).
Get Cozy With Cocoa
Alternatively, you can cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and a cozy blanket. This couple found a great little nook in the woods with a fallen log to sit on. We love how the bride's bouquet adds a pop of color!
Show off your playful side with an impromptu snowball fight. You'll get a totally album-worthy shot while you and your new spouse channel your inner children for some snow-day fun. (It's so on!)
Bring Your Pup
If your pup likes the snow, include them in your snowy snapshots. Dress them up in some matching florals for extra cuteness!
Go For a Sled Ride
After those pre-ceremony nerves, let loose and go sledding with your new spouse. You'll want to save these laugh-out-loud photos forever.
Share Snowy Kisses
What's better than sweet, snowy kisses? This close-up shot that showcases the bride's deep red lip is so dreamy.
Have a Warm Embrace
The chilly weather is the perfect excuse to cuddle up. This photo shows off beautiful mountain views, plus the bride's bouquet full of warm colors.
Pose With a View
This bride's crisp, minimalist wedding dress looks right at home in the freshly fallen snow. The evergreen trees and mountains in the background create the perfect winter scene.
Stand Among the Peaks
Cue up "Ain't No Mountain High Enough!" This faraway shot featuring a majestic mountain is absolutely stunning.
Display Your Ring
Don't forget about the detailed macro shots! Take advantage of natural elements, like pine needles, to show off your engagement ring.
Bundle Up With Blankets
Bring along a beautifully patterned cozy blanket. It'll keep you warm and serve as the perfect prop.
Wear All White
A sprinkling of snow takes bridal portraits to the next level. This bride's clear umbrella provides just the right amount of protection without drawing attention.
Stand On the Mountainside
This snowy mountainside snapshot against the backdrop of an evergreen forest looks straight out of a storybook. The bride's gorgeous pink gown provides the perfect contrast against the falling white snow.
Pose Among the Evergreens
We're falling for everything in this wintery portrait—from the bride's icy blue dress to the breathtaking background. It's as if this clearing in the evergreen forest was made just for them!
How romantic is this snuggled-up shot with a focus on the couple? We love how they're wrapped up together in a big white blanket.
Stroll Through the Snow
Walking in a winter wonderland...! We're super into this groom's festive red pants that match the bride's florals.
Show Off the Gown
You don't have to take your snowy shot in nature—a photo in front of some awesome architecture is just as lovely. This bride's wedding dress train fluffed up in frosty snow couldn't be prettier.
Take a Snowy Close-Up
Don't forget the close-ups! A sprinkling of snow is the perfect accessory for bridal beauty detail shots.
Elope On a Glacier
This shot takes winter wedding photography to the next level. Gorgeous glaciers make for an unforgettable elopement setting and an unbeatable photo op.
Head To the City
Think an urban wedding can't turn into a winter wonderland? Think again! Take advantage of a snowstorm for a romantic stroll on the city streets.
Find a Fairy Tale Backdrop
Between the frosting of snow and the castle in the background, we'd swear this is a scene from a fairy tale. This bride's furry shawl is the perfect accompaniment to her blush-hued gown.
Use Protective Props
Don't forget to pack umbrellas! They'll protect your tresses between shots—and make for some great candid photos (our favorite!).