20 Snowy Wedding Photo Ideas to Steal for Your Winter Wedding

Capture the seasonal spirit with an outdoor photo sesh.

bride and groom in snow

Photo by Lauren Neely Photography; Planning by 3Eleven Events

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 20 stunning snowy wedding photos below.

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Share Snowy Kisses

Groom kissing bride's head in the snow outside
Photo by Travis J Photography

What's better than sweet, snowy kisses? This close-up shot that showcases the bride's deep red lip is so dreamy.

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Wear Custom Accessories

Bride walking outside in the snow wearing a leather jacket, wedding dress and hat
Photo by Mann & Wife; Jacket by Evanmarie Zimmerman

We believe the best winter bridal accessories are custom jackets and cozy hats. Besides, you have to stay warm between shots!

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Ski Out

bride and groom snowboarding down mountain
Photo by Wild Connections Photography

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!).

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Cuddle Up

couple in snow

Photo by Kellie Francis Photography

If you're getting married on a snowy day, the temperature will definitely be cold. Keep each other warm by cuddling up during your outdoor photo session. We love how this bride is beaming as her new husband whispers in her ear.

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Capture a Candid


Photo by James + Schulze

Trust us when we say some of your favorite wedding photos will be the ones you didn't even know were being taken. Bonus points if a snowy mountain happens to be in the background!

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Walk Through the Forest

Bride walking through the woods in the snow holding a bouquet
Photo by Maggie Grace Photography

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.

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Exchange Snowy Vows

Bride and groom exchanging vows in the snow outside
Photo by Travis J Photography

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!).

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Pop Some Bubbly

Bride and groom popping champagne in the snow outside
Photo by Carrie Patterson

Don't forget to share a champagne toast in the snow, as Glee's Becca Tobin and her husband Zach Martin did at their winter wedding. You'll not only get a great shot, but you won't have to worry about cleanup when the champagne starts flowing.

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Go For a Sled Ride

Bride and groom sledding
Photo by Everbay Co.

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.

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Stop and Look Up

bride and groom in snow

Photo by Lauren Neely Photography; Planning by 3Eleven Events

On a snowy winter day, we can't help and look up at the blistery sky. Do like this couple and take a moment to appreciate the winter wonderland that surrounds you!

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Have a Warm Embrace

Groom holding bride outside with mountains in the background
Photo by Maggie Grace Photography

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.

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Pose With a View

bride and groom snow
Photo by Danielle DeFiore

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.

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Display Your Ring

Engagement ring in the center of pine needles
Photo by Kylie Clary Photography 

Don't forget about the detailed macro shots! Take advantage of natural elements, like pine needles, to show off your engagement ring.

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Snuggle Up

bride and groom in winter

Photo by Pahountis Photography

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.

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Show Off the Gown

Bride in her wedding gown posing in the snow outside
Photo by Tatyana Chaiko

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.

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Stroll Through the Snow

Bride and groom hand in hand walking through a snowy field with mountains in the background
Photo by Darren Roberts Photography

Walking in a winter wonderland...! We're super into this groom's festive red pants that match the bride's florals.

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Take a Snowy Close-Up

Close-up of bride's hair with snowflakes on it
Photo by Tatyana Chaiko

Don't forget the close-ups! A sprinkling of snow is the perfect accessory for bridal beauty detail shots.

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Head To the City

Bride and groom walking through the city while it snows
Photo by Diana Kapatos Photography

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.

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Use Protective Props

bride in snow

Photo by Lauren Neely Photography; Planning by 3Eleven Events

Don't forget to pack umbrellas! They'll protect your tresses between shots—and make for some great candid photos (our favorite!).

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Elope On a Glacier

Bride and groom standing amongst glaciers
Photo by Darren Roberts Photography

This shot takes winter wedding photography to the next level. Gorgeous glaciers make for an unforgettable elopement setting and an unbeatable photo op.

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