Tips for winter wedding photos

There’s something so magical about a winter wedding. Here in Alberta, we’re spoiled by the drama of the Rockies surrounding icy lakes and evergreens laden with fresh snow. I also love the symbolism of stepping into fresh powder for your new beginning. I will admit that winter couples require a little extra adventure (and adrenaline).  That said, I encourage you to take full advantage of the snowflakes because it’s so worth it! I’ve put together my best tips for winter wedding photos and how to stay warm, yet chic.  

winter bride wrapped in white scarf captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

What to wear

    • For the bride, consider a winter jacket or coat that fits in with your colour scheme. November bride Janelle paired a white bomber jacket with a wool scarf rolled elegantly around her shoulders.  
    • For both of you, be sure to bring along warm parkas to throw on between shots.  They may not be pretty but you’ll be glad to have them.
    • Brides, consider wearing light-coloured leggings under your wedding dress to keep you warm. If you get too warm, you can always peel them off.
    • Bring mittens or gloves.  If they are cute and compliment your wedding colours, even better.
    • I recommend wearing hiking/winter boots that will keep your toes warm and allow you to walk more easily. Depending on how much snow there is, your footwear may not even show. Have fun with it! There are so many options from Uggs to full-on Sorels. Grooms, consider a simple ankle boot instead of dress shoes which have no grip in the snow.

To see more of Janelle and Oscar’s winter vow renewal, click here.   

winter bride wrapped in pretty white scarp captured by Tara Whittaker Photographywinter bride wears wine-colored boots with her wedding gown captured by Tara Whittaker Photography winter bride wears a pink faux-fur jacket captured by Tara Whittaker PhotographyWinter bride with faux-fur red coat wrapped around her captured by Tara Whittaker Photographyfall bride wrapped in a faux fur blanket captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

What to bring

    • Bring a cozy blanket that fits in with your colour scheme and can be wrapped around you for some shots.  Blankets or wraps can also be pretty accessory for your bridesmaids.
    • If the snow is heavy and wet, a transparent umbrella can save the day (and your carefully-styled hair).
    • Tuck hand warmers in your mitts or pockets.  Your chilled fingers will thank you. 
    • Don’t forget tissues to dab your eyes (and your nose).
    • Some of my couples pack a thermos of hot chocolate to toast with.  Water and snacks are also a good idea.  

Olivia & Aaron met at sunrise for their Moraine Lake elopement, if you’d like to see.

Moraine Lake bride wrapped in a plaid blanket captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

How to plan

    • Prepare to cuddle up! All of that huddling together makes for delightful candids.
    • Here in Alberta, we’re lucky to have lots of sunshine in winter which goes a long way in keeping us warm.  Even so, it’s best to plan for short bursts of photos outside.  An indoor location (or toasty vehicle) closeby will allow us to pop inside to warm up.  
    • Allow extra time for photos.  If we have to duck in and out for photos, it begins to eat into our photo time.  Also, trekking through snow and bundling up takes time.
    • Have a back-up plan. It’s great to have a lovely indoor alternative when the weather is chilly.  For their New Year’s wedding, this couple planned to do the majority of their wedding photos indoors with a short trip outside for some wintry portraits. You might be willing to brave the cold but your bridal party and family may not be quite as keen.  An indoor location for family photos is usually appreciated.

Lake Minnewanka bride in dove grey jacket captured by Tara Whittaker PhotographyWinter bride wears dove grey jacket and scarf with her gown captured by Tara Whittaker Photography bride and groom during winter wedding photos at Lake Minnewanka captured by Tara Whittaker Photography  

Have I convinced you to consider a winter celebration?  Lake Minnewanka is spectacular in the winter months.  See more of this winter inspiration shoot here.

Tips for winter wedding photos captured by Calgary Wedding Photographer – Tara Whittaker


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