For some brides, a June wedding is the only choice. There are fewer worries about bad weather and you can more easily hold the ceremony outside. However, if you’re up for the challenge, few seasons present as many magical opportunities as winter—especially when it comes to your wedding photos.
Wintery landscapes are full of amazing backdrops and there is no better season to capture those striking black-and-white images. Between the beauty of lightly falling snow and cute winter accessories, you’ll have endless opportunities to get creative and have a little fun with your photographs. Here are a few tips to help you and your photographer create amazing, memorable winter wedding photos.
Make the Most of the Weather
Winter weather is often unpredictable, which means you and your photographer need to be ready for anything. Fortunately, it’s easy to turn a snowy day into something wonderful. Before the big day, spend some time browsing wedding photos taken in extreme weather so that you have a variety of great ideas should nature prove uncooperative. Pinterest has some great ideas, including this gorgeous photo of a couple in the falling snow.
It’s All About the Backdrops
Unless you’re going for that snow queen look, a white dress against a white background doesn’t always work very well. There just isn’t enough contrast to separate you from the rest of the landscape. But don’t worry, there are lots of imaginative ways to make yourself stand out! Try the following:
- Take your photos against trees, shrubs or snowy evergreens.
- Pose against a nice wall – bricks, stone, and barn siding all look great in the winter.
- Do your photo shoot after dark so that the photographer can put the spotlight on you and the snow around your feet, leaving the background dark.
- Wear a silver or beige shawl or lace bolero jacket to help separate you from the white background.
Don’t hesitate to be creative as you’re looking for ways to make yourself stand out against the background. For instance, among BridalGuide’s collection of wedding photos is this adorable image of a bride wrapped in her groom’s tuxedo jacket.
Looking Warm in the Cold
One of the biggest challenges wintertime brides and their photographers face is making sure that skin tones aren’t washed out by the bright white snow. There are two things you can do to make your skin look great despite your frosty surroundings: a spray tan, or excellent lighting.
Spray tans will help you retain that golden glow, but if you’re opposed to them, ask your photographer what he or she can do to give your skin a rosy glow. Good photographers will be prepared with gold reflectors to throw warm light over you and your groom, and in many cases, they will also be able to color their lighting so you can avoid that pale, washed-out look.
Keep in mind also not to spend too much time outdoors at one time, or you risk being photographed with a red nose! Have the photographer alternate members of the bridal party while the others stay warm indoors.
For most couples, the cake shot—in which the bride and groom playfully feed (or mash!) a piece of the wedding cake into each other’s mouths—ranks among the top favorite wedding photos. There’s just something special about the blend of fun-loving humor and the formality of the occasion.
A winter wedding is the perfect time to get a few more photos along this theme. Toss a few snowballs or make snow angels to create some images that are truly memorable. If you’re planning shots like this, you’ll need to do them in bright daylight or your photographer will need a fantastic lighting setup. These types of action photos require a lot of light so that the photographer can freeze the motion and capture the drama of the moment.
Humorous winter wedding photos don’t necessarily mean you need to cover yourself in snow or have an all-out snowball fight between the bridesmaids and the groomsmen, however. With a few props, you and your photographer can create some lively and whimsical shots.
- Use a brightly-colored umbrella to keep the snow off you and your groom. This will not only give the photo a pop of color, but it will also help separate you from a snowy white background.
- Preventing those slippers from getting wet with the sight of galoshes or boots peeking out from under your dress provides an amusingly informal contrast.
- Accessorize with stocking caps, hats with ear flaps, crazy earmuffs or any other imaginative headgear to help keep warm and add some personality to your shots.
Flexibility is key to winter wedding planning. Be ready for anything nature may throw your way, and if the occasion calls for it, don’t hesitate to have a little fun! Most importantly, make sure the photographer you choose has the equipment and knowledge to make the most of this magical season.