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How to keep warm at your winter wedding…

If you are dreaming of a winter wedding, snow slowly falling from above creating a blanket of beautiful white along the ground, then there is one thing to keep in mind: snowy winter days are cold. Wedding dresses are often made of lace and are created for brides getting married in the popular summer months. Often they are not designed to keep a bride warm on a winter wedding day. So how do you keep warm in the cold without ruining your style? 

Many people have asked, what do brides wear when it’s cold? The most sophisticated style choice is fur. Fake or real is up to you, but the look and feel is the same. Fur will keep you warm while elevating your winter wedding day look.

Here are a few stylish ways real brides kept warm at their weddings in the cold months:

The white fur shawl, shrug, wrap, cape or stole. 

One of my favorite winter wedding wear items is the white fur shawl. Call it shawl, stole, cape or shrug, this delicate item adds warmth to the bride without hiding the dress much. It also adds texture to the image with an elegant, upscale charm.

Erin chose a white fur shawl for her rustic wedding in central Oregon at Brasada Ranch. She looked gorgeous all day! (And yes, we did take a bunch of photos without the shawl too!)

The full fur coat.

Felicia had a snow surprise on her wedding day. She had hoped for snow and planned for it, but didn’t expect 6 feet of it! Luckily she really did plan ahead and not only had a big fur cote to keep herself warm, but also had a beautiful colored fur shawl for her bridesmaid. They looked gorgeous on wedding the day! I love how the colored fur pops against the white snowy backdrop.

The color-coordinated wrap.

Lindsay also got married at Brasada Ranch but chose a colored wrap for her spring wedding. With her husband wearing bright purple, it made sense for her to match. Often brides will wear white and gift their bridesmaids a colored shawl. Lindsey opted for color and had her bridesmaids wear denim jackets to tie in to her rustic ranch wedding.

The fur vest. 

Yvonne was hoping for a slightly warm wedding day and bought this winter fur vest for her chilly engagement session. I love how the texture pops off her images! On her wedding day, the wedding turned cold so she had her bridesmaids grab a blanket and her fur. They only used them for a few minutes while I was photographing the groom and his groomsmen. They definitely kept her warm for a few minutes and were great to have around!

Denim jacket, leather jacket or fabric jacket.

Another option for a down-to-earth, rustic wedding is grabbing your jean jacket. I love when brides add a cowboy charm to their wedding day! Tammy brought her jean jacket to the reception on a cool summer evening. I think she only wore it for the photos with her sweet horse, but it added perfectly to their rustic charm at their causal wedding while keeping her warm when she wasn’t on the dance floor. 

Chelsea chose a simple fabric jacket for her winter elopement. She even wore the jacket during the ceremony to keep warm. 

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Looking for more inspiration? Here are a few of my favorite warm wedding wear ideas and where to find them – just click on the link and it will take you there!

The Bridal Fur Shawl, Stole, Shrug and Wraps:

The Bridal  Poncho: 

The Long Bridal Cape: 

The Short Bridal Cape:

The fur bridal jacket:

The bridal jacket:

The Bridal Bolero (cropped jacket):

Chelsea + Scott

Elopements are so much fun, filled with joy and just the perfect intimate amount of friends and family!

Chelsea and Scott met when Chelsea joined her mom at a work holiday party. Scott, who normally does not attend work events, happened to attend this one. It must have been fate for the two of them to meet.

They took their relationship slow and steady, taking time to get to know each other and each others family’s. When they started talking about future plans together, they couldn’t see planning life without the other one. One sunny, snowy day on a hike at their family cabin, Scott proposed.

Chelsea dreamed of a wedding that was simple, easy and small. That’s exactly what she created for her big day. Their family had already planned a ski trip in Bend so she thought it would be a great place to get married and a great date to do it with only close family around.

The day of the wedding was a warm winter Bend day. They could not have asked for better weather in February. With the family gathered around, we just had to wait for the judge. There is always 1 thing that goes wrong at a wedding, even in an elopement. This was it. The judge forgot.

It ended up being totally fine, though. Scott’s sister in-law called the judge up and he raced down the road on his bike. He was great and made everyone laugh, but most importantly was there to officiate the wedding.

“Marriage means forever and a united front for future kids” – Chelsea

Chelsea and Scott,

Thank you for letting me be part of your day! You guys are so kind and fun to be around. I hope you have the best marriage ever. I can’t wait to see your future kids!

– Kellianne

Chelsea’s gorgeous red wedding dress was found at Lulus.

I’ve never seen a bride pin the boutonniere on the groom before. So modern!

Chelsea had a family member create this gorgeous pin for her hair.

Could you tell what formal book the judge used during the ceremony? It’s the Hitchhiker’s Guide! 42!

Kristan + Damien

Kristan has been a huge part of our life for awhile now, since she is Josh’s assistant. She’s an amazing person so I was thrilled when she announced she was getting married! And I was more than happy to be their photographer to capture all the joy of their family filled backyard wedding in Bend, Oregon.

Kristan and Damien wanted a simple wedding filled with intentionally powerful elements as they joined their lives together in this sacred union. If you’ve ever wondered how to fill your wedding with unique and meaningful pieces throughout your day then keep reading. Kristan thought through everything and focused only on the most meaningful things that would help them come together while surrounded by their loved ones.

“My bridal bouquet was created from a piece of wood my best friend (and maid of honor) found on a hike weeks before. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be the perfect handle.  I added flowers and a few crystals that held special value to me, along with a few owl feathers I had acquired many years ago.  Damien’s boutonniere received an owl feather as well so that he and I would be vibrationally attuned to the other. ” – Kristan

This is their sweet girl Phoenix who we adore! My little Noah can’t get enough of her. Had he not been sick, he would have loved to have been at the wedding to dance the night away with her.

“We created handfasting cords in colors that held value to each of us individually, and chose 2 charms for each cord; one that represented Damien (the Celtic lion head) and one that represented me (the Celtic heart), and a charm on each with a vow promise to the other.” – Kristan

“Dad walked me down the aisle to Connie playing the Crystal singing bowl I found years prior in preparation for Phoenix’s birth… it was perfect!  We had a variety of drums available throughout the ceremony as well, because I have a deep connection to the Native Indian way of life.  The drum reminds me of connection with the heartbeat of Mother Earth.  We also surrounded our ceremonial space and tables with obsidian stones and crystals to both ground our energies and expand our prayers and newly co-created dreams. ” – Kristan

Can you see the magic that Kristan created? I also have a connection to the Native American way of life since I’m part Native American. I love this part about her! It’s been so much fun to see how she incorporates Native Indian rituals into her life, and now her wedding.

They felt incredibly blessed to have Kristan’s soul sister, Connie, officiate their ceremony. Everything came together perfectly for their wedding day, including Connie. Damien trusted Kristan fully with the wedding planning and didn’t know until the day before the wedding that Connie would be the one officiating. It turned out that Connie has known Damien since he was a kid playing with her kids.

“We were so blessed to have 4 generations represented at our wedding, with the youngest at nearly 4 and the oldest at 92!” – Kristan

“Mom and I found my wedding dress just a few short weeks before our ceremony (talk about waiting until the last minutes!)  It was the perfect blend of simple-elegant-woodland fairy.  My mom had recently found these sweet little wooden butterfly buttons that called out to be on the dress somewhere…since butterflies represent transformation, I carefully sewed a few into the flowing folds.  It was a fun little surprise for us all when they peaked out now and again.” – Kristan

“We asked Connie to call in the four cardinal directions and ancestral energies to consecrate our space as sacred, and to invite the spirits of our many loved ones who had already crossed over.  In this, we also set up a space where we displayed photos of those loved ones, along with family who weren’t able to join us that day.” – Kristan

Kristan and Damien,

Thank you so much for being part of our lives! Josh and I feel so blessed to know you guys. We had so much fun celebrating with you and we both wish you all the love, joy and luck as you enter this journey together!

-Kelli + Josh

Lindsey & Tyler

Location: Sunriver Great Hall / Florist: Sweet Posy / Hair and Makeup: Christine Colucci, The Makeup Mafia / DJ: Bend Event & Sound / Cake: The Cake Lady

“Marriage to me means partnership and supporting someone through whatever comes.” – Lindsey

Lindsey and Tyler said their vows on Sunday at the Sunriver Great Hall with their closest friends and family from all over Northern America. Sunriver has been a special place for Lindsey for a long time. She grew up wth her family spending vacations in Sunriver. Knowing how much this location means to Lindsey, when Tyler proposed, he chose Sunriver as the setting. Just outside the lodge at sunset, Tyler got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. It was no surprise that Lindsey and Tyler chose this beautiful location for their wedding!

Lindsey and Tyler met through mutual friends in Washington DC where they both lived as they served our country. Lindsey worked for Senator Wyden. Tyler was an army ranger who served in Afghanistan. They have been together for over 5 years and have a sweet little puppy named Ranger who they wished could be part of the wedding day. They knew they couldnʼt bring him to the wedding so we did have him in the engagement session and he is just the sweetest thing. Here is their amazing engagement session in Arizona: https://kelliannejordan.com/2019/01/18/papago-park-engagement-session-arizona/

Lindsey had a number of different items with her to remember those who couldnʼt be with her. The ruby red necklace she wore around her neck once belonged to her grandmother. Her grandfather had given her grandmother a bracelet of jewels. When grandma passed away, grandpa broke the bracelet apart and turned each jewel into a necklace for the granddaughters. Lindsey wore this necklace around her neck and close to her heart for her wedding.

Lindseyʼs other grandmother had a special handkerchief made for Lindsey to catch her tears of joy. Lindsey also wore her grandmotherʼs garter around her leg as her something blue, borrowed and old.

Every detail of this wedding was elegant and classic with a touch of nature! I know Lindsey loves nature, but I donʼt think she expected as much nature as she got at her wedding. They say itʼs good luck if it rains on your wedding day. It started to rain just as we were photographing family photos. Thank goodness we could find refuge at the lodge. It only sprinkled a little during the ceremony, but everyone got an incredible lightening show just behind the bride and groom. I love lightening so it was a blast to see the storm in the distance with bolts coming down around us. It sure seemed like God was excited to see Lindsey and Tyler get married!

Jewish wedding celebrations are so much fun! There are so many amazing traditions that fill the wedding day with joy and love. Tyler was so excited to see his bride before the wedding. Through the day everyone could see how happy they both were, not just to finally be married, but to be surrounded with the most important people to them. Everyone had a blast celebrating!

Lindsey and Tyler, you two are so perfect together! We truly enjoyed getting to know you two and Ranger and canʼt wait to see what adventures you will go on next. Have an amazing time in Italy on your honeymoon! We wish you guys a lifetime of love and joy!! – Kellianne

David + Nicole

Venue: Rock Springs Ranch / Cake: Crumb Cakery / Caterer: Codys Catering / Florist: Autry’s 4 Season Flowers / DJ: Star Productions / Rentals: Central Event Rentals / Hair: Shag Salon – Heather Combs / Makeup: SPAR Beauty Bar – Melinda Less / Bridal Dress Designer: Allure Romance / Bridal Boutique: Charolette’s Weddings / Bridal Shoes: Corral Cowgirl Boots! / Bridemaids Dresses: Azaie / Grooms Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Bride’s Engagement Ring: David Haffey / Groom’s Ring: David Haffey / Bride’s Wedding Band: Kay Jewelers

Can I just say how much I love this couple! Nicole and David are the absolute best. After 3 years of dating, they got married last weekend at Rock Springs Ranch in Bend, Oregon with a rustic and romantic wedding with an outdoorsy vibe. 

Nicole and David are so down to earth and fun. They love riding their horses, enjoying sunsets and having bonfires together. Not to mention they love hunting together! Which is why they have antlers throughout their wedding. At their engagement session we went to their favorite place to hang out and did all the things they love (except the hunting). I’m hoping we will get back out to the lake and splash around with their horses for trash the dress session!

So how’d these two get engaged? (I know, I love the details too!) Nicole planned a photoshoot in a place that is super special to them – the place we took their engagement photos. He popped down on one knee in the middle of the photo session with the horses in the background. Amazing right?!

Nicole did such a great job planning for their wedding day. She had all the little items ready to be photographed and knew just where she wanted to have photos taken. I love brides that know what they want, especially when they trust me fully to capture their memories. 

My favorite comment Nicole made was,“most adventures consist of the worst roads and Bob Seger on repeat”. I mean, how can you not get along with someone like that? Did I already say I love this couple?! They are fun, spontaneous and totally go with the flow. Which was great on their wedding day. 

It was so hot the day of the wedding and I was running around getting everything photographed before the flowers wilted. We even avoided the sprinkler system while taking photos in the barn with a little more running. Then the heat got to me and I got a little sick. In 15 years of photographing weddings, this has never happened. Nicole’s parents took care of me as I took a little break to feel better. Her family is just amazing. On the wedding day nothing should take attention away from the bride and I know I stole a few minutes of attention, which breaks my heart! But like I said, Nicole went with it and had a great attitude. I feel so lucky not only to have such wonderful clients who know that things just happen sometimes, but I also to have an amazing husband/second photographer. I’m honestly not sure how people shoot with different 2nd photographers all the time. Josh and I know how each other shoot and can take over the other’s job in a heart beat. It’s great if we are caught off guard or if I get a little nauseous. 

He took over and captured some amazing photos, including shooting the entire ceremony with the sun beating down on us. I managed to recover once the sun started easing off and was back in action by the first dance. The rest of the night was full of fun, dancing and documenting these two as they spent time celebrating with their closest friends and family. 

Congrats David and Nicole!! (And thanks again for being so awesome!)

Nicole’s grandmother was part of the wedding too. Her hankie was sewn into the under side of the dress so she can be right beside Nicole the whole day!

Nicole made the invitations herself!