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:
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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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Abigail and Quinton were married at a private residence in Central Oregon with the beautiful mountains as the backdrop to their rustic wedding. Abigail’s vintage inspired trumpet wedding gown was delicate and elegant.
Pink and purple popped throughout the decor. Abigail’s sister made the romantic flower arrangement on the arbor. They combined rustic chairs, logs and benches for the ceremony seating. The burlap runner adds rustic charm to the ceremony. Even the couple’s rings were vintage inspired with a rose gold finish. The reception area was filled with vintage couches, lace, rustic tables, old lanterns, candles and flowers for a simple rustic beauty.
Another one of Abigail’s sisters made and decorated the beautiful two tiered wedding cake. Thinking of everything, Abigail and Quinton chose to make one of the cake tiers completely gluten free for their guests. They even had a Smore’s bar for everyone to enjoy. Quinton and Abigail added a person touch to their wedding by enjoying a toast of their favorite pink Kombucha.
Its not everyday a photographer gets asked to not only photograph a wedding but also be a witness. Josh, Mary Ellen, Mary Ellen’s friend and of course Carrie and Jon hiked out to a spot on Sparks Lake for beautiful and totally intimate wedding ceremony in the mountains. The bride and groom shared their vows and then a toast to their new marriage.
Photographer: Josh Jordan / Officiant: Wedding with Heart
I met Valerie and Ed at their nephew’s wedding 2 months before they started planning their wedding and I was so happy to be able to be part of their day too. Valerie and Ed reside near Broken Top Golf Club and take long walks together around the golf course so when it came to choosing where to get married, it was the obvious choice.
Their wedding day was about joining too families together. Their wedding party was filled with their children who were so excited for their parents to be joining together. Their wedding party photos were really family photos that will be able to enjoy forever. At one point, the kids kicked their parents out of the photos. It was a first for me to be photographing the wedding party without the bride and groom. We had a lot of fun and you could tell everyone was thrilled that this day had finally arrived.
The reception was filled with pink accents as well as love and laughter. The band played all night creating a fun vibe for the celebration. Valerie and Ed took dance lessons for their first dance and even had their instructor teach a dance to their guests during the reception. It was a fun and elegant night!
Coordinator: Mint / Location: Broken Top Golf Club / Band: Precious Byrd / Cake: Ida’s Cupcakes / Hair: Traci Furtado / Bridal Dress and Grooms Attire: Cordially Invited / Makeup: Crys Billings
Chelsea and Brandon tied the knot a few weeks ago at a beautiful Five Pine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon. This gorgeous Central Oregon Wedding was filled with mountain-modern details. They announced their wedding with invitations printed on wood created by AE Creative. Her makeup was perfectly done by Edge Salon. Chelsea wore cowgirl boots under dress by Blush Bridal to give her elegant look a fun mountain spin.
Floral arrangements by Summer-Robbins Flowers were shown off throughout the lodge wedding in Chelsea’s bouquet, adorning the arbor, placed delicately on their delicious Fox Tail Bake Shop cake and in the modern centerpieces provided by AE Creative. Their wedding was filled with fun and love. Congrats Chelsea and Brandon!
Christina and Jim got married with their closest friends and family along the rushing waters of the Deschutes River in Bend, OR. Christina wore a simple and elegant dress from BHLDN. Flowers by Summer Robbins added elegance to the bride’s look.
Photographer: Josh Jordan / Officiant: Wedding With Heart / Flowers: Summer Robbins / Hair & Makeup: Edge Salon, Lori Tompos / Bride’s Dress: BHLDN / Reception: 900 Wall
Emily and Levi were married two weeks ago at the beautiful Aspen Lakes Lodge in Sisters, Oregon. Emily and Levi are one of the lucky couples that met in high school, fell in love and now they get to live their whole lives together.
Throughout their wedding you can find adorable little touches like the “I Do” “Me Too” on the bride and grooms forks or the hidden “I do” on the bottom of the boots. The blue cowgirl boots where the perfect item for this bride to use as her something blue and they match the cowgirl boots worn by her bridesmaids. Her dress was the perfect combination of lace and chiffon too, topped off with a beautiful beaded belt.
It was a bummer that the smoke from the fire made it so you could not see the mountain range behind them during the ceremony. The smoke did create beautiful soft light for their portraits and first dance though.
I think my favorite thing at this wedding was the yummy cookie treats that served as the thank you gifts for guests. I also loved the big engagement photo from their engagement session they had out for guests to sign. I can’t wait to help them choose a wedding photo to put in the signed mat. We had a great time photographing this pink and green country wedding in Central Oregon. Emily and Levi are awesome and we wish them a lifetime of happiness!
Tom, the best man from our wedding, finally got hitched this weekend! It was so much fun to be able to be there for Tom and Mary as they celebrated their wedding day. I truly love these guys and had fun on the dance floor with all the ladies! Contrast you two!
This Lake Arrowhead Catholic wedding was so much fun! And seriously, how gorgeous is that church? I loved getting to know their family and friends. Can you tell they knew how to light up the dance floor?