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Cold weather photo tips


With all of the cold and snow we’ve had lately, it is safe to say it’s officially winter in North Dakota! Winter weddings can be oh-so-lovely and sophisticated. But the cold weather always causes a few challenges for wedding photos, especially if you are hoping for a few outdoor shots.

Wear a cover-up to stay warm. Most wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses are sleeveless, so if you are planning on going outside for photos, you’ll need to cover up. Shalls, fur wraps, coats and hand mitts can all be stylish and functional during winter months. If you don’t love the look of a coats or cover-ups in your photos, then ask your personal attendant to come with for photos. Wear your coat right up until the photographer starts snapping, then ask your personal attendant to hold your coat (and maybe the bridesmaids’ coats, too!).


Keep those toes warm with boots. Can work for bride and bridesmaids (see above) or groom and groomsmen (see below).


Don’t bring real flowers outside. Flowers can get brown and wilted in cold weather, so either opt for no flowers in your outdoor photos or have a small bouquet of silk flowers put together to use outside (see below).


Schedule your photos before the sun sets. It gets dark earlier in the winter (around 4:30pm!), so if you’d like outdoor photos it’s best to schedule them before your ceremony. Or, if you love the look of Christmas lights in the background, wait ’til after the ceremony.


Do you have any cold weather photo tips? Let us know in the comments section!

All photos by Shawna Noel Photography

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