Beautiful bare branches, swirling snow, a winter wonderland accompanied by... an icy, frigid wind! Buuuuur!! If you have a winter wedding coming up, here are a few suggestions for staying comfortable for those outdoor p-p-p-pictures.

Warmer winter weddings

Dress: As far as dressing for the occasion, try opting for a warmer gown with these tactics. Thicker fabrics can offer a buffer from icy winds. If it fits your style, try going with a gown in the heavier bridal fabrics, like satin, velvet or crepe. Long sleeves are all the rage this winter season, so selecting a long-sleeved gown will help stave off the cold. Even illusion lace sleeves will offer you more warmth than short sleeves.


Photo courtesy of Nhiya Kaye Photography.

Accessories: Try finding a warm, white fur muff or cloak. Many bridal stores carry these fluffy accessories for winter brides and you might find that these extra items enhance your darling photographs.

On-hand warm up: For your photos right after the temple, you’re likely to get quite chilly. To keep your smile from freezing away, assign someone to keep a thermos of hot chocolate on-hand for you. A quick sip of revitalizing warmth could be just what you need to power through the photography.


Photo courtesy of Nhiya Kaye Photography.

Time sensitivity: Your post-sealing photography can really be as long or as short as you want it to be. Create a list of the photos you consider to be a must. To save on time in the outdoors, consider taking some of your bridesmaid, groomsmen, and family photography at the reception center rather than out in the cold.

Photoshop: It would be wonderful if we all looked like rosy-cheeked girls with a look of vitality and life when bracing the cold, but alas, I don’t think many of us are. If you’re anything like me, you get a bright Rudolf nose along with runny nose and drippy eyes. Remember that along with a short photo session, you’re photographer can help to edit away those marks of cold in post-production.

Even in the dead of winter, the light of your love is ever burning to keep you warm!


This lovely couple took our breath away. The photography is simply to die for! I adore the symmetry and attention to detail. Enjoy the lush beautiful backdrop to a darling couple.

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Photography: Terra Cooper Photography.

Gown: LatterDayBrideKnightly gown.



Changing your Last Name

Once the honeymoon is over, your gifts are unwrapped, and you've moved into your new home, you have the task of changing your last name. Where to begin? True, there are several visits to make at various government establishments, but the process is a bit simpler than you'd think. Here are some step-by-step guidelines to creating your new wedded persona.


Photo courtesy of Lindsay Black Photography.

First of all, be sure you have a certified copy of your marriage certificate and marriage license. Some government branches recognize the temple marriage certificate, and others only accept the license. You may need to prepare for some small fees as you go through the whole process. As a caveat, rules can change and vary, so it's always best to call about what items you need to bring. It's better than needing to make the trip again!

Once you have those items, the best place start is the Social Security Office. To change your name, you'll need your old social security card and your marriage license. They may require up to two forms of ID as well, so arrive prepared. It's better to bring too many documents than too few! This trip should be quick and painless!

The next place to go is the Driver's License Division to receive a new driver's license. Bring a book and make sure you have plenty of time! The wait at the DMV could take an hour or more. You'll need to bring your social security card, preferably your new one. You'll also need your current driver's license, your birth certificate, and two proofs of address! Conveniently, you can also update your voter registration at the DMV.


Photo courtesy of Lindsay Black Photography.

Congratulations, you've successfully accomplished the most crucial name changes! Here are a few others places you'll want to change your name:

Work: Notify your employer of your name change so they can update your payroll information.

Passports: You'll want to change your passport last name, but keep your current travel plans in mind! If you've booked your honeymoon out of the country under your maiden name, you'll need matching IDs in order to travel. Visit your local post office after your trip to change your last name, and go prepared with your trusty documents to verify. You can also notify the post office of your name change so that they can forward your mail to you correctly.

Financial Institutions: Plan on informing your bank and your lenders of your name change and ask if you need to send in anything official. Inform your utility providers and your insurers of the change as well, if you have them previously set up.

As a final note, it's a good idea to get a new temple recommend that officially has your new last name. That always made me feel very official when my husband and I would walk through those sacred doors.

After all of these hectic logistics, you can comfortably settle into your new life as a Mrs!



We just adore this lovely couple and their beautiful, colorful engagement session. Nothing better than those lovely cherry blossom flowers. Enjoy!

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Photography: Rebekah Westover



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