Last winter I had the joy of participating in a winter elopement styled shoot at Lake Easton. I teamed up with some of the best wedding vendors in Washington to create a winter wonderland elopement. Heather Carrilo and Sarah Jane dreamed up the vision and everyone involved helped bring it to life! Planning this elopement got me thinking so today on the blog, I thought I would share with you some of my best tips for planning a winter elopement or wedding.

Boho winter elopement tablescape

Tips for Planning a Winter Elopement or Wedding

Dress Warm and in Layers

If your winter wedding or elopement is taking place outside, you will definitely want to wear clothing that is warm and comfortable. Wearing leggings or long johns under your wedding outfits will help keep you layered without taking away from your attire.

You can also get creative by adding accessories to wear on top. Think of items like a white fur wrap, white gloves, or matching white jackets. You can also bring a blanket to cuddle under together which is sure to add the cutest cozy vibes.

Some other accessories I recommend couples bring to help keep warm are hand and feet warmers. These little guys will help keep your hands from looking icy blue in all your photos.

Lastly, don’t forget to wear warm winter shoes or boots. You can find tons of stylish options to go with your outfits, but this is an item you definitely don’t want to forget about. No one wants to get cold feet on their wedding day. 🙂

bride and groom couple portraits at Lake Easton

Share Some Hot Drinks or Cocktails Together

Now that you have your outfits all picked out, it’s time to think about ways to keep warm from the inside. Having hot drinks or cocktails to share not only makes for cute photos but is also a great way to keep yourself warm.

If you’re planning on having a reception dinner, you may also want to consider warm, seasonal foods like soups or other hot dishes. Just think how good that is going to look after coming in from the cold outdoors after your photos.

bride and groom couple portraits at Lake Easton

Be Flexible

Having a winter wedding can mean that the weather may be more unpredictable. Even if you are planning for snow, it’s best to be flexible and allow for extra time in case there are delays. If your wedding is taking place around the holidays, this becomes especially true. There may be more traffic than normal, so while we will do our best to be prepared, also remember that being flexible is the key to having a relaxed wedding day.


Planning a winter elopement or wedding is extra magical. Not only are you celebrating one of the happiest days of your life, but there is also a hint of magic in the air. In order to make the most of your winter elopement or wedding, keep these tips in mind. 

Ready to start planning your dream day? Head over to my contact page to get started! I can’t wait to meet you!


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Photographer: Olivia Louise Photography

Videographer: @roamarrowweddingfilms

Venue: Lake Easton, WA

Wedding Coordinator: Heather Carrilo and Works by Sarah Jane Photography

Florist: Keira Grech Design Company

Hair & Makeup: @pattiarthurgomes and Pacific Brides

Cake & Desserts: Layered Cake Artistry

Wedding Dress: @_thekindredsoul

Menswear: The Haberdasher

Jewelry/Ring/Accessories: Leather & Wood

Stationary: @basicinvite

Calligraphy/Watercolor: Watered Down Art

Cocktail glasses: Chalk Full of Love

Ribbons and fabric: Silk & Willow

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