On this beautiful snowy day in Connecticut I wanted to honor the Winter Bride – a woman who bucks tradition and makes a statement with a winter wedding. What to wear is always the first question. While an ivory dress is gorgeous regardless the time of year, having a paler complexion in the winter allows you to consider a wedding dress in a deeper color such as taupe that will flatter your skin tone. If your heart is set on a white wedding dress, the cold weather opens up a wide array of ideas for accessorizing with a faux-fur shawl and coordinating muff or a cashmere wrap sweater that cinches at the waist. The incredible jewel tones of flowers in a winter floral bouquet is an area that you can add a lot of deep, rich color that can’t be pulled off as easily in the spring or summer. Alternatively, I love the idea of completely winter white theme with amazing pops of color like pink tempered with grey. Fashion decisions aside, perhaps one of the best advantages of being married in the colder months is being able to have a reception that is lit COMPLETELY by candles with a ceremony in front of a fireplace adorned with evergreens. A crackling fire adds an air of romance and charm – and everyone looks amazing by candlelight.
Naturally, your menu options broaden with seasonal food that is not available in the summer months. Instead of the same predictable crab cakes, a savory menu starting with a shot glass of warm roasted tomato soup, mini wellingtons (beef, chicken or salmon) and sausage stuffed mushrooms is a perfect starter to a main course consisting of filet mignon, roasted vegetables or even a loaded baked potato bar where guests can create their own. As for the sweet endings, a red velvet wedding cake or carrot cake decorated with pine cones and berries is gorgeous – the one featured here is by Connecticut’s own Erica O’Brien Cake Design. At the end of your enchanted day, warm your guests from the inside out by having the caterer pass brandy glasses filled with hot chocolate topped with whipped cream or Kentucky Spiked egg nog as they are headed out the door. Connecticut has so many beautiful venues for a winter wedding that will set the stage for a memorable day.
Source: Brooke Allison Photo
Source: Source unknown
Source: Pasha Belman Photography
Source: Blue Rose Photography
Source: Brinton Studios
Source: Maria Hedengren
Source: Stephanie Rose Photography
Source: Nicola Inglis Photography
Source: Amber Lynn Photography
Source: Hope Kauffman Photography
Top photo by : Jacque Lynn Photo