Sara and Seth’s intimate winter wedding was stunning! If you are planning a Christmas wedding or a winter elopement, this blog post showcases what your winter wedding could look like. For this winter wedding, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and see if you can envision this as your wedding!
Sara and Seth’s Christmas Engagement Photos
Sara and I went to the same college in Pennsylvania, and it was incredible to reconnect to capture Sara and Seth’s engagement photos! They had a Christmas-themed engagement photo session where they snuggled up with blankets on the couch with cookies next to the Christmas tree before going outside to play in the snow. Aren’t they so adorable? Because they loved their engagement session so much, they booked with me to capture their winter wedding!
Getting Ready for Their Winter Wedding at Terrian at Styer’s
The start of their wedding day was at a local hotel for their detail and getting ready photos. Sara’s rings were from Oore Jewelry, a female-owned small business that specializes in nature-inspired and unique engagement rings and wedding bands! I even have my engagement ring from her!
Sara and Seth’s Sweet First Look
It was raining that morning, so we did their first look under the awning of the hotel. It was such a sweet moment! Would you choose a first look for your wedding?
Winter Wedding Family Photos
After the first look, we did family photos at the hotel! I always ask for a list of family photo combinations ahead of time to print out, so we can capture all of the photos that you’re anticipating. I don’t want you to have to remember all the combinations on the spot, so I take care of it for you!
Romantic Wedding Portraits of the Winter Wedding
Sara, Seth, and I then headed to their venue, Terrain at Styer’s, to take couples portraits around the venue grounds before the ceremony. We explored the outdoor gardens, arbor, and even outside the iconic Styer Garden Cafe that has plants hung all along the wall. It started drizzling at one point, so we used my clear umbrellas for even more romantic photos.
Sara and Seth’s Intimate Wedding Ceremony
Guests began to arrive, and we all prepared for the ceremony. Immediate family members walked in first. Then, Sara and Seth walked down the aisle together which is a unique ceremony idea! Their friend, also named Sarah, officiated their sweet an intimate ceremony. Sara and Seth exchanged personal vows and rings and were officially married! Their joy was contagious.
Side Note: An Essential Wedding Planning Tip for Your Winter Wedding Ceremony
When planning your ceremony, make sure to know sunset times as winter months have an earlier sunset. We knew that the sunset would be super early in the evening in late December for this Christmas wedding, so we planned to take couples portraits before the ceremony outside when it was still light. Their venue was a greenhouse, so at that time of the ceremony, light could still come in through the clear roof. This is important, especially if you don’t want to do a first look, because you’ll need to push your ceremony up earlier in the day to leave enough time for photos after the ceremony. If you need assistance with planning out your wedding day timeline, I can help!
A Heartfelt Cocktail Hour
We did a few more family photos after the ceremony, then the wedding couple joined their guests at cocktail hour for food and drinks. I actually love photographing cocktail hour because the food and conversation is always so good! I focus on capturing candids of people interacting with one another as well as getting posed group photos smiling at the camera. For most elopements and intimate weddings, your guests are your favorite people in the world – I want to document that!
The Winter Wedding Reception at Terrian at Styer’s
The staff at Terrain put the final touches on the reception room with 2 long wooden tables and candles in front a sweetheart table, making in the perfect intimate dinner atmosphere. We did a quick private room reveal for the couple before letting guests sit down. Sara and Seth shared a short welcome speech followed by two toasts by their fathers.
Even a small wedding can have traditional elements! I still photograph first dances, parent dance, cake cutting, and toasts all the time at micro weddings – it’s 100% customizable to what you want! You can learn more about my packages here.
We then enjoyed a gorgeous candle-lit dinner for the rest of the evening with the couple and guests spending quality time together.
Does Planning All of These Aspects Sound Overwhelming?
That’s part of what I’m here for, too! In addition to photography, I help all my couples with planning locations and the timeline to help streamline the process! I want nothing more than you to have the most amazing wedding day ever and to be a part of that is such a huge honor. You deserve an extraordinary elopement experience! Sound good? Schedule a free call!
Juliana Wall Photography | Pennsylvania Elopement & Intimate Wedding Photographer
For more winter wedding inspiration, check out more intimate wedding photography of Sara and Seth’s wedding below! For future reference, save to Pinterest!
The Amazing Vendors From This Winter Wedding:
Officiant: Sarah Slaw Kiewe (friend of the couple)
Florist: Design Team at Terrain
Caterer: In House Caterer at Terrain
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Ring: Oore Jewelry
Sara and Seth’s Testimonial from Their Engagement Photos
“Juliana just gets it!!! She makes having your photos being taken a comfortable experience, while being laid back yet professional. She truly honed her craft in capturing the natural personalities of couples, and she makes the planning process organized and streamlined. Juliana fulfills her duties on the creative end as well as in project management / administrative side, which is imperative in running a business. We knew we could trust her and she has been nothing less than a joy to work with!! So thrilled to be working with her for our micro wedding later this year 🙂 I would recommend her services to any friend or family!”
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