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You’re embarking on a new chapter of life, gearing up to celebrate all of the fun "firsts" of married life. First Christmas, first birthdays, and first holidays the whole year round! Of course, as we all know, when you marry your spouse, you also marry his family. His family traditions for holidays may not line up with yours. Suddenly you need to decide who you spend your holiday time with and how often. Here are a few tips for how to handle newly-wed holidays.

 

Photo courtesy of Lindsey Black Photography.

Compromise: First of all, realize that you won’t always get your way. Don't worry; it's good practice for the rest of your marriage. *Wink* The traditions and family gatherings of your childhood now have to mesh with your husband’s. It can be a bit of a struggle to reconcile them at first, but if you set aside your stubborn streak, you'll find a way to blend them.

Communication: Take time to talk about your holiday expectations so that you and your husband can be on the same page. Perhaps you can trade off; spend Christmas with your parents one year and with your in-laws the next.  Perhaps you’d like to divide holiday time between both families, Christmas Eve with one set of parents and Christmas Day with the other. Regardless of what you decide, it’s useful to have a game plan. It’s also good to communicate with your families as well, so that they understand your plans. Avoid hurt feelings and unintentional offense by talking with your parents and in-laws.

Set aside time for you: Let’s face it, holiday time won’t be yours for many years to come, so set aside some special time for just the two of you. Take a separate vacation outside of the holidays to get away, just the two of you. If all of your time off is spent traveling between families, you’ll miss out on some of the fun of your first newly-wed year. Maintain a balance between all of the important elements of your family, including yourselves!

 

Photo courtesy of Nhiya Kaye Photography.

In the midst of the stress, remember that it’s all good stress. Worrying about which barbecue or Thanksgiving feast to attend and which Christmas morning to enjoy just means you have more fun and merriment than one couple can handle! Embrace the love of your families and share yours with them to make the newly-wed holidays truly memorable. 

 

 

We loved this style so much, we've got another look at this couple's wedding day. I love the floral choices, the light in this couple's eyes and the beautiful day at the temple. Enjoy!

 

Photography: Terra Cooper Photography.

Gown: LatterDayBrideKnightly gown.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

Photography: Terra Cooper Photography.

Gown: LatterDayBrideKnightly gown.

 

 

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