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A Black and White Winter Wedding

Updated on April 1, 2013

Tips for Taking Black and White Photographs at a Winter Wedding

If you are considering either having or attending a Winter Wedding, why not try to take at least some black and white photos?

Weddings are a very special occasion and can be planned around seasons or locations. To capture the wedding, you can use color but I seem to tend to appreciate the art and beauty of a black and white photo for these occasions.

There are numerous tips that can be used when taking black and white photographs at a Winter Wedding and I have tried to capture some of them in this website. In addition, there are numerous resources that show other things to consider in black and white photography and tips for Winter Weddings.

If you take some Winter photos at a wedding, send them along and I will gladly include some of them in future editions of this website.

Have fun and please let me know if this has been a useful journey for you.

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Even Purple Stars can be Black and White!

Purple Star
Purple Star

How can I take a Perfect Black and White Photo?

Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques
Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Whether it is Winter or a wedding, this is one of the best books on the market that will help you take creative black and white photography.

I love black and white photography and it has been very popular over the years. This book will help you take that perfect black and white photo.

 
Ski Mask
Ski Mask

Break out the Ski Mask and be sure to Wear Long Underwear

I had never heard of Winter Weddings until recently. It doesn't mean they don't exist, it just means that I never knew people would get married in the Winter.

Spring is probably the most common season for weddings although I am sure that Summer is not far behind. Winter always seemed a little bleak to me but a Winter Wedding is probably a way to warm things up a little and put something there to look forward to.

I grew up in Ohio. An outdoor Winter Wedding was not anything that anyone did. We had a lot of snow and there were no leaves on the trees.

Taking color photographs in the Winter, a season that is not especially colorful, is something that most didn't do either. Now, I do remember the occasional Robin, Cardinal or Blue Jay photo, taken against a snowy backdrop. There weren't many other colors, especially greens and yellows. Well, there was yellow snow but it isn't something that you would consider taking photos of.

A black and white Winter Wedding seems natural. The Winter season is mostly black and white and these photos take away the bleakness of the season. Mix in the merriment of a wedding with a Winter backdrop, and it all seems to fall into place.

I don't usually take black and white photos with my camera, I take color photos and then edit with Adobe Photoshop. Most versions will work in turning color into black and white and you can also use other filters with the program. I also really enjoy black and white photos with just a splash of colorization added.

I wouldn't take Winter Wedding photos any other way. What is your preference?

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What is your experience with Winter Weddings?

Have you had or ever Attended a Winter Wedding?

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White Wedding by Billy Idol - Soundtrack for this Wintery Website

Snow Weddings and More

To select an outdoor scenic wedding venue, find a public or private location closest to most of the guests. More people will attend that way.

The more scenic the location, the more beautiful ceremony. This will guarantee fantastic black and white Winter Wedding photographs!

The Venue - Anywhere there is snow or ice!

Winter Wedding Venue
Winter Wedding Venue

Backdrops are very important for Winter Weddings. You can select backdrops in the area that the wedding is concurring or just make stops along the way.

You can also schedule specific photo shoots prior to the wedding. Don't be scared, be a storm chaser!

Fantastic Backdrops are very Important

Winter Wedding
Winter Wedding

Consider a location that is known for Winter Weddings.

It is better to get there and know you will have a Winter scene than to either have no snow, or have to wait for Uncle George to use his tractor to clean out the barnyard.

Taken at Lake Tahoe, Nevada - No, this isn't just a backdrop

Winter Wedding
Winter Wedding

Some locations may be perfect in other seasons, but may be a mess in the Winter.

Considering the location, what would look best in your Winter Wedding photo album?

The Gazebo probably isn't Booked this time of Year

Gazebo
Gazebo

Elegant Black and White Wedding Photography

A bride in Winter can be beautiful. However, you have to take the weather, at least partially into consideration.

If it is too cold, you need to make sure that you have a place to warm up. Your adrenaline may be running heavily, but that adrenaline won't keep you from getting frostbite!

The Winter Bride - She is only acting as if it isn't cold

The Winter Bride
The Winter Bride

If you have scenery, use it to your advantage!

Decorate that outdoor tree. It makes for some very original black and white wedding photos!

Decorate the Tree Outdoors for a Nice Touch! - Pose the family in front of the tree

Winter Wedding
Winter Wedding

Be careful with those heels and don't forget to wear some gloves!

If you have ice on the ground, also use some salt. It is white and will mask any imperfections in the ground left by melted snow. All of this will give you some very realistic photo impressions that appear cold, but are very original and look like the wedding party is nice and toasty.

Bridesmaids without Boots

Winter Wedding
Winter Wedding

It's never too cold for any age to wed outdoors in the Winter.

The white of the dress and the silver in the hair make some good black and white contrasts.

Winter Wedding Couple in the Fall of their Lives

Winter Wedding
Winter Wedding

Some locations are lovely and deep snow in the photos can be very original.

Ensure that you have ways to clear out the snow if you didn't bring the snowblower with you! A winter wedding photo with snowshoes on might look more silly than original.

Winter Wedding Preparations in Big Bear, California - Good thing they brought a shovel.

Winter Wedding
Winter Wedding

At the wedding procession and ceremony, you need to plan as well as take candid Winter Wedding photos.

Since it will be cold, you can plan and set up even before people arrive. You can then warm up and head out during the ceremony.

The advantage to being the photographer is that you don't need to wear non-Winter clothing!

Getting Ready for the Procession Ceremony

Winter Wedding
Winter Wedding

The Ceremony

Winter Wedding
Winter Wedding

What do you think is the Best Season for a Wedding?

What is your favorite wedding season?

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The reception location can either be outdoors or indoors.

You can decorate the interior in a wintery decor and still continue with the black and white Winter Wedding photo theme.

The Reception Hall? - Well, maybe not.

Winter Wedding
Winter Wedding

No Need to Buy Ice for the Reception! if the Winter Wedding is at this Location!

Denmark Glacier
Denmark Glacier

Are you and your Bridesmaids Planning a Black and White Winter Wedding?

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      FastSecrets 4 years ago

      Wonderful stuff, just excellent!

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      kimark421 4 years ago

      Great lens, but I will stick with spring and summer weddings!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @PromptWriter: When my youngest baby was born in Germany, they had all of the windows open on the nursery. They said that the cold air was healthy for the babies. I remember going in to see her and I had to wear a jacket. Thanks for the visit!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I think winter weddings are beautiful and if the heaters are used, tolerable for most people. At least it keeps the blood flowing and keeps everyone awake!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @ajgodinho: Thank you very much for the visit and the comments! Happy New Year to you also!

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful black and white photography. I've never attended a winter wedding, but I think it would be interesting. Congrats on LOTD. Happy New Year ~ stay blessed!

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Very "cool" lens!

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      kayla_harris 4 years ago

      Wow, nice Lens! I think a black and white wedding in the white snow and ice is perfect!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @DebMartin: How about the indoor igloo reception? Ha! Thanks for visiting.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I love the quiet drama of winter. I think a wedding in the snow would be lovely. Indoor reception though. ;-) d

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Benjamynn: Thank you. You also!

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      greentiger11 4 years ago

      If I told my wife who was then my fiance that we were getting married in the snow, I probably would be single right now! hahaha But no doubt its a perfect backdrop for some great photos!

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      Benjamynn 4 years ago

      Awesome lens!

      Congratulations on the lens of the day, happy holidays! :)

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Cool lens... Thumbs Up!

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Cool lens... Thumbs Up!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @WorldsBestDad: Thank you. I try to make things interesting if I can.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @nothingtoseeheremovealong: Thank you!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @favored: Thank you for your visit. I think your dog would look good against a black background, he/she would fit right in!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @tharunet: I mentioned that in my article.

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      Emilee46 4 years ago

      yeah, black and white still a live right now. .

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      tharunet 4 years ago

      If you have colored photos, you have BW also. Its better to take in color and convert to Black and white

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      WorldsBestDad 4 years ago

      Just wanted to say what a cool gif that is of the snowfall and also congrats on LOTD. =)

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      nothingtoseeheremovealong 4 years ago

      Congrats on LotD!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      This was great. I love all the things you added to make this special. The graphic above is so funny; I can actually picture this happening. Really nice.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Scotties-Rock: Thank you very much!

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      Great theme for a lens! Beautiful photos too! Congrats on your LOTD!

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Congrats on your lens of the day! Fun Lens! Blessed!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @olmpal: Thank you, I enjoyed making it and I really enjoyed your compliments and congratulations.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @MJ Martin: I try to make them interesting if I can. They are just animated GIF's, believe it or not! I appreciate the visit.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @choosehappy: Hey, I know that eyeball! I appreciate the visit and the blessings!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @tobydavis: Thank you! I appreciate the compliments!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @BunnyFabulous: I would've like to have seen it. You could've draped some of the Christmas icicles around the church! Thank you for visiting.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you for the visit. I tried to locate the photos but couldn't find them. There is an ice hotel somewhere that they construct every year. Hey, the natives in the Aleutian Islands had no choice but to get married in the snow...I think they just rubbed noses or something though instead of having a ceremony. Ha!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @esimps: I also think it is a great combination. Thank you for visiting!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      lens of the day and purple star congratulations. I love how your pictures move. Totally awesome lens. I love winter weddings and the photography of the season. Super wow. Great information.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Congrats on lotd! I'm slow at getting in here but leaving blessings ;)

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens - love the collection of photographs - very beautiful :-)

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Congrats on LOTD! While my wedding was in the fall, our colors were black and white with a bit of green thrown in. My parents were married in December, and so were some good friends of mine. Looked gorgeous with all the Christmas decor in the churches, especially the twinkling lights.

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      shawnhi77 lm 4 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of the Day...well deserved.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on LotD! I could definitely do a winter wedding. Winter is one of my favorite seasons. I think it would be cool (pun intended) to have the wedding in one of those spectacular ice castles. Why have a boring wedding? This would certainly be memorable. Love the B&W photography.

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      esimps 4 years ago

      Wow, the snow weddings look stunning!!! Falling snow creates a wonderful backdrop.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @RawBill1: No snow out here in Arizona either! Thank you for the visit and accolades!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Johanna Eisler: Ha! You could say it is a "cool" lens!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @dellgirl: Thank you. You always pop up and I must say, I like your smile and appreciate your visits. Thanks for being my friend on Squidoo!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses, Lens of the Day, and for getting the Purple Star. This is a wonderful black and white wedding lens. ~Blessed~

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      Beautiful, but ... BRRR! :)

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. Winter is actually a great time to get married where I live as that is when we have our best weather. It is the dry season, so the days are usually sunny but not too hot. Just nice! No snow to be found anywhere though!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @squidoopets: Thank you for the visit!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Mary Stephenson: I agree...but there are some that are very adventurous and drive around with their Minister until they find a location! ha!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @miaponzo: You are always a sweetheart to me. I hope things are safe for you during the holiday season!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @eilval: Thank you very much! I appreciate the compliments!

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Really enjoyed this winter wedding lens, congrats all around :)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. Anyone getting married in the winter should expect problems with the weather. I would think there are many folks that would not attend especially if they had to travel a far distance. Although the pictures could be pretty, I think it bad climates it is really silly to have a big winter wedding, especially outside!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      What a wonderful black and white wedding lens!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congratulations for the LOTD! I really appreciate your writing.

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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Fascinating lens with great photos and ideas . Congrats on Lotd !

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @anonymous: Thank you Dave. I am sure the people have many more memories than we do.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @anonymous: "Cool" is definitely the word for this lens! ha! Thank you for the visit and congratulations.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @MelissaRodgz: Thank you. I really appreciate it.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Margaret Schindel: You are always so sweet to me. I appreciate your visits and I am glad you chose to visit. Thank you for the "Congrats" and the compliments, as always.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Terry, your lenses always are wonderful and this one is no exception! Wonderful ideas and gorgeous photos. Congrats on your well deserved purple star and LotD! Blessed.

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      MelissaRodgz 4 years ago

      I never thought about a black and white theme. I must admit the photos look excellent and really capture the memories well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very cool lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've never been to a white winter wedding, but I would love to. The pictures on this lens are gorgeous. Well deserved LotD!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @candy47: Thank you Candy. First Candy I have received today! ha! I appreciate the comments and the compliments!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @SQuidMonster: I think your Mom just wants to hold on to you! ha! Don't do it until you are totally sure, however. I can imagine that guys are knocking down your door, you are very pretty. Thank you for visiting!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @ismeedee: Well...these romanticized weddings probably ended up with a lot of cold feet and heaters running in the cars...ha! I don't like it too cold but cold enough to snow is ok for me. Thank you for yet another visit to my lenses!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Dressage Husband: Trying to have one of these would be like trying to chase a tornado...you have to find the right circumstances unless you know exactly where it was going to snow. Thank you for the compliments!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @flinnie lm: Thank you very much Flinnie! I do like the black and white also. I see you visit my lenses a lot...thanks for the friendship!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @kotagedejualan: Thank you!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @MartieG: That is quite a different contrast. I thought about adding Australia but their Winters are in July! ha! It must've been nice at the beach but it probably did not have snow. Thanks for the blessing! I appreciate it!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @katiecolette: Hello Katie. I tired to make it a little more animated than some and thought it fit in for this one. Thank you for visiting. Is your name French? I have a French background.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Rosetta Slone: Wow. I think you are the first person to ever tell me that. It is very beautiful and I feel that it quiets things down. It is always very peaceful after a snowfall. Maybe you will see snow someday? Thank you for visiting.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @JoshK47: Thank you Josh. You are always there when I build a lens, I don't know how you have the time.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @johnburson: Thank you for visiting and complimenting me!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @dawnsnewbeginning: Thank you. I think the black and white takes away some of the cold...maybe not?

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Art Inspired: Thank you for the visit. I try to make every day creative but sometimes I don't quite make it there! ha!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @poldepc lm: Thank you!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @SusanDeppner: Hi Susan. From a lens expert like yourself, I appreciate the compliments and comments! I live in Arizona but do miss the snow, believe it or not! ha!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @anonymous: I think so also. It makes the event simpler, which is what it should be. Thanks for the compliment and visit!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @xAlannah: Thank you! I love the Winter!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @delia-delia: Wow. 49 years? That is a LOTL (Lens of the Lifetime) in itself! I appreciate the visit and your friendship. Thank you, as always.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @shellys-space: You are very nice and I always appreciate seeing your curlers on my timeline!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @KimGiancaterino: Thank you Kim! I appreciate the visit and comments!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @KimGiancaterino: Thanks Kim, my friend. I appreciate the comments...as always. It is nice to think of Winter when I live in Arizona. ha!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you Janis. You have always been there to support me.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Wonderful photos. I'm shivering just looking at them. Congrats on LOTD!

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I attended a winter wedding at Lake Tahoe and it was very spiritual being outdoors among nature's beauty. Well deserved LOTD!

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Gorgeous images! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Lovely! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I'm not planning on getting married seeing that I've been for 49 years, but I love the Black and White theme...

      Very nicely done len: ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      xAlannah 4 years ago

      Hi! I love your lens. It's very inspiring.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a stunning lens! I'm constantly turning my photos into B&W and it works really well for wedding pictures.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've been to a black and white summer wedding, and we don't have much snow here anyway, but I do love these black and white wedding photos - great idea! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      congrats on your LOTD

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Congrats on your lens of the day! You have provided lots of good ideas! Make it a creative day!

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      dawnsnewbeginning 4 years ago

      Nlice lens! And yes, it does look very inviting!

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      johnburson 4 years ago

      This is a great lense. The images are beautiful.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      What a beautiful idea - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on LotD!