What is it about snow that instantly paints a magic brush over everything? That romantic dusting of powder, the majestic and moody ice-topped mountains, the dreamy blanket of white over everything – it’s so beautiful, and an adventurous shift from our tropical weather of course! Sure, it might get a little cold, but what’s a couple of frozen minutes for photos that will last a lifetime, right? These following brides certainly were not afraid to travel to some far-flung places for that winter wonderland feel.

#01 Iceland

Photo by Acapella Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Acapella Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Dramatic and Glamorous Bridal Portraits in Iceland by Acapella Photography

There’s something wonderfully exotic about Iceland, with its terrain that’s unlike anywhere else in the world. These portraits are such a breathtaking palette of blues that you almost wonder if it’s really Mother Nature at work. Mysterious and dramatic, Iceland is the perfect romantic backdrop against which to capture your love.

#02 Switzerland

Photo by Ivan Mario of Axioo. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Ivan Mario of Axioo. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Lost In The Magic Of Snow by Axioo

Forget those sunny beaches, there’s nothing like these majestic mountain ranges to get you in the mood for love, especially when coupled with the magic of snow! The best thing about snowy backdrops – they make ideal all-white “canvases” that allow you to fully stand out.

#03 Niseko and Shirakawa-go, Japan

Destination bridal portraits in Niseko. Photo by Niseko Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Skiing bridal portraits in Niseko. Photo by Niseko Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Skiing Bridal Portraits in Niseko, Japan by Niseko Photography

You don’t have to go too far away from home. Japan is practically a hop and a skip away, and it’s even more exciting when it’s ski season. (Sneak in a vacation, perhaps?) The best thing about Japan is that you’re not limited to just Niseko, there are other parts of the mountains too, like Shirakawa-go.

Photo by Iluminen Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Iluminen Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Winter Photoshoot in Kanazawa and Shirakawa-go by Iluminen

#04 Hallstatt, Austria

Wedding photos at Hallstatt Austria. Photo by Fixer Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fixer Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: White On White In The Winter Wonderland Of Hallstatt Austria by Fixer Photography

Winter wonderlands sometimes also mean you’re beholden to unexpected storms. These newlyweds were greeted with a snowstorm but they still made it work, which resulted in some playful yet romantic bridal portraits. Hallstatt has become a little touristy over the years, which makes winter the best time to visit as the cold means there are fewer people.

#05 Oslo and Tromsø, Norway

Photo by Sheerss. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Sheerss. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Dramatic Destination Bridal Portraits In Picturesque Norway by Sheerss Photography

Dramatic landscapes and picturesque scenery are found throughout Norway. Oslo, located in the southern part of Norway, and Tromsø, which is at the northern part, boast some of the most visually impressive coastal landscapes in the world, and Norway is also home to the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights.

#06 Queenstown, New Zealand

Photo by VRP Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by VRP Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: A Poignant and Intimate Pre-Wedding Shoot in Queenstown New Zealand by VRP Photography

To some people, New Zealand must seem like the farthest corner of the world. To others, it is heaven on Earth if such a place indeed exists. From the snow-capped mountains to the lush meadows, the country’s majestic terrain is Mother Nature at its untouched finest. Undoubtedly the perfect backdrop for your bridal portraits, it’s no wonder so many couples choose New Zealand for their destination photoshoot.

Photo by Atipattra. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Atipattra. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Stormy Yet Dreamy Bridal Portraits in Queenstown New Zealand by Atipattra

#07 Melbourne, Australia

Photo by Munkeat Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Munkeat Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Engagement Shoot in Snowy Dinner Plain, Australia by MunKeat Photography

Melbourne might not necessarily be known for its winter scenery, but visit at the right time of year, and you just might discover a snowy wonderland in the mountains. We love how this bride dramatised her bridal portraits by wearing a ballgown complete with a full skirt.