Sure, winter means bad hair moments, horrendous traffic and super short days. But it also brings things like hot cocoa, snuggly blankets and magical fluffy snow. If you’re recently engaged and looking to capture your life step on film, don’t feel like you have to wait for warmer weather or find an indoor venue. Embrace the cold and use that sparkly white backdrop to your advantage. If you’re in need of some inspiration to get you started, sneak a peek at these 30 wonderfully wintery engagement pics.

1. Candy Cane Couple: No treat says winter more than the classic red and white striped candy cane. Mirror them to form a sweet and sugary heart. (via Kim J Martin Photography)

2. Lookin’ Sharp: Pop on some skates and a snuggly scarf and glide around with your partner-for-life-to-be. If you’re looking to add a sportier element to your shoot, grab a couple hockey sticks and a puck and get scrimmaging. (via Emily Steffen Photography)

3. Snow Session: Do you want to build a snowman? He might not be as hilarious as Olaf, but he’ll look just as good on camera. (via Brittany Esther Photography)

4. Cuddle Bugs: Sometimes it’s just too cold and all you can do is snuggle up with a blanket and some hot cocoa. If your boo is around and a photographer happens to capture all the cuteness, even better. (via Swooned Magazine)

5. Snowy Cycling: Bikes don’t have to be reserved for summers on the boardwalk. Rent an old school tandum and cruise around in the snow – just remember to bring some cozy gloves to keep those fingers from freezing. If that’s not enough to keep you warm, maybe a boozy picnic will do the trick. (via Kelsey Kradel Photography)

6. Aviation Admiration : This one is literally sweeping us off our feet. This couple had their shoot at Morgan Airport in Morgan, Utah. They’re definitely making an airport runway look better than we could have ever imagined. (via Brandon Burk Photography)

7. Mountain Top Magic: If you and your soon-to-be usually spend the winter on the slopes, why make your engagement shoot any different? Find a photographer who’s also a great skier and spend the day shredding it on the mountain. (via Daniel McQuade Photography)

8. Decorating Duo: Give your engagement sesh not only a winter vibe, but also a holiday element with some Christmas tree decorating. And as far as that activity goes, it doesn’t get much more picturesque than this setup. How they’re going to transport that to their living room, we’re not so sure… (via Stephanie Hunter Photography)

9. Snowball Fight: If you’re going digital with your engagement announcements, do it in GIF form! Snowball fights always make for fun, playful pictures. (via Making the Moment)

10. Chilly Lounging: Grab a rustic-looking chair and snuggle up with your loved one. Throw a blanket around the both of you to make it look extra cuddly. (via Emily Steffen Photography)

11. Storybook Glam: A snowy backdrop is the perfect way to add a storybook/enchanted forest element to your shoot. This gal’s warm color scheme is a great contrast to the stark white backdrop. (via Storyboard Weddings)

12. Under the Mistletoe: From the mistletoe to the plaid scarf and flannel, this photo is just screaming winter. (via Michelle Meckwith)

13. Sky High Romance: Ride those ski lifts in a much cuter outfit than the usual puffy ski suit. Get playful, but not too playful. A wedding dress and a leg cast aren’t the most fashionable of combos. (via Emily Steffen)

14. Kissing by the Campfire: Set up camp and get roasting! Making s’mores not only looks cute on camera, but you also get to chow down on the delicious treats in between takes. (via Studio Moirae)

15. Cozy Accommodations: For a cozy winter photo shoot, a woodsy cabin is a must. And as far as rustic winter housing goes, this one pretty much takes the cake. (via Ben Haisch)

16. Nature Takeover: Why decorate the tree when you can literally be the tree? If nature is one of the main elements you want involved in your shoot, this is the way to do it. (via Connection Photo Blog)

17. Evergreen Affair: There’s nowhere more festive during the holiday season than a classic Christmas tree farm. Head on over and get playful while you pick out your tree for the season. (via Jamison Elizabeth Photography)

18. City Slickers: If you’re not near a magical snowy forest, don’t panic. Grab a blanket and find a nice viewpoint of your city and you’ve got an urban, wintery shot. (via Jacqui Cole Photography)

19. Let It Snow: A little bit playful and totally magical, this snap is just as wintery as it is fun. (via Haley Sheffield)

20. Picturesque National Park: This lovely couple headed to snowy Yellowstone for their shoot, complete with striped blankets, buffalo and log cabins. (via O’Malley Photographers)

21. Buried in Blankets: Okay, these guys are really cute, but more importantly, this snap has us suffering from serious blanket envy. We need it. (via Dylan and Sara)

22. Hike to Winter Heaven: This adventurous duo braved the cold and spent the day hiking up to Big Four Mountain in Washington. From start to finish, this trek is a straight up winter wonderland. (via Bethany Small Photographer)

23. Cabin Fever: This is kind of where we like to envision ourselves on any snow day ever. (via Salt Water Studios)

24. Fearless Adventurers: Talk about epic. Send these out as your engagement announcement and there are going to be some high expectations for your wedding venue. (via Ryan Flynn Photography)

25. Frozen in Time: Sorry, is this Portland or Narnia? We can’t remember. (via Dylan and Sara)

26. Tangle Up in Blue: Grab a couple strands of old school Christmas lights and get tangled up in the stuff. This is not only a good way to incorporate a festive element to your pics, but it will also add an always-appreciated pop of color. (via Haley Sheffield)

27. Sparkling Snowball: This is a very cute way to show off that new bling, but my god! Be so very careful. Diamonds are sparkly and snow shimmers in the sun. This could end very badly for those clumsy brides out there. (via Emily Steffen)

28. Snow Bathing: Grab a cozy plaid blanket and just pretend you’re sunbathing on a beach in Costa Rica. (via Oh Lovely Day)

29. Charmingly Vintage: We’re loving the old school Hollywood vibe this dramatic shot is giving off. This is actually an advertisement for that little jeweler you might know as Tiffany’s, but we could totally see this as an engagement pic for an old school starlet like Audrey Hepburn. (via Laura Lusena)

30. Snow Day: And finally, we have to give a shoutout to our Brit. These were taken in Jackson Hole, where she and her husband Dave got married the following summer. (via Brit + Co)

Do you have some winter engagement pics we should see? Share a link with us in the comments or on Twitter.