what if we get rained on our wedding day?
WHAT IF WE GET RAIN ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
It’s a question I get asked a lot as a wedding photographer. Usually by a panicking bride or groom, dreading that their big day will get washed out by a downpour. My immediate response? “Don’t worry about it!”
I’m usually then greeted by one of two expressions… Either a sigh of relief that it won’t ruin their day OR a look of ‘what the hell do you mean don’t worry, of course I’m bloody worrying’
rain on your wedding day
CHILL OUT, I’VE GOT IT UNDER CONTROL!
I’ve been fairly lucky in the sense that throughout my entire wedding photography career, I’ve only ever had ONE wedding where it rained relentlessly for the entire day, without a break!
There have been many days where it has rained heavily for periods of the day, or for the part you really wanted to go out and get those ‘awesome sunset’ shots. However, it’s not the end of the world. Having a photographer that knows how to work in all weather conditions is the key!
Rain and storms can sometimes produce some interesting and changeable conditions. The photos below were taken following a cold, Autumn day with all sorts of weather being thrown at us! Awesome eh? Bad weather doesn’t always mean bad conditions.
WHAT IF WE STILL GET RAIN ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
Ever heard the phrase “If you can’t beat it, join it” ? That’s exactly what I’m talking about.
embrace the rain
I carry a bridal umbrella to every wedding I shoot, just in case the weather gods aren’t on our side. Living in the Peak District means I’m well aware that the Great British weather can quite often have a mind of it’s own.
In the height of summer it can be pouring down with rain.
In the depth of winter, it can be the most epic light you’ve ever seen.
If you’re not afraid to step outside and embrace the rain, then you should definitely do it!
I promise you it will be 100% worth it!
I SECRETLY HOPE FOR RAIN!
Don’t all rush to strangle me just yet…
Sometimes on a dull day, I would actually prefer it to rain a little. See, as a photographer that specialises in flash photography, I love nothing more than to get creative. Rain offers that perfect opportunity! By lighting up the raindrops, a miserable rainy day can be transformed into a magical moment.
WITH CREATIVE FLASH
WITHout CREATIVE FLASH
Whilst the image without the flash is still a lovely shot, you can’t see the raindrops lit up magically in the sky and the umbrella illuminated, throwing beautiful soft light onto the couple. It really does make embracing the weather worth it, especially if the location is an awesome Peak District spot, like Curbar Edge.
WE DON’T WANT TO EMBRACE THE RAIN!
That’s fine too! I totally get it. You’ve spent a lot of time and money on getting your hair done, finding the perfect dress/suit etc. or you quite simply just don’t want to go outside where it’s cold and wet.
So what are your options?
This doesn’t mean you can’t get epic photos if it rains. If you don’t want to go outside, we’ll shoot inside instead. Most venues are geared up for having photos taken inside. If there isn’t a space inside that looks pretty, don’t worry I’m pretty creative when it comes to flash and creating beautiful shots in not-so-beautiful places 🙂
WE DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT THOUGH!
If you still want to go outside or your venue doesn’t have a suitable spot inside, you still have another option.
Finding a spot that’s sheltered can still provide you with fabulous outdoorsy shots without the need to get wet. A win-win situation for those who aren’t quite up for embracing the elements. Archways, ledges, trees and vehicles all make excellent areas to take photos, whilst being protected from the wind or rain.
HOW DO YOU DO GROUP SHOTS IN THE RAIN?
Two options. Either your guests are up for getting wet and everyone piles outside as quickly as possible to get the shots.
OR we find a space big enough inside or if there isn’t a space big enough, split the groups into smaller ones.
GROUP SHOTS IN THE RAIN
GROUP SHOTS INDOORS
RAIN ON OUR WEDDING DAY: SOLVED!
So regardless of whether you want to embrace the rain or not, there are plenty of options. Don’t let it spoil your wedding day.
You can’t control the weather but you can control the solution to getting great photos in the rain.
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