It's raining but the show must go on
It's summer - though you wouldn't notice it, up here in Scotland. We've been dodging rain drops for the last few months striving for that perfect wedding photo. I took a look at the stats for last year and it rained one in every two days so this isn't unusual. Lucky that our camera equipment is waterproof.
Pro tip - always ask your photographer what their rain plan is.
As awesome wedding photographers we always have a rainy day back up plan. During the venue visit we look for all the possible indoor photo opportunities so that you won't miss out; however, there are other things that we take notice of, because if we think of them for you, then you don't have to. We're nice like that. For your benefit, here's some of the thing's that we've learned photographing weddings in unpredictable weather.
1. If it's rained a lot recently then the ground will be wet
This may not seem that revolutionary but if the grass is sodden then high heels will sink into grass and your beautiful wedding dress will get mucky quickly. Also, about half the wedding party will be unable to walk or stand comfortably whilst we take photographs. One idea can be to bring some picnic blankets for people to stand on. They'll stop you sinking into the ground and keep your wedding dress from acting like a wick for muddy water.
2. The weather app on your phone lies
It's a dirty rotten scoundrel and you shouldn't trust it as far as you can throw it. If it says it's not going to rain then prepare for rain. We do. We have some pretty important kit that sits alongside our cameras, two really nice umbrellas for you and one kinda nice umbrella for us. If the weather isn't monsoon like (or if it is and you are feeling adventurous) then some beautiful and intimate photos can come from a little rain, a pretty umbrella and a newly married couple.
3. Don't expect it to be better later
If the weather looks like it's getting better we often like to still go ahead with the rain plan just in case. We don't want to be unable to give you your family and couples photos because we ran out of time waiting for dry weather. If the weather does improve then there's always an opportunity for a few more, if you want.
4. It's summer, it rained, now it's sunny...and really, really humid
This is one for the guys. Take your jacket off or you'll steam yourself. You can always put it back on for a photo, but don't forget to take it off again. Sure, a wedding is a formal occasion but there's no rule that says formal occasions demand payment is sweat and distress. Plus you won't look all hot and bothered in photos either.
5. Have fun regardless
Rain happens. It won't ruin your day, it might make it even more fun than you had planned. Go with the flow and enjoy your wedding day.
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