Every bride imagines a picture perfect day when they think of their wedding, but the fact is, you just can’t predict mother nature. However, there are a couple things you can do to make your rainy wedding even more romantic in pictures than the typical blue skies above. There are a few things to consider.
First off, rainy days are romantic. They offer a warm feeling in the heart, force everyone to snuggle close, and can make for some dramatic photographs. Every time I’ve photographed a rainy event, couples have stated that they wouldn’t change a thing after they saw how romantic their photography was. Here is how we pull it off.
1. Plan ahead… Large umbrellas are key. As a photographer, we happen to stay prepared and make sure to have some large umbrellas readily available for ourselves and for our couples if the need arises.
2. Make sure your umbrellas are solid in color. We prefer, black or white because although red, green or blue may add some drama, it can also cast that color onto your skin if the skies are bright which isn’t so great for color photography.
3. Make sure your photographer has an assistant. It can cut costs, but paying for an assistant is money well spent. It is virtually impossible to hold a digital camera in the rain and an umbrella at the same time. An assistant can help make sure your photographer’s equipment stays dry, which is key to making sure it works for the rest of the evening. Electronics and water simply don’t mix even with the most weather sealed camera systems.
4. Snuggle close and avoid puddles. These rain shots were captured with the couple playing it safe. There is a time and place to capture exotic rain filled shots without worrying about your dress. That time is on a different day than the wedding itself. Go for it, get out in it, but don’t let an over anxious photographer talk you into something you aren’t comfortable with. You don’t have to take major risks to get amazing photographs.
5. Let go … Enjoy the energy and romance that the rain provides. While you may be thinking about rain in a negative way, your guests are feeling the warmth and romance and you should picture it that way as well.
6. Look at your photographer’s ‘rainy’ work. When choosing a photographer make sure to see best case scenarios and worst case scenarios in full single story wedding books from front to back. In my expert opinion, this is the only way you can be assured that regardless of conditions you will be confident in your decision.
Regardless of weather or location, amazing photographs are present at every single wedding. All of the defining moments still take place. So, do a little preparation and think ahead, and rest assured you can just relax and enjoy your most precious day.