How bad weather can help make good photographs
It’s a question I’m often asked when going through wedding day schedules and details with a couple. “What will we do if it rains?” The simple answer is, you’ll carry on getting married and having one of the best days of your life!
One of the reasons that you hire an experienced professional like me is that we have a plan B. And, as we live in the UK, the plan B for when it rains gets used a fair number of times during the year. But, to be quite honest, it doesn’t matter. In fact, stormy skies and rain can actually add to the atmosphere of the wedding photos. So okay, we might not be able to go outside for as long as you wanted, but I’ve got the experience, the skill and the photographic eye to be able to make great images indoors. And, usually, there’s always a break in the weather, and a poor start to the day often leads to beautiful evening sunshine.
The weather on Louise and Carmine’s wedding day back in June was pretty shocking in the morning. Persistent heavy rain and leaden skies. But, as I said above, they weren’t concerned. We’d discussed what we’d do if the weather was poor, and they weren’t going to let a little thing like a bit of rain spoil their big day. Sure, it meant a bit more work for the ushers at church, making sure that the guests stayed dry as they got out of cars and taxis, but the excitement and enjoyment of the day meant that no-one really cared about what the weather outside was doing.
I started the day with Louise at Cottons Hotel in Knutsford, where she was getting ready with her mum and bridesmaids. Her rather lovely dress was from Agape Bridal Boutique in Altrincham.
Then it was on to St Joseph’s in Sale, where I met Carmine and his team, who were working hard with a lot of umbrellas ..
This pretty much sums it up.
The rain had stopped long enough for confetti to be thrown.
Flowers by Fletcher and Foley in Sale Moor.
And then on to Arley Hall, looking quite magnificent as the sky turned blue for a while, as sun and rain battled it out for the rest of the afternoon.
Seizing our moment, we headed out into the award winning gardens for some portraits. Grey skies had returned, but I think they add something to the mood of the photos.
After dinner we headed outside for some more portraits. The rain had stopped briefly, leaving some great puddles behind, which are wonderful for reflections. The light was also superb.
And then into the Library for a couple of flash-lit portraits before heading over to Olympia for the evening reception and first dance.
Very best wishes to Louise and Carmine for being so wonderful on your big day, and for your future lives together.
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