Ok, so your worst fears have come true. You wake up on the morning of your wedding and the weather is terrible. And I don’t just mean a bit wet and breezy, I mean weather of biblical ferocity. It’s going to clear right? WRONG – It holds all day. Your dreams of the beautiful outside shots in the garden or by the lake are dashed. So what do you do?
Firstly, don’t panic, in the great scheme of things this really is not as bad as you think, honest . Second talk to your photographer. Any photographer worth their salt, particular any that have covered more than 3 or 4 weddings in the Lake District, will have encountered this before and will have already got a back up plan!
I have shot some VERY wet weddings this year and for all of them, bar one, we managed to get a break in the weather that was (just) long enough to get some great shots. It may mean that you have to be on standby to seize the opportunity but the shots are in the bag. Also there are very few venues where you cant get some fab shots indoors. Often these images might not be exactly what you were anticipating and have to be a bit more creative but they can be all the better for it! Quiet often you cant even tell in the photographs that the weather was anything other than perfect.
Also from my point of view wind is worse than rain when it comes to getting shots outside. There is normally always somewhere under cover that I can stand you while I get your images or we can use white brollys which look fab! It doesn’t matter to me if I get wet. Wind is more difficult because it tends to wreak havoc with hair, veils and dresses. But there is normally a sheltered spot around a corner somewhere thats works just fine.
Ok so there was the ‘bar one’ wedding I mentioned. This wedding was the exception, no break in the weather, it went dark quickly, the time frame was going to be tight between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast anyway. We did some images inside and couple outside but we were beaten back in by the weather. The bride and groom desperately wanted some shots in the grounds and down by the lake as this was why they had chosen the venue and it just wasn’t possible to do them without them getting drenched, filthy and looking frozen and windswept.
So? We did a re shoot a little while later. I know its not ideal to have to do it this way but it will get you the images you wanted which weren’t possible at the time. Its also a good excuse to dress up in your beautiful dress again. So bear in mind this is the absolute WORST case scenario and has only happened once this year so it’s statistically fairly unlikely to happen, but, if it is you and your wedding it isn’t the end of the world.
A big positive side of doing this is that, much like a Rock the Frock shoot, you have far more time to get more creative and a wider range of images than you do on a wedding day. A typical shoot like this or a Rock the Frock shoot will last a couple of hours. On a wedding day you generally only get 10-20 minutes to get your images. You also don’t have the stresses of the day and guilt of leaving your guests waiting for you so you can relax and really enjoy it. So there you go, its all going to be fine!
The image on here are from the shoot we did after the ‘bar one’ wedding. I hope you like them. x