When we book a wedding, one thing we can’t guarantee is the weather. Our wonderful British weather is a very mixed bag. We can start the day all bundled up with jumpers, boots and coats while carrying brollies and then end the day in shorts and t-shirts and feeling the heat.
Over the years of photographing weddings, as you can imagine I have photographed weddings in all conditions, from rain with dark and stormy clouds covering the sky to blazing hot days with perfect blue, cloudless skies (that’s another story!) I have seen April showers, heat waves in May and then back to rain in July!
So what do we do when we thought we were to have sunshine and then mother natural decided that rain is the order of the day? I say let’s embrace it and work it too our advantage!! So here are a few tips to ensure the day is not dampened by the rain, instead remaining full of sunshine and happiness.
When booking a venue, consider places that you would like to have photos taken if the weather was to take a turn for the worse. If you are not in a barn or marquee, does the venue have the space to photograph big groups of people? Also are there a variety of different dry spaces so there are different locations for the photos so they don’t become too samey with the same background.
If photographs are to taken outside, consider clear umbrellas as opposed to coloured ones. Coloured brollies can play havoc with skin tones, yellow brollies can cause the skin to look jaundiced and red brollies make you look like you’ve been in the sun too long. Yes skin tones can be corrected, however this can throw out the colours. So if the bride’s mother and the bridesmaids are wearing gorgeous colours, the colours in your images can come out very differently and you may be constantly reminded of this when you look back at your photographs.
With clear umbrellas, the skin tone and colours of the bridal party outfits are not affected and should mean that you will get some gorgeous images of the bride and groom under the brollies, perhaps exchanging a romantic kiss!
So the day is wet, so why not use the conditions and have a few shots of the bridal couple, bridesmaids and best man in Wellington boots?
Wellies are really fun these days. I remember growing up and all we had was green! These days we at spoilt for choice!! Have the gorgeous bridal shoes for the church, but the minute you step out of the ceremony, have you wellies at the ready to save you shoes.
You can have stripes, floral, dots and so many other themes!!! The sky is, almost, the limit! Why not co-ordinate with the colours of the wedding day?!
Wellie Boot image, courtesy of Hunter.com on Pinterest.