The weather we’ve been having this weekend has been truly wonderful from a brides perspective. Sunny and warm. Lovely.
However, what if your wedding day is a washout? Stupidly wet, windy,cold, in fact downright nasty?
Well, I’m here to tell you that when you wake up on the morning of your wedding and it’s bucketing down out there, don’t shed a tear, but instead, smile at the prospect of wonderful wedding photography that you’ll cherish for years to come.
Inclement weather is my favourite. in inclement weather, I see drama and magical moments.
In fact, if you embrace the weather, and at some point in the day, go outside for some pictures, you’ll be rewarded with some truly unique memories. You’ll have to be brave and maybe your dress will get a spot or two of rain on it but I hope you’ll think it’s worth it when you see the results.
The pictures below show fun moments we’ve had in the typical British rainy weather…
The first picture above was captured on a very cold and windy haloween in Witby. Those lights behind were the pier lights at night and we had to drive right up to the water’s edge so that we could jump out and get the shot as fast as possible. Lit by three flashes as well as the car headlights. It really was very dark!
Emma, below, was a real sport. Her Dad had been growing the field all year in anticipation of the big day and the fact that it turned out to be one of the wettest days in my 13 years of living in Yorkshire wasn’t going to stop Emma going out and showing the field off in her wedding pictures. The dress was ruined but it was worth it. The late evening ‘sunshine’ is in fact a video light held by a brave, wet guest.
I’ve got a thing about umbrellas. I love them. Come rain or shine, they always look good. In sunny weather, they act as a diffuser, softening the harsh sunlight. Of course in wet weather,these umbrellas can come in even more handy for shots like this.(Not sure the Geese like them as much as I do…)
The two shots below are set up shots.
Later in the evening we ventured out. Best man this time was my lighting assistant and we all got very, very wet…
Now, our brave couple, really, really wanted a shot of this feature at Waterton Park. Problem was it rained constantly all day until in the end, I was asked if we’ll try it anyway, despite it still pouring down and at this point, pitch black.
The set-up shot is below and the final image underneath.
Emma and Mike chose to get married on another one of those rainiest of rainy days. While South Yorkshire was swimming into Nottinghamshire, taking cars and houses with it (Remember?), North Yorkshire was pretty wet as well. This was one of those days. My LandRover nearly got stuck on the way into Mike’s parents’ house, where this wedding reception took place. (Yep, nice to have your own wood in the garden)
Like early rainforest explorers, dressed in wedding attire, we set off on a march to the deep dark wood, in the wind and the rain.
First five shots are the set-ups. The last one in the sequence was for the Album…
Elizabeth doing a ‘Titanic’ on the rocks at Malham Cove. – Pretty ‘inclement’
I usually find that if you wait long enough, the weather breaks, if only for a short time. Perfect time to grab those formal shots with wonderful moody light and picturesque skies.
Sometimes though, the weather is so awful, I end up feeling frightened for the bride. That dress, that veil.
I admire anyone who braves weather like this and I’ll make sure I get a great shot worthy of the sacrifice.
Let’s round off this post with some rather wet Engagement pictures, just for fun… Enjoy your wedding day and remember, embrace the ‘inclement’!