One of the most common questions I get asked by brides and grooms is, “What do we do for the wedding photos if it rains?”
While I can’t make any recommendations on where you should move your outdoor ceremony in the event of a downpour, I can make some suggestions regarding the post ceremony wedding photography session.
Firstly, bring an umbrella or 12 depending on how many people are in the bridal party! If on your wedding day you think you’re going to still want to have those outdoor images captured, umbrellas are a must. Besides, they’re beautiful and they look great in photos!
Then there’s the option to walk along the street next to shops so you can use their awnings to get cover from the rain. Shelter under a tree is OK, but usually in a light drizzle, and then of course there’s the option to dump the umbrellas all together and strut out in the weather not caring that you’re going to get wet!
Contrary to common belief, simply walking into a public indoor area (like shopping centres, government buildings and hotel lobbies) for the purpose of capturing wedding photography is not legal without prior written approval. So if there’s a chance it’s going to rain on your wedding day and you absolutely do not want to go outside for photos in the wet, you’ll need to first contact the locations where you think you’d like to have photos done, and get their written permission first.
At the end of the day I love photographing in the rain! I have photographed in the heaviest rain ever experienced in Brisbane in the last 10 years and I’ve still created images that my clients love! Rain is good luck and it has a habit of falling when you least expect it, so all I can say is embrace it and trust that the photos will still shine!