Happy March, everyone!
Can you believe today is March 1? I know February is a short month, but for me it FLEW by! That little taste of Spring was SO wonderful, wasn’t it?! Right before those warm, beautiful days, enduring that gross rain for a week and staring at some beautiful Valentine’s Day flowers got me thinking – this is a perfect blog post! As we prepare for an amazing wedding season in 2018, I thought what better vendor spotlight than to feature a favorite photographer & preferred vendor of Laurel Wedding Co. by chatting about some rainy day tips!
Meet my sweet friend, Renée! She is a photographer, wife, sister, old soul, coffee drinking Christ follower who lives in Bucks County, PA. And trust me, her laugh and smile is just as contagious as it looks in that photo! Meeting Renée has been so fun for me – we love going to Broad Street Grind and chatting about life, love, food, and of course some weddings and our businesses sprinkled in!
You are going to love her words of wisdom about some rainy day weddings – make sure you check out her website and of course, enjoy these pictures she captured on this sweet couple’s rainy wedding day!
When Erin shared with me that she’d like me to write a guest post on her blog, I couldn’t have been more ecstatic! Today, I’ll be sharing my 3 best tips for brides to approach rainy wedding days.
This isn’t a topic that’s talked about often because who really wants it to rain on their wedding day? Yes, it might have some good luck associated with it, but rain is usually not on a bride’s wish list! BUT if it does rain on your wedding day, remember that you’ve hired the best creative team who will work together to ensure your day continues on rain or shine! Be confident in that!
I’ve seen the tips below, remain as a consistent relief for brides when preparing for rain on their wedding day!
Ask your venue what their Plan B is in case it rains!
If you’re getting married at a venue, most likely they’ve had experience with rain arriving on a wedding day! They know the ins and outs of their venue, and what works best as a Plan B if the weather is looking unpredictable! I’ve seen this be such a comfort for brides to know – right from the start – how their venue will transition into Plan B! Asking about Plan B doesn’t mean that you’ll have rain on your wedding day either! 🙂 You should know these details ahead of time, and the best part would be never having to use Plan B at all! Make sure to share Plan B with your vendor, too!
Ask your photographer how they approach rainy weddings days!
Obviously, no one wants it to rain on wedding days, but that’s just not realistic! In a photographer’s career, rain will make an appearance at some point! If it does rain that doesn’t mean you won’t have beautiful photos! Your photographer should be prepared and know how to handle rain on a wedding day!
For myself, if I know that rain might be on its way, I’ll make sure that I arrive an hour earlier to scope out alternative portrait locations! That way, when it’s time for portraits, I can use every moment with my couples to capture the photos they love without having to try and find the best locations at the same time!
You have hired your photographer to capture your wedding day, and that might mean getting a little wet! I most definitely won’t ask my couples to go out in thunder, lightning or a downpour, BUT if it’s spritzing I will most likely ask my couples – if they’re comfortable, of course – to take some portraits outside under an umbrella! I bring 8 of the clear bubble umbrellas with me, as well, for the couples and their bridal party to use! These umbrellas are always in my trunk and look so good in portraits!
Also, be flexible! If there is a break in the weather later in the day or during your reception, your photographer will most likely ask you to take more portraits outside! This allows more opportunities for your photographer to serve you well and provide you with more images that you LOVE!
Lastly, take a deep breath.
This might not be the tip that immediately comes to mind when you see rain on the forecast, and is probably the hardest out of all three tips! If it does rain, you will still receive beautiful photos and create memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime! You have family, friends and a creative team ready to step in to ensure your day is perfect and beautiful in every way! Above all, you’re marrying your best friend and the love of your life!! Rain most definitely won’t stop that from happening! 🙂
Renée – you are a joy and I am so thankful for you; I can’t wait to continue collaborating and working together!
You’d never know it was a rainy wedding day for the couple featured in this post! Click here to see the full blog on Amanda & Ben’s Wedding.
For more information about Renee Nicolo Photography, click here!