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Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography


Ten tips for better wet weather wedding photographs…. You’ve planned everything for your wedding day to the Nth degree, the venue looks amazing and everything is in place, there’s just one thing you have no control over…..The weather. 

What do you do if the weather forecast isn’t looking good, how do you create those amazing wedding photographs, how do you make the most of the poor weather? Hopefully my article and top ten tips for making the most of poor weather in wedding photographs will help you plan for all eventualities, set your mind at ease and ensure you receive amazing photographs. 

Believe it or not the best kind of rain a full on straight downpour, lots of rain is the most visually appealing form of rain to photograph and if you are prepared to embrace the rain you’ll come away with the wow shots that you’ll treasure forever, so don’t be afraid to embrace the weather and with a big smile on your face step outside – under an umbrella of course! https://amzn.to/3Ht39S5That leads me onto the first tip for your wedding day. 

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

Heavy rain during the day can create puddles and with those often come reflections. This wedding photograph taken at Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire involved me taking off my shoes and socks, rolling up my trousers and walking into the middle of the puddle to find the best reflection. If the couple are going all out to get the shots, I feel duty bound to commit just as much or more to deliver them 

Top 10 Tips for planning and making the most of rain on your wedding day.

Wedding Photography Tip 1. Always have an emergency  umbrella on hand. Most experienced wedding photographers will have a white or cream umbrella just like this one White Wedding Umbrella on Amazon. White or cream umbrellas work best as they won’t add a colour cast to your wedding photographs. If your look is more bright and funky, buy enough for the whole bridal party, if you use them the results will be spectacular. Amazon offer quick delivery so even if it’s a last minute purchase a couple of days before your wedding day you can ensure you’re prepared regardless. 

Wedding Photography Tip 2. Be prepared for anything, embrace the weather, laugh, smile and enjoy. You can’t change it so go with it. 

Wedding Photography Tip 3. But don’t panic! An experienced wedding photographer will be able to create stunning photos indoors and will be juggling plan A and B, sometimes even C. A photographers experience or lack of, can really show on a wet wedding day and one who is flexible to adapt to the changing conditions will be able to ensure your photos are the best possible. 

Wedding Photography Tip 4. If you’re wedding day is at a colder time of the year don’t be afraid to incorporate a Jacket or warp into your outfit. Not only can they look good on the wedding photographs, they’ll keep you warm as well! 

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

Wedding Photography Tip 5. Bring along a spare pair of shoes for you both. If you’re worried about ruining your Jimmy Choos, Blaniks or Louboutins have a pair of emergency flats or wellies on standby. If you must wear the killer heels, consider heel protectors like these HEEL PROTECTORS LINK to help walking on grass (they even work on deep carpet)

Wedding Photography Tip 6. Remember that white umbrella we mentioned in tip one, don’t forget to have a groomsmen or Bridesmaid on hand to help with holding it, paying coats or even keeping the wedding dress off the ground whilst walking, this will help keep it clean

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

Wedding Photography Tip 7. If it’s going to be cold on your wedding day, smile like you’re on a tropical beach sipping Pina Coladas. It’s worth a few minutes of sharing body heat outside for a lifetime of amazing wedding photographs. You’ll never forget the weather on your wedding day so keep smiling look happy and you’ll have photos to treasure forever. 

Wedding Photography Tip 8. On Snowy and wet days a spare pair of shoes for the groom is ideal but if this isn’t possible pack some extra socks to change into afterwards

Wedding Photography Tip 9. When choosing your wedding venue take into account adverse weather and where will you have photographs indoors if the weather’s not so good? Look at spaces and the backdrops inside the venue, squeezing 100 people into a small reception room and then expecting your photographer to work miracles is a big ask. Ask the wedding co-ordinator during venue viewings about wet weather weddings and ensure there is adequate space and suitable locations for your drink reception and group wedding photographs. 

Wedding Photography Tip 10. It’s tempting to check the long-range forecast, don’t they are rarely  accurate over 48 hours in advance. In my experience the website and forecast at XCweather.com is the most reliable and gives a good breakdown of each day. 

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

Always be prepared for wet weather, it’s the UK after all. Just embrace what happens. You and your wedding guests will have a great time regardless of the weather so don’t worry yourself about it. It is important to not let rain or bad weather spoil your wedding day, some of our favourite wedding photographs have been taken under rain clouds and umbrellas. Now hopefully I’ve mentioned umbrellas enough and you’ve already added one to your Amazon basket. If not and you’ve read this far, click here for what I consider the best photo friendly umbrella – Amazon link

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

Hazlewood Castle, heavy rain during the afternoon created a number of puddles in the castle courtyard. By placing the camera nice and low to the surface of the water I was able to capture this reflection photograph of Richard and Sarah whilst they remained dry under an umbrella. 

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

York at dusk, some of the heaviest rain I’ve ever worked in, the couple are keeping dry under the brolly and also under the canopy of the tree. Working quickly allowed me to create the photograph before my lens became too wet from the water splashes and rainfall. 

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

above: Carlton Towers East Yorkshire wedding venue in the rain. How amazing does the backdrop look for this wedding photograph. Planning ahead and working quickly, this kind of images can be completed in literally a couple of minutes.An experienced wedding photographer will have this type of wedding photograph wrapped up before you know it and you’ll be back inside with your wedding guests. 

The above blog post is taken from an article on my website all about wet weather wedding photography. See the original article and other helpful wedding day advice and tips here 

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