I'm sitting here on a rainy Thursday afternoon, and an idea for an advice piece popped into my head. The rain reminded me of one of my first wedding photography assignments. It was a beautiful spring day in Alabama, and the wedding was going to take place by a lovely little pond at a rustic retreat center. As everyone was gathering for the ceremony, clouds started forming, and then the bottom fell out on everyone. It started raining hard as soon as the ceremony began. I was about to panic until I saw how the minister, bride, and groom reacted. The minister said a prayer and then immediately went to the vows portion of the ceremony. The couple said their vows, and they then quickly went back down the aisle with smiles on their faces.
I think back to this day a lot, especially when I'm talking with potential wedding photography clients. It's a story I like to tell because of how this couple just went with the flow of their wedding day and didn't let the weather ruin things for them. Sure, they had lots of songs and readings planned for the ceremony, but Mother Nature had other ideas. Instead of fighting something that couldn't be fought, they just played with the hand they got dealt and still had a wonderful wedding day.
The same goes for the couple in the wedding photos featured in this post. I was doing their first reveal photos when, suddenly, it started raining on us. Instead of suddenly ending things, I was able to find a way to do the photos in the rain without the bride, groom, and my cameras getting wet. As a result, the couple got some lovely photos because of the rain. Again, everyone went with the flow of the day, didn't try to fight things, and got a great result in the process.
When you are organizing your wedding day, just be prepared for things that might not go to plan. Don't sweat the small stuff and the stuff you can't control. Find a way to incorporate it into the day and take ownership of it. Don't let it stress you out or get you down. Remember that your wedding day is supposed to be an incredibly happy day, and nothing should stand in your way of making that happen! It's great to have a plan, but it's also great to have flexibility to make sure you can adapt to situations that might appear.
I hope this has helped a bit and given a little perspective on things, especially if you are planning a wedding, thinking of weather conditions, or having issues with potential problems that might develop. Just go with the flow and don't let them ruin your day! I'd love for you to check out my wedding photography investment section if you are still in need of a wedding photographer as part of your planning process! You can also fill out the form below for more information.