Part 1: The “R” Word

“April showers bring May flowers.” But sometimes April showers just bring more May down pours!

And for the Bride who has spent the last year planning her dream spring wedding, this is not exactly music to her ears.  Every time I sit down with a bride to be,  and the topic of weather comes up,  suddenly there is a sense of dread as she starts speaking in hushed tones, thinking if she says the “R” word  quietly enough, her special day will not be jinxed!

The truth of the matter is if it’s going to rain, it’s just going to rain. Although I wish a beautiful “partially cloudy” day for all my brides, I want to share a very well kept secret with you (maybe too well-kept): Some of the most beautiful and creative images come from getting scrappy and being resourceful when faced with the challenges of the day!

So, if you have dreamed of a spring wedding since you were 12 years old and see yourself walking toward the man of your dreams across the perfectly manicured estate lawn with a floral crown on your head and carrying an over-sized bouquet of wild flowers in your hands, then what I’m about to tell you could be your saving grace.

 Here are 5 easy-to-implement tips if rain does come on that special day:

Tip #1 – Mind over Matter

Make the decision right from the start that no matter what the day brings you are going to have fun and just go with the flow.  This will give your photographer the creative freedom to lead you and your sweetheart into beautiful moments that will become framable art in your new home together!

Tip #2- Speed of Trust

Give yourself credit that you chose a highly skilled photographer that shares your vision and has a plan to execute that vision.  Trust that your photographer sees through eyes with years of experience.  Trust that your photographer will lead you carefully through the moments with your love.  Once the moments are captured, you will return dry and perfectly intact to enjoy the remainder of the event!

Tip #3 – Backup Plan

Choose a venue that has a backup location option in case of rain. Even though the gazebo in the rose garden or under the trellis overlooking the lake may be the ideal spot to say “I do,” be sure to have a “plan b” if the rain starts rolling in.  This backup plan may be an indoor ballroom. In efforts to keep it outdoors, have a beautiful white tent set up on that perfectly manicured lawn.  Some venues have an open-air chapel or pavilion that make a lovely alter for your nuptials.

We chose an alternate setting for the times in which it was raining on Hayden and John's wedding day.

We chose this pavilion as a way to hide from the rain- still beautifully captured despite the weather.


Although the rain stopped in time for the wedding, Hayden and John's couple portraits were captured inside, thanks to a venue with several options.

Although the rain stopped in time for the wedding, Hayden and John’s couple portraits were captured inside, thanks to a venue with several options.


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Dar & Matt chose to set up a beautiful white tent for their multicultural wedding. This option allowed for the wedding to go smoothly whether it rained or not.


Any of these options are the perfect scene for lovely ceremony and reception images.  And hey,  your hair is still perfectly styled and your makeup isn’t running down the front of your gown: Success!

It’s all about what fits your vision. Now that you know what questions to ask in your search for a venue, I just know you’ll find the perfect place for excellent memories and exquisite photos!

Stay tuned in for tips 4 & 5 on the blog next week…



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    • Reply September 20, 2015


      Thanks modern lace for sharing the conversation! Can’t wait to hear from your readers to see what their favorite rainy day inspirations are to keep things lively and fun!

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