Here at Always You Photography, living and mostly working in Somerset often means that the weather isn’t exactly the California sunshine we all hope for on our big day.
But sunshine isn’t the only way to get beautiful photos – in fact, we choose to look at it as an exercise in creativity! Here we round up a few choice reasons why bad weather can mean amazing wedding memories!
1 - Dramatic Skies = Dramatic Backdrops
Sure, sunny blue skies are usually the ideal – but rain and winds can also produce arguably even more dramatic backgrounds! Some of you may recall Anne and Mike’s Cornwall-based destination wedding we shot last year – we shot Anne and Mike on the cliff-edge at the Minack Theatre. The gusty winds and rain meant that the waters were choppy and the skies grey – but the drama of the coastline was emphasized by this.
Rain can also make for some spectacular effects – Trevor Dayley recommends using backlighting to really capture the rain droplets, and we love this almost confetti-like effect!
2 - Umbrella’s are fashion accessories too
Umbrella’s aren’t just practical – they can be fabulous as props! Bright colours can make for some really fun shots, or clear plastic can be used to make for some cute couple shots – just as we did in Katie and Nathan’s engagement shoot
The key with photos like these is to come prepared – ask your photographer if they stock umbrellas (we usually have some on hand or can source specific ones!).
Making them tie into your colour scheme (particularly the bridesmaids dresses) can be a great way of making your shots look planned to the letter rather than the rain-soaked last-minute effort!
3 - Own the weather!
The thing to remember is that the weather on the day is all going to be part of your memory of your wedding – and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Own it, have fun in it and your photos could even end up being more individual than if you had had clear blue skies!