What’s your greatest fear about your wedding day? For some people, the answer to this question is “rain.” Weather in the San Francisco Bay Area can be especially unpredictable during the fall and spring months, as you already know! But rain on your wedding day could be a good thing…most notably because you will get better photos than you would on a bright, sunshiny day. Read on to see how to get great rainy-day wedding photos and why rain might just be your friend after all.
Most people think that a bright, sunny day is best for photos, but that’s not the case. Overcast weather is a photographer’s dream…. Why? Because bright light can be harsh, and create unflattering shadows. Cloudy skies make for gorgeous, even lighting and fabulous photos.
When you think of taking snapshots in the rain, put aside your visions of frizzing hair and stepping your peep-toes into puddles. Instead, focus on the photo-op at hand, and grab a few helpful props. Pick up a fun pair of rubber boots so you can walk outside with ruining your wedding shoes.
Photos with umbrellas can be so cute that you might even wish for rain! We keep a matching set of completely clear umbrellas on hand since we love taking advantage of an artistic opportunity with rain. You can also choose multi-colored umbrellas for a splash of color, or if you fear rain is in your forecast consider silk-screening the bridal party’s names on the umbrellas so that the photo is even more cute! Guaranteed great rainy-day wedding photos!
You can’t wait to see your centerpieces, only to find that when you’ve arrived to your tented reception, they’ve succumbed to the heat and wilted. But that won’t happen on a rainy day. Flowers are less likely to wilt in rainy conditions. Overcast skies, cooler temperatures and humidity all generally make flowers happier than sun, heat and dry air.
Wedding day disasters may not seem funny in the moment, but one day you’ll love telling your children — or, heck, anyone who will listen — the epic story of how you battled a big storm on your wedding day to your grandchildren, Samuels says. “Everyone loves a good story, and if hurricane winds ripped your wedding arch down or a torrential downpour caused your updo to go south or makeup to melt, you can be the hero of the story that persevered and loved every moment of it, the good, the bad and the ugly.”
And… let’s not forget: in some cultures, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, symbolizing fertility and cleansing. So whether you are superstitious or just prefer to look on the bright side, think of it this way: Who couldn’t use a little good luck on their big day?
If there’s rain in the forecast for your wedding day, follow our tips and pack a few fabulous props for your great rainy-day wedding photos!
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