The Alnwick Garden wedding with Kyra & Kev in the rain
Kyra and Kev's wedding at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland was a great lesson in how to deal well with inclement weather on your wedding day. You cannot guarantee the weather if you are getting married in Northumberland whatever time of year it is.
Given that it's been raining in the north East of England continuously since 1973, no-one should have been surprised. Kyra & Kev had their pre-wedding shoot at Druridge Bay and we had to reschedule it five times due to stormy weather. Of course, you can't reschedule your wedding day, so how do you deal with rain on your wedding day?
The main thing to do as a couple is get your head right and tackle the day with the right attitude, which Kyra and Kev did superbly. Did they let the rain get to them? Hell no!
There are so many positives to focus on other than the weather; all of your family and friends gathered together to celebrate your love, enjoying great food and drink in an exciting venue, and of course you're vowing to spend the rest of you're lives together!
As a documentary wedding photographer it's my responsibility to roll with whatever the day brings, and I'm always well prepared for wet weather. My camera bodies and lenses are weather sealed. I always carry sandwich bags and elastic bands to put around my cameras if I take a real soaking (not sexy but very practical - and cheap!). And I always have a plan b for portraits and group shots.
At the Alnwick Garden we did the majority of group shots in the far corner of the pavilion which is open on two sides but crucially has a roof. So none of the guests got wet but, with careful camera framing, it looked like we were outside. Although I haven't included any group shots here, you can see the roof of the pavilion in the shot of Kyra being prepared for her photos by her bridesmaids.
Fortunately the rain lightened up later in the day, allowing us to make some portraits in The Alnwick Garden itself. We saved the best till last, though.
The rain started up again so we had to cut our portrait time short. Night fell and the rain got heavier and heavier. Much to the wedding guests bemusement I was out in the rain setting up a light stand and test firing my off camera flash. Kyra and Kev braved the weather, and a dirty dress, to get one last unforgettable portrait.
It was the last shot of an amazing wedding. You'll find it right at the bottom of this blog.
If you are concerned about rain at your wedding my advice is not to be. Shrug it off like Kyra and Kev and you'll still end up with photographs you love.