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Rain on your wedding day (and how I deal with it)

Rain on your wedding day (and how I deal with it)

Every couple does it – keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. One bride once told me she had 5 weather apps on the phone!

Then the unthinkable happens: the forecast shows rain, a lot of it. Now what?

You panic. Rain means no outdoor pictures! Instead all pictures have to be inside! God, how do we take the group shots? A dirty wedding dress. Umbrellas everywhere. No light. You think that you have really bad luck with this one! After all sunshine represents happiness, right?

According to the UK Met Office, the average rainfall in Britain is 1,154mm per year. On average it rains for 156.2 days per year (data from 1981 to 2010).

Wrong. Rain on your wedding day does not have to be the end of everything. There is an important saying: “A wet know never comes undone”. Also In many cultures rain symbolises fertility, cleansing and good luck!

 

So how do I deal with rain on your wedding day?

Having photographed well over 100 different weddings, I have encountered all sort of weather situations and have extensive experience when it comes to getting the shot even if there is (a threat of) rain. Here are eight top tips!

1.) When it rains it doesn’t pour.

Let me say that in seven years of wedding photography I have never photographed a wedding where it rained literally all day and therefore made the outdoors a complete no-no. Unless you get married during the stormiest winter season of the year, it generally rains intermittently and there will be breaks in the rain. This is the absolute key! It is all about being flexible and seizing (photo) opportunities with an eye on the sky.

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The emerging storm is creating a very dramatic dark backdrop the the front that is still lit in sunshine.

2.) Don’t dismiss the outside

Take all the photographs inside you might say. I can do that but only if I absolutely have to. Keeping in mind that most venues do not offer the right kind of space for larger formal group shots. In my mind a good wedding reportage consists of indoor as well as outdoor pictures. Outdoor offers much better natural and non-directional light, more space, better settings.

One the left you see the family covered by the front of the venue, on the right the finished shot.

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beautiful group shot

3.) Be flexible.

I also monitor the weather and potentially liaise with you the day before the wedding to possibly change some of the stuff we had agreed on. For example if all formal group shots were planned for the time between the ceremony and the reception, but the evening promises  better weather than we can simply do those pictures later in the day, as long as you allow time for it (maybe push your first dance back by half an hour).

One October wedding I photographed had a lot of rain forcasted for the day. Thankfully Igor & Georgia were flexible and allowed me to take all necessary pictures in the gaps between rain showers. This meant they cut their greeting line short to rush outside for their confetti shot in order to get the shot in sunlight with black rain clouds approaching. Once it started raining they moved inside and enjoyed a few drinks and chats with guests. Half an hour later the rain stopped and we went outside for portraits. Everything was sparkling from rain!

 

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4.) Be quick & clever.

Umbrellas can be removed in the last second.

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5.) Seek shelter that’s not obvious.

Couples can be positioned in sheltered spots for example in some woods where the trees protect from the rain.

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6.) Embrace opportunities.

Rainy weather can create some amazing and unique photo opportunities.

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7. ) Make space for comedy

Have some fun and don’t feel too miserable about the weather.

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rain wedding day photography

8.) Rope in helpers!

It was so nice to have someone kind to help me and my cameras stay dry. 😉

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Text and images Copyright © Betty Bhandari Photography 2019

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Catching up on some of last year’s special shoots, here is another surprise engagement session at Prior Park in Bath for you. I shot four surprise engagements there last summer!

Mohammed was very keep to propose to his beautiful girlfriend Yasmin and as always, when planning a surprise engagement, I put a lot of work and planning into the preparations to make sure I am at the right place at the right time without the girlfriend getting wind of pur plan.

“Thanks for everything, I really appreciate it! I’ve seen the pics, they are lovely, we love them!”

We succeeded, Yasmin said yes, was a little overwhelmed for a while and then did an amazing modelling job for me. The picture of the two of them in the sunshine with both the bridge as well as house in the background is one of my 2018 favourite shots!

Side note: the four pictures at the beginning of this blog post are of the real proposal. The two pictures at the very top of the blog post were posed.

 

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I have photographed a beautiful sunrise wedding and you can find it here.

“We received the USB and prints and wanted to thank you – they’re really great photos, and really capture the fun that we were having! I must say that I really enjoyed myself – and everyone seemed to have a nice relaxed evening and love the ceilidh.”

Susan and Mark chose a sunset wedding with a ceremony set for 7.30pm. Following a short and humorous ceremony, everyone enjoyed a relaxed drinks reception around the baths, followed by a sit down dinner upstairs in the terrace. Speeches were short, but sweet and the ceilidh dancing in the Reception Hall started at 10pm. For me this was a real hands-off wedding which I hugely enjoyed, I was truly the fly on the wall to capture the evening’s enjoyments!

Suppliers:

Rings – Sipsons
Make up artist –
Groom’s outfit – Ted Baker
Wedding Cake – The Cake Architect
Flowers – Secret Garden
Ceiligh Band – Spill the Whiskey
 

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For more information & to check availability:

(or so simply say hi)

6 + 2 =

I’m located in Bath, Somerset.

email   betty.bhandari@gmx.net

phone 07984 029 639

I will get back to you within 48 hours maximum. In the unlikely event that you don’t hear back from me please check your email spam folder.

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email    betty.bhandari@gmx.net

phone   +44 (0)7984 029 639

I will get back to you within 48 hours maximum. In the unlikely event that you don’t hear back from me please check your email spam folder.

Surprise Engagement Photos at Prior Park

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Sam and Taryn live in the United States and were coming over to the UK to see some of his family members. Sam saw this as a great opportunity to pop the question and contacted me a long time in advance of the trip. Like most guys who plan to pop the question he knew what he wanted, but not exactly how this could be translated into reality. I think this is where the photographer’s experience come in. I have shot a few surprise engagements now and planning exactly where the proposal will take place, where to stand, how to face each other and most importantly to keep me totally incognito takes some time and careful talking through.

“These are fantastic Betty, thank you so much!!!”

And we got there, as always. I arrived in good time before the couple, just in case they ran early. I set up, took some scenic pictures and waited for the love birds to arrive. I have to admit my heart was thumping when I finally spotted Sam and Taryn in the distance. It was not easy to keep an eye on them, but keep my camera hidden, just in case she turned towards me. I only shoot last minute, when he had started talking to her and had her full attention. Then I photograph the engagement moment, slowly walk closer and wait for that fun moment when he points me out to her. 🙂

If you are planning to propose to your girlfriend/boyfriend/partner and would like me to capture the moment, please get in touch through my form below and I can tell you more about the planning process.

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(or so simply say hi)

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email    betty.bhandari@gmx.net

phone   +44 (0)7984 029 639

I will get back to you within 48 hours maximum. In the unlikely event that you don’t hear back from me please check your email spam folder.