People ask me “what do you do if it rains?”. My answer is always the same “the cameras can take more water than a wedding dress – we’ll go on shooting”. Some people laugh. And some people don’t believe me. Then there are people like Flis and Dave who call my bluff. And that’s when we get the coolest pictures.
Of course, it was just my luck to meet a very cool couple who were absolutely up for anything the elements could throw at them on one of the wettest days ever. Those are sandbags which were in front of pretty much all the houses in the road. There were 4 inches of rain forecast and the environment agency had issued a severe weather warning. A perfect day for a wedding!
You know how the checklist goes:
Dress? Check. Tiara? Check. Umbrella? Check. Wellies? Oh yeah. Nothing was going to stop Flis getting to the castle on time.
Of course the guys didn’t scrub up too badly. Even if they were slightly moist and more than a little windswept.
And all in good time the bride arrived. Looking gorgeous, unruffled, wearing a fabulous frock and ready for anything. And yeah, wearing wellies.
Eagle eyed viewers may recognise that umbrella. It’s the twin to the one from Lisa and Nick’s wedding! Only this time it’s being carried by assistant Amit rather than Mike. In fact if you see it anywhere then please give me a call – it went missing somewhere at Walmer Castle or the Blazing Donkey. You can’t miss it – it has MyWeddingStory.co.uk on it!
Then we headed outside for the wedding….
Didn’t I mention it? 4 inches of rain – and they were getting married in as close to the open air as the law allows. Awesome!
Of course they had a roof over their heads during the vows. The guests (and photographers!) weren’t quite so lucky. Then it was off to the gardens for some beautiful portraits in the gorgeous light.
Fortunately I’d thought ahead and brought my own light for the pictures because it was actually pretty grim. Or rather Amit had brought the lights – 10 kilos of fashion level studio lighting – from the car.
Then we went on to the Blazing Donkey for the reception. And finally finally there was a break in the clouds for long enough to take the groups outdoors.
And if anybody saw that I was checking the LCD screen rather more than usual, well there was a good reason. My camera had taken on so much water that the inside of the viewfinder was fogged and I was shooting blind. I ran a few tests to make sure it was still shooting OK (otherwise I’d have had to use one of the backups). Yep, works fine – I just can’t see what I’m taking!
Of course, wait long enough and the weather always gets better. And with rain you get clouds. So Flis and Dave came outside to look at the stars and I took their picture against the amazing night sky.
A HUGE thanks to the crew on this one. John Owen helped out with some of the shots and Amit assisted on lighting. Both of them got much wetter than you’d ever expect to taking wedding pictures. And thanks to Flis and Dave for being so brave and cool and not backing down. Lots of people would have run for cover in less rain than that not stand in the rain or sit on fences or any of the other crazy stuff we did.
But it does give me a new answer. “What do you do when it rains?” “We kick ass…..”
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