To celebrate this feature in Weddingbells magazine, I thought I’d put together a post about rain (gulp!!) on your wedding day as part of the The Friday Five series! I wanted to look back at this Jabulani vineyard wedding and talk about how rain (however dreaded) is manageable on your wedding day…let this wedding be a reminder of how you can still get bright and airy photos on your wedding – AND maybe even be featured in a national magazine!! – even if it rains on your big day!
I still remember the emotions on Kelsey and Kyle’s wedding day as the black storm clouds came rolling in…
…the whispers as the rain poured down so thick you couldn’t see 10 feet in front of you…the white ceremony chairs blowing across the vineyard with the heavy wind…the sound of the lightning hitting the top of the tin barn just minutes before the couple’s first look…and the reassuring voices of the bridal party as they tried to make all of those crazy events sound okay to the bride…I remember seeing worried faces and trying to cover my own as the timeline started to fall behind and beautiful portrait locations filled up with puddles…
But above all this, what I remember (and appreciate) most from this wedding is that I never once heard Kelsey or Kyle complain. Rain or shine, these two were getting married and that – above everything else – was what mattered.
So how did we make it work and what are the secrets to keeping the wedding day on track in the event of rain?
1. BACKUP VENUE(S).
Have a backup plan in case of rain. Kelsey and Kyle were lucky to have a friend’s house nearby with a bright sunroom that we used for indoor portraits, and their venue also had a covered gazebo as a rain option. These two backup locations saved us as it rained during portraits and the ceremony, and still allowed us access to natural light.
For more on this, read this Friday Five Post on what to look for in an indoor portrait location.
2. TIMELINE BUFFER.
Weather has a way of setting the timeline off-course. Maybe you want to wait a few minutes for the storm to blow over? Or maybe you now need to travel somewhere to reach a covered venue? Or maybe someone left the umbrellas in the parking lot and we’ll have to run out and get them (all of these have happened)! Rain or shine, building buffer time into your wedding day timeline is always a good idea to keep the day running smoothly.
3. CONSIDER THE 'FIRST LOOK'.
Annnnd…speaking of the timeline. Have you considered a ‘First Look’ Timeline? The ‘first look’ is a private moment, where the bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day before the ceremony. More on that here.
Most ‘first look’ couples plan for two sets of portraits – one before the ceremony, and one after the ceremony (usually at sunset). These two portrait times now give us two chances to take outdoor portraits, so if it’s raining during one time slot, we’re usually saved by the other. Alternatively, a ‘Traditional Timeline’ generally leaves time for only one set of portraits, meaning that if it rains after the ceremony we’re more restricted in terms of outdoor portraits.
4. 'OPEN COVER'.
I always tell my couples that if it rains, all we need is a porch – one porch! You’d be surprised at how far one covered area can go. And if no porch is available, or if you’d rather take photos elsewhere on the property, having a pile of clear umbrellas on hand just in case is always a good idea!
5. MAKE THE MOST OF IT.
If it starts to rain on your wedding day, try to see the silver lining…you never know what memories will come from it. I often find that the greatest memories from a wedding day come from things that didn’t go to plan. You might get a rainbow? A surprise sunset? Or even – as was the case with Kelsey and Kyle’s wedding – make a kissing game every time the generator blows out!! Embrace these moments; they’ll be the ones you talk about for years to come!
Thank you Weddingbells for the honour of being featured in your national magazine!
Check your news stands today to find this feature in Weddingbells Magazine! And special thanks to Kelsey, Kyle, the bridal party, all family, guests, and vendors who made this wedding such a beautiful and memorable day!
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE: JABULANI VINEYARD
EVENT DESIGNER: FRID
WEDDING DRESS: WITH LOVE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE
WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER: MORILEE BY MADELINE GARDNER
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: WITH LOVE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE
GROOM’S SUIT: TED BAKER
HAIR STYLIST: Alison at SCISSORS KANATA
MOBILE MAKEUP: DAZZLING FACES MAKEUP
DJ: QUALITY ENTERTAINMENT
CATERING: ROYAL’S RESTAURANT IN RICHMOND
INVITATION SUITE: VISTA PRINT
DESSERT ARTIST: JACOBSONS GOURMET CONCEPTS
PHOTOGRAPHY: AMY PINDER PHOTOGRAPHY