Photo by Marnie Recker Photography
I love rainy day weddings just as much as I love sunny ones. They push a photographer to the edges of their creativity and the results are often unique and very romantic. Although it can sometimes be challenging, rain brings humour, a lightness to the present moment, the rainforest is bright and lush, the clouds are gorgeous, and reflections are awesome in compositions. Umbrellas are great props and gumboots are the biggest trend at west coast weddings.
Some tips for being prepared for the chance of rain on your wedding day in Tofino or Ucluelet!
1. Go outside no matter what! Rain and wind are not the greatest combination but there are always places that will provide some shelter from the elements. Rain is easy to work with. A rain and wind combo can be challenging but there are beaches and forests that provide shelter. Work with a local photographer that knows all the beaches and understands the weather patterns.
2. A rainy day wedding is a rainy day narrative. Rain is a great element in the story of your day. In your wedding album you will want images that reflect this. Be it with photos taken through a rainy window, a raindrop on a leaf that holds your rings or a dramatic night photo with raindrops illuminated all around you.
3. Rain boots are a necessity! They are stylish and comfortable to wear. And they add a splash of colour to your photos. Imagine your white dress, yellow, red or blue gumboots making splashes in the tide pools next to green anemones and purple starfish. Yes! I want to make this image with you!
4. Umbrellas! Bring them if you have them, but don’t work if you don’t. I have almost every colour of the rainbow, a rainbow one, white one, and clear one. And ALL the resorts have black ones!
5. Talk to your hair and makeup artists about rain proofing your mascara and hair-do. It’s impossible to protect your hair from falling a little flat with the elements, but it is something to consider when choosing the style for your day. This is also why preparation photos are so important because a few photos before the ceremony in soft pretty window light are wonderful to have. Get you while you are done up perfect before you get lip stick on your cheeks, the wind blows your hair around and a tear runs down your face while you say your vows to the love of your life.
6. Make sure your photographer comes prepared with back-up gear. Wet cameras sometimes stop working in the rain and gear can fall in the wet sand.
7. Have a bag with a warm shawl or sweater if it’s cold or windy.
8. Always have a Plan B. You never know what the weather is going to do on the west coast. The forecast is seldom right. It can give you a basic idea of what it might be like, but more often than not, it is wrong.
9. Have fun! Be open to the surprises that will happen on your day and be ready for an adventure. After all, that is what life is- a great big adventure and your wedding day is one of the milestones that you will never forget because you will have the photos to celebrate it. So breath deep, laugh lots and don’t sweat over the little things.