If you are getting married there are lots of big decisions to make. Things like who to invite, how to decorate and what to eat are just a few.
While much of what you plan is in your control, one thing that won’t be is the weather on your wedding day!
Especially in the United Kingdom!
Rain has been called a good luck charm on your wedding day, so what are some wedding photography ideas that can make your big day come to life?
Let’s take a look at some ideas you can incorporate into your wedding photo’s so that you can embrace the rain (if you are so lucky)!
REFLECTIONS IN THE PUDDLES
A unique wedding photo idea to take advantage of a rainy day is to find reflections in puddles.
A lot of us have seen our reflection in a pond or fountain and been impressed. Imagine what you see when you are dressed up and with your groom or bride by your side!
Reflections in puddles can also be a great way to capture the beauty of your wedding venue or the garden where you are standing for the photos.
BRING OUT COLOURS
Rainy days aren’t always glum, sometimes they bring beautiful rainbows that add a splash of colour to the view. A great wedding photographer will use these opportunities to bring out the natural colours and frame the shots to make the bride and groom look absolutely magical.
Rain helps to saturate the colours in an image and pictures can be truly brilliant with this effect. For example, the patio where you are taking pictures will have a slick look. This brings out the colours of the stone or brick that it is made out of.
Are you taking your wedding photos in a colourful garden? Watch how the rain brings out all the unique colours and adds to your picture!
CAPTURE THE RAINDROPS
A brilliant effect in your wedding photos on a rainy day is capturing the raindrops.
But how do you do this?
Well first, you need to ensure that your photographer uses the proper shutter speed on their camera’s flash. This usually means using a shutter speed of at least 1/500th of a second or faster!
If your photographer is not using a fast enough shutter speed, you will not be able to see the beauty shine through in the final product of your wedding pictures.
FIND COVERED AREAS TO SHOOT UNDER
A fun wedding photo idea to take advantage of a rainy wedding day is to pose for pictures under a covered area.
This lets you and your new spouse stay dry while also adding a truly brilliant effect to the background of your images with the rain.
Learning about the venue where you will be married is important. This way you know where these covered areas are. This will help you to know the best places to go for these pictures and keep you dry as you get there!
UMBRELLAS AS PROPS
Umbrellas aren’t just used by Mary Poppins! They can be used as a great prop for rainy days to show the fun and humorous side of wet weather.
You should arrange before your wedding day to have a nice looking umbrella accessible if you need it. This umbrella should be big enough to cover you and your spouse.
You can be creative about the way you or your spouse holds the umbrella. It can also help to deflect light in a way that brings out the beauty of your pictures more!
The best wedding photography ideas often come from those impromptu moments that capture the carefree vibe perfectly.
DON’T LET RAIN STOP YOU
While rain might not be how you envision your perfect day, don’t let it rain on your parade!
As long as it’s safe, you should plan to continue your wedding activities as if there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
Rain can actually be a fun way to make your day unique and keeping your plan of events the same gives your photographer a chance to capture images in a unique way.
Rain is just water and the best part about it is that you can dry off after the fun is over!
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IDEAS FOR RAINY DAYS
An important thing to remember is that regardless of what the weather is like on your wedding day, you are still marrying that perfect person.
The build-up to your big day and the happiness you should have will come through in your pictures — rain or shine!
There are wedding photo ideas for rainy days that give you the opportunity to take advantage of the situation.
The rain is a great way to bring out the colours of your photographs and add that special touch to an otherwise ordinary picture. Puddles aren’t just for jumping over!
Puddles aren’t just for jumping over! You should speak with your wedding photographer about his or her experience in that respect. Are they familiar with the venue and some of the best places to capture images like that? At Zaki Charles Photography, we are.
RAIN CAN MAKE FOR MAGICAL WEDDING PHOTO’S
Another nice way to utilise a rainy wedding day in your photographs is by capturing the raindrops as they fall. To do this, your photographer must know what shutter speed is needed to make them shine through. If they don’t, these raindrops may come out as a blur and the unique aspect of the image is lost.
To be on the safe side, you should be prepared for rain. Buy a nice umbrella ahead of your big day or make sure your photographer is coming prepared with one of their own.
Your wedding day is one of the most important moments of your life. While rain may create a little bump in the road, look at it as a way to make your photos more unique.
At Zaki Charles Photography, we are experienced in serving those in the Oxford and Oxfordshire area. We understand what it means to take brilliant photos, in all kinds of weather. Check out our photography portfolio to see where we have taken advantage of some of the suggestions in this article!
If you’d like to know more about how’d we get the best wedding photo’s for you, even if the rain comes tumbling down, get in touch today, we’d love to chat.