What to do if it rains on your wedding day

If anyone has experience telling brides, don’t worry it’ll all work out, it’s their photographer. I find myself telling every bride that more than once on the days leading up to her wedding or even on her big day. Last year through planning my wedding during the prime of COVID I had to remember that little phrase more than once. There are so many things that were out of my control. At the end of the day, my one dream was coming true, I got to marry my knight in shining armor! And it was going to be the best!!

Our wedding day plans worked out. On rehearsal night the weather was beautiful. We were a little concerned about guests being a little too warm, but knew The Lord would work it out. Of course, no one wants rain on their wedding day. They say it’s good luck, but seriously, what bride wants it to pour the rain on the day she’s dreamed of her whole life?!

On August 15, 2020 waking up to pouring rain was our reality. It was probably the COLDEST day of the summer! And you know what?! I found myself not stressed at all. The day we had been planning for SO long was finally here, and I wasn’t going to let something I couldn’t control ruin my wedding. We of course prayed for the rain to stop. I had things planned out perfectly so everyone knew when to be where, all the while we would be able to capture the beauty of sweet Tucker County.

Plans had to change, and I had to be okay with it

Like I said, I wasn’t going to let a little (or a lot of rain) ruin our wedding!! I knew everything that I had planned out perfectly was going to be changed, so I had to trust my amazing photographer to put us in the best places! We did our first look on the church porch and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. In our video you can hear the rain pouring down, but it was beautiful and a moment I’ll cherish forever. I didn’t care about anything else than seeing Thomas.

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Trust your photographer

If you’ve paid thousands of dollars on a top notch professional photographer, odds are this isn’t the first wedding they’ve seen where it’s rained. Trust them!!! It isn’t your job to find all the best locations and light so your images are amazing-that’s what you paid them for. Hire a photographer that you KNOW you can trust and will be able to deliver beautiful images even if it’s pouring the rain. Forever thankful for our sweet friends Katelyn and Will for capturing our day beautifully!

Have a backup plan

I originally wanted to get married in Thomas’s church. Thanks to COVID, that wasn’t possible, so we found ourselves scrambling to find something outside for a ceremony space. The fear of “what if it rains” was sinking in. We had the perfect plan! Outside, underneath the pavilion of our venue was the perfect compromise and with a little bit of decorating, it couldn’t have been more beautiful.

At the end of the day, you’re just as married

It doesn’t matter where you are, who’s there, what the weather does. At the end of your day, you’re just as married! This has been something I’ve told my couples from the beginning of starting my business. All those little things that you stress over do not matter! You have to remember the most important thing is that you’re married! Never lose sight of that. No amount of rain, sickness or sadness can ruin what God has joined together.

 

Looking back, I truly wouldn’t change a thing. We had the most beautiful day and I’m grateful The Lord blessed me with such an amazing husband! So don’t stress if it rains on your wedding, if we made it, you can too!

xoxo,
Zoe

 

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