Rain on your wedding day……
Flexibility is key – rain does not ruin a wedding day! We are so very lucky to live in an area in California that rarely rarely see’s rain… when it arrives we all sort of scratch our heads and wait to for it disappear very soon.
We had heard that rain may be coming and knowing that most all of our ceremonies are outdoors, we always watch the weather forecasts for our couples.
Yesterday we were watching the radar maps minute by minute to see if we could make this couple’s dream come true without a drop of rain. The radar maps showed that there was a cleaning expecting for an hour and a half which was perfect timing for their wedding. We all waiting in our cars (guests, us (officiant/photographer and assistant) with a few chairs – until it was the right moment to pop out and set up. The day before Brian and I set out looking for an idea spot under the tree’s at Berwick Park to hold a wedding in case it rained. We found this spot and a couple of other other spots before and after this area. We knew we had out plan B and C and were super excited to make this happen for them. The couple was gracious and just knew that they wanted to have their wedding outside if they could – even in a sprinkle as they had waiting for was a long time coming. They really wanted it to happen yesterday as it was their 6 year anniversary. The pandemic had already altered their plans once and they hoped that yesterday it would be the day to exchange their vows.
In the end, the spot was perfect under the trees. The rain in the end was a small sprinkle and no one even noticed the rain coming down. Luckily, I was the only one that got caught in the rain a little and with ziplock bags (no kidding!) for my gear and my assistant holding an umbrella over my head – it was a great success! As a wedding photographer I have always believed in having an assistant with me during the day to help out with gear, lighting and now… to help out to ensure I don’t get soaked! My assistant helps ensure that everything is done in a timely manner with no lags during the day for setting up lights, etc. One of my pet peeves is having the couple wait around for me to “get ready for the shot” and thankfully, I don’t have to do this with an assistant nearby all of the time. This way I can also get them more images in the time we have together.
One of the things in life that one cannot control is the weather – we’ve known this for the past 10 years we’ve been setting up weddings for our couples. Just know that we will do whatever possible to help you have your perfect day – in sun, fog or rain! We cannot control the rain, but we can control our clients stress levels. We really appreciated this kind couple to enable for us to make this happen for them.
Congratulations TJ and Shea!
Planner – @weddingsinmonterey
Venue – Berwick Park in Pacific Grove
Officiant – @montereyweddingofficiant
Photographer – @heidiborgiaphotography