It's Like Rai-i-in on Your Wedding Day

Posted: 22 February 2021

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Aside from your now-standard COVID-related platitudes, this winter's conversational sign-off—at least here in North Carolina!—seems to have been some variation on, "Stay dry!" We had a sprinkling of snow here in Durham (more in other parts of the state, I'm sure!), but mostly it's been rain, rain, rain—it seems like it has lasted since October!

Even in all the wet mess (which has us continuously checking our feet for sneaky mud...), you beautiful people are still getting married. Sure, everyone hopes for clear blue skies and perfect glowing sunsets for their wedding day, but that's just not reality. Please don't doubt for a second, though, that it's still completely possible to get gorgeous photos in spite—or even because!—of rain on your wedding day. Especially because we're here to help!

So! If the forecast for your celebration seems soggy, read on for our top five tips for great rainy day wedding photos!

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© MKM Photography, <a href="http://mkm.photos">http://mkm.photos</a>

Umbrellas

This one feels obvious, right? You go out in the rain, you use an umbrella. When thinking in terms of a rainy wedding day, though, think about incorporating umbrellas into your photos: Do you just want to cover yourselves, or do you want to cover the whole wedding party? In the latter case, you'll need a bunch! Do you like white umbrellas (light reflective quality!) or black umbrellas (black tie classy), or can you match your overall wedding (or personal!) aesthetic, like Aubrey & Drew and Alex & Derek above?

My personal favorite? Clear umbrellas, hands down. Get 'em on Amazon, get 'em at Target, get 'em at your local sporting goods store. Giant golf size, cute and vintage-y bubble shaped, even kid-sized for the littlest members of the wedding entourage! I love clear umbrellas so much that I keep one in the trunk of my car at all times (yes, really) on the off chance I'll need it on a shoot. Why do I love them so much? Easy: they are functional and cute without interfering visually—which, if you rely on chance and whatever umbrellas your uncles or friends might have in their cars, is a risk.

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Indoor & Covered Locations

Maybe you're not quite lucky enough to have access to an awesome covered bridge like Chelsea & Dan did, but I'm willing to bet that there is a lovely covered area somewhere throughout your wedding day. Porches, overhangs, palisades, and pass-throughs—there are almost always covered outdoor options to consider. These give you the best of both worlds: protection from the rain and access to the natural glow of outdoor light. Win-win!

Don't forget, though, to scope out the multitude of indoor options available to you—and remember that, even if the available spaces aren't full of enormous windows, like on Alice & Walker's Carolina Inn wedding day, we are imminently capable of creating our own light to make your indoor portraits shine!

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© MKM Photography, <a href="http://mkm.photos">http://mkm.photos</a>
© MKM Photography, <a href="http://mkm.photos">http://mkm.photos</a>

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Ask for Help

Maybe rain management isn't exactly what your wedding party signed up for, but I guarantee they will be willing to help with whatever you need: from last-minute Target runs for extra umbrellas, to carrying trains, to helping you don your oh-so-stylish wellies, your tribe is on your side. Don't be afraid to ask for their assistance, or for help from your family members and venue staff, and especially from anyone who, when you first got engaged, said, "Let me know if you need help with anything!" Why yes, Aunt Deborah, I do need you to carry this umbrella over me for 45 minutes...


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© MKM Photography, <a href="http://mkm.photos">http://mkm.photos</a>

Don't Fear the Mess

This one is definitely easier said than done, but: try to embrace the mess inherent in a rainy day. The hems of wedding gowns get dirty af even on the most temperate wedding days—the rain just adds a little wetness that might not have existed otherwise. And, frankly, it's part of the story of your wedding day, a special element not everyone can claim: we braved the rain on our wedding day, snuggled up close, and got gorgeous photos in spite of the weather.

And don't forget to improvise and flex on the rain: take your shoes off for your outdoor tented ceremony. Bogart a golf cart. Drop the umbrella and run through the rain. You can't change the weather, but you can be bold within it.      

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Trust Your Photographer!

In case it isn't obvious, we've been here before, and we almost certainly will be again...and again...and again. A little rain doesn't scare us (they may be ugly af, but we've got ponchos, and our gear has gotten soaked and dried out plenty of times), and we know without a doubt that we can make you bomb-ass rain photos. We're good at working with whatever wildness comes our way and making you photos that we're proud of and that we know you'll love. So if we suggest going outside in a torrential downpour...hike up your skirts and trust us.

© MKM Photography 2016, <a href="http://mkm.photos">http://mkm.photos</a>
© MKM Photography, <a href="http://mkm.photos">http://mkm.photos</a>

Ready to trust us with your wedding day, no matter how wet and wild it may become? Something completely different in mind? We'd love to hear what you're planning! Use the Contact Us link above or send Kate an email directly to start the conversation—we're booking late 2021 and all 2022 weddings and portrait sessions in the Raleigh-Durham area. We can't wait to hear from you!

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