Nothing wrong with rain… I couldn't tell you honestly how many weddings and events we have shot through the years between all of us here at the Life Lens. I’ll just say this. A lot. For every thought about it being a happy day for each bride and family . Unless it’s dead into the summer months the one thought that is buried deep in the back of everyone’s mind is this ….what do we do if it rains? But is rain so bad?
You’ve see the recent commercial where the couple rushes up to the mountain view as it gets cloudy only to be caught in the rain while they say their vows. It just seems honest and real and it puts everyone on the same level and it has this effect on all that are there . Everyone just has this kind of “Oh Well…what can you do..” Attitude . I gotta say …I like it . So many of these events have a lot of pomp and circumstance . I have seen it all change when the rain falls. And it’s not really the rain ..it’s how everyone responds to the rain.
Recently I was asked to shoot a wedding for one of my best friends in high school, David. It was his daughter Bayleigh’s wedding and they wanted us to handle the days events and it was going to be epic.
When we first met months ago for our first consult we talked about everything that would happen on the big day . The event space …the timeline….everything really….We didn’t talk about rain . We didn’t need to . Everything was inside . Not to worry. When the day arrived - we showed up at the chapel ready to shoot and the rain had just started. I always immediately worry about the bride and how she is handling this new situation. When I saw her face …I knew everything was going to be ok . She couldn't care less . And it really set the tone for everyone there. Let me tell you . This girl could handle anything . It made it great for us because usually it’s your photographer who has to do a bit of damage control (along with the event planner) and we didn't have to worry about a thing.
Just the other day, I was on a walk with my girlfriend in her hometown through the historic part of the city, in Europe and the day was perfect. We had a great lunch, we went for some coffee and then finished with a walk home . What was a perfect day ended with us walking home in the rain with no umbrella and literally got drenched . I was grumpy and just not in the best of moods when we got back to her place and I realized ….oh man…I would be a horrible bride . I thought about Bayleigh and how she handled her day like a champ and I couldn't even walk home in the rain on a fairly important day but nothing like a wedding day . As I sat drying off I laughed as I looked at her pictures and they are incredible . Not so much the job the we did …(even though we killed it), but the the smile on her face and how much fun she was having with Rob and her whole family . The rain didn't phase anyone. It’s not about the weather . It was about her day and how she had waited for so long for this day of happiness to come . It came - just like the rain did and it was perfect.
There is nothing wrong with rain. (on a side note - it shoots really well too)