Sometimes it just rains on a wedding day. It is not the end of the world!
Ariane and Ronda were married at the Chase Mill at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. The original idea was to hold the wedding ceremony in the small amphitheater by the Mill. Unfortunately, due to the rain we moved the ceremony indoors. We went with the basement because it has more light and more room. I was all ready to photograph in the rain… and I have photographed a number of weddings in pure downpours. That is why you have weather resistant camera gear and plastic rain covers.
I have found that with gay marriage the ceremonies and traditions are becoming much more unconventional. As a wedding photographer, even in Utah, you just have to be prepared for the unexpected. In this case the brides hang out with parents right before the ceremony. Often times the future spouses will avoid seeing each other until the ceremony.
Photographing in the basement was a bit of a challenge. I don’t want to be in the way yet I want to get the best photos. So I get the be the best ninja wedding photographer ever!
After the ceremony there was the signing of the marriage license. It’s important to photograph the witnesses, brides, and officiant. And it’s important to get wide shots and tight shots.
Right after the ceremony there was the cutting of the cake. The cake was vegan, fyi. The brides cut the cake and there was a cake smash. And don’t forget to kiss after sharing cake otherwise it doesn’t count.
After the cake cutting I had my lights ready to photograph groups and formals. It was a light rain so we would go outside every few minutes to take more photographs. Group photos might not seem very creative for many wedding photographers but it is important to the family and visitors. Often times people are visiting from out of town and these are often the favorite and most important photos for the family. It might be the last time for some people. So I always take these photos serious.
I always try to keep an eye out for the candid moments between formal poses.
And yes, it’s true that everyone has a camera at weddings.
After people left the reception the brides and I had the chance to walk through Tracy Aviary and create some portraits. It was pouring rain and we incorporated the umbrella to many of the photos. It will definitely be a wedding to remember.
We walked around looking for some birds that photographed well and didn’t mind the rain. The flamingos were real! I probably made at least 2 lawn ornament jokes.
I had my portable lighting setup to make sure the brides look their best. Flash and studio lighting makes a world of difference.
For many of the photos you do see the rain drops falling. In Hollywood movies they actually used rain machines to make the rain show up for the camera. Fortunately, we see rain drops falling all around the brides.
I think we spent about 40 minutes in the rain to capture these formal wedding portraits. Hooray for plastic bags! They protect the camera and the flash equipment so we can keep shooting no matter what.
Thanks for checking out the photos! It was a great wedding.