Country Elegance | Bloom Lake Barn Wedding
RAINY DAYS, WEDDINGS & BEAUTIFUL SOFT LIGHT
For most brides & grooms, a rainy wedding day is something that nightmares are made of. Indeed there are many special moments that have to be re-coordinated, and certain headaches that arise, when the forecasts predicts a rainy wedding day. Going into Julia & Corey's wedding, the forecast predicted 100% rain for nearly the whole day. I knew that would not happen, and luckily the couple got their chance to have their ceremony outside on Bloom Lake Barn's beautiful outdoor ceremony area. What I like to emphasize for couple's facing a rainy wedding day is that, from a photographers perspective, there are numerous beautiful things that happen when you have cloudy and rainy weather. A certain softer mood comes into the images, and softer light gives way to really stunning portraits. Nevertheless, it hardly even rained on Julia & Corey's wedding day, in spite of the forecasts, and this wedding was a beautiful one.
orchestrating the getting ready photos
Some of my favorite shots from Julia & Corey's collection were the Getting Ready photos. To get photos like these, you need to do some staging as the photographer. I am almost always moving furniture around and removing things such as kleenex boxes, water bottles and bridesmaids shoes. For these shots I want a clean image, and I want the photos to have this element of anticipation for what's to come. I will usually tell the bride or groom to sit or stand in a particular area by the window and then orchestrate moments around that. Ultimately I want beautiful images that are also natural.
on capturing the generations
Weddings are unique in that they are one of those few times where all our family & friends convene to celebrate. One special aspect of this celebration is that all the generations come together - to be photographed in one place. I know from experience how important and how valuable these photos of the younger and older generations together can be. I make a specific point of capturing grandparents together with the bride & groom at each wedding.
a note on staggered posing
For those photos involving the wedding party, I do like to incorporate some staggered posing. In general, I'm looking for something that seems natural, but also makes people look good - like a good posed portrait should. On wedding days we unfortunately do not have the luxury of time to really dig deep and get original cover-ready editorial poses out of the wedding party (though I am always game if you'd like to give me some time to finesse the posing & construct a really great shot). Typically what I will do is I will break the wedding party down into staggered clusters and give each individual a specific angle and pose to work. I will also sometimes place hands and tell specific people to be in conversation with other members of the wedding party. Ultimately I want something that is natural and staggered, and not too uniform.