This is a very special blog today. My Sister & Brother-in-law Zoë & Andy have reached their 1st wedding anniversary!
It's not every day that you get the opportunity to photograph a wedding for people who are so close to your heart.
So, we go back to August 2015. Laura and I set off to Polhawn Fort in Cornwall with a car fully ladened with equipment and supplies as we were spending the whole week at the Fort. But we were not only carrying supplies. Unbeknown to us, we were also carrying our teeny tiny baby daughter hehe!
Polhawn Fort on arrival was absolutely stunning. A picturesque seaside location with long dramatic beaches and hill sides. As a wedding photographer we always keep a keen eye on the weather forecast, and being on the coast this was more importantly so. After a couple of stunning days of bright sunshine, long coastal walks and ice cream, the wedding day came! I woke up and opened the big heavy shutters that covered the windows (it's an old fort don't you know!) and there in front of me, bright sunshine! Yes! Weather reports for the day were looking sketchy but everyone was feeling very optimistic and the buzz of the day begun. Throughout the morning it was all systems go. I was photographing all the details as I normally would, seeing everyone set up the seating outside for the ceremony, and running the plan which I had been thinking about for weeks through my head. Then it got to about midday. The ceremony was at 1pm. And far out to sea, I could see this huge, dark, menacing cloud and the wind was coming from that directing. Continuing on, it was all set for an outside ceremony. The registrar had given the all clear, Zoë and her bridesmaids were all ready, I was ready, guests were seated (in their sunglasses!) and the wedding was about to start... It was12:55pm and it was time to go.
There was me, being followed by all the girls and my proud father in law, out the door I stepped. And then it happened... I felt rain on my face. I turned around and there at the other end of the path, all I could see were guests with a chair each above their heads running inside the fort! I had to think quick, and told Zoë and her bridesmaids to turn around and get back into her room before everyone saw her! Which brings me to a valued point. You can plan a wedding to an infinite amount of detail, but the weather you can never control. I knew from then that the weather was not looking likely to be the best for the day ahead, but my job and skill as the wedding photographer is to not let that get me down, but to think OK, we have a rainy day, I'm going to keep everyone's spirits up; especially the couple as they have been planning their day for so long, I'm going to work hard to find golden opportunities for photographs you would not get on a bright sunny day, and to make sure I do everything with the skills I have learnt to still capture and document what is one of the most important days in a couples life time.
I have had a number of weddings since where the weather has not been sunny, even a full blown thunderstorm, but there is something about a rainy wedding that just brings everyone so much closer together to make the day extra special for the couple. So if you are reading this as a new wedding couple, and on your day it ends up raining, embrace it! You will have a fantastic day, which is what we had a year ago today... Thank you for reading this, I don't usually type this much up but it is a special occasion after all.