Mr. & Mrs. Mayhew

How to Deal with bad weather during your wedding day

Winter weddings are unpredictable... Beautiful, but unpredictable!

You have to take into account not only the cold weather but also the possibility of snow, strong brisk winds and how early the sun sets.

For Will & Johanna's wedding, we knew we would have limited time to work with sunlight, THANKS WINTER!

What we really didn't think of during our initial planning meetings, in the fall of 2021, was the possibility of frigid 40 mph wind gusts.

As the date inched closer, we knew it was going to be a windy day for the future Mr. & Mrs. Mayhew. The wind had been blowing steadily all week and the forecast called for more of the same on their big day. However, we didn't panic! The plan we had come up with in case of rain or snow, adapted quite well for the chilly and windy day!

Take a look at their wedding gallery below and stay until the end for my tips on navigating windy (or any type of inclement) weather during your wedding day!

I bet you wouldn't have known how cold and windy it was if I hadn't told you! Right?

Without further ado, here are my tips for dealing with bad weather on wedding day:

Always have a backup plan just in case the weather doesn't cooperate.

  • The weather is unpredictable, not just in the winter. That's a why it's a good idea to have a backup plan for your photos and, heck, for your ceremony too! If you choose a venue with beautiful indoor spaces as well as outdoor ones, you'll be able to get great shots no matter the weather.

Adapt! Take the elements and surroundings to our advantage when creating images!

  • Create movement. You can do so with your dress, veil and hair. Using wind-blown hair and flowing fabric as an integral part of a shot may seem counterintuitive; after all, isn't it easier to keep things still? But by incorporating some elements of nature into your photos (i.e., a few stray strands here or there), they'll instantly become more striking than if everything were at rest.

  • Use your venue's spaces, architecture and lighting to frame your wedding day story!
  • Select a venue with versatility in their decor and spaces. The Mayhew's chose the beautiful Marty Leonard Chapel as their wedding location. The indoor space had beautiful light during the day and ample space to create the couple's portraits and their formal group photos.

Wedding days are always a bit unpredictable. I hope these tips help you feel more confident that your winter wedding photos can still be perfect, no matter what the weather decides to do.

If you're looking for even more winter weather wedding inspiration, check out some of these amazing shoots!

Johanna & Will,

You guys were troopers! Your wedding was an absolute joy to capture. Thanks for trusting me with capturing your day.



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