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I want it to rain on my wedding day! Said no bride, EVER. Unfortunately, there are just some things we cannot control. I guess you could say I am a bit spoiled when it comes to weather. I grew up in the desert most of my life, and I have spent the past nine years in sunny Southern California. I take our nice weather for granted a lot of the time. I love pulling open my blinds every morning to blue skies and sunshine. Most days it’s picture perfect. Well, this day was anything but that. To top it off this was a day I had to shoot a wedding. I usually don’t get nervous because I have lots of ways to make rain on a wedding day go smoothly but I would be lying if I said this storm had me worried. I woke up the day before to a post from the Washington post stating that this storm would be the biggest California has seen in years. I think that’s enough to make anyone nervous! Because we have been there, shot it and yes, survived it. I want to share my tips for surviving rain on a wedding day.

1. Don’t check the weather constantly.

Doing so will only drive you insane and in the long run, make you more nervous. You have enough things to worry about on your wedding day.

2. Invest in Clear bubble umbrellas.
I want to be prepared for what mother nature has in store for me. I invested in these amazing umbrellas. They are perfect for photographing because they are clear. They will protect you and your bridal party from getting soaking wet. Not to mention they are bubbled, so they come past your shoulders to protect your hair and makeup from getting ruined by rain splatter and wind. Get one for you, Your hubby and each bridesmaid and groomsmen can share one.

3. Trust your Photographer
It may not be an ideal situation for photos, but we want you to know that we have your back. We will make sure we scope out an alternate location for first look and family formals. We ended up photographing indoors of the hotel lobby for these family formals. I found this charming nook perfect for the entire family to stay dry.

Temecula California wedding engagement family maternity photography Carrie McGuire photographer

We will still bring our couples outside even if it is raining. We find cover usually under an awning or overhang of a building. We can get a ton of great images in one small location. You could never guess that these were taken in the pouring rain!

Temecula California wedding engagement family maternity photography Carrie McGuire photographer The groom and groomsmen getting a little rained on!

I also making sure I am working closely with the wedding planner to ensure that any last minute changes and location changes remain on time and are properly communicated to the necessary channels. You are my main focus. I want to make sure I am on track at all times with our timeline.

4. Your flowers are going to last longer!
When it is 100 degrees and sunny out, your florals could start looking a  bit lackluster. With the rain, they will always look fresh and vibrant, so that’s a plus especially when it comes to those close up detail images of the bouquet.

Check out our most recent rainy day wedding HERE.

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