Rain On Your Day

I have heard many times that it is good luck if it rains on your wedding day. I wonder why that is, because I don’t think it’s lucky for it to rain on your day if you are getting married outside. As it is with most people who get married in the late spring to early fall, the majority of them get married outside and if you live in Michigan, like I do, you know that the weather can change in an instant. It could be 75 and sunny for the four days before and after your wedding day but on your day it could be in the 50s and raining. You can ever trust the weather people until the day of. The day that I got married it rained until 30 minutes before the ceremony started and we still got married  outside. Everyone that was available went out and dried off all the chairs, I was real proud of my family that day, we all pulled it together to make it happen. And if I can remember correctly, I do not believe that I freaked out about the rain. The theme for my wedding was actually a dark and gloomy theme, my colors were red, black and white. We had a statue of Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas as our cake topper, so it worked out perfectly. The weather matched our wedding, so that is probably why it didn’t bother at all, plus the dark and cloudy sky made the red of the dresses pop that much more.

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My husband and I attended a wedding of our friends that passed weekend where it rained all morning and they were also getting outside by a lake. Unlike us, their theme was not dark and gloomy, her colors were blue and silver, and the bride was real worried about the rain not stopping in time. I know that a lot of people were trying to calm her down by saying that if we have to move it inside that it would be no problem but when you have planned and have you heart set on getting married outside then having the ceremony inside will not be as good. The ceremony was planned to start at 4pm and luckily the rain stopped at 3pm and the sun actually came out at 330pm. She could not have been a happier person when she saw the sun come out.

I don’t know if any of you guys do this but I always compare my wedding to others, and I did with their wedding. It’s never that I try to find things that are better or worse between the two, I try to see what they did differently from us. The one thing that I wished we did that they did was get a photo booth. I got married six years ago and I do not believe that photo booths were as popular back then as they are now. What we did was buy a disposable camera to put on each table so that our guest could go around and take pictures on their own, then we got them all developed. Back them I thought that was a pretty neat idea but now that I see all these weddings with photo booths, it kind of makes me wish that we would have gotten one. the photo booth company’s will make an album out of all the pictures for you. I think that is such a great idea. Oh well, now I will just make sure that I will tell people who I know that are getting married to make sure that they get a photo booth for their day because they are so much fun.

Thanks guys for sticking around, until next time

Mary

 

Courtney’s Wedding Photos….Finally!

Since while I am writing this it’s the beginning of the week I’ll start with the wedding that I just did this past Saturday. This bride and groom had been engaged for over a year and they decided to have me as their photographer about three months after they were engaged so we have been corresponding for almost 9/10 months if I remember correctly. The reason is because they wanted to get married at a certain location and that place was really popular and booked up for almost a year so they had to wait until it was the first free weekend. I get that people want to have their wedding at a certain place. Most people feel the location is one of the most important part about a wedding but I totally disagree with that. To me it shouldn’t matter where you get married. The most important part about a wedding is the fact that you’re getting married to the love of your life but hey, that’s just my opinion.

So this bride, her name is Courtney, decided on one of my bigger packages because she wanted as many pictures as she possibly could and at as many different locations as she possibly could, but then after a couple months she decided to lower her package because she realized that she had to pay for other things and she couldn’t afford to have one of the biggest packages that I had. Which is fine with me, I always give my couples a CD of every picture that I take so they are never shorted on a picture and they have their choice of which pictures that they want and I always take more. I never just give them exactly what they paid for. What can I say? I like to over deliver. I am always flexible with my contracts but boy oh boy this one has been a bit much. Courtney has changed her package three additional times since her first choice was made. She lowered her package, she lowered it again and then she raised it and then lowered it and then went back to our medium package. She was driving me insane but this poor girl couldn’t make a decision to save her life. She was never bridezilla, she was never rude, she was really nice and sweet but just majorly indecisive. However, I did give her a deadline that she had to lock down a package a month before her wedding. After the thirty days before she was not able to change it, so a month left her wedding and she finally locked down the medium-size package.  I reassured her that she would be really happy with that package and I wouldn’t disappoint. So Saturday comes and I meet her at her moms house so I can get pictures of her and her female relatives and all of the girls that are in the wedding and the we move to the church and I get candid pictures of everybody getting ready and having a good time.  I do have another partner who was following the boys around. And of course I get ceremony pictures and after ceremony pictures and then we go to two different locations and take on-site pictures. One of the most difficult parts about pictures after the ceremony and then before the reception is the time involved. Usually we only have between 45 minutes to an hour to go to two different places and to make sure around 50 to 60 people are listening to me, getting in position quickly so we can get done and making sure the guests are not waiting too long. This is the point where I have to be sweet yet very, very firm to everyone because usually these people have been drinking a little. They’re all excited, they’re all happy and no one listens, we actually did pretty good this time.  I think we were only about 10 minutes late to the reception. After that is usually one of the easiest things you do as a photographer because everybody’s just having fun and most of these pictures are the candid ones. On top of that, most weddings today include a photo booth which helps capture some additional photos.  I have not capitalized on the photo booth trend just yet but I really think I should.  I know a lot about it so I think it would make for some nice supplemental income.  Maybe I will write a post about that if I ever do decide to follow through with it.

I hope Courtney is happy with her photos. Now I’m just working on getting all of her pictures organized, edited and getting it over to her. I have until Thursday to do all of this so we’ll see. I’ll let you know how it all goes. Thanks everyone for reading.