Morning all. So sitting at my desk, gazing out of the window and yep, it's still raining which got me thinking about all the couples who'll be tying the knot this wet weekend and how in fact some of Sophie's most beautiful photography has been under moody, rain laden skies. Being British loving a bit of dramatic weather is in my DNA but there can be something so powerful about the heavens opening on your big day plus it makes for intensely atmospheric photography.
Of course we all know that rain on your wedding day is very good luck for the bride and groom. It's a symbol of fertility, of new starts, unity and renewal but it often turns out to be that magical ingredient that brings a whole party together. A bit of adversity brings out the best in people and sharing umbrellas and keeping dry in sheltered spots is a great bonding experience for your guests. Last summer Sophie photographed a wedding in rain so torrential that guests were flooded out of their tipi accommodation and had to bunk up with the happy couple for the weekend-long celebrations but the camaraderie, humour and warmth brought out by the circumstances translates effortlessly in the images.
Even summer weddings in the UK can be beset by rain showers, and the key is how you deal with them. It's the one thing you can't do much about so have a plan B in place, be it an alternative venue if you're tying the knot outside or just a few umbrellas at the ready. If you're getting married in the countryside or in a marquee a cool pair of wellies never goes amiss but the main thing is your attitude. It's your special day and the start of your married life together so a bit of rain doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. How you handle it will determine how your guests feel so shrug it off, if bride's happy everyone's happy and think of all that good luck coming your way.
Kate is the studio manager at SMP Weddings, the home of reportage wedding photography and photojournalism in Sussex creating highly atmospheric images which burst with personality and emotion.