"Despite a grey rainy day, our photos are still magical...!" - Gemma
A rainy Wedding day, is still a Wedding day. The cake will still arrive. The venue will still be dressed. The car will still be polished. And I will still have a camera in my hand.
When I arrived at the beautiful Breadsall Priory - a stunning nineteenth century building (the original building being established as far back as the twelve hundreds - isn't history fun!?) set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside - the clouds were already beginning to blacken. However, I found a very excited Bride determined for the weather not to spoil her Big Day.
The Groom, Mike arrived with his entourage during a slight break in the weather allowing us to venture outside for a few shots before the guests began to arrive. I always love a Wedding where everything from the Bridal preparations through to the first dance take place under one roof. It allows me to effectively be in two places at once as where i'd have to cut the prep shots short if the Bride was getting ready elsewhere to ensure I was at the venue in good time, if its all at the same location I can be up and down stairs when needed to great the Groom before shooting back up to the Bride for a few more dress shots before she venues towards the ceremony room.
Speaking of the ceremony room, one of my favourite features at Breadsall is the main room used for marriages - a hugely open and well lit room with bay windows looking out over the grounds. The positioning of the couple of the ceremony allows for good lighting and great angles for shots during the ceremony.
But the best feature of this room in my opinion and the reason I fret even less on a rainy day if I'm photographing there is the option to take the formal shots against the back drop of those windows after the ceremony.
Between showers we were able to once again venture out into the grounds and unbeknown to his unsuspecting Bride, Mike had arranged for a family friend to be waiting outside with some rather spectacular and personal transportation, ready to take our happy couple on the ride around around the grounds, giving them chance to breath and to spend some time alone after their ceremony.
The rain from that point on was forgiving at best and grizzly at worst - allowing us to get some shots of the the happy couple in Breadsall's lovely gardens and grounds. The evening was topped off with entertainment from Mike's own band for whom he played Saxophone, serenading his Bride and their guests into the night - making sure to step out for a number or two to sweep Gemma off her feet.