Don't Rain on My Parade

If you're a Glee fan, you'll likely remember this song from sectionals. Here are a few lyrics.

Don't tell me not to live, just sit and putter 
Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter 
Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade 

What, you ask, is the point? (or more accurately, why in the world is she talking about GLEE?!)

The point is... RAIN. And weddings. And rain on wedding days. And how to deal. :)

I think one question that comes up for a lot of brides is what happens if it rains. How will we take pictures? Will it mess up my hair or dress? How will it affect my schedule?

It rained on my wedding day. And surprisingly, I had never actually considered that it might do that! In my mind, I just figured that it wouldn't happen, because that would be inconvenient and unfair. However, it did. And I realized, I'm really not that important! Not to the clouds anyway! But here are a couple things I learned.

1.Take pictures outside anyway - it's a great opportunity to rock a black umbrella!

Just picture it - stunning white dress, bold black umbrella, brilliant greenery behind you... it's the ideal picture! And in case your mental camera is out of batteries, here's how it looks:

Marcus MacDowell - Perfect Pixel Photography

This turned out to be one of my favorite photos, along with the rest of the umbrella pictures. So be bold girls! 

 2. Your dress is incredibly resilient!

My incredible friend, Shanna, drove us around that crazy day and had the brilliant forethought to carry out a HUGE pink blanket. We used this to protect my dress from even touching the ground and getting mud or dirt on it. Great right? But hello?! It's RAINING. My dress is getting WET. Oh em Gee. Yes, I was that dramatic. But girls, I'm happy to say that my dress did not fall apart, melt, or come apart at the seams. However my dress was satin, so if your dress is taffeta or chiffon, you may want to consult your bridal consultant, just in case. :)

3. The rain enhances a gorgeous background!

And by that I mean, when everything is wet, it shines. And when it shines, those colors are so much more brilliant in your photos, as shown below.

Marcus McDowell - Perfect Pixel Photography

The pavement was a more brilliant black, the green was much more vibrant and really enhanced the subjects of the photos, making the groomsmen truly stand out. 

So while rain is a formidable opponent and may delay things just a bit, it can be worked out, I promise. Hair can be retouched, makeup can be reapplied. Girls, the ONLY one who can rain on your parade... is you. So be fierce, rock it, and have the time of your life. It's your WEDDING day!

Enjoy it!