Rebecca + Jacob | A joyful & rainy wedding day at the Vista Grande in Clinton, Iowa

To sum up this wedding in one word, I would definitely use “joyful!” There were so many smiling faces and all around happiness as Becky and Jake spoke their vows. The wedding party was so amazing to work with, funny, kind and definitely the life of the party! It’s easy to see why they were chosen to stand up with the bride and groom during their wedding ceremony. Also, a huge shoutout to grandma Barb for helping so much with the little ring bearer so mommy and daddy could focus on their big day while still soaking in the spontaneous hugs from Joey as he made his rounds. All of the guests had a great time and I was so impressed with the venue! I haven’t been to the Vista Grande in a few years and it seems they've made updates to the building. It was perfect for their reception!

Some of the other vendors that deserve major props are Melissa Johnston for the beautiful hair and makeup, David’s Bridal and Men’s Wearhouse for the perfectly coordinated wedding attire, Corner Deli Catering from Clinton, Iowa for the delicious meal and Sweetheart Bakery (also Clinton) for the tasty wedding cake!

From where I was standing, everything came together wonderfully, despite the rain! It didn’t get in the way of the joy of the day even a little bit. We still did outdoor portraits and umbrellas are adorable in photos anyway! I hope Mr and Mrs Rogge agree (I’m sure they do) and had the most amazing wedding day!

5 Things to Do if it's Raining on Picture Day

With the weather being so icky lately, I've been getting this question a lot! “What happens if it rains on my session date?” Definitely a fair question and the cause of lot of unnecessary anxiety. So to ease your mind on the impending weather, here are 5 things you can do in case of rain!

1.    Reschedule
I know it’s no fun to be all excited for your photo shoot and then see in the forecast that rain is in the cards. But the great thing about a session versus a wedding or scheduled event is that you can usually reschedule! Bad weather is considered an “act of God” and it is totally acceptable to ask for a new date. 

But if rescheduling isn’t possible and you’re looking for other ideas, read on!

 

2.    Bring Clear Umbrellas 
Seriously these are the cutest in pictures! As long as the rain isn’t crazy hard or storms are brewing, you can definitely get away with just bringing along umbrellas. Often there will be breaks in the rain where you can take some shots without and while it’s raining, use the umbrellas. I got one for my kids on Amazon.com and last I checked they had them at Target!  

3.    Choose a Location with Shelters 
To go along with the last one, if the rain isn’t too bad, just finding a place with roof options is helpful. Use the tables for some cute shots while you’re in the shelter and just pop in and out as the rain comes and goes. If you’re local to me (Clinton, IA) I know Eagle Point Park is a great option for this! In the Quad Cities, Van der Veer Park (Davenport, IA) has an indoor garden area. Or maybe you have a place of your own in mind like a cool garage or pretty gazebo!

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4.    Bring it Inside 
Lifestyle sessions in your home are absolutely wonderful! I love them. They are so real and genuine and tell another part of your story. There are endless possibilities when it comes to in-home sessions. And we can always pop outside if there’s a break in the rain. 

5.    Embrace It 
Wet hair don’t care! Have fun with it, dance in the rain, take your shoes off and live it up! Your rainy day session could be the perfect opportunity for fun and unique shots that no one else has! 

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There you have it! No reason to worry about the rain. If there are thunderstorms or it’s downpouring, rescheduling is going to be your best option. It won’t only be wet but also dark and with that much lack of light, your photos probably won’t turn out the way you want them to. But if it’s a light rain and just a bit cloudy, you now have several options to consider so you can still rock your rainy day shoot! 

Ready to book a session, rain or shine?! Contact Me so we can talk about scheduling your photo shoot!