Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wedding - Erin and Francis

This was a day that could have gone horribly wrong. Catastrophically wrong.

See those rain drops on the window? They were there all day. And they were big and fat and very heavy.

Rain was predicted, and rain it did. Erin and her family watched the satellite weather report all day, and it didn't look good. In fact, it looked bad, very bad. Especially considering Erin and Francis had planned an outdoor garden wedding.

When I stepped out of my car to photograph Erin's preparation the sky unleashed an almighty downpour. Erin's dad opened the door to one very wet photographer.

When I got there Erin and her family were in decision making mode. It was getting close to the ceremony start time, and if they were going to change their plans because of the rain they had to do it now. They ran through the possibilities, devoid of emotion. 'There's no use getting upset', Erin said wisely as she cancelled the string quartet and arranged to change the ceremony to the reception venue.

I really am immensely amazed and proud of Erin and Francis. If ever there was a time to panic, that was it. But they held onto their heads and soldiered on with a fierce determination not to let the weather spoil their wedding day.

And spoil it did not! Erin and Francis had already arranged to see each other before the wedding. They had planned to ride to the ceremony together (which I think is a great idea). So Francis and his family waited out the time before the ceremony with Erin and her family. The afternoon was joyous as they all got to know each other, shared champaign, and turned the weather into a laughing point.

The changes to the day meant that Erin got to pin on Francis' button hole flower. Not many bride's get to do that!

So because the ceremony had been pushed later in the day, we had some time to kill before hand. I waited for a break in the clouds and took Erin and Francis out for some photos.

They got wet. At times they got very wet. But they just laughed. And what else could they have done really? Cry in a puddle? That's no way to spend your wedding day.

I have to make special mention of Erin's sister Bernadette. Yes, she's carrying three umbrellas and a bouquet of flowers. She came along while I took photos of Erin and Francis to help us out. I have to apologise for making her try to follow me around with an umbrella while I shot so that my camera wouldn't get wet. She did a marvelous job, and her smile and laughter were much appreciated.

At least the rain makes for great photos!

Then it was on to the ceremony. Sure, the day was out of the order a wedding traditionally goes in. But it was still completely fun, and completely awesome.

Guests certainly didn't mind.

The sun set over a perfect day. Perfect because Erin and Francis still got married, and still got to share it with their family and friends. Everything else was inconsequential.

My best to you both. You should congratulate yourselves for not losing sight of the bigger picture on your wedding day. The fact that you worked so well and gracefully under pressure is an extremely strong foundation on which to base your lives together.

* Meaghan


Bianca December 10, 2009 at 12:50 PM  

Oh wow. What an amazing story the rain has brought about! They are fabulous for handling it so well. That dress is beautiful and as usual your images are stunning! I love the diamonds on the water in the shot of the sunset!

Karen December 10, 2009 at 7:16 PM  

WOW - your images are amazing! I bet the bride and groom will LOVE these. Great work!

Charmaine Otto December 11, 2009 at 6:53 PM  

Even inclement weather doesn't stop your amazing work. You have handled this beautifully and made it look so terribly easy.
Amazing, stunning, beautiful...all that and more!


IamMel Photography December 11, 2009 at 10:18 PM  

These are simply stunning! What a gorgeous couple and I love the dress.

Netra Chetty December 11, 2009 at 10:50 PM  

fabulous photos in really trying conditions. I love the subtle processing as well - great job!

Lara December 12, 2009 at 4:42 PM  

The rain, the see-through umbrellas, the beautiful shimmery dress - the photos and the smiles make it look like the day was planned to turn out exactly as it did! Very well done meaghan cook.

Mark December 13, 2009 at 4:32 PM  

Wow!! These are stunning.... Your use of reflection is outstanding. Great work

Jayne December 14, 2009 at 11:25 PM  

You could not have planned such a beautiful backdrop (the rain!) if you tried! Gorgeous images!

Christine Pobke December 15, 2009 at 2:04 AM  

you know what? you are amazing. working the rain to your advantage? now that's some mad skillZ (with a 'z'!)!!! :) LOVELY shots of a beautiful wedding. wonderful job!! :) xoxo

Kat Forsyth December 16, 2009 at 8:22 AM  

Good for them! And I think these photos are so beautiful that they might actually be pleased it rained.

gemma Higgins-Sears December 16, 2009 at 1:28 PM  

oh how gorgeous are these!? love the umbrellas, they work brilliantly. Love the shots wihthe reflections. congrats to the couple, gorgeous day (ok maybe not sunshine) but a gorgeous day for them.


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