When rain fills your wedding forecast, it’s easy to get nervous about those big-day variables. Will your hair frizz? Will your dress get ruined? And, perhaps most concerning, how will your rainy-day wedding photos turn out?
Seasoned wedding photographer Mikkel Woodruff says you should put those worries to bed. “Chances are it’s not going to rain the entire day, and even if it rains when you’re supposed to take photos, those always turn out cute, too,” she says. “It would be a shame to let the weather control your wedding, and worrying about it will show on your face. Just have a positive attitude and roll with the punches!”
Meet the Expert
Mikkel Woodruff is a luxury and destination wedding photographer based on the East coast. She's worked with many couples, photographing everything from engagements and proposals to elopements.
If unfortunate weather does stress you out, there are a few ways to mitigate any anxiety. Here, Woodruff shares how to ensure a rainy forecast won't put a damper on your day:
- Communicate with your photographer early and often about rainy-day concerns. “It’s the photographer's job to look up alternative photo places,” Woodruff said. Whether it’s a photogenic mural under a bridge or a park with optimal coverage, photographers have an array of rainy-day options in their back pocket.
- Ask for help. “If you were going to walk somewhere, book a car if the forecast calls for rain,” Woodruff said. “Maybe have someone like a bridesmaid come with you for photos to be a second set of hands. They also could be soothing and put you at ease.”
- Remember, darker days actually lead to some of the best wedding images. While the forecast may look grim, that doesn’t mean your photos will! “The sky may be pretty and almost periwinkle in color,” Woodruff said. “It’s better than full sun, and you definitely won’t sweat. Plus, you can’t have a rainbow without the rain!”
So whether your forecast calls for drizzles or not, here are 14 rainy-day wedding photos to prove your pictures will turn out dazzling—even in a downpour.
Stroll Through Empty Streets
If you’re hoping to take photos on a busy street or walkway, wedding-day rain might be your best friend. Nothing clears crowds like a drizzle or downpour, which means you’ll have those charming streets entirely to yourself.
Steal a Sweet Kiss
One of the most intimate rainy-day wedding poses is the shared umbrella. This pose looks straight out of old Hollywood, with romantic charm that’s even better in black and white.
Portraits With a Prop
When groomsmen, bridesmaids, or guests have the same props, symmetrical photo opportunities abound. Photographers can get creative with poses and perspectives that play up cohesive props like umbrellas.
Chase the Rainbow
A rainy wedding day could lead to a rainbow photo session; that’s why wedding drizzles are actually a good thing. These are the stunning shots that deserve some space on your walls!
Play With Pops of Color
Bring a burst of color to your rainy-wedding photoshoot with a vibrant prop that stands out among the scenery. This could be a colorful umbrella or some fun rain boots; just work with your photographer ahead of time to weave those touches into photo time.
Create Unique Photo Ops
Finding cover is one of Woodruff’s go-to adaptations for rainy weddings. She constantly keeps an eye out for cool overhangs or unique bridges; that way, she always has a plan A, B, and C.
Woodruff recommends talking with your photographer about your level of attachment to your gown ahead of time. If you hope to preserve it and pass it down, the photographer may stick with covered options. If you’re OK with a bit of dirt, they may experiment with more adventurous shots.
Sure, the first look is one of the most exciting parts of any wedding day, but an outdoor first look with a side of downpour is entirely next level. Rain brings a dose of drama to these highly anticipated moments, making them even more memorable and magical—almost like a scene from a fairytale.
Involve the Whole Crew
If the forecast calls for rain, talk to your wedding party ahead of time about your plans so they can dress and prepare accordingly. This gives them the chance to swap shoes or style their hair differently, ensuring they’re as positive and smiling during photos as you are.
Embrace Darker Skies
Rainy wedding days bring darker skies and deeper greenery—and that’s the perfect combination for a wedding gown that glows. Couples and their outfits will naturally stand out from those rainy, dark-and-moody backdrops. This means your beloved wedding gown will get all the photo attention it deserves!
Explore the Grounds
Sunny weddings can lead to extra-bright, and even washed-out images, but on a rainy wedding day, you’ll have colors galore. Greens are just a bit greener and bouquets are a tad richer when darker skies are your wedding-photo backdrop, so don't be afraid to get out and explore.
A Dramatic Processional
As rain hits paths and walkways, it brings reflectiveness that makes photos even more dreamy and dazzling. These dramatic images are sweet, timeless, and impossible on a bright, sunny wedding day.
Intimate I Dos
If rain jeopardizes your outdoor vows, don’t stress. Just hand out umbrellas to attendees (and even your officiant!) so you can keep the ceremony outside, rain or shine.
A Memorable Recessional
Among a sea of umbrellas, you and your partner will truly shine as you make your way back down the aisle after saying your vows.
Get Carried Away
Embrace the rainy forecast and have fun with your photos even in a downpour. Dance in the rain, catch a piggy-back ride, or get carried away—literally! Letting loose leads to the best, most natural photos.