Sometimes it’s a bit touch and go as to whether you should have your wedding ceremony outside or not. In Sian and Ollie’s case, however it was never really an option. Sian had always said, from the very first time that the ceremony would be outside – fairly much whatever the weather! Looking at their venue, Sheene Mill, near Cambridge this seems a pretty sensible suggestion as the gardens outside are absolutely beautiful and the whole venue is set beside a gorgeous mill pond.
The few minutes before the ceremony are always extremely busy for me and I am looking for photographs of the groom waiting expectantly and interacting with guests and family as well as shots of the wedding guests chatting and arriving. At the same time it’s vital to ensure that I am there as the bride arrives so there is always a bit of a fine balancing act at this point in the day! Often the bride and the groom are quite a long way apart and in Sian and Ollie’s case there was a short walk across the lawn between them. Now, I always have my camera bag to hand and I was super organised in terms of timing and equipment but, not really noticing the weather, I was completely without any jacket or umbrella as I was just photographing in my shirt and tie.
Sian arrived, all was going brilliantly and then the heavens opened! It absolutely pelted down with rain, the brollies went up and Sian and Ollie continued with the ceremony inside the gazebo. I obviously continued photographing and got soaked literally to the skin top and bottom whilst trying to keep my camera reasonably dry. It actually made fro some good photographs of guests sheltering under umbrellas and was actually, in hindsight, quite funny but at the time was rather a challenge. Thank goodness my Nikon cameras are weatherproof!
The rest of the day continued beautifully, the sun shone intermittently and a great time was had by all.
I have posted a few of my favourite images from the day below.