This is the wedding photography blog for Melbourne based photographer Brent Lukey.

Brent combines a documentary and editorial style capturing classic, natural moments without making the day feel like a photo shoot.

He will travel anywhere, but mostly gets about Melbourne, the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, and Geelong.

You can contact Brent on 0427 483 836 and look at more work at his web sites.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Harriet and Richard - a wet day at Gum Gully Farm in Silvan.

Okay, it's a very wet day, we are city folk and we are getting married on a farm, what can go wrong? Well, nothing really. So what's the trick to getting great photos on a wet wedding day?

1. Go with the rain. Yes, accept the weather and have a great time, you cannot change the weather but you can plan to work with it - laugh it off and enjoy the day. Don't push for that jumping off the sand dunes, walking through the autumn vines (very muddy), rose petals at the church photo you have seen and want to recreate - let it go! Or find an alternative location, for Harriet and Richard's wedding we reset the bubble recessional to an undercover area and it was a surreal and beautiful moment.

2. Have a plan. Weather prediction is very accurate a day before your wedding, so when it says rain it's very, very likely. Go with the photographer's rain plan, good photographers will have one and often do incredible work in the rain, keeping the flow and avoiding boring photos inside with a flash (you don't want this).

3. Get out into the rain. Use umbrellas, street awnings, great rooms with grand windows and furniture, cafes, bars, gum boots and have fun. Use towels or table cloths on the ground if you must and avoid umbrellas with branding or odd colours. Remember - rain is romantic.

4. Make sure your photographer is cool about getting his/her gear a little wet and that you are clear with the photographer about how much you, your dress (dirt alert!), hair (frizz alert!), make-up, suit and shiny shoes are prepared to get wet (maybe dirty). Keep warm. Pack a second set of shoes. Say no.

6. Be thankful it's not a 40 degree plus day. Hot weather in only romantic in the tropics when you are having a 'boho' wedding in light flowing fabric with colourful cocktails, frangipanis and gamelan drums - which incidentally only sound good in the tropics too.

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