Amy and Eli are married – A Scenic Springs Wedding

Sometimes you have to be a little bit bold, especially this time of year.  For the most part Texas winter weather is mild, and it can result in perfect conditions for a wedding ceremony.  On the other hand it can be miserable, and leave couples looking for a plan “B”.  On the morning of Amy and Eli’s wedding, plan “B” appeared to be the likely choice.  Slightly on the cool side, and with heavy threatening skies, the chance of rain was very likely.  It takes a bold bride to stick with an outdoor ceremony plan under those conditions, but Amy was sure of her decision.

As if to exhibit some kind of super power over the weather, the rain did hold out all the way up until the last shots of the formal photos, then light sprinkles fell letting everyone know it was time to move on to the reception.  Congrats to a wonderful couple and a fantastic wedding day.  Capturing the moments of your day was a heartwarming experience.

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Holli and Shane get Married

Outdoor weddings this time of year in San Antonio can be gorgeous, but the ceremony can be a gamble with the weather.  It seems this Spring has provided an unending mix of craziness.  For Holli and Shane however, the weather was perfect, with wonderful temperature, clear skies, and a beautiful venue.

Rustic Gardens was their choice of location, and the venue was perfect with just the right mix of style and rustic charm.  Capturing the pre-wedding nerves, the wonderful ceremony expressions, and the reception fun was exciting, and provided for an evening of great photography.   Documenting the interactions of the day and capturing the emotions of the event is always heartwarming, and gives me a sense of accomplishment to know I am providing lasting memories.

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Tawanna’s Bridal Photos at McNay Art Museum

Weather, schedules, and more weather had a big impact on Tawanna’s bridal photos.  This all lead to a last minute bridal photo session only a week out from her wedding.

The weather this past winter has not been conducive to outdoor photo sessions here in San Antonio, but I’m not complaining; it has been much worse in other parts of the country. We finally hit everything perfect with beautiful weather and great temperatures for Tawanna’s bridal shoot, and McNay Art Museum was an excellent setting.

With only a week to go, I quickly got proofs to her, and the print made for her reception portrait.  By the way, the photo chosen was of her in the veranda with the bouquet.  A big thanks to Brandy, her Maid of Honor, with all the help during the photography session. I appreciate all the help behind-the-scene to make sure we got wonderful images.

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How to Avoid the Biggest Wedding Disaster

Most everyone will agree the biggest wedding disaster is rain on your outdoor ceremony or reception.  Even if the skies clear before the start of the ceremony, there is still the possibility of dealing with mud and water on everything.  Here in Texas we have long spells of dry hot weather and the chance of rain during the summer is slim…but there is always a chance.  There is no certainty of dry weather when you are setting a date 6-12 months out.

So how do you ensure that your wedding will go off beautifully even if the skies are not so kind?

  • Choose a venue that has indoor space
  • Devise an alternate plan in case of poor weather
  • Rent a tent that could serve as shelter for the ceremony and reception
  • Set a poor weather percentage level, such as more than 60% for going with the alternate plan
  • Inform the vendors of the alternate plan
  • Decide early on going with the alternate plan if there is little flexibility

If there are no indoor options, then make sure to have umbrellas on hand if the weather is looking questionable the morning of your event.  Investing in several large matching umbrellas could be effective for staying dry and looking good in the photos.