You may already recognize Olivia from her bride series entry several weeks ago, so allow me to introduce her husband Felix. Their Florida beach wedding on Sand Key finished just before a huge storm swept in. That was the good news. The bad was Olivia really wanted sunset backdrop portraits and in my long time Florida resident opinion, it was just not going to be possible. However, I was obviously proven wrong as the storm was extremely fast moving and left enough time for the portraits Olivia hoped for. The bonus was the leftover stormy skies provided a unique and dramatic background.
Even during the ceremony the storm clouds were already visible. The above is my first try at a new wedding ceremony shot for when a bride wears a long veil -- using the veil to frame the foreground in order to feature the groom. The bride always gets so much attention, I want to try and do something for the groom when I can.
This throwing stones into the ocean was a new custom for me to photograph at a beach wedding. The beast of a storm in the background is on its way south to rain upon St. Petersburg.
The flower girl and her big sister were no worse for ware after the rain delay. They were staying dry in their family van, me I was out in the semi-protected cover of a changing area listening to the storm carefully.
So it all turned out well and ended with smiles and even a pirate ship! Rain is a reality in Florida, especially in the summer time, but even if it comes, a photographer should be patient and wait it out until the last possible moment to see if a few more shots can be made. Plus I always am aware of my surroundings and note where I can take cover should sudden rain come besides keeping a rain jacket next to my gear.