Wedding pictures have me upset

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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716 posts
Busy bee

That is really unfortunate.  The only advice that I can give is to enjoy the memories of your day as it took place, clouds and all. 

My advice for those you come after would definitely be to choose your venue with bad weather in mind. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Have you gotten your pictures back?  The same thing happened to me.  It wasn’t the sunny clear July day I was expecting… but my pictures turned out great.  In fact, an overcast sky is actually ideal lighting to photograph people in.  Maybe you won’t great as great of photos of the scenery.. but I bet you will look gorgeous.  

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

First, overcast and cloudy can result in some of the best pictures out there!

Second, I think this is a case where it’s ipmportant to remember your priorities and keep in mind that the marriage is more important than the wedding. Your new spouse is the important part. The scenery is just that, background. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Ocean22:  i agree with the above bee. OR if the pics came back and you aren’t happy with the scenery, go back and retake the pictures on your 1 year anniversary. wear something amazing, hire the same photographer and get some nice pictures. i donno if that will help you with what you’re feeling now but it’s an idea .. sorry you feel that way. i am dreading the same thing with my outdoor reception!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ocean22:  I completely understand how you feel. I’m coming up on a year since our wedding, and am still really disappointed that it rained the whole time, and we didn’t get the beautiful pictures outside that we wanted.

Even though I don’t have the pictures I thought I was going to have, and despite being jealous everytime I see someone’s beautiful outdoor wedding photos, I force myself to remember that I still had an amazing day, I’m still spending my life with the person I love, I still have great photos to remember the day by, and at the end of the day, the most important part of the pictures are the people who are in them.

You will still have great photos, they just won’t be what you anticipated them to be.  

Congratulations on your wedding 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee

oh no! that’s awful and I would be super upset too! Maybe you can convince your husband to get all dressed up again and do a re-shoot in your dress! You might not get the whole family pictures, but you can still have that amazing shot of the two of you if you are willing to play dress up! Is the venue close to  your home? Do you have access to a good camera? maybe you can borrow one? 

and about the priorities, yeah yeah yeah, it’s not the end of the world, but if you can still have it, who not go get what you want? 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

ScubaSiren:  I think this is an awesome idea! Get the pictures you couldn’t get on your wedding day AND have a fantastic momento of your first anniversary. 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee

mgbser:  Same thing for me in July, it was borderline chilly- who would ever predict that in July in Chicago?!? Still, the cool temps and clouds made for great pics, even though it wasn’t the weather I dreamed of either. Ah well. 🙂 You’re not alone OP!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

It’s natural to be disappointed when things don’t work out as planned, but I think you are blowing this way out of proportion. It’s been weeks and you’re still disappointed? Maybe practice some mindful breathing and start letting go of all the negativity you’re storing up. If you married the love of your life, and everyone had fun, and nothing dreadful happened, it was fine. All the rest is just sprinkles.

 

I have been to three “outdoor” weddings in the past couple of years, and during each it POURED the rain. Two had to be moved inside (rather than be in lovely gardens) and at the third everyone held umbrellas while the bride and groom got soaked to the skin. That last set of pictures is my favorite: mist filling the background, the bride and groom with water dripping off their noses, the bride’s hair hanging in wet curtains blocking half her face … but they both look so radiantly happy it’s like they’re in their own separate world. Genuinely stunning.

 

You got married to bind your life to that of your beloved, not to get great snapshots. Once you allow yourself to have some perspective on this, you’ll be much happier for it.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Ocean22:  The best part of any wedding picture is the bride and groom and how happy they are 🙂

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

Ocean22:  1st anniversary pro pics! Pick an awesome place, pick a super cute white dress, and have another photo shoot. I know it isn’t the same, but it is a way to get the pics you want. In the mean while, pick out some of the photos you do like from your wedding and display them.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

pinkandgold88:  I got married in Chicago too!  This past July 12.  It was cold and rainy in the morning, hot and humid with overcast in the afternoon, and a ridiculous storm at night.  It was an amazing wedding and we still got to do outside pictures- but who would have thought (well I guess in Chicago you should always expect the unexpected weather wise). 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Um, it was thisclose to raining during my outdoor ceremony, so I was pretty happy that it was only overcast. Would I have liked it to be sunny? hell yeah! But really, worse things could and have gone wrong at other people’s weddings so I think you should just try to keep it in perspective! 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

As a hobbyist photographer… overcast days are something to celebrate because they make perfect pictures.

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