It has truly been the year of wedding adventures for Autumn Branscome & myself! Jennifer & Patrick’s wedding day did not disappoint as the adventure began before we arrived at Jen’s parents house. If you’ve ever been to West Virginia you know that we have limited major interstates that run through our state and it just so happened that the one we needed to reach our destination was shut down due to a cattle truck wreck. The truck had wrecked and the cattle had gotten loose on the interstate which shut down the entire interstate both west and east bound! I am not kidding… there were CATTLE running loose on our interstate. If you aren’t from WV you might believe this to be a normal occurrence but I promise you, it is not normal! Needless to say we had to travel via the back roads and almost get lost a time or two.
By the time we arrived at Jen’s parents house the rain had started to fall. Rain! 90% of our weddings in 2015 it has rained which has made Autumn & I very good at shooting in the rain. We said a little prayer that the rain would stop before we needed to shoot formals and shot the ladies getting ready!
Luckily the wedding was inside at the Holy Family Church which meant we didn’t have to fight the rain. The wedding was a stunning Catholic service.
The ceremony ended but the rain had not. Luckily Autumn & I have become pretty savvy at working with the rain as opposed to against it. We were able with Jen’s help to find a stunning mansion close by that had a beautiful overhang to keep the bridal party dry then we headed to Marshall University with Autumn’s trusty umbrella to get some amazing shots of the bride & groom.
If I could give one piece of advice to brides, especially after the rainy spring and summer we have had it would be: Ask your potential wedding photographer how they handle rain or scope out their portfolio for rainy day weddings. Overcoming my fear of rain has been one of the HARDEST things I’ve done as a wedding photographer. It took me a long time to learn to embrace the rain instead of just heading inside for photos. Rain doesn’t mean you can’t have beautiful outdoor photos; it just means your photographer has to be creative and work with Mother Nature.
The day wrapped up with a stunning reception at the Marshall University Student Center. Ironically once we were settled inside for the evening the sun decided to shine and the rain went away. Isn’t it funny how that works?
Jen & Pat’s reception was, as I expected, one of my favorites to date. Jen’s family is Lebanese and they are amazing at including their culture in wedding receptions – from traditional dances to the adorable little guy below playing drums it was epic!
Despite the rain almost 75% of the day it turned out to be an absolutely stunning day for Jen & Pat. Congratulations you two! I hope you have the best adventures on your new life together in a new city.
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Autumn Branscome & Kelly Broyles Photography have teamed up to provide a one of a kind wedding experience to Charleston and the surrounding areas of WV. Autumn Branscome is a child, family & portrait photographer based out of Princeton, WV. Kelly Broyles is a WV Wedding Photographer, Senior & Portrait photographer based out of Elkview, WV. Together they provide a unique & fresh perspective to wedding photography.