Maddie and Bryan’s wedding day was a whirlwind of weather — sunny and beautiful at the start, torrential rain during photos at WindReach Farm, and then a clear sunset and evening for the tented reception. As a wedding photographer who’s prepared for anything, a little rain didn’t stop us or dampen (ha!) our day.
WindReach Farm in Whitby has all the usual rustic elements in place — barns, paths, wooden fences, bridges, fields, and of course some animals. It’s a unique spot that I hadn’t shot a wedding at previously, and it made for a great backdrop.
Did the rain hold off during the indoor church ceremony? Yep! Did the rain hold off while we stopped by Bryan’s mom’s house to snap some quick shots in the backyard? Yep! Did the rain hold off once we got to WindReach, where we planned to do the bulk of the formal photos? Nope! Thankfully we had a barn as a backup plan. The barn interior was tremendously dark, but since I travel to every wedding with lights and stands, it was no problem to make it look amazing. You can’t tell from the photos, but for many of them I was actually standing outside in the pouring rain, shooting into the barn through open doors, since there was limited space inside. Anything for the shot, right?
Because we were “stuck” in the barn waiting for the rain to stop, things also got a bit goofy, and the wedding party took full advantage to ham it up for the camera.
The temperature plummeted after the rain cleared, but everyone stayed warm by dancing the night away in the outdoor (but covered) space at WindReach.
Congratulations, Madison and Bryan!
(One fun personal coincidence for me on this day was when I arrived to photograph Bryan and the groomsmen getting ready. I heard a familiar female voice as I entered the house, and moments later I bumped into my lifelong friend Justine of Violet Noir Artistry! She happened to be there to do makeup for Bryan’s mom. While we’ve both worked the same weddings before, we each had no idea that the other had a role on this particular day — and on the eleventh anniversary of the day we met, no less!)