Weddings

What if it rains on my wedding day?

You’ve been making plans big and small, and countless decision, but there’s one decision (unfortunetly) that we have no control over- the weather. One of the most common questions I get from brides is, “What happens if it rains on my wedding day?” Here are five stages of rain preparation on a wedding day that I want to let you in on- when rain might be on the way.

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1- Don’t check the weather too soon- or too often.

This was a bad habit of mine. If I had a wedding coming up on Saturday, I would be checking the weather starting on Monday, several times a day, and every day after that. Stop! This is completely draining, and the forecast will most likely change SO much. This is a fast lane to panic. Check a few days prior, and not more than once a day after. Which brings us to my next point.

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2- If you see rain is definitely in your forecast- make an umbrella purchase.

I love the Totes clear bubble umbrella- paired with Amazon Prime and you are prepared! If it rains, you’ll be all set, and if it doesn’t, you can easily return them. I keep a handful with me, but like all umbrellas, they can break fairly easily, so I suggest brides have some on hand.

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3- If it’s raining on your wedding day for sure- let’s take to overhangs.

Now it’s your wedding day and it’s for sure raining. First, don’t panic! This is YOUR WEDDING DAY. The day you marry your best friend- not even rain can stop the beauty that is about to unfold. There is always SOMEWHERE to shoot. It’s my job to make any situation work, so that’s what we are going to do. If it’s spitting or simply not down pouring, we can go for the umbrellas. But say it’s raining harder, and it’s just too much to risk- let’s look for overhangs. Can we put you under the overhang and I can shoot from an umbrella in the rain? Perfect.

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4-It’s down pouring and just down right inclement. Let’s find beauty inside your venue.

You chose your wedding venue because you found beauty in it. We’ll look in for all the charming nooks to make sure your wedding photographs are truly unforgettable. This can be challenging but it pushes the creativity of your photographer (aka me)- it’s a great experience to learn and really push the creativity to the next level.

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5- You can count on a gorgeous sky surrounding rain.

Whether it’s just about to rain, or it has finally ended- you can count on the most gorgeous sky, creating another photo op for us! So whether there is rain in the forecast or not- no worries, what seems like such a giant piece of the day, will soon become a sweet memory of just how your wedding day unfolded and you’ll have the beautiful photos to relive it.

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*A lot of these tips can apply to other forms of inclement weather including extreme heat, winds, or raining cats and dogs.*


Windrift Hotel Wedding in Avalon, New Jersey: Joe and Amy

Windrift Hotel Wedding in Avalon, New Jersey: Joe and Amy

Amy and Joe’s gorgeous winter wedding at the Windrift Hotel in Avalon.

Collingswood Grand Ballroom Wedding: Meg + Eric

Meg and Eric have been wedding planning from Chicago, so when their wedding day arrived and I finally got to meet them in person- I was beyond excited. Meg is the kind of girl you've always wanted to be friends with- she's so funny, sweet, and shares all of her emotion- she lights up a room! When Meg and Eric get together their chemistry is undeniable! They are so sweet and kind to each other and I'm beyond happy for them- I can't imagine how happy their family is for them, witnessing a perfect match.

Both bride and groom started at The Westin hotel in Mount Laurel, NJ for their getting ready. Meg and her bridesmaids prepped and shared so many special moments while Eric got.... a haircut in his hotel room! I was so excited for my second photographer, Danielle, that she was going to be able to capture it (maybe a little jealous too)! It's a wedding day first, and soooo much fun. Meg put on her gorgeous gown at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom before meeting her groom outside for their First Look, with their family and friends watching from afar. We were able to capture their bridal party, bride and groom portraits, and family portraits before rain clouds started moving in.

Their indoor ceremony, complete with a beautifully decorated chuppah by Leigh Florist, and the romantic candles and twinkle lights at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom, made for the perfect setting for their "I do"s. Their reception started with the most fun hora, followed by a lively dance floor and soooo much celebrating for our happy couple. Thank you so much to Mr. and Mrs. Gold for letting us capture your best day ever!

THE DETAILS

Venue: Collingswood Grand Ballroom, Collingswood, New Jersey

Florals: Leigh Florist

Hair: Jill Kozar of Up Your Do

Makeup: Blushed Makeup Studio

Cake: Sweet T's Bakeshop

DJ: Centerstage Entertainment

I love using the bride's veil to shoot details- makes a dreamy backdrop.

I love using the bride's veil to shoot details- makes a dreamy backdrop.

How about a fresh haircut on your wedding day?! I love that my second photographer, Danielle, got to capture this!

How about a fresh haircut on your wedding day?! I love that my second photographer, Danielle, got to capture this!

Such a GRAND setting at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom. So timeless and elegant.

Such a GRAND setting at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom. So timeless and elegant.

I love that Meg and Eric invited their bridal party and family to witness their first look- their reactions were sooo worth capturing!

I love that Meg and Eric invited their bridal party and family to witness their first look- their reactions were sooo worth capturing!

LOVE allll the twinkle lights at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom.

LOVE allll the twinkle lights at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom.

Ocean City, New Jersey Wedding Album: Don and Tracy

If you've been following me for a while, you might know that I have a special place in my heart for beach weddings and more specifically, at The Flanders Hotel, in Ocean City, New Jersey. The hotel has a very classic feeling with antique furniture, and gold trim, just steps away from the boardwalk and beach. The Ocean City boardwalk is so vibrant with shops, rides, and murals on the walls overlooking the beach. All of the liveliness of this beach town draws brides and grooms here each year for their wedding- including myself and my husband eight years ago. When it was time to make some new sample wedding albums this year, I chose Tracy and Don's wedding at The Flanders Hotel- it was SUCH a great day.

I love my heirloom wedding albums. The cover options range from the most vibrant linens, to rich, luxe leathers and I'm a sucker for debossing. You'll see "Don & Tracy" debossed on the cover, stamped right onto the cover in such a timeless font. The photographs are printed onto the pages and the pages are as thick as a nickel. Here are a few of my favorite spreads from Tracy and Don's album. I'll also say, in the digital age we live in, couples don't always purchase wedding albums at the time of their wedding and then they feel stuck a year or two (or more!) later and not quite sure how to go about it. It's NEVER too late to get an album! It's a family heirloom that tells the story of the beginning of your family. If you're a Styled Pink couple and are wanting your very own album- let me know!

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Fox Hill Farm Wedding, Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Jamie and Marissa

Early on a Saturday morning, with our families in tow, we left for Honesdale, Pennsylvania to photograph Marissa and Jamie's wedding. The wedding was at the gorgeous Fox Hill Farm, where every detail has been thought out, not to mention the flowers everywhere and the mountain view.  Jamie and Marissa decided on a First Look so we could capture their family portraits before their ceremony. JUST as the First Look was wrapping up, the skies opened up and it downpoured. These brides were so calm about it! We ran for cover, grabbed umbrellas and kept shooting! The rain continued for a while, so we found a cozy greenhouse for more photos of the brides, and finally, the skies cleared in time for the ceremony. Their ceremony took place just feet from a lake, overlooking the barn/reception area. Towards the end of the ceremony, Jamie surprised Marissa by singing her a song, and had even passed out the lyrics for everyone participating in the ceremony to join along. It was such a sweet touch! On the way to the reception, we snuck into a fenced off area where the cows are kept. (How cool is that?) We were at the highest point of the farm, and from there we had gorgeous sunset colors with a touch of fog. The reception started off with heart-felt speeches and continued with dancing in the barn. The string lights and barn decor was simply amazing. Congratulations Mrs. and Mrs. Place!

THE DETAILS

Venue: Fox Hill Farm, Honesdale, Pennsylvania 

Wedding Planner: Megan Gustafson of Bella Life Events

Gowns: John Alexander and Hailey Paige

Flowers: Katherine, Owner and Flower Goddess of Fox Hill Farm

Hair: Donna Cross

Makeup: Blushed Makeup Studio

Cake: Monique Milleson, Ant Hill Farm

DJ: KDK Entertainment

Sunset AND fog all at once? Bless my little photographer heart.

Sunset AND fog all at once? Bless my little photographer heart.

So many gorgeous places to shoot details at Fox Hill Farms.

So many gorgeous places to shoot details at Fox Hill Farms.

The barn at Fox Hill Farm had the PERFECT lighting to show off Marissa and Jamie's gorgeous dresses.

The barn at Fox Hill Farm had the PERFECT lighting to show off Marissa and Jamie's gorgeous dresses.

A heartfelt first look.

A heartfelt first look.

And then the rain! But no worries for these brides, we just kept on shooting.

And then the rain! But no worries for these brides, we just kept on shooting.

We found a greenhouse filled with gorgeous flowers while taking cover from the rain.

We found a greenhouse filled with gorgeous flowers while taking cover from the rain.

Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club Wedding, Galloway, New Jersey: KC and Meredith

Meredith and KC are pretty much my dream clients... not only are they buying me peanut M&M's every time they see me (this is amazing) but they are so genuinely sweet! Meredith and KC both completely trusted me with every detail when it came to their photos and I think any photographer will agree- this is the best possible thing for creativity! They were just so much fun to be around, there's lots of joking going on, but when things get serious (like the ceremony), there are tears and there's nothing like someone showing their genuine emotions. As I edited their wedding, there were SO many emotions and Meredith's face showed each one! Clearly, I can't stop gushing about them. Their love is so sweet and I have no doubt that in 10, 20, or even 50 years, they will still be just as crazy about each other as they were on their wedding day. Very best wishes to you, Mr. and Mrs. Koseoglu!

THE DETAILS

Venue: Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Galloway, New Jersey

Gown: Sophia Tolli

Flowers: South Jersey Florist

Hair: Melanie Beck of Artemis Salon

Makeup: Pro Makeup Artistry by Dee

Cake: Stockton Seaview

DJ: This is It Entertainment

We were chauffeured onto the golf course at the Stockton Seaview with the most gorgeous views, but the clouds this day were begging to be a part of Meredith and KC's story so we had to include them!

We were chauffeured onto the golf course at the Stockton Seaview with the most gorgeous views, but the clouds this day were begging to be a part of Meredith and KC's story so we had to include them!

I love the variety of the Stockton Seaview for wedding photographs- how about a bridal party group hug?

I love the variety of the Stockton Seaview for wedding photographs- how about a bridal party group hug?

Meredith's bridal bouquet from South Jersey Florist was stunning- those purples!

Meredith's bridal bouquet from South Jersey Florist was stunning- those purples!

How gorgeous is this bride?

How gorgeous is this bride?

We took bride and groom portraits outside of the Bayview Ballroom before their ceremony.

We took bride and groom portraits outside of the Bayview Ballroom before their ceremony.

A gorgeous bridal party!

A gorgeous bridal party!

Views of Brigantine and Atlantic City from the Stockton Seaview golf course.

Views of Brigantine and Atlantic City from the Stockton Seaview golf course.

The dog and cat glasses?! YES, I love it.

The dog and cat glasses?! YES, I love it.

Unionville Vineyards Wedding, Ringoes, New Jersey: Lindsay and John

It was late in September and it was a hot one when Lindsay and John tied the knot at the gorgeous Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, New Jersey. They both got ready in the farmhouse alongside their best man, John's brother, and matron of honor, Lindsay's best friend. Lindsay's getting ready involved lots of pale pink and rose gold, which seemed fitting in farmhouse at Unionville Vineyards. The bridal suite is pale pink and absolutely stunning. Lindsay and John opted not to see each other before the ceremony but they shared a special moment as they held hands while standing on opposite sides of a door- talk about anticipation! The ceremony was just beside the farmhouse and officiated by Lindsay's Godfather. It was during that time I learned that Lindsay and John had known each other for a while but hit it off while at ShopRite one day and the rest is history. After the ceremony we went into the vineyards for portraits of the new Mr. and Mrs. Reilly before they joined their reception underneath of a tent. As the night went on, the party headed indoors in the Winery Building. What an absolutely beautiful day! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Reilly!

THE DETAILS

Venue: Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes, New Jersey

Gown: Martina Liana

Flowers: Dahlia Florals

Hair: Christy Madriz

Makeup: Perfect Bridals by Christina

Catering & Cake: Main Street Fine Catering

DJ: Elegant Music Group

The Flanders Hotel Wedding, Ocean City, NJ: Dorian and Samantha

Dorian was living in Arkansas, Samantha in New Jersey. While browsing through fitness hashtags on Instagram, Samantha came across a photo of a man in a Phillies hat, leading her to believe he was local... little did she know the man she would fall in love with was many miles away. They would begin a long distance relationship with countless phone calls, plane tickets and lots of planning to be with each other as often as possible. Finally, their long distance relationship became much easier when Dorian moved to New Jersey. They planned a gorgeous wedding at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, New Jersey. The day started with thunderstorms but the weather cleared and I was SO glad so we could get some portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Terry on the beach and boardwalk. It's been such a joy planning with Samantha, when I left the night of the wedding I told her I was going to miss her, and then she reminded me we live five minutes from each other. It was an honor to witness two families coming together and celebrating such an amazing couple starting their lives together. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Terry! This is just the beginning of an amazing chapter!

THE DETAILS

Venue: The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, New Jersey

Gown: David's Bridal

Flowers: Willingboro Florist

Hair and Makeup: Amanda Atoori Beauty Artistry

Cake: The Cake Boutique

DJ: Tommy Bertolini, Steve and Company

We headed to Playland's Castaway Cove on the boardwalk in Ocean City for a pop of color!

We headed to Playland's Castaway Cove on the boardwalk in Ocean City for a pop of color!

Amanda Atoori Beauty Artistry provided the finishing touches for Amanda's hair and makeup.

Amanda Atoori Beauty Artistry provided the finishing touches for Amanda's hair and makeup.

Samantha and Dorian and their First Look in the Hall of Mirrors and the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, New Jersey. I love the elegance!

Samantha and Dorian and their First Look in the Hall of Mirrors and the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, New Jersey. I love the elegance!

Samantha is stunning, and she was so laid back. Rain on the wedding day? No worries. All she cared about was marrying the love of her life!

Samantha is stunning, and she was so laid back. Rain on the wedding day? No worries. All she cared about was marrying the love of her life!

How cute are these adorable cookie favors that Samantha's aunt made?

How cute are these adorable cookie favors that Samantha's aunt made?

Samantha and Dorian actually won their wedding cake in a contest from The Cake Boutique. Sooo gorgeous!

Samantha and Dorian actually won their wedding cake in a contest from The Cake Boutique. Sooo gorgeous!

I love the vibrant colors of the boardwalk with the Flanders Hotel in the shot as well. Ocean City sure is a magical place!

I love the vibrant colors of the boardwalk with the Flanders Hotel in the shot as well. Ocean City sure is a magical place!

Are you getting married at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, New Jersey and looking for a wedding photographer to capture it all? Email me at diana@styledpink.com

South Jersey Wedding Photography, Gibbsboro, New Jersey: Oriana and Melanie

Melanie and Oriana are in a beautiful season of life. Just a few months ago, they were planning a wedding, while in a long-distance relationship. Now they are under one roof and married! Both brides got ready at the Hotel ML in Mount Laurel, NJ before heading off to Lakeside Manor in Gibbsboro, NJ for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and a tented wedding reception.

My absolute favorite moment of the ceremony was the ring exchange. Most couples fumble around and have a lot of trouble getting the ring on their spouse because of well... wedding day nerves! Melanie had some trouble putting on Oriana's wedding ring, because she had the wrong hand altogether- her right hand. I didn't notice at the time, until Oriana told me. I immediately scrolled back through the photographs and started laughing! Wedding nerves are no joke!

Congratulations Melanie and Oriana!

THE DETAILS

Venue: Lakeside Manor, Gibbsboro, New Jersey

Floral: The Rose of Sharon Florist

Cake: Country Sweets

DJ: Posh DJs

The Bradford Estate Wedding, Hainesport, New Jersey: Jeff and Anna

When I asked Anna to describe her wedding, she answered, "We are a pretty laid back couple and are just looking forward to a fun day full of love." There's no better way to describe their day. When I started with Anna in the bridal suite at the Bradford Estate in Mount Holly, she was as calm as can be with the biggest smile on her face. She joked and danced with her bridal party as she got ready for her day. She read pages upon pages of love notes from Jeff, he'd been writing her a love note every day in July, leading up to their wedding at the end of the month. Soon more and more family would gather, with more and more hugs and high fives. The mood was so full of love and lightness. The mood only changed once their surprise guest had arrived- laughter... and singing, lots of singing as ELVIS walked through the doors at the reception. Jeff is a huge Elvis fan, so Anna arranged for The King to make an appearance. Much love and laughter to you, Anna and Jeff!

See their engagement session here!

THE DETAILS

Venue: The Bradford Estate, Hainesport, New Jersey

Gown: Lillian West

Hair and Makeup: Kristen DiLella, Hello Beautiful

Cake: DiBartolo's Bakery

DJ: DJ Adam Weiner, VIP DJ Entertainment

The grounds of the Bradford Estate in Hainesport, New Jersey are so gorgeous. It's a hidden gem filled with the cutest spots around every corner.

The grounds of the Bradford Estate in Hainesport, New Jersey are so gorgeous. It's a hidden gem filled with the cutest spots around every corner.

I'm sort of obsessed with the Bridal suite at the Bradford Estate. It's gorgeous, with tons of natural light.

I'm sort of obsessed with the Bridal suite at the Bradford Estate. It's gorgeous, with tons of natural light.

Pretty little details. I love seeing how much pretty I can fit into one photo.

Pretty little details. I love seeing how much pretty I can fit into one photo.

Anna and her bridesmaids wore the cutest pink dresses while they were getting ready. See all of those smiles? 100% genuine. all. day. long.

Anna and her bridesmaids wore the cutest pink dresses while they were getting ready. See all of those smiles? 100% genuine. all. day. long.

The bridesmaids and the groomsmen outside of the Bradford Estate. It was a HOT one, but you would never know by how awesome everyone was.

The bridesmaids and the groomsmen outside of the Bradford Estate. It was a HOT one, but you would never know by how awesome everyone was.

We photographed the bridal party before the ceremony so everyone could enjoy cocktail hour.

We photographed the bridal party before the ceremony so everyone could enjoy cocktail hour.