We all started at the iconic Williamsburg Hotel to get ready in one of their wrap-around corner suites. The beautiful NYC skyline views were breathtaking, even despite the blanket of fog from the rain. We hear all the time how rain on a wedding day is good luck, right? I think so too. The couple I photographed was so full of light that the rain didn’t stop them from enjoying their big day with their closest family and friends.
After the groom got prepped for the day, he and his groomsmen went ahead to DUMBO, Brooklyn, and Time Out Market to wait for the bride and groom to do their first look together.
Good thing the couple prepared for the rain – they were equipped with clear and black umbrellas to keep them as dry as possible. They got the clear umbrellas on Amazon.
I am one of the biggest fans of Dumbo, Brooklyn in New York City for sunshine and cloudy days – but when there’s rain involved, it will make photo sessions extremely tough to manage if my couples want to stay dry. I made it work since I had my awesome assistant hold an umbrella over my gear the entire time I was in the rain, and the couple didn’t mind being in the rain with umbrellas too. I had taken some photos of them in the Jane’s Carousel; which is one of the ONLY locations with roof coverage and great light!
The couple’s VIPs [very important people] arrived to take their portraits with them before the ceremony so that the wedding day timeline could flow nicely and they could enjoy cocktail hour with their guests. I love when my couples do something so true to them and not by industry standards. Instead of reading vows to each other at the altar, they wanted to read their vows in front of their VIPs. It was a very emotional moment they shared in the pouring rain. Tears of joy, as you may see below.
Followed by photos of the wedding party and VIPs in the rain – we took a New York City trolley to their wedding venue in Brooklyn: 64 Dobbins st. We arrived 30 minutes early to prepare for the ceremony. As noted before, the couple was so prepared for the rooftop wedding that they ordered a tent, as 64 Dobbins st does not have a rain plan for an indoor ceremony as large as they had (approx 150 people).
At 64 Dobbins st wedding venue in New York City they have a rooftop for a wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. On the main level (first floor) is access to the reception hall for dancing and eating. Without the planner, Gillian, from Events by Gillian in Pennsylvania, we would of not have been able to accomplish a well-curated timeline, decorate, stay organized, and stay in flow for the wedding day. The wedding design at the wedding reception was minimalistic, with touches of blush and ivory and lots of candles.
The sparklers exit was mock as I was only booked for part of the reception. I also encourage all of my couples only to do a mock sparkler exit as people tend to get too drunk and are irresponsible with sparklers/fire – so it’s best to have a small group of somewhat sober people to help make a grand epic photo with sparklers. Get sparklers from I love sparklers website.
Getting ready hotel @wburghotel
Cake bakery @pip_n_bits
This is not my first time photographing a rainy wedding day – here’s another wedding day photographed in Brooklyn New York where rain decided to show up and shower us with good luck.
I can't wait to learn more about what you are planning - xo Miranda Suess
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