I have been very lucky over the years with rain at a wedding.
I have never had an outdoor wedding get moved because of rain in over 500 weddings.
I like to think I have some good luck.
This weekend I had a very close call at Los Willows Weddings at Event Estates in San Diego North County’s Fallbrook area.
Los Willows Weddings and Event Estates is a beautiful outdoor wedding venue with a beautiful lakeside gazebo.
The reception pavilion had great accents.
After years of photographing wedding here, I finally had the opportunity to see the Bed-n-Breakfast home.
With preceding raining days and a rain in the morning, Los Willows already had their back-up plan of moving the outdoor ceremony indoors to the Pavilion.
Good thing was there was plenty of room in the Pavilion. Most of the rain stopped just hours before the ceremony time but there was no guarantee it would not return.
I began photographing the wedding party getting ready at the Bed-n-Breakfast rooms.
There was a full-on salon style room for the women.
We then moved the photos to the venue area to take the photos of the men by the lake.
The women were in the bridal room finishing their dressing.
Rain was still clear and the groom requested to have the wedding ceremony outdoors as planned.
Kendra Koenig, Wedding Coordinator from Los Willows, handled everything extremely well.
She agreed to move the ceremony outdoor but would wait to the last moment for her staff to move the chairs and arrangements, to make sure they would stay dry.
Well everything went through perfect.
The weather held up with no rain.
The bride arrived by boat via the lake and the guest loved the ceremony.
The partial clouds made for great photography with perfect lighting.
One inside secret for brides, bright blue and sunny skies are not always the most favorable photography condition.
Bright sun can result in hard contrast and unfavorable lighting condition for photography.
With the rain over and clouds pending, the light was very favorable and made great photography.
I loved everything about the photography and weather.
Here is the link for a photo montage from the wedding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=024fuHhwIeM
Thank you to Photodex Proshow and Triple Scope Music.
Los Willows Wedding & Events Estateswww.loswillows.com/530 Stewart Canyon Rd Fallbrook, CA 92028
The Little Flower
Margie Kay Oostadam
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