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How to Plan For An Elopement In Unpredictable Weather

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You’ve meticulously planned your elopement: the perfect location, the ideal outfit, the heartfelt vows you’ll whisper to each other. But there’s one element that remains stubbornly out of your control: the weather.

Here at Pursell Photography, we’ve captured countless elopements, and we know that Mother Nature can sometimes throw a curveball. Don’t worry, though! With a little preparation and a touch of flexibility, you can ensure your elopement day is magical, rain or shine.

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Embrace the Elements:

If you chose an outdoor location for your elopement, stick with the original plan. Bring umbrellas, dress a bit warmer, play in the rain or snow. Rain and snowy weather can create stunning visuals, and at Pursell Photography, we are known for our dramatic rain photos. If rain is in the forecast, consider incorporating clear umbrellas or a romantic, covered venue. Snowy landscapes can provide a dramatic backdrop for your vows, while a touch of wind can add a touch of motion to your hair and veil.

021Lodge on harrison Lake elopement photoCheck out this amazing elopement where there were 40km winds

Location, Location, Location:

Plan A and Plan B: When choosing your elopement location, consider options with built-in backup plans. Gazebos, covered walkways, or scenic overlooks with sheltered areas can be lifesavers. See free covered areas in the Lower Mainland.

Be Flexible: Elopements are all about intimacy and adventure. If the weather at your chosen spot takes a turn for the worse, be open to exploring a nearby location. Sometimes, a change of scenery can lead to even more captivating photos! 

For this wedding below, we had two locations chosen for their ceremony that were in very close proximity depending on whether it rained or not. We opted for this location when it was raining really hard, and then after the papers were signed, they embraced the weather and we got some gorgeous photos in the rain and even got a little sunset suprise.

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Have an Indoor Option:

Cozy Backups: Having a backup venue in mind, like a charming bed and breakfast, a historic building, a hotel, or even a private room at a restaurant, can provide peace of mind.

Home is Where the Heart Is: Consider an elopement ceremony in a meaningful location – your childhood home, a family cabin, or a place that holds special memories for both of you.


Packing for the Unexpected:

Be Prepared: When it comes to unpredictable weather, a little preparation goes a long way. Pack an emergency kit with essentials you might need depending on the forecast. For rainy locations, consider rain ponchos or a small travel umbrella. If chilly mornings are a possibility, pack hand warmers and cozy layers. Bug spray and sunscreen are also wise additions, depending on the time of year and your chosen location.

Fashion with a Function: While you want to look your best on your elopement day, prioritize choosing attire that can be easily adapted to different weather conditions. Opt for layers that can be added or removed as needed. A flowy dress with a jacket or a cape can be perfect for a location with unpredictable mornings, while convertible dresses can go from long and elegant to short and breezy in seconds. Don’t forget comfortable shoes that can handle a variety of terrains, especially if you’re venturing outdoors.

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Communication is Key:

Stay Informed: The days leading up to your elopement can feel like an eternity, but don’t forget to keep an eye on the weather forecast. Reliable weather apps and websites can be your best friend, giving you up-to-date information and allowing you to adjust your plans accordingly.

Airbnb Elopement with a helicopter tour

Clear Communication: Once you have a better idea of the potential weather conditions, communicate your backup plans with everyone involved in your elopement. This includes your photographer (hint, hint: Pursell Photography is happy to discuss all your options!), any potential witnesses, and even your officiant if necessary. Discussing backup locations and adjusting timelines can ensure a smooth and stress-free elopement, no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.

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Embrace the Light:

Lighting Magic: Not all elopement locations boast perfect natural light, especially if you opt for an indoor ceremony due to unexpected weather. But worry not! Pursell Photography has extensive experience working in diverse lighting conditions. We can showcase our expertise in creative lighting techniques to capture the beauty and intimacy of your elopement, rain or shine. See why you should hire a photographer who uses flash.

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Celebrate Regardless:
Post-Elopement Fun: While the weather may play a role in your elopement day, remember, it’s ultimately about celebrating your love. Don’t let unpredictable conditions dampen your spirits! Consider having a small celebratory dinner or gathering with close friends and family after your elopement, regardless of the weather on the actual day. Sharing your special news and reflecting on your adventure can be a wonderful way to cap off your elopement journey. See tips and ideas for your elopement.

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Capture the Moment:

We’re Here for You: No matter the weather, Pursell Photography will be there to capture the raw emotions and genuine love of your elopement. We’re experienced in working with all kinds of conditions and can create beautiful, lasting memories of your special day.

Remember: Your elopement is about celebrating your love. Embrace the unexpected, go with the flow, and let your elopement be a truly unforgettable adventure! Get in touch with Pursell Photography for your elopement.

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