Happy Friday, everyone! The 2022 wedding season has been good to me in regards to weather so I wasn’t surprised when a full blown post hurricane storm came barreling at us last weekend. I mean, we were BOUND to have at least one fully, rainy wedding this season, right? Natalie and Lee’s October 1st wedding was the unlucky winner but it didn’t stop us. Last Saturday, I left my house early and met Emily at the White Palace. We photographed what we could of the reception and then we drove around and found rain locations for photos, and backup locations…and more locations. No matter what, I was NOT going to let the weather get us down. Nope! So, before I go on any more about their big day, please give Natalie and Lee all your Hannah Barlow Photography love and ENJOY!
So, after Emily and I were confident in our multiple rain location choices and photo plans, we headed up to Oglebay where both the men and the women were getting ready! When I say it was raining, it was RAINING! We had umbrellas and reflectors and rain jackets but no amount of protection was keeping us 100% dry. I knew this was probably putting a damper on the wedding festivities so I blew into their getting ready room with all the Hannah energy. We got RIGHT down to it and I got the ladies on the bed for some robe photos!
Then, we went right into details and because everyone was already ready, we were able to chat and they were also able to watch me make wedding magic! Their flower girl was the ULTIMATE helper in detail styling too!
Then, we ran back through the rain and navigated the lodge to find the men getting ready.
Back to the women we went to get this bride ready with the help of her momma!
The weather most definitely wasn’t getting the men down. I yelled “LEE!! STAY OUT OF THE RAIN….YOU’RE GOING TO GET WATER SPOTTTTTSSSSS!” And if you’ve ever heard me “yell” at a wedding, I’m sure you can hear me. This group was most definitely the definition of “go with the flow”.
The ceremony was originally going to be outside but the weather had other plans so Kyle (Smash Multimedia) set up a backdrop so the couple could get married inside. His backdrops are some of the most beautiful, I tell ya! Not a wrinkle in sight either! Here comes the bride! Emily and I talked long and hard about lighting and our standing locations so we could be sure to catch it all!
It may not have been outside like they originally planned but I’d definitely call this ceremony a success!
Then, the couple opted for a receiving line to greet their guests so I photographed some of that before we got set up for family formals.
After family formals, we went to rain location #1 and alas, there was no other bridal party there (which was a concern of mine since every wedding photographer in the Ohio Valley was going to be looking for a dry, covered spot) and we got RIGHT down to formals…but not before we had to get the bride through the muckiness!
Full bridal party photos first!
Then, the men got to have their photo time and they did NOT hesitate or even miss a beat! Here are some goodies and I promise we have some other good ones that I’m not allowed to share on the world wide web! HA! Lee was ALL about the photos (like I said at their engagement session (HERE)…they are not afraid of my camera). At Emily’s angle? You can see they were totally roasting him! HA!
New color palette for your viewing pleasure! Gina Hedrick’s flowers are ALWAYS so dang beautiful! I always love seeing her too…she’s the sweetest and I’ve SO enjoyed getting to know her!
Then, we got right down to bride and groom formals and let me tell you the absolute SIGH of relief I had when taking these. I told Emily in the car, “I just need to get through the bride and groom formals to feel like this day was an absolute success!” You know I always feel a lot of pressure when the weather isn’t top notch. Emily kept reminding me I couldn’t control the rain BUT I could give this couple beautiful wedding photos regardless! We did it!
I literally did a dance as I helped Natalie keep her dress dry to get back on the bus. Then, we headed off to the White Palace to get the party started and photograph all those wedding reception festivities. Can you just tell how happy they were to get through the day successfully?! Welcome, Mr. & Mrs. Martin!
Black and white first dance photos for you!
Emily and I breezed through the reception (of almost 300 people) playing paparazzi!
I was cracking up…during the money dance…out of the corner of my eye (and then photo) I saw something happening to my right. This was on Emily’s side. I hurry up and moved my camera to capture it BUT…I should have known. Emily was ON IT!
The party just kept going and going!
Natalie and Lee barely reached out to me throughout the planning process nor did they ask me for anything in the last year so it was a real bummer when I saw the forecast was calling for rain. Have no fear though, they made the best of it and I feel like it was a total success! I mean, just look at all the laughs, hugs, smiles and amazing photos we were able to get out of the day! I found myself smiling (especially when Lee was busting a move on the dance floor which I had NOT expected). They did it! Natalie and Lee are Mr. & Mrs. Martin and it was a great day!
Give them all your love and have a GREAT weekend!
Bride’s Gown – Bridal Beginning
Bridesmaids’ Attire – David’s Bridal
Men’s Attire – Men’s Wearhouse
Hair/Makeup – Forever Young Studio of Hair
Wedding Planning/Coordinator – Michelle Witzberger
Florist – I Do – Gina Hedrick/Kathy Flowers
Cake – Tina’s Sweet Celebration
DJ/Backdrop – Smash Multimedia, Kyle Mac
Venue/Catering – White Palace
Transportation – Haggerty Ride, INC
Officiant – Miss Duffy
Cookie Table – Anita Wiggins, Family & Friends