I think it only rained twice this summer and I was at Sun Mountain Lodge for a wedding both times! They say it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day and I should know, it rained on mine!
Sarah and Brad and I had planned to do photos on the grounds around the lodge before the ceremony. But it was blustery with rain squalls and strong breezes so we found a covered deck instead. Their dog was the ring bearer and somehow her leash didn’t make the drive up the mountain. Luckily, I had a leash in my car that she could use. Photographers are often called on to help in unusual circumstances and this was one of those times. The groom’s attendants included his daughter and the bride’s grandfather. We did the first look and wedding party photos and made our way over to the lodge in a light rain where guests waited on the covered terrace or in the lobby.
Despite the weather, the couple still wanted to have the ceremony outside. People were checking weather forecasts on smart phones and were convinced that the rain would be finished in half an hour so we waited. The bar was opened and a few people found umbrellas.
And indeed, the rain quit before 5:30. The smell of petrichor, “A pleasant, distinctive smell frequently accompanying the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather in certain regions” (Oxford English Dictionary), from the light rain left the air fresh and clean after weeks of hot, dry, smoky skies from nearby wildfires. The marvelous staff at Sun Mountain wiped down the chairs and provided towels for guests to sit on. The bride’s uncle was the officiant. Fawn Meadow Design provided the beautiful flowers.
There were more photos after the ceremony and dinner and drinks and cake and toasts and lots of dancing throughout the evening. DJ Noah Ashford provided the sound and music.
Many thanks to Sarah and Brad and their families for including us in their wedding plans. It was a delight to do your wedding photography.