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Rainy Day Wedding: Samantha and Trent | The Wilds Golf Club – Prior Lake | Minnesota Wedding Photographer

If it’s a rainy day on your wedding day, don’t worry about it. Seriously, don’t worry about it.  The morning of Samantha and Trent’s wedding, it was a forty-nine degrees, extremely windy, rainy day. In other words, the conditions were pretty miserable. Their venue, The Wilds Golf Club, is such a gorgeous outdoor venue, so we knew that, despite the weather, it would still be great.

Despite what a lot of people may think, rain and clouds are absolutely wonderful for wedding photography. They are our favorite conditions, after we throw on some rain gear and wrap our cameras in bags. Rain makes the colors outside pop – the greens look greener, the sky takes on a dark, yet mystical look, and everything is perfectly balanced.

When we first met Sam and Trent, it was also a rainy day, but it stopped very early in the morning, as we were shooting a sunrise engagement session.  It was another time when they dealt with the weather as is.  Sam and Trent braved the weather, being the ones to suggest that we go outside in the rain. We were able to do first look and lots of couple photos out there before the wind got really crazy and we went inside to do a first look with her step dad.

Get the Kleenex out because this will get you. When Sam did her first look with her step dad, she asked him to legally become her father. Everyone in the room was crying. It was by far the most moving first look we have ever done and it’s going to take quite a bit to top it.

Their day was so much fun. With nearly three hundred guests, the party didn’t stop and everyone was so wonderful to work with. The rainy day  cleared up after the ceremony and people were able to hang out on the patio and go inside and enjoy some of the donuts off their big donut wall. Overall, it was just a fantastic day with weather that so many people would let ruin their day.

Samantha and Trent’s wedding is a prime example of how a wedding day should go. Here’s why.

The two of them didn’t let anything get them down.  It goes without saying that it is difficult to do that on your wedding day.  It’s hard to do that on any day of your life.  Your wedding is especially stressful just because you want things to go the right way.  Think about it.  When does anything ever go EXACTLY the way they should?  It’s pretty rare.

When we arrived and it was very cold, windy and rainy, they just rolled with it.  Understand, a lot of people get The Wilds as their venue because they love the exterior.  It’s beautiful.  If it rains and you can’t do your ceremony outside, that’s a big chunk of your planning.  However, they realized that they had no control over the weather.  They were realistic about it and accepted it.

Don’t try to fix things you have no control over.  We have accepted that as photographers and it has made our lives so much easier.  We have zero control over the weather and time.  I feel that if you realize that ahead of planning a big event, your stress level will go down.  If you are super organized like us, have several backup plans, not just one.  Plan for the worst weather possible and the worst case scenarios.  That way, if the weather is amazing and you have extra time, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

I can’t even tell you how many times I have had couples ask us the following questions – “What do we do if it rains?” and “What do we do if there isn’t a sunset?”.  In reality, they know the answers.  We can shoot in the rain or indoors.  If there isn’t a sunset, there isn’t one.  There are many other amazing photos you can get if you don’t have a sunset.  Just plan around things and realize what is truly important to you for your day.  That way, you will have a wonderful and relaxed wedding day.

Here is a review from the bride and groom:

“Tracy and Kyle are simply AMAZING! They truly are more than photographers and felt more like friends when all was said and done. From the beginning, to the end, they offered endless support, advice and guidance. Their experience and professionalism shines through, allowing you to relax and truly have the best day ever! They exceeded our expectations in every way possible and our experience with them is second to none. You only get one shot (pun intended) at capturing your wedding day, and we would highly recommend Tracy and Kyle to be the ones to do that for you! They have captured beautiful memories that we will cherish forever.”

Highlights from the day:
  • Samantha’s first look with her dad. We were all crying.

  • DONUT WALL. Love it.

  • The fact that Samantha and Trent didn’t let the weather get them down and the photography shows it.

  • The overall family feel of this wedding. It was all just extremely loving.

Thank you to the following people for helping make their day so much fun:

Venue: The Wilds Golf Club
Photography: RKH Images
Donuts: Hyvee
Florist: Pearson Florist
DJ: Silver Sound Entertainment
Hair & Makeup: Cole’s Salon
Wedding Dress: Raffine Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Shoes: David’s Bridal
Rings: Shane Co.
Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
Decor: Grapevine Gifts & Rentals, LLC

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