Destination Smith Mountain Lake: Shawde + Adam 10.08.16

If rain on your wedding day is good luck, then Shawde and Adam are set!  Hailing from Ohio, Shawde and Adam wanted to get married in the Virginia countryside on the edge of Smith Mountain Lake at Mariner's Landing during one of its prettiest times of year: fall.  What they didn't expect was almost 2 inches of rain to fall in storms ahead of Hurricane Matthew starting on Friday and falling until late Saturday night.  Thanks to an amazing bridesmaid who showed up with umbrellas for the ladies and a mysteriously appearing and very welcome bag of umbrella for the men, their wedding went off as planned, just under soppy skies.

This amazing couple, their wedding party, and out-of-town friends and family totally went with the flow, having fun with some unique wedding photos in the rain and a ceremony huddled under umbrellas and some less traditional-but-totally-necessary back-up shoe selections.

As for me, I learned that I can shoot ceremony photos while balancing a golf-sized umbrella alternatively on my head or pinched between my knees, wearing rain boots (so glad I threw 'em in the car at the last minute!), and that heck, it can even count as my exercise for the day because, trust me, I felt every muscle the next day.  Luckily, my second shooter (and husband) had me (literally) covered for the non-ceremony shots.