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Chinese Wedding at Chelsea Register Office

Well, we didn’t have perfect weather, but even the Spring rain could not put a dampener on this Chinese Wedding at Chelsea Register Office.

I get to photograph quite a few Chinese Weddings here at Chelsea Register Office. Many of my clients meet whilst they’re over here studying at University. They usually go home to China for their big family weddings with 100s of guests. But their legal nuptials take place right here where they met, in fabulous London.

Often, with my Chinese clients, their families are unable to be here. But in the case of Yi Yiang and Khoon Li, both their immediate families were able to be here for them, which is wonderful. I always feel a little sorry for couples whose nearest family are unable to attend. So I was delighted that this was not the case here.

Whilst we did have the family in attendance, I could not deliver sunny weather for them. It was piddling down with rain when the bride and groom arrived and it was still raining when we finished the ceremony. We only had one small umbrella on the day, so the bride and groom squeezed under that. Thankfully, the rest of the family didn’t mind getting a little bit wet.

Bride Yi Tiang looked stunning in her dress, which she brought with her from China. Her smile lights up her whole face, beaming through the overcast day. In fact, both bride and groom could not stop smiling, even as they walked across the Chelsea puddles. The result were some gorgeous wedding portraits.

Here is a small selection of what we photographed for this couple’s Chinese Wedding at Chelsea Register Office. Many congratulations to Yi Yiang and Khoon Li. My they have a long and happy life together.

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Chinese Wedding at Chelsea Register OfficeConfetti throw at Chelsea Register OfficeChinese Bride and Groom Wedding Portraits in Chelsea by YBPHOTOGRAPIHCChinese Bride and Groom Wedding Portraits in Chelsea by YBPHOTOGRAPIHCChinese Bride in London Wedding Portrait by YBPHOTOGRAPHICChinese Bride and Groom Wedding Portraits in Chelsea by YBPHOTOGRAPIHCChinese Bride and Groom Wedding Portraits in Chelsea by YBPHOTOGRAPIHC

Chinese Wedding at Chelsea Register Office
Chinese Wedding at Chelsea Register Office
Confetti throw at Chelsea Register Office
Chinese Bride and Groom Wedding Portraits in Chelsea by YBPHOTOGRAPIHC
Chinese Bride in London Wedding Portrait by YBPHOTOGRAPHIC

Rainy Day Weddings – What if it rains on YOUR wedding day?

Fun with Rainy Day WeddingsI’m sitting here getting ready to photograph my next wedding at Chelsea Register Office and having looked at the weather forecast, I’m clearly prepping for another one of my rainy day weddings. Disaster!!! Or is it?

Let’s face it, this is England. No matter the season, there is always a chance of rain. So let’s talk about it! I’ve had brides tell me, with complete, unshakeable confidence, “it will not rain on my wedding day”, only to have torrential downpour all day long. That’s just how it goes sometimes. Obviously we very much hope that it will NOT rain on your wedding day, but if it does, it’s not the end of the world. Far from it! I am a great believer in embracing rainy day weddings for what they are, going with the flow, and letting your wedding photographs reflect that.

The important thing is to be prepared! Especially if you are having a short-coverage or intimate wedding at a local register office it’s important to appreciate how this will affect the photography on your wedding day. There is a big difference between encountering rain during a full day wedding, or when you’re are just having a couple of hours of photographic coverage.Rainy Day Wedding Photos

When you have only a few hours of photographic coverage at your local register office, you simply don’t have the luxury to look out of the window and hope for the rain to pass. 15 minutes on an 8 hour wedding is nothing. 15 minutes during 1.5 hour coverage is a great deal. So you have to get on with it. Also, very few register offices have spare space for you to wait around in, or have your group photographs in. Chances are, you will be asked to leave the ceremony room shortly after your wedding as another wedding party will be coming through. And any public areas will likely be full of the next wedding waiting to go in. Even more so on a rainy day. Rainy Day Wedding PhotosAlso, in London, there are few public spaces that provide any cover from the rain. So this is the reality. What can I do about that? Not much, really. I can’t change the location, the timeline OR the weather. But what we CAN control is how prepared we are to get the best shots possible for you. So my top tip of things to think about are:

1.) Attitude: The single most important thing here is your attitude. If you had your heart set on sunshine, but you wake up on your wedding day to raindrops on your bedroom window, try not to get down-hearted about it. It’s still your wedding day! You’re still going to have a wonderful day! Rainy Day Wedding PhotosYou’re still going to marry the love of your life! We’re still going to get some great photographs! So think of all the good things that are going to happen today. Plus rain on your wedding day is supposed to be good luck!

2.) Umbrella: It’s worth investing in a clear, white or cream umbrella to lift your photographs on day that will look a little glum otherwise. Bright colours can be good too to add some fun, but keep in mind that just like clothing, the colour of the umbrella will reflect on your skin. So a red and green golf umbrella may lead to you looking red and green underneath! Definitely avoid anything with company logos on it. This is not the time for that freebie umbrella from your last corporate golf day! And it needs to be BIG. We want both of you to fit under it comfortably to stay nice and dry.Fun with Rainy Day Weddings

3.) Shoes: this is for the ladies (mostly!): Whilst I’m all for getting out in the rain and snuggling up romantically under your umbrella, I completely understand if you’re not ready to sacrifice your satin Jimmy Choos to the nearest puddle. So if you ARE wearing particularly delicate shoes, I recommend bringing along a spare pare of something less sensitive! Or really go for fun and get a pair of white wellies or plimsoles to peek out under your dress.

4.) Flexibility: If it really is raining heavily, we will need to be flexible about where we shoot, so be prepared to go with the flow on the day and keep an open mind.

If you’re all set with the points above, then we’re still going to get some lovely portraits for you, no matter what the weather is doing. And quite often, once you’re all prepared, it doesn’t even rain!

And if you’re still not convinced, here’s a link to some blog featuring Rainy Day Weddings.