Is it gonna rain? That is the most anxious question always asked by photographers and couples on their wedding day. I often get asked by my clients what are we gonna do if it rains? My short answer — bring nice umbrellas! Of course, one can always shoot at an indoor location but sometimes this is not entirely possible. Peter and Julie’s wedding is in the beautiful Auburn Botanical Gardens. it is an open park so rain or shine, the ceremony and location shoot will happen there. As luck would have had it, it did rain pretty heavily on that day. If you would remember, we also experienced bad weather while doing Peter and Julie’s pre-wedding. In my culture, rain on a wedding day symbolises abundance and prosperity so I guess this should be treated as a good omen.
The event is a traditional Asian wedding with tea ceremonies at both the bride and groom’s places. It is also typical that the groom is made to perform some “tasks” to prove his love for the bride. This is one of the highlights of the day as the “tasks” are so funny. Peter (and the groomsmen) are made to dance, pass a seaweed roll using their lips, and do some pushups. Once the bridesmaids are satisfied of their performance, then only then can the groom “fetch” his bride.
As already mentioned, it was really a challenge during the location shoot as the downpour was quite heavy. We managed by having somebody holding an umbrella at me (the same for my videoman) while taking photos. I really admire Peter and Julie because despite the difficulties, they were very cooperative and did not complain. Julie’s dress was so wet after the shoot that she had to get it dried before the reception starts. The reception itself was an enjoyable event. They had fun game shows that was really entertaining.
Thank you so much Peter and Julie for being such a wonderful couple. Me and my team totally enjoyed covering your event. Wish you all the best!
Photography by Dodie Labial and Dexter Abella
Ceremony and Location shoot: Auburn Botanical Gardens
Reception: Silver Pearl Seafood Restaurant