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Welcome, I'm Lisa! Wedding and portrait photographer, wife, mama, and J.Crew's biggest fan. I'm here to make sure your photos are oh-so classic with a pop of emotion. Photography aside, I'm a Chicago girl through and through. I love shopping, live in flats, and believe a manicure is always a good idea. On the blog, you'll find recent sessions, tips for brides, and life/studio updates. Grab a mug of coffee and stay awhile! I'm so glad you're here.




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Top Outdoor Wedding Backup Plans

Tips for Brides

Hello there, bride-to-be!  So you’ve planned the perfect outdoor wedding and a couple days before your day you check your local weather.  Storm clouds.  Eeks!  Now what do you do?  Don’t stress! I’m here to share my top outdoor wedding backup plans.

The biggest reason you should have a backup plan for outdoor weddings is: Weather.  Mother nature is unpredictable and even though you picked the perfect Saturday in June, it could be rainy and wet on your wedding day.  Don’t let that thought of rain ruin your day or stop you from planning your outdoor wedding.  Just follow my tips so you won’t stress if there’s rain on your wedding day.

outdoor wedding backup plans


Backup for an Outdoor Venue

When booking your ceremony at an outdoor venue, ask the coordinator where the wedding will happen in the event of rain.  Most often, your wedding will be moved indoors to the reception space, a barn or under a covered area.  Your venue has this down pat and will work with you rain or shine.   You will typically have a cut off time, day of, to tell your venue if you’d like your wedding outdoor or inside.

I once was a reader in an outdoor wedding when it started to rain.  The steady drizzle would not stop my good friend, Catherine, from having her outdoor wedding.  Thank goodness for waterproof mascara and golf umbrellas for the guests!!!

Backup for Outdoor Bridal Portraits

If you are planning outdoor bridal portraits, having a backup location in mind is helpful.  Locations to consider are local public spaces like Union Station, the Lyric Opera House Entrance, a local Greenhouse or an Art Museum. Any venue that has an outdoor covered space is great, even if it is the carport of the golf club you are getting married at.

The photos below were taken at Wilder Conservatory in Elmhurst, Illinois.  This was the perfect backup plan due to the heavy rain on Hannah’s wedding day.

Top Outdoor Wedding Backup Plans


Clear Umbrellas

Clear umbrellas are my FAVORITE for rainy days.  They look so cute and romantic in photos.  These are best to use when there’s a soft rain not during heavy rain. Pick up your umbrellas for cheap here.

Top Outdoor Wedding Backup Plans


White Sheet

This trick is helpful for wedding days where it has already rained and the ground is still wet.  I advise my brides to have a white sheet with a cut out hole in it to step into and use to lift their dress. This way, their dress doesn’t get wet or muddy from the rain.  You can also place the sheet under the dress during portraits, too, when the ground is wet or muddy.

Hope you found my top outdoor wedding backup plans helpful!



Stick around to read more of my tips for brides:

Five Top Wedding Day Timeline Tips

How I Planned My Wedding in Four Months

Colorful Blumen Gardens Wedding

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