Two weeks ago I had the pleasure and honor of photographing my brother in-law's wedding. In spring. In Seattle. The forecast was 100% chance of rain, and the radar showed a solid bank of clouds off the coast. This was going to be an indoors, rainy, no natural light wedding.
The night before the wedding, it was raining profusely, as predicted. I stayed up late working and at 2 am went out to have a cigarette. I couldn't believe my eyes. Stars. Everywhere.
I went to bed mystified. When I awoke at 7am, again I could not believe my eyes. Sunlight was streaming through the windows! I immediately went outside. Yup, it was a bluebird day!
With fingers crossed, I went about my day, capturing the bride and groom getting ready. The ceremony was at 3 and I kept my eye on the sky, waiting for our luck to change.
The wedding planner called, she asked the bride if she would like to risk doing it outside. We all said yes! So she said yes.
On the way to the venue, I could see large dark clouds coming in off the ocean. I thought "oh no, of course, those are gonna hit us right at three."
They did. Only thing was, they broke up right above us and went around. I watched as the clouds danced with the sun creating the most glowing, dreamy light I could not even have imagined.
I realized that most people at this wedding were expecting miracles and we were getting them, one ray of sunshine at a time.
"Miracles favor the prepared mind." Eckhart Tolle