"What's your rain plan?"
A terrible, terrible thought...but a neccessary one. I ask it of every couple, because I always have a rain plan for a wedding. I visit the venue before a wedding to scout out awesome indoor locations; I pack cool umbrellas; I have a change of clothes and some towels.
I fondly remember one couple who answered this question: What's your rain plan?
"Well, it's not going to rain on my wedding day."
We did not end up working together. A wonderful, sweet, couple in love, but I knew that my style would not make them happy. Ever since then, I think I can tell a lot about a couple based on how they answer this question. And it doesn't have to be the same answer! Some couples default to me - what do you suggest? Can you find some places we can go? Totally. Some shrug it off, and will deal with it as it happens. Equally awesome. The only answer that gives me pause is the thought that rain cannot happen.
So imagine my mind when I woke up the day I was supposed to meet Shaun and Leah for their engagement session. It was pouring. Not drizzling, not on-and-off rain, but full on sheets, coming in sideways, tip-the-boat-over rain. I knew Leah had a hair appointment, and I wondered what their thoughts would be. I called Leah.
Me: "Pretty crazy weather. What are you thinkin'?"
Leah: "I asked Shaun to grab an umbrella. Other than that, we love the outdoors. Let's do it."
And we had the best day. We drove through the deluge and visited their wedding venue, Oceanstone, and had the best haddock stew and biscuits I've ever had at Rhubarb. They told me about their son, who will serve as ring bearer at their wedding. We meandered down the coastal roads, and pulled over whenever we saw something cool - a nice view, awesome seaweed, old wood.
I am totally stoked for their wedding, because their rain plan is the same as their sun plan: Get married, and have fun.