It rains a lot in Byron Bay. Yes, I said it. Byron Bay is a cover and there is a unique pressure system from the sea air and hinterland range. The good news is when it does rain it doesn’t last for long! It very rarely “sets in” all day like it does in other parts of Australia. The rain will pass quickly.
They say rain is good luck on your wedding day. I like this sentiment! The most fun we have had capturing weddings has been when a thunderstorm has just passed through. We might wait 10mins for it to pass, no biggie.
We kick off our shoes, grab the clear umbrellas and dance like no one is watching! The sky lights up with the most beautiful hues. The cloud coverage creates a natural “filter”. We might get treated to a rainbow! I would say 70% of my wedding photography portfolio was shot on a day that was forecast to rain. On average it rains 11 days out of the month. The good news – it passes and everything is lush and green.
The best advice I can give you is:
- Watch the BOM radar 24 hours beforehand, this is the most accurate for the Byron region
- Don’t watch the forecast, it honestly changes hourly
- SMILE. There is nothing you can do! The rain won’t ruin your photography but a bad mood will
- Be brave – kick off your shoes, grab an umbrella and go dance in the moment! It will make for epic photos and memories to last a lifetime!
MY FAVOURITE rainy wedding day photos from 2019
Off the East Coast of Australia Cyclone Oma destroyed the coastline with wild weather for a week. There was a break in the weather for this epic shot!
Sunrise Elopement in Byron Bay
The Kombi drive was nerve racking with heavy rain the entire trip. We were watching the BOM radar and knew it was going to pass, waited 5mins.
Coolangatta: Ceremony delayed 35mins
This was an intimate wedding with 50 guests. They huddled under cover while we wait for the rain to pass. This was extreme case. In 10 years I have never had to wait this long. SMILE, it’s your best accessory!
Thunderstorms at Byron Bay Lighthouse
It was raining heavy all day but it cleared in the afternoon like clockwork. The best part…. not a tourist or local in sight ;P The Lighthouse is usually packed!