It rains a lot in Byron Bay. Yes, I said it. Byron Bay is a cove 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, usually within 15mins.
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:
- Remember storms are a part of the East Coast it is what keeps everything so green and lush! The good news is storms often go out to sea or pass within 15mins.
- Watch the BOM radar 24 hours beforehand, this is the most accurate for the Byron and Tweed Coast region
- Don’t watch the forecast your smartphone produces, it’s not accurate for our region
- 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!
- If you are having an Elopement you are in luck! Elopements are super easy to move around. We can move your ceremony time 30mins either side to avoid a passing storm by monitoring the BOM radar.
Worse Case Scenario
Okay, if you are SUPER unlucky and your wedding day is scheduled for a day where we can’t find an opening between storms we can find a new location (Think your Airbnb, your Reception venue or one of our industry partners). Better yet, chance it. You will have epic memories! Then we can reschedule your newly-wed portraits for another day. You will likely be staying in the area on your “honeymoon / holiday” for a few days. Sarah-Jane is a qualified photographer, hair and makeup artist – everything you need for a reshoot. We did this for Hayley + Hayley (yes, they have the same name!). It was SO much fun! They got to glam and wear their outfits for a second day AND got two sets of images. You can find their Elopement highlights on our blog.
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!