Framed: Rainy Wedding Day


Well Friday is here again and that means it’s time for another installment from my resurrected Framed Series. This photo is from Adam and Danielle’s beautiful Iowa City wedding a few years ago. This is one of my favorite photos because it stands as a testament to getting out of your comfort zone, trying new things, and not being afraid of asking for something that you truly want.

On this particular day, we had a beautiful wedding ceremony and were really looking forward to running around Iowa City for some beautiful outdoor locations. I had arrived the day before and done some scouting and was super pumped at what I found. However, when it came time to do the portraits…disaster…it was pouring down rain. Immediately, adaptation mode kicked in and we started working with some of the nearby buildings — mainly a well-lit hotel lobby and a partially covered alleyway. We were getting some good stuff, but I wanted more. We headed over to the University of Iowa Campus area and started working outside a little bit with the help of an umbrella, but still, we were getting soaked. I couldn’t have the bride standing out in the rain on her wedding day could I? Absolutely not. So we looked around for a building that we could get into and noticed a large building with beautiful columns on the front. I thought, At least I could get them under the overhang to get them out of the rain and it would still look nice. So, we headed toward the building, which turned out to be the Old Capitol.

We began working around the front of the building when I noticed a woman glaring at us through the window. It was a little intimidating, but I looked past her and noticed the interior of the building was absolutely stunning and elegant…in short, a fitting environment for my beautiful couple. It was at that point, I decided to be bold and talk to the woman to see if we would be allowed to go inside for some pictures. What’s the worst she could say? No? So, I knocked on the door, she opened it, and I kindly asked if we could be permitted to come inside out of the rain and take a few photos. She looked at me and the couple and, to my surprise, granted us permission to use the space. I was floored, and couldn’t believe that we were doing this. I profusely thanked her and promised not to break anything and began looking around to see what we could use for portraits.

At the heart of the building was an enormous wooden spiral staircase with beautiful elegance and, upon seeing it, this beautiful photo came into my head. I slowly had the couple descend down the stairs and give each other a passing glance with a light smile. We then proceeded to use the rest of the unique features of the building like the large windows, velvet curtains, and vintage crown molding…but this image will always be my favorite.

In looking back, we were lucky to stumble upon this extravagant building and it made a great location for bride and groom portraits. And, in this process I learned a valuable lesson, if you want something, go for it, you never know what might happen. No harm ever came from asking.

Cheers and happy Friday!