When you travel to Jamaica you quickly learn that they’re laid back. REALLY laid back. Its always all good man. No problem. No worries.
It kind of freaks me out because the clocks never work and you never really know what time it is…so on wedding eve I sleep with one eye open, scared to death I’m going to slip into some vacation/kidless coma and wake up at 1pm. So on the eve of Jayne and Matt’s wedding I woke up around 2, 3, 4 and 5am. Around 5am I thought someone was in my room and showering and then at 6am it struck me that, not only was someone in my room, bu they had been showering for over an hour. I sprung out of bed and looked out the window to see black skies and pouring rain. Not just sprinkles…I’m talking, your neighbours beers cans floating by kind of torrential rains. Im used to this shit in Nova Scotia but in Jamaica is usually only rains for 20 minutes, passes and the sun comes out. Not this time my friends. The skies were black as far as the eye could see. I called the front desk and they said it was probably going to rain all day.
I know what you’re thinking…what terrible luck. Rain on a wedding day in Jamaica.
“They” say rain on your wedding day is a blessing and I’m pretty sure ‘they’ are photographers because rain just happens to bring the most incredible skies along with it. No squinting sun, no burning heat. It was 6am and I knew we had 7 hours before the ceremony. We were good.
The day before, Steph and I had scouted the ceremony locations and went for a swim as we waited for the light to be where it would as the ceremony was happening. As we hobbled over corral and seaweed we talked about how cool it would be to get a wide angle shot from in the water as Jayne walked the long aisle with her dad as the sun beat down above them. We discussed the factors involved. Getting wet during a ceremony, waves, cameras in the water, causing a spectacle during a ceremony and the possibility of falling in the water with a camera (its happened before!). So we talked about plan B. A shot from way, way, way back, on the sand and out of the water. We talked angles and perspective and timing and the importance of getting that one shot at the right time and how nothing could ruin that shot if we risked it. Screw it, 20 minutes before Jayne arrived at the aisle, Steph set off down the beach with one camera, one lens and one plan.
In my head this shot was sunny, bright and blue. I could have never imagined a dark, black sky threatening heavy rain but ‘they’re’ right. Rain on your wedding day IS a blessing!