You’ve probably heard that rain on your wedding day can be a sign of good luck. But let’s face it: When you have your heart set on shots by a rustic field, a botanical garden, or a scenic waterfront, even the slightest fall of rain (or, dare I say, snow) can be devastating. That’s why it’s best to not let a little unplanned precipitation derail your day. Here are three of my favorite indoor spots to take a “rain check”:
Lambeau Field Atrium – Green Bay, Wisconsin
Bright. Industrial. Contemporary. Located at 1265 Lombardi Ave., the 376,000-square-foot Atrium at Lambeau Field is a perfect indoor photo venue for Packer-backing couples and fair-weather fans alike. The setting is about as classic Green Bay as it gets, with an impressive five-story-high glass wall creating a well-lit backdrop for wedding party group shots, stunning portraits, and intimate silhouettes of the bride and groom. Keep in mind that on Packer home gamedays, only ticketed visitors are allowed in the Atrium within a specific time frame.
The Plant Place – Appleton, Wisconsin
If you’ve ever envisioned your wedding photos packed with floral and greenery, then you may just fancy an indoor greenhouse like The Plant Place at 1746 W. Northland Drive. Bursting with life and natural light, this locally owned nursery offers an airy, garden feel without any weather-related risks. The best part? It’s open year-round and filled with almost every seasonal shrub, flower and houseplant you can think of.
Historic Neenah Marketplace – Neenah, Wisconsin
With no shortage of salons, eateries and other specialized businesses, the historic Neenah Marketplace building at 124 W. Wisconsin Ave. is more than just a shopping center. It features a vast variety of eclectic store windows, original brick walls, and old-fashioned lamp posts. The result? An endless combination of backdrops with rustic charm and original flare – perfect for one-of-a-kind wedding photos.
Bonus! Lawrence University Memorial Chapel - Appleton, Wisconsin
Still want an elegant outdoor setting but don’t want to get soaked? The overhang at Lawrence University Memorial Chapel makes for a good rainy-day spot. Though the space is narrow, you can still achieve contemporary shots with the tall white columns surrounding your wedding party. Your photographer may get a little wet, but you’ll stay dry.
Rain in the forecast? Call ahead.
Whether it’s one of my suggestions or your own indoor hideaway – sometimes an unfavorable forecast will only inspire photos you’ll love. And while you may be challenged to use a bit more creativity, you likely won’t need to look much further than your favorite coffee shop or local bookstore. Best advice: Always be on the lookout. You may stumble upon a picture-perfect venue when you’re least expecting it. And if you’re unsure about accessibility – call. A friendly heads-up or considerate ask for permission can go a long way with the owner. Not to mention, it can help you feel more organized, comfortable and stress-free!
I’m here rain or shine.
Or thundersnow. Or hail. Or cloudy, with a chance of a meatballs.
Since 2007, I’ve been exceeding expectations to help couples tell their wedding day stories. No two are the same. That’s why I offer best-in-class package options and travel all over the state (and abroad) to deliver exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you want photos taken daytime or nighttime, summer or winter, indoors or outdoors – I’m committed to capturing real moments in a way that’s crisp, vibrant and beautiful. If you’re ready to learn more, let’s talk today.