The weather with its usual sense of humour compounded the issue with the sun shining when they arrived at the reception venue.
Many wedding blogs cover the food, the style, the space, the geography, parking, power outlets for the DJ, colour, and the view, but few mention lighting or the photographic possibilities. Talking to other photographers I realised that it is probably only something that is considered on the day or afterwards when the photos look gloomy.
Your wedding photos will stay with you and will be looked at for the rest of your lives - so you want them to look amazing. You will have a beautiful dress and a good photographer, but a stunning backdrop can complete the overall picture. That said most photographers know that if they take good photographs that flatter you then the background is less important. In fact, I would go so far as to say that you can have the best backdrop in the world but it can be ruined by poor photography.
A professional wedding photographer will be equipped with lighting for the “set-piece” photos. But as I said, will you want flash and lighting sets glaring in yours and your guests’ eyes throughout the day? Again, a professional photographer will have high quality lenses that are capable of capturing as much light as possible – you will see that.