I can't help you (or me!) with the weather. But I do have a few tips for staying cool and a little more polished. :)
*Wear casual, summery clothes while shooting the details. I wore a little sundress at my last wedding and no make up, which made it easier to get ready from scratch before people arrived and I had to look pretty.
*If you have long hair like me, invest in a stylist if you're not good at your own hair! I would've killed for a French braid during my wedding shoot last weekend. It's a way to look polished and sleek, and no matter how much you sweat, your hair will retain its shape, and you'll end up with charming little wispy tendrils instead of scraggly pieces. I've already booked a hair appt for such a braid (a fishtail, if you're curious) for my next wedding. :)
*Carry some essentials in your gear bag. You'll notice in the posted pics that I have all the emergency basics (which aren't just for me-I've had them on hand for the bride in case she forgets her own emergency kit!)...
Bandaids, a pair of scissors, tweezers, make up wipes, tissues, a hairbrush, those adorable mini Wisp toothbrushes, floss for when you've grabbed a snack (like my favorite peanut butter crackers which give the right amount of carbs, protein, and sugar to keep you going), Qtips, cotton balls, hand lotion, an extra pair of contact lenses and eye drops (God forbid you lose a lens!) and a small pharmacy which includes Benadryl for any allergic reactions (bugs, food), TUMS, and Tylenol for headaches.
A brush with a few ponytail holders (for a quick ponytail, braid, or bun)...a cute headband or a jeweled clip to add a sense of occasion to your hair if you've not had a change to put it in a special style befitting a wedding.
Mascara, blush (just in case your cheeks aren't rosy enough at this point!), eyeshadow for a day to night look, chapstick, and my favorite, the lavender undereye concealer in the likely event that you didn't sleep much the night before the wedding.
But wait-that's not all! (I sound like an infomercial!) :)
My Summer Essentials:
*L'Oreal HydraFresh Toner (put some in a small vial...refresh your skin with a dab of it on a cotton ball to keep you cool and prevent breakouts)
*L'Oreal PhotoReady Primer...it's a color correcting primer that you can use as a foundation. It's light, and it neutralizes redness.
*Garnier Nutrisse Gel Roller...Why? Because it's A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It's a gel roller that is the size of a pen, stays cool and the roll on serum is a cold, caffeine filled anti puff beauty that not only prevents/helps the little eye wrinkles that come along all too soon, but that literally makes you feel cooler and more refreshed all over. It's my staple for ALL big things, but it really comes in handy during the craziness that is a wedding.
I hope this has helped new photographers prep their own emergency kits. Being prepared for anything (and not just camera emergencies) really makes a difference.
I'm heading back into my own little editing place, excited about next week's blog on _special day. :) Have a wonderful Thursday!