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A couple embraces and kisses on an empty road at dusk as storm clouds gather above. The groom leans over the bride, whose dress touches the asphalt. A car with its headlights on approaches, adding dramatic effect to the scene.
Makayla and Trapper celebrate their wedding anniversary under a dramatic thunderstorm in Kansas. | Ashley Patton

They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, but how about a full-blown thunderstorm? That’s exactly what photographer Ashley Patton experienced, but she took advantage of the bad weather to shoot an incredible series of photos.

Patton tells PetaPixels that the day started out “super sunny, hot, human, and very windy.” But when it was time for Makayla and Trapper’s wedding reception, a storm rolled in, bringing 80-mile-per-hour winds and ominously dark skies.

“I saw the clouds and told the couple to walk to the empty highway. Trapper’s older brother drove behind them in the car to create backlighting and do a burnout for a cool effect,” says the photographer. “Little to no post-production was needed.”

a couple dancing on the street during a thunderstorm

Luckily, the worst of the storm was over and the party was marred by only a little rain. Kansas is known for having more than its fair share of tornadoes, and Patton says she’s filmed in storms before, but “never was it like this.”

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The spontaneous photos underline how important it is for a wedding photographer to always be on alert as the environment around him is constantly changing and shifting.

“As a wedding photographer, you have to make the most of every situation and focus on the couple because it’s their day and it’s only one day,” she adds.

The spectacular photos caught Patton’s attention throughout the United States, and people from all over the world sent messages to the photographer.

“As a soldier’s wife, the stormy photos represent the challenges we face as a couple, but we will have them because the day started out great, got stormy, then cleared up and was a great night,” says happy bride Makayla. FoxNews.

“The only thing we’re really missing is a tornado in the background, (but) I mean, I’m kind of glad that didn’t happen.”

You can find more of Patton’s work on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Photo credits: Photographs by Ashley Patton.

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