Mckaylund and Tess’s wedding day started out beautiful and sunny, but just a few minutes before they were about to exit the temple, dark clouds rolled in and rain started to fall. This did not bode well for wedding photos.
Thankfully, I had come prepared for wet weather with a full rain cover for my camera. The only problem was that we could no longer take all of our group photos on the stairs of the Salt Lake Temple without everyone getting soaked.
We made a quick decision and dashed across Temple Square to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building where we found refuge from the storm.
Up on the mezzanine of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, we found a great backup location for group photos that was just barely big enough to fit Mckaylund and Tess’s large families.
After we finished all the obligatory family, friends, and wedding party photos, the happy couple and I started exploring the building a little.
The Joseph Smith Memorial Building (originally built in 1911 as the Hotel Utah) has one of the most incredible lobbies you will ever see with huge pillars and a stained glass ceiling with a gorgeous combination of green and blue hues. We took some photos on the balcony and in the lobby before heading to the top floor.
On the top floor, there are huge windows with a beautiful view of the temple, but we were disappointed to find our view blocked by scaffolding from an exterior renovation project that was going on.
By that point, it had mostly stopped raining, so we ventured outside for some more traditional Temple Square wedding photos. There was a slight drizzle still, but it made for some beautiful reflections and lush green grass.
Here are some of my favorite wedding photos from that rainy day: