Ask Carson Massler what the weather was like at her wedding, and she’ll laugh as hard as the rain fell. “It was crazy, epic, and very wet,” she says of the autumn day she married Blaine Lawrence at a sprawling horse farm in Kentucky. In fact, notes the nurse and part-time stationery designer, “It set a state record for the third-highest rainfall ever!” Which would’ve been tolerable, if not ideal, had their nuptials taken place inside. However, the house on the property only fit 100 guests; they had 325, which meant the couple, who didn’t rent tents, took pre-ceremony photos in the rain, ate in the rain (before the food was moved inside), and had their first dance, barefoot, in the rain. “All the things you worry about on your big day happened to us,” says the bride. “But that’s what we loved about it: It was real.”“Our first-look photos, taken in the rain, are my favorites,” says Carson.