Come Rain or Come Shine: Umbrellas for the Big Day

Photo courtesy of Karen Christian
Photo courtesy of Karen Christian

The summer of 2013, now drawing to a close, has been among the rainiest on record.  With so many outdoor ceremonies large and small (as well as bridal party photo shoots), proper rain gear is an essential accessory for ht wedding day.   Particularly for brides and grooms traveling from out-of-town, I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce my favorite umbrella shop in the Big Apple, “Rain or Shine.”  Tucked on 45th street between Madison Avenue and Vanderbilt, this tiny shop has an impressive array of outstanding umbrellas.  These designs go well beyond large business, golf or hotel umbrellas that couples may grab as protection from the elements.  Their collection includes fancy bride-worthy white canopies, along with others of a more artistic flair.

You find Rain or Shine at 45 East. 45th.  Phone:  212-741-9650

Take a quick look at some of the styles they offer, along with my rain kissed couples of the last several years.

And consider the lyrics of that classic Broadway showtune, “Come Rain or Come Shine,” penned by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen, which inspired the store’s name.

I’m gonna’ love you, like nobody’s loved you
Come rain or come shine
High as a mountain, deep as a river
Come rain or come shine

I guess when you met me
It was just one of those things
But don’t you ever bet me
Cause’ I’m gonna’ be true if you let me

You’re gonna’ love me, like nobody’s loved me
Come rain or come shine
We’ll be happy together, unhappy together
Now won’t that be fine

The days may be cloudy or sunny
We’re in or out of the money
But I’m with you always
I’m with you rain or shine

This piece is written in remembrance of umbrella designer extraordinaire Drake Asklar.


Whether your wedding is an impromptu affair or has been months, or even years, in the making, I want to help you fashion a ceremony that reflects your history, philosophy, creativity, personality, and style – as individuals and as a couple.

Let’s craft a wonderful, meaning-filled ceremony that expresses the most significant aspect of your lives…one that recognizes the profound commitment you are making, as well as the sheer joy of the occasion.