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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Black Sea Coast, Sozopol, Bulgaria Elopement Photo Story Award

Wedding Photography Session of The bride and groom participate in the tradition ritual of breaking bread

Wedding Photography Session of The bride and groom participate in the tradition ritual of breaking bread

The bride and groom participate in the traditional Bulgarian wedding ritual of breaking bread. This ritual requires the bride and groom to hold a large loaf of bread above their heads and to pull it apart. According to tradition, the spouse who gets the largest piece of bread will be the most powerful force in the marriage. In this case, the bride clearly got the largest piece — and is pleased with her winnings. The groom dons a look of amusement, knowing what this means for him in the future.

When this bride and groom planned their outdoor elopement in Sozopol, Bulgaria, they knew that they wanted to celebrate their marriage with their closest friends and family in a way that was both modern and traditional. On their wedding day, they were treated to perfect weather which highlighted the natural beauty of their waterfront location, and this couple found themselves soaking up each moment of love and laughter together.

Sozopol beach town Bulgaria image of the floral arch for outdoor wedding prior to the beginning of the ceremony

Sozopol beach town, Bulgaria image of the floral arch for wedding | Photo from prior to the beginning of the outdoor beach ceremony

Family members and friends work to install the chic floral decoration at the altar prior to the beginning of the ceremony. 

Elopement Story by a Bulgarian Photographer with a simple image that powerfully symbolizes the love shared between two generations

Wedding Photography for Bulgaria | The grooms father helps him slip on his jacket

The groom's father helps him slip on his jacket before he leaves for the ceremony. This seemingly simple moment powerfully symbolizes the love shared between two generations.

Wedding photo-shoot at Sozopol during Bride prep of the bride calmly sitting with a contemplative look on her face

Wedding photoshoot at Sozopol during Bride prep | the bride calmly sits with a contemplative look on her face

As activity buzzes and swirls around her, the bride calmly sits with a contemplative look on her face. She is clearly ready for the moment that lies ahead.

Bulgarian wedding photography at groom session of a toast to marriage before the ceremony begins

Bulgarian wedding photography groom session | A toast to marriage before the ceremony begins

The groom and his groomsmen toast his impending marriage before the ceremony begins.

Image of a Beach Wedding Ceremony At The Sea Shore Near Sozopol of Brides dress and veil blowing in breeze

Image of a Beach Wedding Ceremony At The Sea Shore Near Sozopol | Brides dress and veil blow softly in the breeze

As her dress and veil blow softly in the breeze, the bride begins her walk down the aisle with her father while her wedding guests look on in wonder and awe.

Afternoon image from Sozopol of bride and groom at the Black Sea ceremony in Bulgaria

Afternoon ceremony image from a beach in Sozopol | the bride and groom clasp hands at the Black Sea ceremony

Fully immersed in the moment and in one another, the bride and groom clasp hands and laugh during the waterfront ceremony.

Bulgaria Beach Venue Photo of Bride at Reception while women are hoping to catch brides flower bouquet

Bulgaria Beach Couple Photo of Bride at Reception Venue | All the women are hoping that they will be the one to catch brides flower bouquet

The bride tosses her bouquet to a waiting flock of women, all of whom are hoping that they will be the one to catch it.

Wedding Photography in Bulgaria of couple treated to a song and dance from groomsmen

Wedding Photographer based in Bulgaria | Image of the happy couple treated to a song and dance

The happy couple is treated to a song and dance from the boys at the outdoor wedding reception.