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Crane Beach, Ipswich, Massachusetts Elopement Photo Story Award

Crane Beach wedding image, Ipswich, Massachusetts - young boys digging in the sand during the ceremony

Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA Beach Elopement Ceremony Photo Story | The bride's 3 young boys digging in the sand with the ceremony taking place in the background

The bride's 3 young boys digging in the sand with the ceremony taking place in the background.

I spent a picture-perfect mid-May afternoon celebrating Lauren and Ian's elopement at Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It was just the couple, the bride's 3 young sons, and the officiant who was the groom's best friend.

From the beach parking lot, we headed out to decide on a quiet spot away from all the beachgoers to hold the ceremony. A few hundred yards down the beach we settled on a perfect location. The boys played in the sand as kids do and the bride and groom exchanged some of the most heartfelt vows I've heard in years - it was very moving. I just loved how invested in each other the bride and groom were in that moment and how invested in digging the boys were at that very same moment. A very cool juxtaposition that I'll never forget.

We then moved on to some portraits for as long as the boys would sit still (not long) and then some couple portraits while the kids ran around to their hearts' content. All of this in one of the most beautiful settings around - definitely one of my favorite events I've covered as a photographer.

Massachusetts Beach Elopement image as the groom is pinning boutonnieres on the bride's boys

Ipswich, Massachusetts Elopement Photos | The groom pinning boutonnieres on the bride's children in the parking lot

The groom pinning boutonnieres on the bride's children in the parking lot.

Massachusetts Elopement image of The bride heading to the beach for the wedding ceremony

Ipswich, Massachusetts Elopement Photography | The bride and her sons heading to the beach for the ceremony

The bride and her sons heading to the beach for the ceremony.

MA Beach Wedding Ceremony Image

Ipswich, MA Beach Elopement Photographer | The bride and her son hold hands en route to the ceremony location

The bride and her son hold hands en route to the ceremony location.

Ipswich, MA Beach Elopement Ceremony image of the bride's son playing in the sand

Ipswich, MA Beach Wedding Ceremony Pictures | The ceremony, with the bride's youngest son playing in the sand

The ceremony, with the bride's youngest son playing in the sand.

Massachusetts wedding ceremony image from the Crane Beach shores

MA Beach Elopement Ceremony Image | A wide shot of ceremony at the Crane Beach shores

A wide shot of ceremony at the Crane Beach shores.

Beach Elopement Vows Image from MA of the groom placing the ring on bride's finger

MA Beach Elopement Wedding Ceremony Vows Photo | The groom placing the ring on bride's finger, all with huge smiles

The groom placing the ring on bride's finger, all with huge smiles.

MA Elopement image of the couple on the beach

MA Wedding Elopement - Beach Sand Portrait | The couple strolling on the beach with the boys running in the background

The couple strolling on the beach with the boys running in the background.