Standing at the edge of a dock that stretches into the Delaware River, Shannon holds out a hand to her new husband so that he can join her for a portrait.
While Shannon and Max postponed their lavish wedding celebrations due to the ongoing pandemic, they did not want to delay their marriage. Instead, they planned an intimate, smaller wedding ceremony at Shannon's parents' home, which is situated on the shores of the Delaware River in Holland Township, New Jersey.
Wanting to arrive for his wedding in style, Max was able to secure a fire engine to transport him to the ceremony location.
The bride, searching for a more traditional approach, opted for a carriage to take her down the winding road towards her parents' house, where the ceremony was set to take place.
New Jersey River Elopement Photo of wedding guest capturing video of riverfront ceremony in the winter
As the bride and groom begin to say their vows along the riverfront, a wedding guest captures the moment for them.
Photography of Oudoor Wedding in NJ of bride and groom giggling as they read vows during riverside ceremony
Shannon and Max giggle as they read their vows. The tender way that Shannon places her hand on Max's arm proves that, for this couple, friendship has always been an integral part of their relationship.
New Jersey Wedding Picture from Hunterdon County of couple celebrating with arms up after outdoor ceremony by River
Knowing that they have defied the odds and found a way to pursue each other in the midst of adversity, Shannon and Max celebrate their victory — they are husband and wife, at last.
Wedding Photo from Hunterdon County, New Jersey of traditional, flowing white gown for an outdoor winter wedding
Shannon may have been wearing a traditional, flowing white gown for her outdoor winter wedding, but she still prepared for the elements by donning a pair of warm, wooly socks underneath her bridal boots.
With the cool winter sun casting a soft glow over them, Shannon and Max pose for a dreamy portrait alongside the Delaware River.
New Jersey Wedding Couple Portrait created as The Delaware River sparkles behind the bride and groom
As the waters of the Delaware River sparkle behind them, the bride and groom take a moment to cuddle in close together and savor this moment. This was always meant to be their wedding day — no matter what the rest of the world had in store.