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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS OPEN DURING COVID-19 - 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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an image from a DIY Backyard wedding ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey of the bride and groom standing together before the priest

Romantic DIY Backyard Elopement Image - Istanbul, Turkey | During the outdoor ceremony, the bride and groom stand together before the priest

During the ceremony, the bride and groom stand together before the priest, smiling beneath an arch decorated with white tulle and flowers.

When I met with Gamze and Hakan, they were planning to have a “big fat wedding” with more than 500 guests, but then COVID-19 hit. Because of the pandemic, they wanted instead to have a very small ceremony with only close friends and family. Unfortunately, even some of the family members on their newly shortened guest list couldn’t join them because there were no flights. However, this couple wasn’t going to let anything stop them from being together, and the day was filled with joy and emotion.

They started the day at home with the preparations. The ceremony took place in the backyard followed by dinner and the cake cutting. It was a small, intimate, and cheerful celebration of love.

Turkey pre-wedding image shot from below as the groom adjusts his bowtie in the mirror

Turkey Elopement Photos | Seen from below, the groom adjusts his bowtie in the mirror

Seen from below, the groom adjusts his bowtie in the mirror before the ceremony.

Istanbul intimate pre-wedding ceremony image of Two men helping put the finishing touches on the brides hair and makeup

 Istanbul Backyard Elopement Image | Two men help put the finishing touches on the bride’s hair and makeup

Two men help put the finishing touches on the bride’s hair and makeup as she gets ready to walk down the aisle.

Istanbul Pre-Ceremony wedding photography of the groom Standing in front of a bright window with the silhouette of the best man

 Istanbul Pre-Ceremony Elopement Prep Photo | Standing in front of a bright window, we can see the silhouette of the best man and the groom

Standing in front of a bright window, we can see the silhouette of the best man and the groom as he helps the groom get ready.

DIY beautiful and private Backyard Wedding image at an Istanbul event of the newlyweds leaving the ceremony

DIY Intimate Backyard Wedding Photos from Istanbul | the newlyweds leave the ceremony, holding hands and walking past the lush greenery

As the newlyweds leave the ceremony, holding hands and walking past the lush greenery, they are welcomed by their friends and family, who toss white flower petals at them.

Turkey Wedding photo of the bride participating in a family tradition of stepping on the grooms foot during the ceremony

Turkey Wedding Detail Image in Istanbul | The bride participates in this family’s tradition of stepping on the groom’s foot during the ceremony

The bride participates in this family’s tradition of stepping on the groom’s foot during the ceremony to “show who’s boss” as she lightly steps on the toe of the groom’s shoe.

A beautiful Bride of Istanbul is Taking images of her sister, unable to join for the ceremony due to covid

Bride of Istanbul Taking Pictures | the bride’s sister was unable to join for the ceremony

While the bride’s sister was unable to join for the ceremony because there were no flights between Istanbul and Dubai, she takes some time to talk to her sister on a video call instead.  

Turkey Istanbul wedding image of the cake cutting showing it was emotional because of the guest speeches

Elopement Photographer in Turkey Istanbul | the cake cutting was emotional because of the guests’ speeches

This day presented a mix of emotions, and while at first the cake cutting was emotional because of the guests’ speeches, it ended with a cheerful toast. Here the bride and groom are smiling as the groom pours champagne into the glass the bride holds for him.

Istanbul Wedding reception photo of The bride and the couples family members all sharing a cheerful moment

Elopement Ceremony Photographers in Istanbul | The bride and the couple’s family members all share a cheerful moment

The bride and the couple’s family members all share a cheerful moment as they applaud the groom after he finishes his toast.