Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

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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Mechelen, Belgium Elopement Photo Story Award

Mechelen, Belgium wedding Ceremony image of The couple sitting together on a bench as the start

Mechelen, Belgium Elopement Ceremony Photographer | The couple sits together on a bench as the ceremony begins

This couple was engaged for 1.5 years, so they were extremely excited to finally get married in 2020. But then COVID-19 struck. However, even though this meant they had to change all their plans, the dedicated couple decided to get married anyway and to celebrate this beautiful moment with the people they love most! While their wedding day was made up of a small, intimate group of guests, they have plans in the works for a big party that will be the icing on the cake after COVID-19 has been beaten!

As the couple sits together on a bench as the ceremony begins, they turn to one another and laugh as the mayor tells a little joke to break the ice.

Mechelen Civil wedding day Portrait from Before their wedding ceremony of the couple spending some time in the city

Mechelen Civil Elopement Couple Portraits | Before their civil wedding, the couple spent some time in the city of Mechelen

Before their civil wedding, the couple spent some time in the city of Mechelen. Here, the couple stands together holding hands in front of a unique wood-paneled wall.

Belgium wedding photo showing the bride along with family and friends gathering together at the town square

Belgium Elopement Image Detail | the bride along with family and friends gather together at the town square

As the bride along with family and friends gather together at the town square, we get a view of the cobblestone streets and some women holding their clutches.

Belgium Civil wedding Ceremony image with a view from behind one of the statues that decorates the hallway outside the official room

Belgium Civil Elopement Ceremony Photos | a view from behind one of the statues that decorates the hallway outside the room where the ceremony will take place

From behind one of the statues that decorates the hallway outside the room where the ceremony will take place, we can see the couple sitting on a bench, waiting for the mayor, who is running a little late, to arrive and start the ceremony.

COVID-19 Belgium Town Hall Civil wedding photography from the end of the ceremony as the couple kisses

COVID-19 Belgium Town Hall Civil Ceremony Elopement Image | At the end of the ceremony, the couple finally kisses

At the end of the ceremony, the couple finally kisses and all of the guests applaud their union.

COVID-19 Town Hall of Mechelen Belgium wedding image of the bride and groom exiting the city hall hand-in-hand

COVID-19 Belgium, Townhall of Mechelen Elopement Picture | the bride and groom exit the city hall hand-in-hand

As the bride and groom exit the city hall hand-in-hand, the bride’s mother, who had broken her foot, waits for them outside in a wheelchair.

Town Hall in Belgium wedding image showing everyone is back outside after the civil elopement ceremony

Town Hall of Mechelen Belgium Elopement Photo | everyone is back outside after the ceremony

Now that everyone is back outside after the ceremony, the couple’s parents and family members hug the newlyweds.

Belgium wedding image showing the couple holding a small reception at their home

Belgium Civil Ceremony Elopement Photography | While their big celebration has been postponed, the couple holds a small reception at their home

While their big celebration has been postponed, the couple holds a small reception at their home. We can see the bride and some champagne glasses outside through the reflection of the patio doors as the groom retrieves something from a cupboard inside.

Belgium Civil Ceremony wedding photo of the bride’s mother sitting down inside

Civil Ceremony Elopement Image from Belgium | Standing halfway between the doors to the patio, we can see the bride’s mother sitting down inside

Standing halfway between the doors to the patio, we can see the bride’s mother sitting down inside, resting her foot, while some of the other guests are enjoying the nice weather outside.