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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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Pousada Reserva do Patacho, Porto de Pedras, Alagoas, Brazil Elopement Photo Story Award

Wedding photography of the bride shielded from the rain as she walks gracefully along the beach

Beach wedding photography | shielded from the rain, the bride walks gracefully along the beach

As she is shielded from the rain, Mari walks gracefully along the beach. The groom looks on in wonder, clearly in awe of his irrepressible bride.

When Mari and Gui began planning their wedding, they knew that they wanted to say their vows to one another on the beach. While they had envisioned a grand affair that included their family members and friends, the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to adjust and revise their plans — three different times. After postponing their wedding over and over again, they were ready to finally become husband and wife, when the governor of their state in Brazil banned all events once again. 

Not wanting to delay their marriage any longer, this couple decided to have an intimate beachfront ceremony at the Pousada Reserva do Patacho. Once again, their hopes for their sunshine-filled wedding were dashed when the rain clouds arrived. However, resiliency is something that this couple has become accustomed to, and they moved forward with their wedding knowing that at the end of the day, they would be husband and wife. And that was enough for them.

Detail wedding photo from Pousada Reserva do Patacho of brides gown and grooms jacket in breeze

Detail wedding photo from Pousada Reserva do Patacho | The brides gown and grooms jacket blow in the breeze

The bride's gown and groom's jacket blow in the breeze, in a symbolic detail shot that highlights the flexibility and adaptability of this couple.

Brazil Beach Elopement Photography of smile on the brides face, she is immersed in the beauty of the moment

Pousada Reserva do Patacho, Pôrto de Pedras, Brazil Weddings | the bride walks forward in a show of strength toward her groom

Despite the fact that nothing had gone according to plan, Mari walks forward in a show of strength toward her groom. The smile on her face proves that she is immersed in the beauty of the moment and simply ready to be Gui's wife.

Wedding Elopement picture from Brazil of readings during the beachfront ceremony

POUSADA RESERVA DO PATACHO - Porto de Pedras Detail Image from Ceremony | The priest reads from a small Bible

The priest reads from a small Bible during the beachfront ceremony. 

Pousada Reserva do Patacho wedding image from Brazil of bride and groom looking into each others eyes

Pousada Reserva do Patacho wedding image from Brazil | the bride and groom  look into each others eyes in the midst of their wedding ceremony

As Gui and Mari look into each other's eyes in the midst of their wedding ceremony, the first rain drops begin to fall. 

Porto de Pedras BW wedding detail image showing rain cascading onto both bride and groom

Porto de Pedras BW wedding detail image | the rain is cascading onto both him and his new bride

Ignoring the fact that the rain is cascading onto both him and his new bride, Gui takes Mari's hand and kisses her ring finger. 

Porto de Pedras wedding ceremony photography of couple not viewing the rain as a detriment to their day

Porto de Pedras wedding ceremony photography | not viewing the rain as a detriment to their day

Instead of viewing the rain as a detriment to their day, Mari and Gui embraced the unexpected. They opened their arms and welcomed this shower of blessings as part of their wedding ceremony.

Porto de Pedras wedding photography of two clasped hands in rain ceremony

Porto de Pedras wedding photographers | The two clasped hands and held onto one another

The two clasped hands and held onto one another throughout their entire wedding ceremony. This is a couple that is clearly ready to take on the world — and all of its challenges — together.

Porto de Pedras beach wedding image of the couple Seeking shelter under an umbrella

Porto de Pedras beach wedding image | Seeking shelter under an umbrella

Seeking shelter under an umbrella, the bride and groom share a passionate kiss at the conclusion of their wedding ceremony. It is the moment they have dreamed about for so long — they are finally husband and wife.