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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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Saint-Laurent-Nouan Town Hall, Central France Civil Elopement Photo Story Award

Central France Wedding Reception Image from an at Home lunch party as The couple toasts one another

Central France Wedding Reception Image from Home | The couple toasts one another

The couple toasts one another with their closest family members surrounding them, as they get ready to head to their wedding ceremony.

In the midst of a global pandemic, as government restrictions and recommended guidelines from medical professionals were constantly changing, Marie-Christine and Didier decided that it was time to get married. Some people asked them why they wanted to become husband and wife during this tumultuous time, and they simply answered, "Because!" 

This couple knew that their love for one another was the most important aspect of their wedding day, which is why they moved forward with an intimate wedding with less than 10 guests in attendance. The civil ceremony took place at the Saint-Laurent-Nouan Town Hall in Central France, and the couple celebrated with a small luncheon at home afterward. 

In spite of the quick preparations and the scaled-back nature of the event, the bride and groom were still gifted professional photographs for their wedding. Their daughter felt that they still deserved to have the beautiful moments of the day captured by an experienced professional. 

"(There were) six people on this wedding day, plus three kids, but it was a very special moment and a very emotional one. It remains one of my favorite weddings. Those with some guests where I got time to go deeper in their moment and relationships." - Henri DeRoche, WPJA Member.

France Civil Wedding Getting Ready Picture of Kids as a juxtaposition to the chaotic and stressful covid crisis that was unfolding around the world

France Civil Wedding Getting Ready Picture | Kids were the perfect juxtaposition to the chaotic and stressful crisis that was unfolding around the world

The children in attendance at the wedding brought a sense of joy and ease to the event, which was the perfect juxtaposition to the chaotic and stressful crisis that was unfolding around the world.

Central France Civil Marriage Bridal Prep Photo of brides daughter multitasking perfectly

Central France Civil Marriage Bridal Preparations Photo | The bride's daughter multitasks perfectly

The bride's daughter multitasks perfectly, as she readies her mother for her wedding ceremony and minds her children who are playing dominos while they wait.

Saint Laurent Nouan Town Hall, France Wedding Photo of bride pausing for a second and captured in time

Saint Laurent Nouan Town Hall, France Wedding Photographer | The bride pauses for a second, which is subsequently captured in time

The bride pauses for a second, which is subsequently captured in time before she enters the town hall in order to become a wife. This poignant image showcases the exact moment before she enters the wedding ceremony.

BW Wedding Photography from Saint Laurent Nouan Town Hall of Guests with masks waiting before couple arrived

BW Wedding Photography from Saint Laurent Nouan Town Hall | Guests with masks waited in silence before the couple arrived

Due to pandemic restrictions and local guidance, the wedding guests wore their face masks to the ceremony. They waited in silence before the couple arrived.

Civil Wedding Ceremony Photo from Saint Laurent Nouan Town Hall as two boys being ring bearers

Wedding Ceremony Photo at Saint Laurent Nouan Town Hall, FR | The two boys took on the important role of being the ring bearers

The two boys took on the important role of being the ring bearers for their grandparents. They delivered the rings on small motorcycles, which was fitting as both the bride and groom are avid bikers.

Saint-Laurent-Nouan Town Hall, France Wedding Photos showing kids with their family members

Saint-Laurent-Nouan Town Hall, France Wedding Photos | The kids simply wanted to play and spend time with their family members

The seats in the town hall were arranged with social distancing in mind, but the youngest wedding guests didn't seem to notice. They simply wanted to play and spend time with their family members.

Saint-Laurent-Nouan Civil Marriage Wedding Picture of bride tossing a bouquet to guest not yet married

Saint-Laurent-Nouan Civil Marriage Wedding Picture | The bride tossed a bouquet to the one guest in attendance who was not yet married

The bride decided to keep one timeless tradition as part of her wedding day — she tossed a bouquet to the one guest in attendance who was not yet married. This lighthearted moment brought a smile to everyone's faces.

France Civil Wedding Reception Luncheon Party Image created as The bride checks in with her dog after the wedding ceremony

France Civil Wedding Reception Lunch Image | The bride checks in with her treasured pup

The bride checks in with her treasured pup after arriving back at her home for the celebration luncheon.