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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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Cesena, Italy - Italian and Slovakian Elopement Photo Story Award

Outdoor Elopement Wedding Couple Picture by Caterina Errani

Destination Wedding Image of The bride and groom taking a peaceful stroll together after their ceremony

The bride and groom take a peaceful stroll together after their ceremony and before the party begins. They carried "Mr." and "Mrs." balloons that were gifted to them that day by their friends, giving a sweet, nostalgic feel to this portrait.

When this couple planned their wedding during a pivotal moment in history, they knew they had to look to the past, rely on tradition and focus on the timeless emotions of tenderness, love and care throughout their day. They were married in a small ceremony inside a church in the town square of Cesena, Italy, and they hosted their closest family members and friends for an intimate outdoor reception afterwards. 

Destination Italian Wedding Photo in BW of brides grandmother offering traditional Slovakian blessing

Destination Italian Wedding Photo in BW | The brides grandmother offers her a traditional Slovakian blessing

The bride's grandmother offers her a traditional Slovakian blessing before her wedding ceremony begins. The bride rests her hands on her grandmother during this powerful and touching moment, in which the generational gap is bridged between these two strong and beautiful women.

Italian Wedding Photography of bride filled with joy and clearly relaxed knowing she will marry love of her life

Italian Wedding Photographer | The bride is filled with joy and clearly relaxed knowing she is going to be marrying the love of her life

Filled with joy and clearly relaxed knowing she is going to be marrying the love of her life, the bride arrives for the ceremony holding her bouquet of flowers with her delightfully humorous bridesmaids at her side.

Forli-Cesena Wedding Photography of brides mother taking a moment to grasp the hand of her daughter

Forli-Cesena Wedding Photography | The brides mother takes a moment to grasp the hand of her daughter

The bride's mother takes a moment to grasp the hand of her daughter before walking her down the aisle, and offers her a parting piece of advice. The two are framed by whimsical flowers, making this moment appear as if it was ripped straight from a fairy tale storybook.

BW IT Church Wedding Image from Cesena, Italy of couples friends and relatives fussing over the them

San Demetrio Church Wedding Image, Cesena, Italy | The couples friends and relatives take a moment to fuss over the couple

The couple's friends and relatives take a moment to fuss over the couple outside the church, caring for them and embracing them in a way that shows the closeness of their relationships.

Italy Elopement Photo from a chance for them to spend minutes together in wheat fields

San Demetrio Wheat Fields Detail Pic, Cesena | In between the ceremony and the reception, the couple took time to stroll

In between the ceremony and the reception, the couple took time to stroll through the nearby wheat fields. This was a chance for them to spend a few intimate minutes together, and this portrait showcases the fact that they were swept up in the idyllic nature of the moment.

San Demetrio Area, Cesena, Italy Wedding Photo of groom planting kiss on brides forehead

San Demetrio Area, Cesena, Italy Wedding Photographer | The groom plants a kiss on his brides forehead

The groom plants a kiss on his bride's forehead as they sit inside the Italian vintage Cinquecento that was loaned to them by their grandfather on their wedding day. 

San Demetrio Wedding pic from Cesena, Italy of bride laughing during the Slovakian tradition of the breaking of the plate

San Demetrio Weddings, Cesena, Italy | The bride laughs during the Slovakian tradition of the breaking of the plate

The bride laughs during the Slovakian tradition of the breaking of the plate. According to this tradition, the oldest guest in attendance at the wedding must throw and break a plate for good luck. The bride and groom must clean up the pieces, to symbolize the fact that they will face all future challenges together.

Outdoor Wedding Reception Venue Pic in San Demetrio Cesena, Italy of bride and groom immersed in one another

Wedding Reception Pic in San Demetrio - Cesena, Italy | the bride and groom are immersed in one another

As the rest of the wedding guests enjoy conversation and laughter during the wedding dinner, the bride and groom are immersed in one another. They sneak a sweet yet passionate kiss in the midst of the joyful chaos that surrounds them.