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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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Guelph City Hall, Ontario, Canada Elopement Photo Story Award

The elopement ceremony inside the courtyard at the Guelph City Hall in Ontario

Guelph City Hall, Ontario, Canada Elopement Ceremony Photo | Outdoor ceremony took place inside the garden courtyard

The ceremony took place inside the garden courtyard at the Guelph City Hall, surrounded by glass windows of the tall building. Although the courtyard was surrounded by walls, the wind would blow through the courtyard rustling skirts and creating windswept hairstyles.

Although this was the couple's first marriage they wanted an intimate ceremony, surrounded by just close family members. It was important for the bride, to have her father, who had late stage Alzheimer's, and her mother, who lived in a different province, to attend the wedding. With everyone in attendance, the couple said their personal vows on the most beautiful day in the courtyard of the local city hall.  The wedding was simple, elegant, intimate and just perfect. It was an honor to capture this special time in their lives.

City Hall, Ontario Elopement image of the bride and her mother at the wedding

City Hall, Ontario, Canada Elopement Photo | The bride and her mother hadn't seen each other for awhile due to living in different provinces

The bride and her mother hadn't seen each other for awhile due to living in different provinces. It was wonderful to capture the bride and mother (who was chosen as the Matron of Honor) share a laugh together before the ceremony. It was the first time they would see each other upon the mother's arrival.

Elopement Photo from Ontario of the bride and her father at the wedding ceremony

Ontario, Canada Elopement Photo | It was very important for the bride to have her father attend the ceremony

It was very important for the bride to have her father attend the ceremony.

Ontario Elopement Image of the small outdoor wedding ceremony

Outdoor Ontario, Canada Elopement Ceremony Image | The wedding ceremony was intimate, attended by a few family members

The wedding ceremony was intimate, attended by a few family members. The couple shared a private moment just before the officiant arrived. The bride wore a beautiful silk pink dress.

Ontario Elopement Detail photo of the bride holding her vows at the wedding ceremony

Ontario, Canada Elopement Detail Image | The bride holds her personal vows and Kleenex while speaking to the officiant, just before the ceremony

The bride holds her personal vows and Kleenex while speaking to the officiant, just before the ceremony.

Canada Elopement photo showing the newly married couple sealing their Wedding with a kiss

Ontario, Canada Elopement Wedding Picture | The newly married couple seal their marriage with a kiss

The newly married couple seal their marriage with a kiss.

Outdoor wedding image from an Elopement ceremony in Ontario, Canada - a hug by the Matron of Honor

Ontario, Canada Elopement Emotion Picture | The first congratulations were given by the Matron of Honor and mother of the bride

The first congratulations were given by the Matron of Honor and mother of the bride.

Canada Bride and Groom black and white image from Elopement in Ontario

Ontario, Canada Elopement Bride and Groom Picture | A look of relief and joy after the ceremony

A look of relief and joy after the ceremony.

Guelph City Hall, Guelph, Ontario, Canada - The wedding couple walk down the streets of Guelph

Ontario, Canada Elopement Bride and Groom Walking Portrait | The happy couple walk down the streets of Guelph just after the ceremony

The happy couple walk down the streets of Guelph just after the ceremony.