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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS OPEN DURING COVID-19 - 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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Lyon Centre Town Hall / Quai de Saône, Rhône, France Elopement Photo Story Award

Vieux Lyon, Rhône, France Wedding image of the couple going home, married, and that is the most important thing for them

Vieux Lyon, Rhône, France Wedding Couple Picture | They are going home, married, and that is the most important thing for them

Here they are, married, happy, even if it is only the two of them. They will have dinner alone, no guests, no cocktails, no first dance ... They are going home, married. And that is the most important thing for them.

After much upheaval, the bride and groom can finally get married. It will be a small wedding, with only 4 guests in the town hall. The bride's family will follow the ceremony with a video call from Russia. But that in no way affects their happiness to be able to get married.

Marie de Lyon 2 Rhone Town Hall Wedding picture from a beautiful elopement hall

Marie de Lyon 2, Rhône Town Hall Wedding Image | They are alone in the beautiful wedding hall

The bride and groom arrive at the town hall first. They are alone in the beautiful wedding hall. The atmosphere is very different from regular weddings, but their love and joy at finally being able to come together is beautiful to see.

Lyon Centre Town Hall Wedding Elopement Ceremony image of The guests wearing COVID masks

Lyon Centre Town Hall Wedding Ceremony Picture | The guests arrive, all masked for COVID safety

The guests arrive, all masked. Only the bride and groom have the "right" not to wear them. Despite the health situation, everyone is happy, people have become accustomed to wearing the mask, it is now part of our daily lives. As the bride is Russian, French law requires that a translator be present.

Rhone Town Hall Civil Wedding Ceremony photo showing The bride and groom families on a video call

Rhône Town Hall Civil Wedding Ceremony Image | The bride and groom's families follow the ceremony by a video call

The bride and groom's families follow the ceremony by a video call from St Petersburg in Russia. It is impossible for them to obtain the authorization to travel, even for the marriage of their daughter.

Lyon Centre Town Hall, France Wedding image showing The civil ceremony begins

Lyon Centre Town Hall, France Wedding Photography | The civil ceremony begins

The civil ceremony begins. The bride is radiant, as is the groom. They will finally be able to unite after long months of waiting.

Lyon Town Hall, FR Wedding Ceremony detail image showing The mayor and the bride and groom

Lyon Town Hall, FR Wedding Ceremony Photographer | The mayor reads the consent of the bride and groom

The mayor reads the consent of the bride and groom. They hug each other, intertwine their fingers, in a deafening calm.

Lyon Town Hall Civil Wedding Ring Exchange Ceremony image of The alliances also done in peace

Lyon Town Hall Civil Wedding Ceremony Photos | The exchange of alliances is also done in peace

The exchange of alliances is also done in peace. Only 4 witnesses are present, and film every moment with their smartphones so that the families of the bride and groom can enjoy this moment as well. This, unfortunately, prevents them from applauding, from sharing the joy of the moment.

Vieux Lyon wedding photo from the Streets of the Bride and Groom after The exit of the town hall civil ceremony

Vieux Lyon Image from the Streets of the Bride and Groom | The exit of the town hall is done in the most complete calm

The exit of the town hall is done in the most complete calm. No petals, bubbles, hedges of honor. It's a simple exit like walking out of a store. Despite everything, the bride wanders the streets with great joy.

Quai de Saône Bridal wedding Portrait showing the light is beautiful for December

Quai de Saône Bridal Portrait on Wedding Day | The light is beautiful for December

On the way, we stop for a few moments on the Quai de Saône. The light is beautiful for a December day.  It is impossible to rent a place during this period, so we took some pictures outside.