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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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Mezel, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France Elopement Photo Story Award

9 wedding pictures from an outdoor elopement - Marriage photography by Jennifer Voisin

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Image of The bride as she walks down the aisle

The bride giggles as she walks down the aisle with her groom, who is celebrating their marriage as if he had just won the best competition of his life. 

Sarah and Olivier's love story has always spanned across the globe, so it only made sense for them to celebrate their marriage in two different places. Sarah, a Canadian native, and Olivier, who hales from France, were originally married in Canada. However, they did not want to exclude their family and friends in France from the celebration, so they threw an intimate outdoor ceremony and reception for those they love the most in Mezel, which is located in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence in France. 

French wedding photo from Mezel of handmade panel welcomes guests to the ceremony in both French and English

French wedding photographer for Mezel | handmade panel welcomes guests to the ceremony in both French and English

A handmade panel welcomes guests to the ceremony in both French and English. This was a special piece of decor that the bride and groom wanted to incorporate into their day.

Mezel Photo from a France Wedding of The groom Pulling his suit coat from a garment bag

Mezel Photographer for France Weddings | The groom is Pulling his suit coat from a garment bag

Pulling his suit coat from a garment bag that was hanging in the courtyard, Olivier readies himself for the ceremony before his beloved Sarah arrives. 

Alpes-de-Haute Elopement Picture during outdoor ceremony as The groom is soaking up her every word

Wedding photographer for Mezel (France) |  the bride takes a moment to talk seriously about the love that she has for her husband

While the day was full of smiles and laughter, the bride takes a moment to talk seriously about the love that she has for her husband during their ceremony. The groom, soaking up her every word, looks on with pride.

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France Wedding Pic of groom speaking during the ceremony

Mézel - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France Wedding Pic | The groom begins to speak during the ceremony

Olivier begins to speak during the ceremony, as Sarah smiles wide. It's clear that the guests in attendance are filled with joy at this union between two people who are obviously in love.

Outdoor Elopement Image from FR of the Master of Ceremonies declares them husband and wife

Mézel - France Wedding Ceremony Photography | The couple hold hands and look into each others eyes

Sarah and Olivier hold hands and look into each other's eyes, as the Master of Ceremonies declares them husband and wife.

Mezel Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Image created as they are announced husband and wife

Mézel Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Image | they are announced husband and wife

At the exact moment that they are announced husband and wife, a confetti explosion occurs. The pops of color raining from the sky make the bride smile in childlike wonder.

French Outdoor Marriage Ceremony Picture of newlyweds holding hands and celebrating their union

France Outdoor Marriage Ceremony Picture | The newlyweds hold hands and celebrate their union

The newlyweds hold hands and celebrate their union with their guests as the last bits of confetti drift to the ground.

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Wedding Couple Portrait of bride and groom in nearby lavender fields

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Wedding Couple Portraits | the bride and groom escape to nearby lavender fields

In the moments following the ceremony, the bride and groom escape to nearby lavender fields in order to pose for portraits that showcase the gentle and romantic nature of their relationship.