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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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Pico Island, Azores, Portugal Elopement Photo Story Award

Pico Island, Azores, Portugal Elopement image of the bride and groom

Pico Island, Azores, Portugal Elopement Photographer | the couple shares a toast against the large, stone exterior of a local bar

In this image, the couple shares a toast against the large, stone exterior of a local bar after their wedding.

Sandra and Rui live in the Azores, on the island of Faial. One day in 2018, they took a ferry to the neighboring island, Pico, where they ended up having a private wedding ceremony for just the two of them, celebrating their love in a familiar and unique landscape. The couple enjoyed their wedding day surrounded by the bright sun, cool waters, and rustic architecture.

Pico, Azores, Portugal wedding picture of a brief glance as they drive towards the ferry

Pico, Azores, Portugal Elopement Photo | a brief glance as they drive together in their car towards the ferry

Sandra and Rui share a brief glance as they drive together in their car towards the ferry station where they will travel from Faial to Pico.

Azores, Portugal wedding image of the bride and groom at the bow of the ferry

Azores, Portugal Elopement Picture |  the two of them stand at the bow of the ferry as it arrives at Pico Island

Rui hugs Sandra from behind as the two of them stand at the bow of the ferry as it arrives at Pico Island.

Azores, Portugal photo of couple fun before the wedding ceremony

Azores, Portugal Elopement Fun Image | Before the ceremony, the couple decides to cool down and relax

Before the ceremony, the couple decides to cool down and relax for a bit. Sandra floats on her back in the ocean as Rui jumps in after her.

Azores, Portugal wedding image of the bride getting into the car

Azores, Portugal Elopement Bride Photo | the bride, trailed by her gown and ribbons, gets into the driver’s side of a car

Sandra, trailed by her gown and ribbons, gets into the driver’s side of a car parked outside a white stucco building as she prepares to drive to the site of their ceremony.

Portugal Elopement photo of the groom as he drinks before the ceremony

Portugal Elopement Groom Image | the groom drinks a local liquor before the ceremony

Rui, dressed and ready, is accompanied by a white and orange cat in a bar where he drinks a local liquor before the ceremony.

Azores wedding image of the groom as he is driven to the Elopement ceremony

Portugal Wedding Groom Picture | the groom sits in the back of a car looking wistfully out the window

Rui sits in the back of a car looking wistfully out the window as he is driven to the ceremony site.

Portugal Wedding ceremony picture of the bride and groom who can’t hide their excitement

Pico Wedding Ceremony Photographer | The wedding officiant marries the couple by the ocean

The wedding officiant marries the couple by the ocean, and the two of them can’t hide their excitement, though Rui tries, as they laugh and smile.

Portugal Wedding image of the newlyweds boarding the ferry

Azores Wedding Photography | they prepare to make the journey back to Faial Island

The newlywed couple boards the ferry again as they prepare to make the thirty-minute journey back to Faial Island after their memorable day.