You in the Moonlight

Normally, Christmas Eve is reserved for family time. However, when L & S announced they were getting married on Christmas Eve in a small ceremony at home, I convinced (begged, coaxed, strong-armed) them into making sure they had a professional photographer there. Lucky for them, I just happened to know one! I know they’ll be so happy to have these photos. Better yet, their kids and their grandkids will love seeing these images!

Let the celebration begin!
Lauren & Scott, Christmas Eve wedding

The bride getting all dolled up!
Lauren & Scott, Christmas Eve wedding

The rings.
Lauren & Scott, Christmas Eve wedding

L & S saw each other before the ceremony so they could have some time together before the guests arrived. It worked out perfectly!
Lauren & Scott, Christmas Eve wedding

Lauren & Scott, Christmas Eve wedding

The ceremony. Here’s what I loved about this ceremony – the officiant politely instructed all the guests (of which there were less than 30) to refrain from taking photos. Me loving this has nothing to do with wanting to be the only photographer in the room. It forced the guests to truly pay attention to what the officiant was saying and what the bride and groom were feeling. It took away that extra distraction. I love photographing weddings, but having a camera up to your face all day disconnects you from what’s really happening. I’m at the wedding so that guests can relax and be in the moment. That’s what all of L & S’s guests got to do at their ceremony. They got to witness a wedding between two people truly in love and the feeling in the room was palpable. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the ceremony was over.

Lauren & Scott, Christmas Eve wedding

Now that’s a kiss!
Lauren & Scott, Christmas Eve wedding

Lauren & Scott, Christmas Eve wedding

Yup. Really really married!
Lauren & Scott, Christmas Eve wedding

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Meg Belanger

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