To get hitched is a dream come true, and for a couple in Michigan, their special day has been made extraordinary by an unexpected guest. It’s not someone from their past who wanted to stop the wedding. The guest is a charming deer who made the nuptial more memorable.
Luke and Morgan were celebrating nuptials on Felt Estate when Laurenda Marie Bennett, their photographer, took beautiful golden hour couple portraits. Perhaps, those pictures could be some of the best in her career.
Dodo interviewed Laurenda, and she said, “We walked over this hill and made it to a field where we saw just over a wooden fence was a deer. As soon as we arrived, the deer looked up and just casually walked over to the bride and groom.”
The charming deer said ‘hi’ to the couple by extending its neck to grab flowers from the bouquet to chew them. Laurenda stated the deer steps over the fence, so it’s standing in front of them, and just hanging out eating the flowers.
Laurenda was initially shocked, but she realized the tremendous photographic opportunity, so she keeps on taking photographs of the bride, groom, and deer, and their memorable encounter. The photographer expressed, “We were all giggling and looking at each other like, ‘What’s going on? What should we do?'” Laurenda said. “Morgan’s expressions were priceless — they just kind of made the photos.”
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The wedding documentation team realized the dear is a celebrity in the location because he photobombed several photography shoots last summer.
Laurenda said, “Never in a million years did I think I’d run into him, especially when photographing a wedding. I felt like it was meant to be.”
The deer was dead serious at getting the bouquet, so the bride gave her bouquet to the deer that was probably hungry. The bride also borrowed from her bridesmaid’s bouquet toss flower arrangement. The bride giving away her precious wedding flowers is worth it for the funny and warm photoshoot.
Patrick James Films’ Patrick Hellenga is the videographer of the hilarious occurrence, and he captured it on film.
The couple, with some of the documentation team, returned that night to the field and for their surprise, they found a sweet wedding gift. Laurenda said, “the deer was gone, but there was one white rose still intact.”
She picked it up and joked, ‘It’s the final rose.”