Deerly Beloved

Deer Wedding

I photographed the backyard wedding of Lauren Ruff and Erick Fix in Stockton NJ this past weekend. During the dinner, we were surprised by a herd of deer that appeared at the edge of the woods. The bride and groom graciously let me interrupt their meal to see if we could get a photo or two near the deer. The deer were quite jittery as we approached, so I didn’t expect that we would be able to get so close!

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I posted the photo to my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ianchristmannphotography Sunday evening and it immediately started getting likes.

My brother posted it to reddit on Monday morning and texted me that it was quickly climbing the ranks. It landed as the top link on reddit for about 3 hours and has turn turned more than 3 million views in 24 hrs.

A couple of people have asked if it was photoshopped and the answer is “nope.” It’s a straight out of the camera capture apart from some dodging and burning and coloring in post. Here are a few frames as we were walking up to the herd.

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Check out where the photo is making the rounds…

Reddit http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/2h523i/my_brother_shot_a_wedding_this_weekend_they_had/

4.5 million views on Imgur, http://imgur.com/WiE967T

Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/22/deer-wedding-photo_n_5864326.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000039

Peta Pixel http://petapixel.com/2014/09/23/wedding-photographer-uses-herd-grazing-deer-magical-portrait-backdrop/

Ashton Kutcher http://aplus.com/a/unexpected-guests-at-wedding-photoshoot

David Hobby https://twitter.com/strobist/status/514476159447621632

http://pix11.com/2014/09/26/deerly-beloved-deer-crash-wedding-leave-newlyweds-with-fairytale-photos/

Brides.com  http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/09/deer-wedding-photo-bomb.html

http://www.viralnova.com/adorable-wedding-guests/

Weather Channel http://www.weather.com/news/science/nature/deer-appear-gorgeous-ian-christmann-wedding-picture-video-20140929?cm_ven=FB_SCI_JB_93014_1

Norway http://www.kjendis.no/2014/09/30/kjendis/bryllup/utenriks/foto/fotografi/35519143/

Dutch news site http://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/1014/Bizar/article/detail/3753777/2014/09/23/Trouwfoto-gaat-viraal-door-onverwachte-huwelijksgasten.dhtml

Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2768216/I-doe-Herd-deer-crash-couple-s-wedding-photos.html

Good Morning America https://gma.yahoo.com/happens-deer-photobomb-wedding-pic-173829277–abc-news-sex.html

http://kxan.com/2014/09/25/fawn-over-deerly-beloved-shots-of-wedding-couple/

Yahoo News Video https://screen.yahoo.com/videos-for-you/unexpected-wedding-guests-lead-perfect-210812651.html?vp=1

Today Show http://www.today.com/news/deerly-beloved-amazing-wedding-photo-captures-surprise-guests-2D80174540

ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/deer-photobomb-wedding-pic/story?id=25730160

The Blaze http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/09/26/while-taking-wedding-pictures-near-the-woods-something-surprised-the-photographer-and-it-resulted-in-these-amazing-images/

Fox http://fox8.com/2014/09/26/newlyweds-get-fairytale-photos-after-deer-crash-wedding/

Ashton Kutcher

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