‘Deerly beloved’: Deer crash wedding, leave newlyweds with fairytale photos

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STOCKTON, New Jersey (PIX11) – Outdoor weddings can be risky, but when the weather and insects cooperate they can be great  — and when a curious group of deer turn the wedding photos into a scene out of Snow White, they can be downright magical.

The stunning wedding photos were taken by photographer Ian Christmann at the Stockton, New Jersey wedding for Brooklyn couple Erick Fix and Lauren Ruff.

“During the dinner, we were surprised by a herd of deer that appeared at the edge of the woods,” Christmann said.  “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 that close.”

The deer stayed long enough for Christmann to capture several surreal photos using the magical, living backdrop.

After he posted the images — which he says aren’t altered aside from some slight color/shadow correction — on Facebook, they immediately started getting likes.  Christmann’s brother decided to post them on Reddit with the title “My brother shot a wedding this weekend, they had some unexpected guests,” and the post was swiftly voted up.

“It’s been crazy,” he said.  “Within five hours it was at the top, and it stayed there for three hours.” The photos got more than 3 million views in just 24 hours, and soon everyone wanted to speak to the lucky couple.

“They’re still on their honeymoon, they’ve been swamped with interviews,” Christmann said.  “He actually proposed to her during a film and now their wedding photo is winning the Internet.”

Erick, a screenwriter, proposed to Lauren on the set of “Callie Wants a Solo,” a short film in which she played Danielle, a woman who is mistakenly proposed to by a man who thinks she is someone else.  Before the take, she has her back turned to the other actors and her fiance slips into the scene, proposing to her using her real name, Lauren, as cameras record her stunned, emotional reaction.

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