{elopement} Chris & Jesper ~ Gozo, Malta

When Chris and Jesper contacted me about shooting their elopement on Gozo, an island off Malta in the Mediterranean,  it was only supposed to be them. He’s Danish, she’s French. Apart from witnesses I would be the only outsider there. Over the year that followed things changed slightly. Though we’d never met, we became friends. So when Jesper and Chris decided they wanted their friends there to celebrate their day, they also graciously invited my family. So on a beautiful day in July, only ten days after my own wedding, Jacqui, Noah, Joel and I joined Jesper, Chris and their five friends for the smallest and sweetest wedding I’ve been a part of to date. Every now and then I get to experience something that changes the way I look at love, the reasons I do what I do.

This was one of those days.


music credit: Wake Me – Message To Bears (iTunes)


Stunning. That first look around the corner on the stairs had me grinning dude. Nailed it!

the tear shot = pure win. so beautiful as always jonas.

That has to be one of the happiest brides I’ve ever seen… she was clearly oozing joy. You can tell this was a genuine affair full of so much love. And the shot of the tear falling? Holyyyyyy crap.

The one with the tear rolling off her cheek… are you kidding me?! <3

This is money in the bank. Absolutely intense and amazing moments

Oh ….W O W . So beautifully presented and amazingly beautiful. Love your work.

love the love. love the goofyness of the first look too :)

Could her smile be any more contagious? Yeah, and the tear… have to give a high five for that shot.

jonas. insane.

Killer. I love seeing the entire day. The shot of her crying and the shot of them with the woman in red are spectacular alone, but the entire set is just ridiculously awesome.

everytime jonas! just WOW!

You probably have some of the raddest clients around! I love your bride, she is absolutely adorable and what a wonderful intimate wedding to be a part of. Those are the best!

The tear shot brought a tear to my eyes! Just gorgeous

too good :)

so much love and emotions in every photo….So beautiful


I love the bride, she seems like someone I would really like to hang out with.

Laid back, beautiful, effortless barefoot love. Goodness I wish more people got married like this. Each photo made me smile bigger than the one before. By the end of the post my face hurt. Love, love, love this.

Amazing, I’m speechless once again. And crying.

honestly, i think this is one of your very best jonas. your connection with this couple really shines through in every shot. truly beautiful work

I’m speechless man…it’s just so damn good Jonas…my goodness

What a beautiful wedding story Jonas. You’ve really captured the joy of their day and connection with each other. Wonderful!!!

Lovely. Really love the old lady in the tower :)

I’ve enjoyed your work for some time and this is my new favorite. Sweet, simple, and beautiful!

Beautiful work, specially the tear shot…

WOW JP, this story is gorgeous..Amazing, Incredible, but REAL….

Absoluetly stunning – such an awesome gift, to have these photos forever!

her face is so wonderfully expressive. What an amazing wedding to be a part of. Relaxed, and just amazingly beautiful. I loved looking at their Wedding story.

I love small and intimate weddings! They just have a sense of genuine love and happiness that can get lost in a big, formal do. You’ve really given this couple their own voice and that, to me, is what makes it exceptional.

wow. yeah these are legit.

the place, the people, the photos, everything is perfect.

My new fave wedding. Too many beautiful images to choose, the one of her crying though, I gasped! Amazing!

Love the whole shoot! But one stand-out for me is your son wrapped in the orange towel. Being the father of a similar aged boy I can really relate to that shot!

Det bildet med tåren som faller.. For et blinkskudd! Nydelig!

This is the why of it all.

“Every now and then I get to experience something that changes the way I look at love, the reasons I do what I do.” – Couldn’t say it better.

Fantastic pictures. What I really like about your pictures is one can actually relate to the emotions, moments and smiles and tears. It’s not posed, it’s not fake it’s as it is, the real thing.

Truly inspiring work.

The photogrpahs during/after the vows – fabulous.

You should “Take a bow :)”

Amazing!!!! Inspiring! Beautiful!

i am speachless! that doesnt happen often…WOW!!

Still dont get how you are not the best wedding photographer every year. Your weddings always bring out what a wedding is (union of love), not a massive expensive party. This one is just out of this world! True love and happines in each picture. A true record of feelings and emotions, captured for eternity!

OMG! Truly took my breath away….love the song too!

These are so beautiful and intimate. Love.

So amazing :-)


Amazing love story. Your perception of reality is very genuine and simple. You obviously shoot with your heart.

Ya good. These are great.

That shot of the tear falling – wow!

The peek around the corner photo is brilliant, and I laughed when I saw the bride between the two men in cloths. Amazing!

I was one of the privileged friends that witnessed this event and it’s so valuable to be able to live it all through again with these pictures. Thanks!

So full of joy and laughter. Beautiful!

This is such an amazing wedding.

soooooooooo so so so so sweet.

These are beautiful, so full of love and joy. Wonderful work.

Beutiful. Your images looks very filmish. Are you shooting film?

Groom signing in :-) – we were and are honoured to have had you spy on us throughout our wedding-day, and to get to know you enough to call you a friend. The same goes for your amazing little family Jacqui, Noah, and Joel.

We loved having you there and that you all took an active part in the wedding in a way we never imagined. You added a big part to the magic. That also makes it very strange to not see you anywhere in the images; a discrepancy with our recollection of it.

I never really liked having my picture taken much and I was a bit wary of how having you snipe us all day would turn out; here I must admit to your great credit that it was the easiest and most natural thing in the world, because of the way you conduct yourself and your camera-wielding. Big kudos.

Lastly, thank you for your kind words, which mean a lot coming from you with so many great weddings under your belt.

lots of love to all of you

wow, what an enormous happy beautiful bride! Fun to look at. Nice atmosphere too!

her laugh is so incredible!!

boy, you always make me cry… this is incredibly beautiful and these are amazingly happy people!!!

Wonderful photos. What is going on with cutting of the ends of the socks??? haha

Sublime photos. The most joyful bride on the planet. That first look through the arch – what a moment – and as lots of others have mentioned, the tear photo is out-of-this-world. I love how this couple embraces each other like it’s their last moment on earth. What a blessed couple to have you there to capture their magical day – you know you’ve done well when strangers get choked up looking at photos of a couple they don’t even know. Bravo!

beautiful. honest. delight. true. love. love. love. so much captured, shared, created. as being swept up in a dream. such a glorious ride. thank you.

Amazing, amazing photos. Could really feel the emotion of the day and what a super happy couple too. Simply stunning.

Wow. Stunning stunning stunning!!! Happiest bride ever. :)

Chris - aka The bride

to all of you who commented:
Thank you so much for your kind words.

to Jonas, Jacqui, Noah and Joel:
I love you.

Our wedding day was the most incredible and beautiful day of our lives, we had a great time and felt (and still do) incredibly lucky to have the honor to be surrounded by the people we love most, may it be old or new love.
Jesper and I love each other this way on an every day basis, we jump and goof around, hug, laugh and kiss a lot every day. It is who we are and what we do (although I may have smiled and giggled a tinsy bit more than unsual on W-day… who knows…) but anyway, this is who we are and we are so unbelievably lucky that Jonas captured “us” so perfectly in the way we are but especially in the way we love. For that, we will be eternally grateful.

Wow, so much love and emotions. Wonderful.

Very beautiful and intimate pictures, Jonas! I love the fact that they invited you with your family and the way they look at each other! Adorable!!
~ Saluti.

I think all of your weddings are beautiful stories told through your eyes, but this one is different to me. I feel like it’s all told through their eyes and you just happened to be there to spy on it. The amount of love between them is inspiring. Beautiful and moving work as always Jonas.

Seriously awesome photography dude!

This is too much. This is too good to be true, this wedding, this love and these people. But if it is all true, let it be forever. I can tell that Chris & Jespes is the sweetest couple that exists. And you Jonas…I have never have enough words for you, thanks for sharing this love!

Wow! Stunning work! Absolutely love your work!

Kan inte låta bli att fråga om du råkar veta vart hennes skor kommer ifrån? Så oerhört söta!

I’m just glancing through another wedding blog, but, as I do, I find myself smiling, laughing and catching my breath with the emotion captured in the images. This is what we wedding photographers aspire to. Kudos.

what a magic wedding. Stunning as always Jonas

Absolutely wonderful work, amazing all the coverage; Love the storytelling Jonas!!!

I just stumbled upon your site while searching Google for horse photography. I love your horse pictures – they’re stunning. But I have to say, these wedding pictures are out of this world! The pictures require no words, such a beautiful is told with them. They had me in happy tears of joy for these two who are so clearly madly in love with each other. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen such joy captured in wedding photos before. Very touching. I’m in awe. And I really truly mean that. :D

Troligen de vackraste foton jag sett av alla de bröllop du fotograferat. Magiska.

I absolutely love the photo of the bride peering around the wall and the groom’s cheeky expression! Their personality comes through and I feel like I know them!

One of the best wedding photo’s I have seen.. It tells the story.
I felt like i was their,simply stunning..
would loved to know what film look you went for with vsco..

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Hej Jonas!

Jag studerar statsvetenskap och ekonomi i Linköping. Det är inte så hemskt roligt och jag tror inte att jag kommer att jobba med något inom det. Men jag är inte så stressad här och jag har fina och spännande vänner. Istället för att bli orolig över mitt liv eller ivrig på att flyga iväg har jag skapat mig en liten atelje i mitt korridorsrum. Här lyssnar jag på Wake me, leker med photoshop, slipar på min blogg, tittar på dina foton, försöker lära mig mer, blir inspirerad. Jag är trots allt bara 22 år. Men inom två år vill jag göra något annat. Den dagen kommer! Det vet jag :)

Två frågor från mig nu. Först, hur du lägger in ett musikklipp sådär tjusigt i början av varje inlägg? Dessutom, om du får tid över, så vore jag så hemskt tacksam över om du skulle kunna tänka dig att berätta hur du har arbetat tidigare? Plugg osv. Kanske att man kan få något tips!

tack och ha det jättefint nu!

Jonus, just magical. That teardrop – Amazing.

Awesome photos as always!!! Great wedding photography inspiration!

Nice work! Such a beautiful location to shoot. I bet the clients loved these photos! Keep up the good work.

Beautiful work! Such a wonderful location to shoot. I bet the clients loved these photos! Keep up the good work.

Lika fantastiska bilder som alltid. Jag har nog aldrig sett en så lycklig brud! Man blir liksom varm i hjärtat när man ser bilderna. Detta trots att jag inte har någon relation till objekten överhuvudtaget. Men det är väl det som är skillnaden mellan en proffsfotograf och en amatör. Ett proffs vet exakt hur han eller hon ska ta bilderna för att beröra.

Theres so much emotion in all your images Jonas. I love your storytelling! :)

Hey Jonas, I think this is my favorite weddings you’ve captured. It is simply beautiful & emotive. Thank you for sharing.

Tänker på hur du gått från en blogg som fick mig att skratta tills jag grät, till bilder som berör till tårar. Det här är absolut de vackraste bröllopsbilder jag sett! Tack för att du delar med dig av ditt arbete, det är otroligt inspirerande att se så många fångade ögonblick av lycka och kärlek. You rock! :)

Hei! amazing blogg. What’s the name of that song?

she might have the best smile i’ve ever seen. beautiful emotive photos.


Lovely emotive images. Actually. Outstanding.

Amazing stuff… inspiration for everybody

What a magnificent set of wedding shots. This is absolutely stunning! Perfect way to tell a story.

I love the subdued colors. You are a great inspiration for wedding photographers!

This is hands down the most beautiful wedding I have EVER seen.

That is one super happy bride. Excellent shots!

This really is a great story. Love your work!

A beautiful wedding complimented by beautiful shots. It must have been a real honour to be a part of. Couples like Chris and Jesper are surely why we do this and I’m not surprised to hear how pleased they both are with the results. Beautiful images as always!

I love ur photos.. Jonas you are the best in the Planet!
Saludos desde Costa Rica. Algun día tendré la oportunidad de conocerte.

Jonas, your work is quite simply stunning! I have book marked your site and will be coming back to visit on a regular basis! Beautiful photography in every sense…

Hey Jonas, fantastiska bilder i vanlig ordning. En av de bilder som sticker ut är helt klart “krogsgaard219” där du lyckats fånga tåren när den lämnar kinden… Otroligt!
Bra jobbat ännu en gång!

Hälsningar från Sverige!

Love, love, love this wedding and also the colours you’re getting :)

Acojonante!!!, great work, amazing!!! Congrat!!!

May i know the name of the song, please??? it is awesome!!

Wow, what an amazingly intimate wedding to be a part of. Everything about it looked beautiful. Great job capturing it. It’s deflating how good you are!.. :)

Stunning imagery beautiful flow of images telling the story of a beautiful couple.

All of these photos are simple awe-inspiring. I am in love and inspired, thank you

Simply beautiful wedding photography.

So good Jonas, my new favorite album online.

Wow! Actually bought a tear to my eye – the peeking around the stairs and hug before the wedding – gulp! Just lovely, the relaxed happiness of these two is wonderful.. what a great story to be part of. An inspiration to a beginner photographer – thank you Jonas.

I have been browsing through your work and I really love the way you capture weddings. I came across this one in Gozo, (I am maltese and live in Malta)….
So I came across these images and did not read the caption first. I recognised the light and said, hey wait a sec this is mediterranean light, this is Malta for sure….so I go up and read…then scroll down and see Rikardu and yes I was right…our light is easily recognised or maybe because am a photographer myself and used to seeing it!
good work!

you make me cry every time. you are brilliant!

I first saw this post a while ago and I still think of it from time to time. It’s one of my favorite wedding posts. The smiles, the love, and the fun. Its hypnotizing!

as simple as beautiful
love it

What a great photo set! The emotions are captures very well and the light makes the photos very lively. Keep up the good work!

I loved this one. the emotion was captured SO well!

they look like genuinely amazing people! you have a fantastic talent!

es una gozada ver tu trabajo, siempre se aprende de los colegas, enhorabuena

The photos at sunset are great!


The message from the Chinese, photographer is great, we are learning and imitation

Bello reportaje, es increíble como logran narrar una boda, se sienten las emociones y sentimientos que se vivieron ese día.

Espero coincidir contigo la proxima vez que vaya a Malta
un saludo

Wow! These pictures actually moved me – thanks.

Amazing work, i just love the tearshot!

My goodness this is just gorgeous and breathtaking!! I love the lighting in every scene!!

What lovely photo’s and such a beautiful bride.

great .. i love your photos

this has to be my favourite of your weddings, really killer stuff.

La fotografía de la lágrima es espectacular, wow, enhorabuena


I like it… I`m happy .. ;-)

I love the lighting in every shot, fantastic work.

Gorgeous, Intimate, beautiful!

One happy bride.beautiful

Incredible and amazing!

It works for some people!! : ) Two of my friends eloped, then had a HUGE party afterwards. It was a lot of fun, and it worked for them! They found their inspiration here: http://www.weddingforward.com/eloping/