‘Deerly beloved:' Surprise guests crash wedding, leave newlyweds with fairytale photos

STOCKTON, New Jersey -- A wedding photo is taking the Internet by storm after some unexpected guests crashed a wedding in New Jersey.

The incredible wedding photos were taken by photographer Ian Christmann at the Stockton, New Jersey wedding for Brooklyn couple Erick Fix and Lauren Ruff, PIX 11 reported.

“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.”

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.”