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Deer Interrupts Couple's Wedding Photos To Snack on Bride's Bouquet in Hilarious Photobomb

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Weddings are almost always a blend of planning and surprises. Brides can plan the day down to the last detail but sometimes surprises big or small just can’t be avoided.

For Morgan and Luke Mackley of Michigan, it was their wedding day photoshoot that proved to be a bit of a shock — but they just rolled with the punches – and the munches.

As the couple leaned against a rustic fence out in a tree-lined field, an uninvited guest traipsed over and inspected the bride’s bouquet closely. Too closely.


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“Deer: 1, Bouquet: 0,” the couple’s photographer, Laurenda Bennett, later posted on Facebook. “When the field you want to take bride & groom portraits in has an overtly friendly deer…you roll with it until the deer decides the bouquet is lookin’ like a good snack.”

“I just started snapping away,” Bennett told Inside Edition. “We were just laughing.”

One bite, two bites … Bennett captured the interactions until the couple tried to move away and save the bouquet — but to no avail. When the couple tried raising the flowers out of the “wild” animal’s grasp, the critter jumped to reach them.

The flowers, a far cry from their former glory, were relegated to fodder.

“We ended up just dropping the bouquet and letting the deer have it,” the photographer said. “The deer was just munching away.”

The deer’s presence may have been unexpected, but the young buck is a familiar sight in the area.

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“It’s kind of this infamous deer in Saugatuck,” Bennett said. “It’s always by itself.”

According to Inside Edition, the buck has wandered into other photoshoots and even large groups of people without showing any concern. He seems totally at home with people, leading many to think that he must have been raised by a human.

The friendly deer has become so popular, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources released a statement asking people to stop approaching and/or feeding the animal, or he might have to be relocated, according to WOOD-TV.

Despite the warnings, the deer has garnered quite a following, and many hope that he’ll make it through the next couple of months, especially because — as Bennett pointed out — hunting season begins soon, and this deer would “probably just walk right up to the hunter.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking