Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

View WPJA photo stories from smaller weddings - WedElope | Choose love, not fear!

Calgary Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our Canada photographers have expressed their desire to accommodate couples who don’t want to wait to be married and are rushing the ceremony.

Many brides and grooms around the globe are planning to elope and deciding to reschedule their original ideas for a big event. They are getting wed on a whim, but dispensing with or postponing all else.

The WPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, documentary-style elopement photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings can’t wait. Find yours today!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
July 13th, 2020
Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco Elopement Couple Portrait | The couple chose to have a small wedding ceremony
July 13th, 2020
Napoli Italy Elopement Photography | The couple is Kneeling at the church altar together
July 12th, 2020
City Hall of Pontault Combault, France Elopement Photographer | Guests gather around in the street outside the city hall where the groom waits, blindfolded for the bride

Elopement Photographers for Small Alberta Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Calgary wedding event is a wedding photojournalist’s dream: a fairly open schedule with lots of breathing space for creativity – it’s just the photographer, the couple, the officiant, and perhaps a few select companions.

Members are ready to document any fast, quick, small, or elopement wedding, even if it is a Monday-Thursday ceremony. Search for the “Can Shoot Weddings on Short Notice!” message on the listings below.

We are anxious to create a picture story chronicling your boutique, unique, non-traditional, small wedding from beginning to end. In this sense, it is no different from any other event that we have covered. The emphasis is on documenting key moments, capturing spontaneous displays of emotion, telling your real love story, as well as creating artistic portraits and details.

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving Calgary Couples

4 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Calgary wedding and elopement photography by Sarah Manton of Alberta Canada

I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer located in Olds Alberta, Canada. To sum me up; I'm a mom to two amazing boys, married to my best friend for over 13 years, a community volunteer and an outdoor enthusiast. I've lived in Alberta for over 15 years but I originally called Ontario home. Growing up in the stunningly beautiful area of Muskoka and Georgian Bay; a passion for landscape photography began at a young age. I grew up with a camera in hand, using film and a dark room. I always loved landscape photography (and still do; you can check it out on Instagram @_sarahmanton) but ten years ago friends of mine really pushed me out of my comfort zone and asked me to be their wedding photographer. After that first experience (despite it being terrifying) I was hooked! Capturing the love between families and couples is such an honour. Love is Love and its inspirational, uplifting and the world always needs more. My approach to capturing you is simple, natural, laid back and non-intrusive. I take a photojournalistic approach, focusing on moments and details; more candid and less posed. I want clients to enjoy their experience with me and absolutely cherish their images. [Calgary Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (CAD)
Dorota Karpowicz is an elopement and wedding photographer from Alberta, Canada

Our photography began in nature where we captured award-winning photos of the natural environment but we were drawn to people and capturing the richness of their emotions in photos that will last forever. We use different lenses and angles to create unique compositions. We have worked with many couples planning weddings and elopements throughout Edmonton and the Rocky Mountains and continue to love every minute of what we do. [Edmonton Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3750 (CAD)
Canadian wedding and elopement photographer Jessica Schlamp - for British Columbia and Kelowna couples.

Hi! I am a wedding photographer based in Kelowna, in the gorgeous Okanagan Valley of Canada. I've been photographing weddings professionally since 2010. I love learning about people - their personalities, relationships, values, dreams and unique journey - then capturing this in my photography, creating dynamic story telling imagery. I'm always thinking of where that photo will be in 50 years, who it might impact and how the viewer will connect emotionally with my work. I now photograph between 25-30 weddings a year with my husband Andy. Together we are able to accomplish some pretty incredible things, and have poured our hearts into constant growth and the mastery of light. I constantly strive to take my work to the next level, using the highest quality cameras, lenses and strobe lighting to compose beautiful works of art that captivate people's imaginations and senses. As long as I can remember I've been creating, working hard, and dreaming big. I love to construct, creating extraordinary out of the everyday. Most of all I love to connect with individuals, encouraging or inspiring them in some way with every encounter. I bring all these skills to our photography business. They have laid a firm foundation for all that I do as a professional photographer. My photographs have been featured in numerous print and online magazines and blogs. As Jessica and Andy Studios grows I hope to positively impact my community and the lives of my family and others, as a direct byproduct of our work. It is an incredible honor to document each wedding and to produce images that will become my client's most precious heirlooms. As a wife and a mother to 3 beautiful kids, I know how priceless great photos are. They are a valuable investment worth far more than gold. I would love to be your photographer! [Kelowna Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4200 (CAD)
Alberta and Edmonton wedding photography by Lauren Hannah Garcia of Canada

My passion for photography began at an early age and grew in the darkroom of my high school. I began shooting weddings as an assistant/ second photographer and took the leap into my own business more than a decade ago. My enthusiasm for wedding photography stems from an interest in connections, whether between the couple, family or friends (the family we choose), and a desire to work with people. I enjoy the excitement, mirth, and frenzy of the wedding day itself and love the chance to create joyful, creative, emotive or unexpected images for my couples. My other passions include hiking with my dog, running and enjoying the outdoors. Or on lazy days a good book with a cup of tea. [Edmonton Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3300 (CAD)
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