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!

Cologne Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia

Cologne Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our Germany 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
May 29th, 2020
Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park Colorado Elopement Photographer | bride and groom face-to-face in the night air, with only their silhouettes outlined
May 29th, 2020
Town Hall of Angoustrine, French Catalonia Elopement Photographer | This bride and groom show off a combination of Catalan and Turkmen traditions
May 26th, 2020
Rockville, Maryland Elopement Photographer | Quarantine - Social Distance Front Yard Wedding Sign - on a warm Saturday at the beginning of May the bride and groom had the most beautiful wedding in the front of their home

Elopement Photographers for Small North Rhine-Westphalia Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Cologne 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 DIY - do it yourself, courthouse, fast, 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 romantic, religious, symbolic, 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 Cologne Couples

5 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Cologne Wedding Photography by Bartosz Ciesielski, of Germany

For 18 years I have been working as a freelance cinematographer on a variety of projects like short fiction, documentaries, TV series, live broadcast studio shows, music events and corporate films. I have worked for all important Polish TV stations. Since few years ago I work as a documentary wedding photographer. I love to capture true life and emotions between people and I use all my knowledge and skills to make a unique story of each wedding day. In 1991 I graduated Secondary School of Visual Arts - Photography Divison in Gdynia. In 1995 I graduated from the Polish National Film School in Lodz - Photography Dept. In 2001 I graduated from the Polish National Film School in Lodz - Cinematography Dept. [Cologne Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (EUR)
Maik Dobiey is a wedding photographer in Lima, Peru

I am Maik, an International Wedding Photographer currently based in Peru and Germany. My work has brought me to more than 15 different countries, from Caribbean beaches to the heights of the Andes, from the big apple to the Amazon Rainforest and all around Germany and Europe Over recent years my photography has won a number of prestigious international awards and my work has been featured in blogs and magazines. But more important to me is what my photos mean to my clients. Photographing weddings especially when far away can be exhausting but it is also so rewarding! Wedding photography has become a passion. I want to tell a story – an authentic story of your wedding day, a love story, a story of friendship and family, a story beyond what everybody sees – your story. [Lima Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2700 (USD)
Oleg Rostovtsev - Hanover based destination wedding photographer in Germany.

Oleg Rostovtsev is a Hanover based destination wedding photographer with a background in photojournalism. He is an award-winning wedding photographer of the WPJA and AGWPJA. Oleg Rostovtsev is willing to serve any country around the world. 2013 AG|WPJA Photographer of the Year - First Runner Up [Lower Saxony Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2460 (EUR)
Baden-Wurttemberg is favored by German wedding photographer Martin Hecht

Martin Hecht - i am a German Wedding Photographer who starts my wedding career 2009. In recent years, I have been able to accompany a lot of bridal couples and keep the emotions. I am happy to be able to do this for many years... I live for that what I do - and my motto - love that what you do - then you will be sucessful... The art is not to photograph alone, but to show you the way you are. [Baden-Wurttemberg Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
250/hour (EUR)

Kirill is an international award-winning photographer, based in Germany. He was born in Moscow and moved to Germany in 1991, where I have has studied advertising, design, and photography. He has begun photographing weddings in 2006 and has quickly become passionate about it. Now his work is acknowledged not only by his clients but also in several major German wedding magazines and international web portals. [Hamburg Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1790 (EUR)
WPJA Communiqué: Features
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Christina & Thomas

Photo by Martin Hecht

Dear Martin You have enriched our wedding in so many ways. Back then, you introduced yourself to the words that on that day, you will not be "just" our wedding photographer, but also friend and guest at the same time. And you were so much more for us that day. Throughout the day, you helped us with advice, action and camera. Again and again we were asked by our guests how long we have known each other, and again and again we earned incredulous looks when we said we see each other the second time today. And so not only we, but also all our guests, both of you as a human being, as well as of your photographic skills were completely thrilled. You've captured this unforgettable day forever from start to finish in so many beautiful moments, and that's priceless. Christina and Thomas

Petra & Markus

Photo by Martin Hecht

Dear Martin, Now our wedding and baptism is exactly 3 weeks ago today and we did not want to miss the opportunity to thank you again for everything. It was an unforgettable and unique event for us, captured with many amazing and emotional pictures of you for us forever. We always like to look at the pictures and reminisce. Thank you also for your totally relaxed, calming and open nature and of course for your flexibility (with our little daughter Jana). We would love to book you anytime again! Best regards Petra & Markus with Jana