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

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - 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!

California - Northern Wedding Photographers

Find Your California - Northern Wedding Photographer

Northern California Cities: Santa Clara, Oakland, Shasta Lake, Napa, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Alameda, Vallejo, Sunnyvale, Mendocino

California - Northern Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our California - Northern wedding photographer vendors 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 because of current wedding size restrictions, social distancing, and mask requirements. They are getting wed on a whim, but dispensing with or postponing all else.

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

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
September 17th, 2021
Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Image of The bride as she walks down the aisle
September 16th, 2021
Wedding portrait of the Italy couple as the winds carry the brides gown behind her in the fields
September 13th, 2021
Wedding Venue Photography With sparkling fairy lights serving as a frame for the moment, the bride and groom share a passionate kiss

Elopement Photographers for Small California - Northern Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small California - Northern 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.

United States WPJA members are ready to document any DIY - do it yourself, justice of the peace, courthouse, 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 modern, outdoor, casual, 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 California - Northern Couples

47 California - Northern Wedding Photographers...

Kevin Sawyer

Kevin Sawyer

Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3000 (USD)

Joyce Perlman

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4200 (USD)
Northern California Wedding Photographer Ian Chin

Ian Chin

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2850 (USD)
Adventure marriage images by Nicky Byrnes of Nemus Wedding Photography

Nicky Byrnes

Carnelian Bay in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
500 (USD)
Adventure weddings and elopement photography by Lauren Lindley

Lauren Lindley

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4200 (USD)
CA Engagemen, Wedding and Elopement Photography by Tyler Vu

Tyler Vu

San Jose in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4000 (USD)
Chris Shum, Life Photographer

Chris Shum

Sunnyvale in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4500 (USD)
Northern California wedding photography by Drew Bird - Creative Storytelling

Drew Bird

Oakland in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3500 (USD)
Adventure wedding and elopement photography by Kimmi Cranes

Kimmi Cranes

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Engagement Couple Portrait Sessions, Wedding and Elopement Photography by Thanh Vo, of Dream Lucid Studios

Thanh Trung

Santa Clara in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3000 (USD)
Chris Werner creates Couple Portraits and Wedding Images

Chris Werner

Truckee in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3850 (USD)

Shaunte Dittmar

Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4600 (USD)

Deborah Coleman

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
5000 (USD)

Nick Otto

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)

Douglas Despres

Alameda in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
750/hour (USD)

Dennis Viera

in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3200 (USD)

Sarah Kang

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3800 (USD)
Wedding and Elopement Photographer Tanarak Visessonchoke

Tanarak Visessonchoke

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4500 (USD)
Edeelin Labra

Edeelin Labra

Vallejo in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Tara Arrowood

Tara Arrowood

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
5500 (USD)
Portrait of Douglas Zimmerman, wedding photographer

Douglas Zimmerman

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)

Debra Zeller

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3000 (USD)
Black and White Headshot of elopement, engagement and wedding photographer David Braun

David Braun

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
1250 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang

Annie Bang

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photography by Will Tee - SW Wedding Photo Studio

Will Tee

Taipei City, TW *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Shaun Baker

Shaun Baker

San Diego in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3200 (USD)
California Couple Portrait Sessions and Wedding Photography by Stephanie Secrest

Stephanie Secrest

Arroyo Grande in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3300 (USD)
Brenda Bergreen: Colorado Adventure Wedding and Elopement Photographer

Brenda Bergreen

Evergreen in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
5000 (USD)
Southern California and Orange County wedding photography by Leo Do of Capture the Moment Studio

Leo Do

Fullerton in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)
Kristina Cazares Neri, California wedding photographer of Anza Foto + Film

Kristina Cazares Neri

San Diego in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3500 (USD)
Jerome Pollos Self Portrait, a wedding and elopement photographer of the WPJA

Jerome Pollos

Coeur d'Alene in Idaho, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)
Bradley Hanson

Bradley Hanson

St. Paul in Minnesota, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4000 (USD)

Ron Storer

Auburn in Washington, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2400 (USD)
BW portrait of Jennifer Jackson - Candid Wedding Photography

Jennifer Jackson

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3400 (USD)

Robert Walker

Dallas in Texas, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2400 (USD)
Chunwei Lee, Wedding Photographer

Chunwei Lee

Xindian Dist., TW *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
20000 (TWD)

Maria Newman

Portland in Oregon, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)

Jonathan Moore

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
1800 (USD)
California Documentary Wedding and Elopement Photography by Gina Clyne

Gina Clyne

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2100 (USD)
Adventure wedding and elopement photography by Erin Witt

Erin Witt

Denver in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3250 (USD)
Elopement and wedding photography by Kate Hampson

Kate Hampson

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4000 (USD)
Portrait of wedding and engagement photographer Tom Leung

Tom Leung

New York City in New York, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4000 (USD)
Moment-based Wedding photography by Morgan Davis of the WPJA

Morgan Davis

Reisterstown in Maryland, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4499 (USD)
Weddings, engagements and elopement photography by Kevin Kienitz

Kevin Kienitz

Aurora in Illinois, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3000 (USD)
Destination wedding photographer Jenae Lopez serves couples all over the USA

Jenae Lopez

Evergreen in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Studio Image of Wedding Photographer Vinh Vo of 3M Studios LLC

Vinh Vo

Rockwall in Texas, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3000 (USD)
Engagement and wedding photography by Jill Goehring - Half A Rice Studios

Jill Goehring

Houston in Texas, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4200 (USD)

California - Northern Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

Are you ready to find a creative and talented California - Northern wedding photographer for an engagement portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own California - Northern pre-wedding photography? Pro members from the California - Northern Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are the best California - Northern wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top California - Northern documentary wedding photographers for elopements. Our members are able to submit WedElope Stories that take you step-by-step, via a 9 image picture story, through the unique and moving elopements that take place around the world.
Q: Where can I find a photographer for a short-notice, small California - Northern wedding?
A: There are many WPJA photographers who are able to help you out at a moment's notice. We understand that sometimes love happens and there's simply no time to lose. We can ensure that you can get married as quickly as possible — and have incredible photographs to remember your California - Northern wedding day by.
Q: How can couples find reviews of California - Northern wedding photographers?
A: We call them Client Letters. At the WPJA, we decided more than 20 years ago to avoid incorporating those third-person testimonials and endorsements that are found all too often in advertisements. Instead, we elevated our listings with the use of Client Letters, which represent the actual words and feelings of the clients who booked those California - Northern wedding photographers for their own wedding.
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND California - Northern WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Erin & Jeff

Photo by Deborah Coleman

You did a great job at our wedding! I looked through the proofs with my family last weekend, and everyone commented how perfectly you caught every moment, and how unobtrusive you were.

Sorrento wedding image of the ceremony kiss in Italy

Katy & Steve

Photo by Kate Hampson

Darling Kate, Your warm personality and comforting smiley face put me at ease straight away. You oozed confidence and were very supportive in what results we were looking to achieve. Your totally chilled attitude relieved any anxieties that I had. As this was the only time I needed a photographer, I didn't know what to expect. I wondered what you would look out for on the day and how you would know to capture all those important, natural photos. For your own wedding, you want it to be perfect and for your photos to tell a story. You had planned sunset photos and surprised us with locations that you had researched that we had never thought of. You just knew exactly where to be to capture all those special moments. You made us feel completely relaxed and I hardly knew you were there. When the photos came though, we were completely blown away with the level of detail and how natural the photos were. You had even taken the time to capture photos of Italian life in the town of Sorrento which was a lovely surprise and added to our already wonderful memories. You are the most likeable, warm, funny and cool person I'll ever meet and you brighten up any room! The little tips you gave us on our wedding day for the best looks have stayed with me. The wedding photos told a beautiful story of the day from start to finish and this is something that will stay with us forever.

Lauren & Jason

Photo by Gina Clyne

Gina these are so great!!! It's so fun seeing them after time has gone by and the weather is cooling off. Such an awesome summer day that you captured SO well. We love these, I cant wait to comb through all of them. Thank you for your amazing craft. The family pictures are so special!