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!

Ontario Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ottawa, Brampton, Hamilton, London, Markham, Vaughan, Kitchener, Windsor

Ontario Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our North America 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 31st, 2020
Fattoria di Corsignano, Siena, Tuscany, Italy Elopement Photo | The view of the ceremony at which only the spouse’s close family members were present because of the COVID
July 30th, 2020
Glentana, Garden Route, South Africa Elopement Ceremony Photo | A young girl voices her dislike during the ceremony
July 29th, 2020
Black Balsam Knob, NC Elopement Photography | The bride, groom, and guests listen while the best man reads a poem

Elopement Photographers for Small Canada Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Ontario 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 mini, courthouse, civil ceremony, 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, unique, intimate, 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 Ontario Couples

19 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Kitchener, Ontario wedding and elopement photography by Lori-Anne Crewe - Canada WPJA

My name is Lori-Anne and I photograph all matters of the heart. I've had a few creative jobs in my life including knitwear designer, animator, and media developer; however, the job that has given me more inspiration, artistic satisfaction and joy is that of a wedding photojournalist. For the past 3 years, I have been documenting weddings - something I consider an honour and a privilege. I discovered my love of photography in college where I learned the fundamentals of film using an old 35mm Canon T50 and then practiced my new-found knowledge on the streets of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where I grew up. I continued my education years later studying and graduating with honours in digital photography and digital media. I'm so grateful that I am able to apply my knowledge and skills to make people happy. For me, that is what it is all about! - Lori-Anne [Kitchener Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
250/hour (CAD)
Ontario wedding and elopement photography by Amit Dullu of Canada

Photography, for me, is my passion and I believe my pictures are moments in time that I have been able to capture and each of those moments is able to tell us a story. It is those first ten minutes I spend with my clients that are the most important ones - its the beginning of understanding each other and making that short journey together.... an opportunity for me to give them their story in my words. With no formal training in photography, I have left no stone unturned to learn from any knowledgeable source I can - I have put in long hours to understand the finer technical aspects of this art, experimented and honed my skills over the years. What started as a short two-hour maternity shoot in a snowstorm has now become 5 years of extensive experience of shooting more than a hundred weddings - most of them in Canada and India. As a full-time professional photographer, I specialize in portrait & wedding photography - also do events, if time permits. On the parallel, I also love to paint - mostly abstracts in acrylics...my work was recently chosen in the 8 best emerging artists in Toronto by the prestigious Elaine Fleck Gallery. [Markham Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1750 (CAD)
Ontario / Brampton wedding and elopement photography by Aniket Sananse of Canada

I am a freelance wedding photographer from Toronto. Besides the wedding and elopements, I also cover photoshoots for newborns, family and candid couple portraits. ​ My father being a passionate photographer introduced me to a camera in my early childhood. I was so surprised and amazed at how a tiny device can capture moments and lock them away forever. Even having a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy - just didn't felt enough to be satisfied and so I decided to follow the passion & started AS Photography in 2012. [Brampton Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (CAD)
Toronto wedding and elopement photographer Christophe Viseux for Ontario, Canada

As a well-traveled events photographer, I have a special interest in multicultural and destination weddings. My work has taken me around the world to cover celebrations in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia as well as South of France. My promise, as your wedding photographer, is to capture timeless images with a personal touch. While working in a discreet manner, I define my photography style as creative documentary, seeking out that extra touch of authenticity and raw emotions. It's important to me that each of my photographs have that "organic" feeling. From high profile events to intimate and traditional ceremonies, people remain my focus, as I am always looking for the most spontaneous moments. You will cherish memories of a lifetime! Also freelancing for NGOs and International Media. Publications include: Le Monde, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, PDN, Internazionale, Burn Magazine, VSD [Toronto Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (CAD)

I wandered in to photography while travelling with a few different bands playing drums after I graduated from college. With so much time during the day I found myself wandering the streets of whatever city i was in looking for something to do. I picked up a camera on a whim and realized how awesome it was to be able to remember times and places long after they’d passed. When my dreams of rockstardom fizzled I came home for good and began working for a couple of other (award winning) photographers as their assistant and 2nd shooter. Working with, and learning from, some amazing wedding photojournalists was great experience before venturing out on my own. [Kingston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (CAD)
Ontario wedding and elopement photography by Frances Morency of Canada

The Moments that Matter I BELIEVE in giving you ART by storytelling your wedding day in a JOURNALISTIC style I believe a wedding should be about capturing the moments that are happening at that time and I strive to give you emotional, compelling images, with minimal guiding or posing, of the relationships you have with your partner, family, and friends. I have been a professional photographer for most of my adult life. I have been photographing family and children since my teens. I recently gave up an aviation career to devote all my time to my passion of photography. I have been photographing weddings for 20 years. I attended BealArt in London, Ontario in the Photography Program where I learned the art of lighting and developing film. I then continued my education at Sheridan College in Toronto and fell in love with wedding photography because it allowed me to photograph moments all day long. [Ontario Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (CAD)
Cafa Liu is a wedding photographer from Canada - Cafaphoto

I am a wedding photographer based in Toronto, I record marriage moments from a special “Cafa” angle, and create love memories with passion. I am not a story-maker, but a story-teller, telling the love stories in an artistically way. I provide service beyond Toronto area. Photography is much more than a job for me. The camera helps me meet amazing couples in the world, I love it… [Toronto Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (CAD)
Kingston wedding photographer Viara Mileva, of Ontario, Canada

If you told me ten years ago that I'd be a wedding photographer today, I would have drawn a blank face. You see, ten years ago, I was knee-deep in academia. I was a researcher, studying parenting. I was having babies (three). I was moving from Toronto to Kingston then to the Netherlands to pursue said studies... All my life I've loved to draw, to write fiction, and to make music. But I tried to put those things aside when I turned 18 because it was the 'sensible' thing to do. I got a BSc and an MSc and a PhD. With every extra letter, my soul died a little bit more. That all changed in late 2015 when I photographed my friend's baby being born. For money. The same amount of money I had to pay the university monthly just so I could use their crappy little office space and feel alone. It was the birth of an idea. Five years later, I'm happily knee-deep in photography (sometimes literally wading through water or mud to do the stuff I do). My kids are older now, which means I can take more time away from home, to develop my career, attend workshops, retreats, and faraway weddings. Without trying to be cliche, wedding photography energizes me. I look forward to Saturdays and Sundays because I know that I'll be dead the next day, but in a good way. Because I give it my ALL. I relish the 'wedding hangover'. Crazy? I dunno. I take inspiration in photography, not from other wedding photographers. While there are a lot of brilliant photographers in this field, it's also full of trends and fads. It's nothing I want to be involved in. My favourite photographers of all time include Storm Thorgerson, Max Pinckers, Alain Laboile, Richard Billingham, and Elinor Carucci (whom I've been mentored by). Next year, I hope to be mentored by David Allan Harvey, who is another idol of mine. I believe that all people are beautiful and have become a sap in my older years (I'm 38). Maybe I've always been a sap. I get super emo while photographing weddings, and not always at the parts that you might expect. I love to see families rallying around the couple, helping them, sharing tenderness and love. This is why I love to photograph the getting ready & the dance party. I feel people are at their most genuine and care-free state during those parts of the day. [Kingston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
500/hour (CAD)
Canada and Ottawa based wedding photographer Kathi Robertson.

A fashion and commercial photographer by profession, Kathi brings a unique and modern approach to wedding photography. Her fresh, original style perfectly captures the beauty of the day, the individual personality of the bride, groom and guests, and the spirit of the celebration. Her personable manner and unobtrusive shooting style puts guests at ease and helps turn the photographic experience from a chore into a joyful experience and integral element of the wedding celebration. [Ottawa Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (CAD)
Canada photographer Scott Williams, loves Ontario wedding couples.

I sometimes joke that I'm a full time stay at home dad and a part time photographer, but that's actually probably pretty accurate. My world revolves around my wife and our 4 kids. Family is everything to me and I try to show that in my wedding photography. I'm probably one of the few photographers who actually enjoys taking the family formals since I know how important those pictures will be in years to come. I wasn't the kid who got a camera at age 5 or shot for the school newspaper. But I've made up for it by studying at some of the best photography workshops in the world. And something in those workshops must have clicked since my images have won numerous awards and I've been published in magazines like Wedding Bells. [Toronto Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (CAD)
Greater Sudbury wedding photography by Phamai Techaphan of Ontario, Canada

As a young girl, I used to join my father on his hobby photography trips imaging macro shots of flowers. I have been photographing weddings now for over nine years and have had the opportunity to work with clients from all over the world. These experiences have allowed me to grow as a wedding photographer. Before starting in professional wedding photography I had a career in journalism both as a writer and photographer. This truly aided my ability to read the moment and capture the emotions involved in the scene. While I also do commercial work, sports photography and creative fashion shoots, I have a strong passion for capturing the moments and emotions of weddings. [Greater Sudbury Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2150 (CAD)
Portrait of Ottawa Wedding Reportage Photographer Colleen Johnson

Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Colleen Anne Johnson creates wedding photos that convey emotion and capture the moments between the couple and with their family and friends on the wedding day. While her focus is primarily on reportage, Colleen also supports these images with natural portraits and thoughtful images of wedding details. Her quiet and calm demeanour help put her clients at ease during their big day. She approaches each wedding with a profound respect for the cultural traditions both new and old that are a part of this special day as well as for the emotional significance the event holds not just for the couple but for all the family and guests in attendance. Colleen Anne Johnson is the lead photographer and owner of Colleen Anne Photography. She began photographing weddings professionally in 2005 and is an active member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association. Her photographs have been published in the Globe and Mail, BeerAdvocate magazine, and in Photo Life Magazine. Her wedding work has been featured on Offbeat Bride. Colleen's artwork has been exhibited at the Canada Council Art Bank; The G2 Gallery in Venice, California; the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Ottawa City Hall. Colleen studied black and white fine art photography at the Ottawa School of Art and, in 2005, she earned a Photography Diploma from Algonquin College, graduating with honours. Colleen has also earned an Honours Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Carleton University, where she studied art history and film, which continue to inform her photographic works today. [Ottawa Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2190 (CAD)
Erkin Agsaran is a wedding and elopement photographer in Turkey - Istanbul photography.

I believe that, your wedding photographs should show more than how beautiful you look at your wedding. They should remind you what you live and feel on that day. My mission on each wedding is; - to produce meaningful, evocative photographs that focus on the precious moments - to help your future self remember the true story of your wedding, and possibly tell it to your generations - to make you feel, when you look at the photographs, like you are there and then again With that mission in mind, I have been photographing weddings since 2006. I am usually the closest person to the couple through their wedding day, yet I manage to stay unobtrusive, leading them only when they require me to. Most of my couples seem to forget about my presence as the day unfolds, which yields to those unexpected, relaxed, "in-the-moment" images. Currently I live in Istanbul with my wife, and my son who, after all these years, helped me realize why I love photographing weddings; it is because I am creating images for my couples that they and their grandkids will not just love to look at, but will also find touching and meaningful, even after many years. [Istanbul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
950 (EUR)
Montreal wedding and elopement photographer Esther Gibbons - Canada

Esther Gibbons is a wedding, elopement, engagement, event and portrait photographer based in Montreal, Quebec. Her photography is natural and authentic, with a focus on documenting real moments between people. She works tirelessly and has terrific timing to catch people at their best. Her down-to-earth, friendly approach puts couples at ease and helps create natural portraits. She began shooting weddings in 2009 while studying photography at Concordia University. Since then, she has photographed weddings of all types, from intimate family getaways in the Quebec countryside to huge celebrations at Montreal’s largest wedding venues. She especially loves being able to witness each wedding day from behind-the-scenes and having privileged access to tell each couple’s story. Thanks to Montreal’s multicultural character, she is also lucky to photograph weddings from a diverse range of cultures. [Montreal Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (CAD)
Avant Garde Studio owner Adeline Leonti is a Montreal wedding photographer.

My career as a working photographer began when I was a journalist. It often occurred that I would abandon the pen in favour of the camera, in order to adequately express my need to tell stories through images. In fact, this approach led me to focus on the subject of photo reporting as I completed specialized studies in photojournalism. Avant Garde Studio came into existence as a natural result of my learning process. I love doing weddings. I love working with couples in love!!!! I actually feel very privileged to capture all those precious moments during a wedding day, while enjoying the freedom of expression and creativity that I experience through photography. [Montreal Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (CAD)
Sri Lanka elopement wedding photography by Gihan De Silva

From entrancing Hollywood stars and celestial beauty queens to awe-inspiring super cars, from the over-the-top extravagance of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to grand weddings in New York City – the photographic odyssey of Gihan De Silva has captured it all. Gihan’s odyssey which began on that fateful moment when as a young man he was enthralled by his father’s venerable Hasselblad camera has unfolded into a jet-setting lifestyle which very well could itself be the stuff of silver screen fantasy. But of course, though firmly ensconced at the starry zenith of his art, Gihan De Silva has not forgotten his roots. As the heir to Olga Studios which has a heritage of over 75 years in Sri-Lankan photography, Gihan has turned the gaze of his photography homewards with hope of imparting in the local photographic scene some of his hard-won lessons from Hollywood. In 2008, Gihan embarked on journey which – sans exaggeration – was entirely uncharted territory for a Sri-Lankan photographer – he moved to Hollywood, California. To make it in Hollywood, the centre of the entertainment universe, is for a photographer perhaps the ultimate litmus test of their abilities. This is precisely what Gihan did, and the testimony of this is to be found in the Hollywood stars and brands he has worked with. The most special day of your life deserves more from its photographs than the drab acknowledgement that you and your spouse were merely there. It deserves from them a celebration of the culmination of your love for each other through every shot and a crystallization of the joy & promise of that moment that will remain timeless. This is the promise of Gihan De Silva photography, that yours will not be just another formulaic album to prove that you had a wedding but rather that every once in a while when you open your wedding album, the memories of that day will come poignantly flooding back. To this end, Gihan – exemplifying his commitment to the utilization of new technology – has been at the vanguard of the use of both the 4D camera which lends dramatic effect to the backgrounds of pictures and a wedding album with a front page featuring a video screen to complement the still photos inside. Of course, as with all of Gihan’s work you can expect that his wedding photography too has been enriched by the cosmopolitanism of his photographic odyssey, and indeed true to form Gihan has shot weddings in locations as diverse from each other as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Texas, Florida, Sydney, Sri-Lanka & India. [Sri Lanka Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)
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)
Emma Rose began photographing weddings in 1999 in Vancouver, Canada

Emma Rose has had a life-long desire to capture the beauty in people, their surroundings and their emotions. What started as an exploration of all different types of artistic medium, including watercolour, acrylics, charcoal and pastel, turned to a more immediate capturing of people on photographic film in about 1997. Emma started photographing weddings in 1999 in Vancouver, and was immediately drawn to them as a venue for capturing people at their best and at a turning point in their lives. When she moved back to Halifax in 2002 she started what may have been the first photojournalistic wedding photography business in the city and quickly carved a niche amongst more traditional portrait photographers. When clients cried while looking at their wedding photographs, Emma knew there was something special in the way she captured weddings, and that continues to give her the energy to push the limits of creativity at each wedding. With just one photography and darkroom course under her belt and a handful of art classes, Emma is primarily self-taught in composition, technical elements and lighting with years of studying and appreciating all types of art. [Nova Scotia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4200 (CAD)

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Wedding Photographer: W. Mike Lucy

Ottawa in Ontario, Canada

Mike has been working as a documentary photographer since his university days as the University Press Photo Editor, He has had a Leica in his hand since he first discovered photography at the age of 12. Prior to shooting weddings, Mike split his...

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Megan Hannah, of Vermont, is a wedding photographer for -
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Jenny & Owen

Photo by Shayne Bampton

Thank you soooooooo much!!! For the record, I hate having my photo taken, but you made me (and all of our wedding guests) feel very comfortable. As we share photos with friends and family, the positive feedback from how FANTASTIC the images are is overwhelming. Everyone agreed that we hired a personable, professional photographer - our only regret was that you couldn't stay and party with us! Your passion for your work is obvious in the quality. I will, and have, recommend you to anyone in need of a photographer.

Jenny & Sahan

Photo by Erkin Agsaran

Back in the Netherlands now after a relaxing week at the beach. I just wanted to write a short note to say thanks for the support and low-key interaction last Sunday (particularly during the preparations and family photos!) which definitely added to my enjoyment and fun for the day! Also for the tip on holding the flowers :-)

Bride and groom kissing at their rooftop garden wedding ceremony in Montreal, Quebec - Santropol Roulant

Amy & Chris

Photo by Esther Gibbons

I just teared up watching this. The slideshow is perfect. The song, the mood... it’s all perfect. Thank you so much for everything. We adore the photo albums and all the wonderful photos. It means so much to us, and you’ll help us cherish those memories forever. Thanks again for everything. Yer the best! A gem, truly.

Lauren & Mike

Photo by Esther Gibbons

Mike and I finally got through all the pictures last night, and I can tell you that we had such a good time going over all of the happy moments (we had quite a few big laughs as well!). You did a fantastic job and we really cannot thank you enough. We were truly thrilled with the results and couldn't have asked for better people with whom to share our day.

Ruzanna & Mohammed

Photo by Erkin Agsaran

The photos are amazing, we are so happy ! Just wonderful work! Thank you so much!

Rose & Miran

Photo by Erkin Agsaran

Dear Erkin, I hope you are doing great. Thank you very much for the nice pictures. They are really amazing :-) Thank you again. We were lucky to find you as a professional photographer to take our special day pictures.