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!

South Africa Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of South Africa, Africa

Gauteng, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Germiston-Ekurhuleni, Pretoria, Nelspruit-Ehlanzeni, Rustenburg, Port Elizabeth

South Africa Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our 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 Africa Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small South Africa 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 quick, city hall, 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 symbolic, non-traditional, romantic, 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 South Africa Couples

3 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Cape Town wedding photography by Christelle Rall of Western Cape South Africa

Christelle has been shooting weddings and elopements for more than a decade and covered 600+ weddings as the main shooter. Her style is creative, unique and innovative. Her images portray unscripted emotions that shows the wedding day as it happens with all the in-between moments and memories. She studied Broadcasting Media and graduated with an Honours degree, but the start of 2006 saw her interest in photography taking a new turn through her involvement in Film, TV and Video production. The transition to full-time professional photography was made in 2011 and she has never looked back since. As a leading Western Cape Wedding Photographer, she has covered weddings in all areas across the region in the most beautiful and diverse settings. Christelle remains humble and believes that one is 'just as good as your last job'. Her objective is always to provide her clients with powerful, creative and storytelling images - beautiful photos with the clients' personalities and emotions shining through. She also focuses on creative portraits that show the client's personalities as well as their unique love and location. [Cape Town Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (ZAR)
Lindy Leeming of South Africa is a wedding photographer

Having left the corporate world when my daughter was born, I made a radical career shift into the world of photography and studied full-time during 2008 at The National College of Photography in Johannesburg. We were taught to shoot everything on film, however, none of our course modules covered wedding photography. During the year, however, I was totally blown away by a talk given to our class by a multi-award winning highly acclaimed mainstream photojournalist. I took immense inspiration from his open enthusiasm about his work, and, it was for this reason that I decided to base my end-of-year portfolio on a photojournalistic insight into the state of townships in and around Johannesburg as well as its impact on the lives and characters of its people. This entailed visiting 3 different townships and unobtrusively capturing their inhabitants going about their everyday lives. It was by no means easy, however, I was awarded a distinction for this work. Photojournalistic wedding photography was thus an obvious career progression for me, and the following year I ventured into that field. I am now a professional Johannesburg wedding photographer, working in and around Gauteng. My style is best described as photojournalistic or documentary and I believe that some of the most expressive photographs are those which are captured in the moment – natural and unposed. By making use of beautiful lighting in both an illustrative and creative manner, and combining that with my natural story-telling approach, I will ensure that your wedding photos reflect you at your most spontaneous and relaxed – as you should be on your wedding day! I am unobtrusive in my technique and I record the events as they unfold, capturing emotions, reactions and real moments with as little direction as possible. I have had numerous weddings featured in magazines and on blogs [Gauteng Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
15000 (ZAR)
WPJA Communiqué: Features
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Buitenver Wachting outdoor wedding image in the afternoon sun with a dog walking past the altar by the bride and groom

Dyllan & Michelle

Photo by Christelle Rall

Christelle, one of my bridesmaids who is a wedding planner in London said she'd never seen wedding photographs as lovely as the one's you took. Here's what she wrote me in an email: “I think they really captured the feel of the wedding and the venue and you guys as a couple! I'm sure you must be really happy with them because every one I saw looked like it should go in a frame on a mantelpiece!! It must be so hard to look through them and choose because they really were all unbelievable! Save her contacts for my wedding please!” I'm definitely going to recommend you guys to anyone I know who's planning a wedding!

colnera south africa wedding celebration image of the bride and groom under thrown rice

Pieter & Jeanine

Photo by Christelle Rall

Christelle, these photos are stunning! Thank you so, so much! We are so proud of them and can really show it to all our friends with pride! You really provided us with professional & creative service. Feeling at ease in front of the camera although I hate having my photo taken - it was no problem, I felt completely at ease and even had fun!! Thank you so much for the awesome pictures and just for being awesome yourself! Again, we just want to thank you for the incredibly stunning photos and for all the trouble and extra’s you did for us. We really appreciate it sincerely.

New Zealand black and white wedding ceremony celebration image of thrown flower petals over the bride and groom

Kevin & Lindsay

Photo by Christelle Rall

Thank you for your calming, well prepared and creative approach to our wedding. I greatly appreciate that you made an effort to meet with us beforehand and to deliver exactly what we wanted – natural, beautiful and creative photos! I want to say a huge thank you again! We are just getting so much wonderful feedback when we show people our pics here in New Zealand...thank you again for making our special day magical! - Thank you!

By Grace Alone, South Africa wedding photography showing the bride and groom exiting under a shower of flower petals

Arno & Nadia

Photo by Christelle Rall

Christelle, you captured our "Fairytale" wedding so perfectly! Each and every photo holds wonderful memories, and this is all thanks to you! We can look at our wedding pics with great pride! We also want to thank you for your professionalism and friendliness on our wedding day, our guests noticed it and we were immensely proud to have had you as part of our most special day! I’m still getting wonderful compliments and it makes my heart bubble with pride and joy all over again! We could not have asked for a better photographer! Our album is fantastic, and we will definitely recommend you with the greatest confidence. Again… thank you so much!