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!

Summit County Wedding Photographers

Find Your Summit County Wedding Photographer

Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne, Copper Mountain, Keystone

Summit County Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Summit County 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 Summit County 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
October 25th, 2021
Lake Overlook Wedding Ceremony Image of a beautiful blue sky dominating the landscape
October 21st, 2021
Adventure Wedding Photography showing they married on the dock at the Lake after hiking
October 18th, 2021
Wedding Ceremony Photo at ship Harbor of clear bubble umbrella to shield bride and groom from the rain

Elopement Photographers for Small Summit County Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Summit County 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.

Colorado WPJA members are ready to document any adventure, DIY - do it yourself, secret, 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 casual, outdoor, modern, 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 Summit County Couples

7 Summit County Wedding Photographers...

Colorado Wedding Photographer Trent Gillespie

Trent Gillespie

Silverthorne in Colorado, US *Now booking Summit County weddings.
5200 (USD)
Colorado wedding photography and intimate elopements by Stacy Gillespie

Stacy Gillespie

Silverthorne in Colorado, US *Now booking Summit County weddings.
4800 (USD)
Wedding, engagement and elopement images by Mark Creery of Colorado

Mark Creery

Fort Collins in Colorado, US *Now booking Summit County weddings.
3000 (USD)
Brenda Bergreen: Colorado Adventure Wedding and Elopement Photographer

Brenda Bergreen

Evergreen in Colorado, US *Now booking Summit County weddings.
5000 (USD)
Adventure weddings, couple engagement shoots, and elopement photography by Jesse La Plante

Jesse La Plante

Boulder in Colorado, US *Now booking Summit County weddings.
5800 (USD)
Engagement photoshoots + wedding and elopement photography by Shea McGrath

Shea McGrath

Denver in Colorado, US *Now booking Summit County weddings.
3500 (USD)
Colorado wedding photography and elopements by Nina Larsen Reed

Nina Larsen Reed

Boulder in Colorado, US *Now booking Summit County weddings.
2500 (USD)

Summit County Wedding Elopement Picture Stories

View WedElope Image Galleries by Summit County Wedding Photographers from Small Events and Intimate Elopements.

Wedding Venue Pictures by Summit County Wedding Photographers

Please select a venue below to view all associated contest-winning Summit County wedding photos.

Summit County Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can couples find reviews of Summit County 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 Summit County wedding photographers for their own wedding.
Q: How can couples find Summit County photographers for pre-wedding engagement portraits?
A: The WPJA issues Diamond Awards for Summit County wedding photographers to showcase their best engagement photography work. These awards are given to photographers who prove that they have an ability to be creative, artistic, and intuitive while working on-location with couples who are newly engaged.
Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my Summit County wedding day?
A: While wedding photojournalists strive to capture candid moments on the wedding day, our photographers also are skilled artists who can compose powerful portraits. If you have a specific vision of what types of images you want from your wedding day, look at the top-ranked Summit County wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
WPJA Communiqué: Featured Wedding Photography Articles
Not everyone has a lagoon or glacier next door, but there's no rule saying you can't have a small wedding in the great outdoors. Take advantage of natural sunshine and that open, airy feeling and give your guests some room to breathe! LESS IS MORE Instead of hemming your guests in on all sides, give them some elbow room, and legroom, too. There's no need to induce claustrophobia when you've got a wide, open space. Let your guests take in the view, especially if you've got a spectacular one. You...Read more
While some of us were fortunate enough to be born as extroverts, not everyone feels the same way. For a good chunk of the population, any number of the typical wedding day traditions can inspire anxiety and existential dread. This day is all about you, yes, but does that mean all the attention has to be on you as well? FROM VOWS TO CHITCHAT, WHICH REMAINS SACRED? Traditional weddings often require some degree of performance on the part of the couple, whether that is in the form of reciting...Read more
Traditionally speaking, often times it is the couple’s families who help pay for their wedding. However, unfortunately that’s just not possible for everyone, especially these days when the cost of weddings can quickly and easily get out of control. Some couples find themselves in the position of paying for all of their own wedding expenses, which can be quite the financial burden to take on, and about 40% of Millennials end up in this boat. So, how can you stick to your allotted...Read more

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND Summit County WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Fortunata Winery Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer

Aekta & John

Photo by Jesse La Plante

We can’t thank you enough for everything. Y’all were/are the BEST! From keeping me company while gettind ressed to the amazing photographs at the wedding, you truly gave us some amazing photographs that really capture our style. Apologies for basically running down the aisle! We’ll never forget the water balloons either! So excited to get the chance to work with you again, and it doesn’t hurt that you’re pretty awesome people. See you in January!

Spruce Mountain Ranch, Larkspur, CO bride and groom recessing from wedding ceremony

Nerisse & Rob

Photo by Jesse La Plante

Thank you so much for contributing to our wedding day. Our phone calls and emails gave us confidence that you will capture moments with our family and friends that we will cherish forever. Your website and unique portfolio are what drew us to you – it sets you apart from others so we are really excited to see our day through your lens/eye. Thank you for capturing our day for us to remember.

Happy, smiling bride and groom during their outdoor wedding ceremony at the Shupe Homestead | Boulder Wedding Photographer

Kristin & Grant

Photo by Jesse La Plante

WOOOOOOOO WWWWWWWwW. This is basically the highest form of verbal praise we can give, when we are so blown away by things, we add at least 7 o’s and at least the same number of whatever consonant letter follows the vowel. This is because the pictures leave us so incredibly speechless that all we keep saying is “this is amazing” “no, THIS is amazing.” Which dilutes the power of the amazing which is not at all fair. You guys must be photography ninjas because after the family photos, you were so stealthy I had no idea of your whereabouts, but clearly you were hiding in the best places to capture all these great memories!!!! I am so so happy with these sneak peek photos! Thank you for the gift of your craft. We are so happy you were there on our special day capturing all of these moments in such unique and beautiful form.