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. 

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United States Wedding Photographers

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United States Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our United States 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 United States 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
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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 United States Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small United States 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.

North America WPJA members are ready to document any themed, pop-up, 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 casual, romantic, 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 United States Couples

273 United States Wedding Photographers...

Elopements by Top Wedding Photographer Justin Edmonds
4300 (USD)
Adventure weddings, couple engagement shoots, and elopement photography by Jesse La Plante
5500 (USD)
2300 (USD)
Cindy Brown Photography
2700 (USD)
CA Engagemen, Wedding and Elopement Photography by Tyler Vu
4000 (USD)
Northern California wedding photography by Drew Bird - Creative Storytelling
3500 (USD)
Engagement, wedding and elopement photography by Jean-Baptiste Chauvin

Jean-Baptiste Chauvin

Versailles, FR *Now booking United States weddings.
1800 (EUR)
Wedding and elopement photography by Will Tee - SW Wedding Photo Studio

Will Tee

Taipei City, TW *Now booking United States weddings.
2000 (USD)
Isabelle Bazin Wedding and Elopement Photographer - isasouri photo

Isabelle Bazin

Goutz, FR *Now booking United States weddings.
1770 (EUR)
Freek Nagtzaam is a wedding photographer going by the studio name of Platimo Photography

Freek Nagtzaam

's-Hertogenbosch in Noord Brabant, NL *Now booking United States weddings.
1495 (EUR)
Franck Petit

Franck Petit

Serignac sur Garonne, FR *Now booking United States weddings.
1900 (EUR)
Lifestyle portrait of Paolo Blocar, Wedding and Elopement Photographer of Aria di Foto

Paolo Blocar

Trieste in Trieste, IT *Now booking United States weddings.
1700 (EUR)
Elopement wedding photography by Simon Leclercq

Simon Leclercq

Leuven in Vlaams Brabant, BE *Now booking United States weddings.
1750 (EUR)
Weddings, engagement portraits and elopement photography by Nikhol Esteras

Nikhol Esteras

Oaxaca de Juárez in Oaxaca, MX *Now booking United States weddings.
3000 (USD)
Wedding Photography by Simona Cancelli

Simona Cancelli

Siracusa in Siracusa, IT *Now booking United States weddings.
1500 (EUR)
Wedding and elopement photographer Juan Carlos Calderon, of Car & Mel Photography

Juan Carlos Calderon

Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, MX *Now booking United States weddings.
4000 (USD)

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2 more photographers available for your wedding...

3000 US Dollar

Eyenoticed Abby & Adam Photo: Adam Boole

St. Louis Park in Minnesota, United States

Wedding Venue Pictures by United States Wedding Photographers

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United States Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I find a photographer for a short-notice, small United States 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 United States wedding day by.
Q: How can couples find reviews of United States 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 United States wedding photographers for their own wedding.
Q: How can couples find top-ranked United States wedding photographers?
A: The WPJA created the original wedding photographer ranking systems. Our innovative system is based on contest winning points, meaning that the United States photographers you see at the top of your search results page have recently won the most — and the most recent — contest awards. Our contests judge photographers based on their creativity, style, composure, and ability to capture the heart of any couple's story on their wedding day.
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND United States WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Sarah + Stephen

Photo by Drew Bird

Hey Drew - We went through all the pics last night and I just wanted to tell you again how awesome they are! You really captured some amazing moments and we're forever grateful! I was 3/4 through them and crying lol. It's as if we were replaying a story of the day. SO AMAZING! THANK YOU!!! We've shared the link with some of our guests and they are all raving about them as well! A thousand thanks, Sarah and Stephen

Sarah & Charles

Photo by Will Nunnally

We met with other photographers about a year ago, but they were either too aggressive or too passive and all fairly cliche. Not so with you. It's true that when we met you, we appreciated your laid-back vibe and promise that you wouldn't ask Sarah to stare plaintively out a window. But we didn't know you were masterful until we saw our engagement photos. We love the candidness and joy, even silliness, and the art. The shot of us standing in the Logan Square train vestibule, our illuminated backs to the lens, slightly elevated, with our reflection catching the opposite Plexiglas wall, behind which a sea of blues and purples bathe us is still Charles' desktop background. Your reconnaissance and eye for perfect light combined with your ease in assembling children and adults, we're sure, proved the right balance to allow us to enjoy the celebration while documenting it for perpetuity. Thank you for visiting parks weeks beforehand and getting in the mix - whether in a hot glass-blowing studio or nearly crushed in the center of the Hora - the day of. You're a trooper.

Emily & Moti

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Edward, I can't say enough about you. you are so passionate and, frankly, just incredibly talented. Every moment of my big day was captured beautifully. Not only did you do wonders in my dark wedding venue, but has an uncanny ability to capture every precious moment in breathtaking ways. You are incredibly easy to work with, and boy does you deliver! From your promptness and flexibility to your work ethic and incredible ability to capture every moment, I would highly recommend you to anyone looking for BEAUTIFUL photo's from their wedding day. As a woman, it is hard to find someone who's photo's will flatter. I love every one, and I mean every single one, from you!