Chicago Wedding Photographers

Chicago Wedding Photographers

Find Chicago photographers serving: Cook County, Chicagoland, Lake Michigan, Great Lakes, Mississippi River, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Grundy, Will, Kankakee, Porter, Cook, Chicagoland and all Chicago Suburbs

Chicago Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Chicago 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 couples have recently discovered that less is more when it comes to wedding planning in Chicago, and those small weddings allow them to truly enjoy every aspect of their day. While they may be planning a sweet and simple Chicago elopement, couples still want to have their wedding day documented.

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

Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards

Chicago Photographers for Large or Small Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Chicago 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.

Illinois WPJA members are ready to document any mini, 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.

23 Chicago Wedding Photographers...

Chicago elopement and wedding photography by Jason Thomas of Illinois

Jason Thomas

Homewood in Illinois, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
2200 (USD)
Chicago, Chicagoland and IL Suburb wedding and elopement photography by Rue Pattison

Rue Pattison

Mokena in Illinois, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3900 (USD)
Weddings, engagements and elopement photography by Kevin Kienitz

Kevin Kienitz

Aurora in Illinois, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3000 (USD)
Wedding and Elopement Photographer Rosina DiBello

Rosina DiBello

Deerfield Beach in Florida, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3500 (USD)
Wedding photography and elopements by Ray Iavasile of Michigan

Ray Iavasile

Birmingham in Michigan, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3000 (USD)
Wedding photography of real moments by Leah Moyers

Leah Moyers

Sevierville in Tennessee, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
450/hour (USD)
Documentary wedding photography by Taber Hespe

Taber Hespe

West Bend in Wisconsin, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3000 (USD)
Laura Alpizar - Wedding Photographer

Laura Alpizar

Richfield in Minnesota, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3200 (USD)

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving Chicago Couples

Chicago Wedding Elopement Photography - WedElope

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

Chicago Wedding, Elopement and Engagement Images by WPJA Photographers

Below are some Chicago wedding photography samples from the world’s best wedding photographers of the WPJA. Some of these Chicago marriage pictures might be artistic portraits, details, or documentary-style images that have come from getting ready sessions, wedding ceremonies, reception venues, or Chicago engagement portrait sessions with couples.

Chicago romantic engagement session under a bridge with a couple taking a break from a walk
Chicago couple posing for an engagement announcement shot at North Avenue Beach as they watch the sunset while walking the pier
Chicago River Walk engagement announcement couple photo session under the bridge by the water
Downtown Chicago engagement photography portfolio image with an Illinois couple walking along the river walk in downtown
Chicago romantic engagement session at the Wrigley Building with a couple laughing below the city buildings
Chicago romantic engagement session at North Avenue Beach with a Couple kissing while holding their dog by the water
North Avenue Beach engagement photography portfolio image with a Chicago couple looking at each other with the sunset behind them
Chicago announcement of a Belmont Harbor engagement shoot at a park with a Couple cuddling under a tree

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can couples find top-ranked Chicago wedding photographers?
A: The WPJA created the original wedding photographer ranking systems. Our innovative system is based on contest winning points, meaning that the Chicago 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.
Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my Chicago 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 Chicago wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
Q: Who are the best Chicago wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top Chicago 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.
WPJA Communiqué: Featured Wedding Photography Articles
Jola Mulder, of Overijssel, is a wedding photographer for
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND Chicago WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Jennifer & Steve

Photo by Noelle Adams

I finally saw the video today and, I have to admit, I cried my eyes out when I finally watched it at home! You captured the day so perfectly, and everyone looks so happy. I completely re-lived the day (and have watched it several times) and cannot tell you how delighted I am with the final product. I can't wait to see all of the other photo files. You are AMAZING!!!!

Laurie & Darryl

Photo by Noelle Adams

OMGEEEE In love. I could not be happier. Seriously you did the most amazing job. And this is just the video. I can not wait to see the rest. Thank you so much for being apart of my special day. We went to St. Lucia and had an amazing time. I miss the island already :-( And yes, Darryl is such a character!! lol and it must be show in his outfits lol!’

Alexis & Pat

Photo by Steve Koo

You were the best wedding vendor decision we made! You were always prompt, responsive to my suggestions and questions, and I never worried that he would fail to catch a critical moment. I have received countless compliments on our wedding and engagement photos. I wouldn't hesitate to use you in the future or recommend you to anyone in need of a photographer.,