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!

Jersey City Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Jersey City, New Jersey

Jersey City Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our United States 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 6th, 2020
Palazzo Goldoni, Chioggia (Venice) Elopement Photographer | The groom is waiting for the bride at the ceremony venue
July 6th, 2020
Ribaritsa, Bulgaria Elopement Photographer | the ceremony took place on a green lawn and surrounded by trees
July 3rd, 2020
Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland Elopement Photographer | The bride and groom listen to the words of their celebrant

Elopement Photographers for Small New Jersey Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Jersey City 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 pop-up, 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 boutique, modern, outdoor, 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 Jersey City Couples

4 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Through his photography, Jorge Garcia has been capturing wedding day and elopement memories in NJ for years

Jorge Garcia Photography has been capturing wedding day and elopement memories for over 9 years. His assignments have taken him from local venues to cross country events. His approach to each and every wedding is fun and relaxed, yet still professional which results in candid and natural looking photos. He has been published in magazines such as The Knot, Bride's NJ and Martha Stewart Weddings. I would love for yours to be next! [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1800 (USD)
Yuliya Skya works for brides in and around New York - City photographing weddings

Simplicity. Beauty. Contours of passion. Reality of Love. I embrace the art of photography - of freezing what is meant to pass in a millisecond. As a wedding and a fine art photographer I have received such compliments as AGWPJA's top 10 awards and the Harnisch Family Journalism scholarship in the recent years. I feel honored to have been able to witness and capture the unique wedding traditions across the United States and around the world, in locales ranging from the bright elegance of Florida and wondrous beauty of Yosemite, to Russia's crisp architecture and organic beauty of the Greek isles. Originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, where my intrinsic connection to the arts was born, I came to New York to study journalism and photography. I have had the privilege of being a documentarian at diverse venues ranging from the beautiful Plaza Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, the Rainbow Room, the lovely Pierre Hotel, to the city's avant-garde gems like the Galapagous Art Space and the New Museum on the Bowery. My fine art and photojournalistic work has been exhibited at New York's Cielo, and has been published on Grace Ormonde's website, the Knot, Manhattan Bride, the Bride, and the New York Times' wedding section. From as early as I can remember I absorbed energies around me and when I would see someone happy or sad I automatically reflected the feeling in some way. The mechanism became ingrained in my photography and ultimately became the reason for me loving the craft- being able to evoke the truth of the moment and reflect the innate, uninhibited emotions of my subjects. Be it the intimate celebration in a garden of a home where one grew up as a child or the baroque fireworks of the grand ceremonies and intricate traditions, it is infinitely inspiring to me to see how unique each person is, and I greatly value the opportunity to be part of the bride and groom's celebration and the opportunity to create great memories. Yuliya Skya Cosmopolitan Photo and Films [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (USD)
Michelle Varela of New York, is a photographer focused on weddings.

Michelle Varela is a New York based photographer with a main focus on weddings. Her work displays a spectrum ranging from documentary to intimate, stylized portraiture. Her interest in photography began at the age of 16 when she was in high school and since then she has been in love with the image making process. She attended School of Visual Arts and International Center of photography in New York City. Through this medium, she aims to grasp the fleeting anxieties, palpable passions, and nuanced intimacy that make a bride and groom remember their wedding for years to come. She makes sure they get an opportunity to re-live that visceral connection with each other and their loved ones every time they pick up their album. She gives the couple the glamour and elegance they expect, layering on the emotions that they indubitably get lost in during the event. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (USD)
New York City wedding photographer Steve Worth

Modern style, documentary wedding photography by Steve and Kira, a husband and wife duo. Capturing candid moments of your day with superior quality photography, and an artistic eye. NYC based husband-wife photojournalists. Specializing in Weddings. Also, Events, Commercial Assignments, Sports, and Portraits. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1950 (USD)

Wedding Venues from Jersey City

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WPJA Communiqué: Features
Lauren Lindley, of California, is a wedding photographer for -
While some people live for the hustle and bustle of a big wedding with extravagant décor and an impossibly long guest list, others find these kinds of weddings to be too much hoopla, preferring instead something simpler and quieter, allowing for more intimacy between them and their fiancés on this special day. So how do you infuse your wedding with all the romance but none of the fuss? ALONE AT LAST Many couples these days are opting to elope rather than planning a large wedding. For the no-...Read more
Jola Mulder, of Overijssel, is a wedding photographer for
Oftentimes when people are considering a venue for their weddings, they search for a location away from home, whether that be ten minutes or ten hours, all just to find what they already have: a place that holds meaning for them, that feels comfortable, or that they find special and memorable. But what could hold more memory, meaning, and importance than your own home? For those looking for that perfect venue, it may not be any further than beyond your threshold.Read more
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
David Clumpner, of Montana, is a wedding photographer for
We all know that the economy can go through some hard times, and be somewhat reminiscent of past recessions. However, as people cut back on non-essential little luxuries here and there, one constant remains: weddings. People don’t tend to just stop getting married due to a poor economy, nor should they! So, in an industry that keeps on going through thick and thin, what are some things to expect for the future, and what is really necessary to still make that wedding day memorable and...Read more
Shaunte Dittmar, of California, is a wedding photographer for Sierra at Tahoe
Some couples, as they begin planning for their weddings, might think that they are limited to the classic locations: churches, gardens, beaches, or even Las Vegas. But in doing so they’re missing out on a multitude of unique options that might suit their personalities much better! Why limit yourself to a quiet, quaint ceremony when your adventurous heart may be calling out for something more? An entirely different genre of wedding, so to speak, is the adventure wedding elopement. This concept...Read more
Steven Herrschaft, of Hessen, is a wedding photographer for -
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

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Marina & Arseniy

Photo by Yuliya Skya

Yuliya you are not only a visionary but one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Out of all the vendors we worked with you were the most reliable and responsive. I completely trusted your work as soon as I saw your portfolio, and you didn't disappoint. We still have people complimenting us on our engagement and wedding photos and I always tell them it was thanks to Yuliya. You are daring and have a great eye for color, beauty and amazing action shots. You have a great photojournalist style, but you are also able to take more traditional photos if the wedding party asks for them. You and your partner Michelle were great to work with during our special day. Marina & Senya

Regis & David

Photo by Yuliya Skya

Yuliya, Thank you for the beautiful photos. You gave us the most memorable treasure - beautiful shots of our special moments with our friends and family. We will always look back to those wonderful pictures to re-live how it all started. Thank you so much for this great work. Regis & David