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!

Newark Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Newark, New Jersey

Newark 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 8th, 2020
Sea Horse Beach Club, Oludeniz, Fethiye, Turkey Elopement Photos | The bride walks down the aisle with her father, surrounded on either side by their guests
July 7th, 2020
Private Farm, Brazil Elopement Photography | The bride and groom, together with their brothers and family
July 6th, 2020
Palazzo Goldoni, Chioggia (Venice) Elopement Photographer | The groom is waiting for the bride at the ceremony venue

Elopement Photographers for Small New Jersey Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Newark 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 courthouse, DIY - do it yourself, city hall, 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 unique, intimate, 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 Newark Couples

2 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

New Jersey wedding and elopement photographer JD Land

Hi! I'm a wedding photographer living in Southern New Jersey and covering the greater Philadelphia area as well as all of New Jersey. I've been photographing weddings professionally since 2012. While photography has always been a passion of mine, I didn't start photographing weddings until I realized just how posey and fake most weddings were when it came to photography! I decided then that I would start photographing weddings as a storyteller and photojournalist. Capturing real moments and the true essence of the day for my couples. Things took off from there and now here I am! I am also an avid wildlife photographer. I think that wildlife and weddings are very similar to me in that you get an addictive rush when you are able to capture the perfect moment. A moment where a single photograph can tell an entire story. There is nothing else like that and I will never tire of waiting endlessly to capture those moments! [New Jersey Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3800 (USD)
New Jersey wedding photographer Todd Laffler.

My journey in photography began when I was 17 years of age. My mother showed me how to shoot, develop, and print black and white photographs in her makeshift darkroom set up in our basement. I was completely blown away by the whole process and instantly became infatuated. After high school, I went on to earn my BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. I have over 15 years' worth of experience documenting and preserving memories for my wedding couples. Along the way, I have won many awards, which I could list, but I would rather have you respond to the images I make instead of accolades from the wedding industry. After all, my biggest awards are happy clients! I strive to make meaningful, genuine, and real photographs. That could be an emotional heartfelt cry, or perhaps tears of joy, maybe a tight embracing hug, or a big ‘ole belly laugh, maybe it’s some crazy drunk dancing, or even just a kid picking her nose. I want to tell YOUR story, not my version of your story. So just let the day unfold organically and know that I will be there to capture it all as it happens; imperfectly perfect. Besides, the reality is far more interesting than anything I could construct. This is what it’s all about for me, keeping it real. [New Jersey Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3800 (USD)
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Clean background in this photo of the bride walking into her mountain ceremony.
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Bride and Groom exit the ceremony happily holding hands outside The Farm at Eagles Ridge, Lancaster PA

Shannon and James

Photo by Todd Laffler

My cousin said to me, “Whatever you paid your photographer, double it.” Others told us that they were the best wedding pictures they’d ever seen. We received our full gallery a month after the wedding, which was crazy fast. We couldn’t be happier!!