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!

Orange County Wedding Photographers

Find Your Orange County Wedding Photographer

Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Garden Grove, Orange, Costa Mesa, Buena Park, Yorba Linda, San Clemente, Laguna Hills, SoCal

Orange County Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Orange 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 Orange 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
December 3rd, 2021
Pub Street Photography of bride and groom | seated at a table on the streets having a pint
November 29th, 2021
Lake wedding photographer | Bridal portrait in the rugged terrain of the mountains
November 22nd, 2021
Maceio, Alagoas BW church wedding photography | the bride walks triumphantly into the cathedral

Elopement Photographers for Small Orange County Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Orange 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.

California - Southern WPJA members are ready to document any small, 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, casual, symbolic, 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 Orange County Couples

5 Orange County Wedding Photographers...

Southern California and Orange County wedding photography by Leo Do of Capture the Moment Studio

Leo Do

Fullerton in California, US *Now booking Orange County weddings.
2500 (USD)
California wedding photography by Brett Butterstein

Brett Butterstein

Encinitas in California, US *Now booking Orange County weddings.
3500 (USD)
Elopement and wedding photography by Kate Hampson

Kate Hampson

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking Orange County weddings.
4000 (USD)
Engagement Photo Shoots and wedding photography by Darren Hendry

Darren Hendry

Pasadena in California, US *Now booking Orange County weddings.
2500 (USD)
Southern California wedding photography and engagement portraits by Attila Iuhasz

Attila Iuhasz

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking Orange County weddings.
2400 (USD)

Orange County Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my Orange 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 Orange County wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
Q: How can couples find top-ranked Orange County wedding photographers?
A: The WPJA created the original wedding photographer ranking systems. Our innovative system is based on contest winning points, meaning that the Orange County 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: Who are the best Orange County wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top Orange County 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
Clean background in this photo of the bride walking into her mountain ceremony.
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
It’s no secret that these are strange times we’re going through right now, and there are many couples out there with weddings set in the near future who are left feeling uncertain and concerned about their futures. While that’s understandable, it’s also important to remember the reason you’re getting married in the first place; not for the grand celebration, but because you love each other and want to be together. REMEMBER WHAT'S IMPORTANT You’re in this position now, about to get married, for...Read more
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Everyone always says that your wedding day is all about you. But let’s face it; that’s not always actually the case. Many couples stress over guest lists, planning, expenses, and all the frills and traditions of your standard large wedding that they may or may not even be interested in. Fortunately, though, the concept of small weddings is becoming increasingly popular for couples who either want to be able to completely customize their day where and when they want with the option...Read more

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND Orange County WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Sorrento wedding image of the ceremony kiss in Italy

Katy & Steve

Photo by Kate Hampson

Darling Kate, Your warm personality and comforting smiley face put me at ease straight away. You oozed confidence and were very supportive in what results we were looking to achieve. Your totally chilled attitude relieved any anxieties that I had. As this was the only time I needed a photographer, I didn't know what to expect. I wondered what you would look out for on the day and how you would know to capture all those important, natural photos. For your own wedding, you want it to be perfect and for your photos to tell a story. You had planned sunset photos and surprised us with locations that you had researched that we had never thought of. You just knew exactly where to be to capture all those special moments. You made us feel completely relaxed and I hardly knew you were there. When the photos came though, we were completely blown away with the level of detail and how natural the photos were. You had even taken the time to capture photos of Italian life in the town of Sorrento which was a lovely surprise and added to our already wonderful memories. You are the most likeable, warm, funny and cool person I'll ever meet and you brighten up any room! The little tips you gave us on our wedding day for the best looks have stayed with me. The wedding photos told a beautiful story of the day from start to finish and this is something that will stay with us forever.

Irvine wedding reception venue photography from a California marriage event

Kiran & David

Photo by Kate Hampson

Kate, My now husband David and I talked to several wedding photographers before enthusiastically choosing you. We were immediately moved by your infectious love for weddings and wedding photography; no nonsense attitude to talking about all things wedding-related (there is no pretense about you whatsoever); and, your proven track record of absolutely gorgeous wedding photography that reflects a commitment to moving away from the staged stock photo-style of wedding photography reminiscent of a different era. Ultimately, however, you drew us in with your down to earth personality; we knew we’d be gaining a friend a teammate in this crazy process in addition to a photographer. And, let’s face it, from one fellow Brit to another, your British heritage did not hurt either! ;-) I was surprised by how much we needed you at the wedding. We had the privilege of working with you ahead of the wedding with some engagement photos (which I highly recommend), and we definitely got to know each other then. As a result, I was so happy to see you again at the wedding, and was reassured by the quality of the engagement photos that you’d do an excellent job again at the wedding. What I didn’t realize was how much my family and friends would also love you! And you captured photos that are just so magical…I don’t think we could have asked for more, and that was surprising!