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!

Wisconsin Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Wisconsin, United States

Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine, Appleton

Wisconsin Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our North America 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
August 7th, 2020
Glorietta Restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming Elopement Venue Image | The bride's parents had just given a toast to the couple
August 6th, 2020
Club Horizont, Varna, Bulgaria Elopement Portrait Session | The bride and groom share some private time together before leaving to celebrate with their guests
August 6th, 2020
Storica Hostaria Baracca, Trebaseleghe, Padua, Italy Elopement Photo | The bride, dressed in a sleek gown, makes her entrance with her father

Elopement Photographers for Small United States Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Wisconsin 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 themed, justice of the peace, quick, 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, non-traditional, religious, 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 Wisconsin Couples

10 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

My experience with photography starts with a six-year-old boy holding up lights for his dad at a party. When we arrive home, my dad gives me his state-of-the-art Hasseblad camera's detachable back and teaches me to rewind the film. For me it was all fun, but what I didn't realize is that with my father's instructions, he was preparing me for my own future profession. I went to photography school at Focus in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the age of 16. And now, thousands of weddings, events, studio shots, aerial photos, and family photos later, this is still what I do and what I love. Ueda (pronounced "WAY-da") is the name my father chose to be his when he started his business as a Japanese man in Brazil over 50 years ago, and I am carrying it on now as a Brazilian man in the United States. My style is wedding photojournalism. I enjoy the art of photography which lies in capturing the perfect moment when something beautiful is expressed: an emotion, a relationship, an idea. Romulo Ueda [Madison Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)
Madison wedding photography by Ilana Bar-av of Wisconsin

My dad was a photographer and my oldest brother is a photographer based out of Baltimore. They both tried to talk me out of shooting weddings because they thought it would be too stressful… …They were wrong. This is my 6th full-time year as a wedding photographer and I think it’s the best job I could possibly have. I love it. That’s something I’ll never take for granted. It is my goal to give you photos that bring joy to you and the people who mean the world to you. [Madison Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4800 (USD)

Ruthie’s roots are in photojournalism and art. She received a scholarship to attend Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, where she majored in photography and minored in drawing. She interned at the Irish Times Newspaper in Dublin, Ireland. Upon graduation, she launched her photography business and in 2006, was hired as a Staff Photographer by Sun-Times Media. There she worked for almost 7 years covering memorable events such as the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2008 Olympic Trials for Track and Field in Eugene, Oregon, and Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field. During her tenure at Sun-Times Media, she earned 18 State and National Photojournalism awards. In the summer of 2012, Ruthie and her husband welcomed their first child, and she made the decision to give up her staff position to focus on her business and her new role as Mom. Ruthie and her husband now have two young sons and a huge cat. They try to live simply and enjoy outdoor recreation, live music, a good glass of wine and travel. In 2017, Ruthie and her family relocated from the Chicago area to Madison, WI. Before a long day of photography Ruthie's pre-game ritual includes 8+ hours of sleep, a burger, a playlist of Hall & Oates, and an iced white chocolate mocha. On assignment, Ruthie is usually doing whatever is necessary to get the best possible photo, whether it be sloshing through a ditch, balancing on the roof of a skyscraper, flying in a blimp or standing in a bathtub. She loves EVERY minute of it. Ruthie's goal is to go above and beyond for her clients while also capturing as much personality, life and storytelling in her images as possible. [Madison Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3250 (USD)
Chicago Wedding and Elopement Photographer Allison Williams, of Illinois

Chicago-based photographer Allison Williams specializes in modern, documentary wedding photography. Allison worked as a staff photojournalist for Sun-Times Media before starting her own company in 2010. She continues to photograph news and events and uses the same approach for weddings as she does in her newspaper and magazine work. Allison’s style comes out of a unique background–a mix of fine art, documentary, and journalistic photography define her particular approach. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3300 (USD)

Since 1999, I have been a professional photographer serving in Minneapolis, MN, Seattle, WA and international destinations. While weddings are my first love, I also apply my style to portraits, promotional images, live music, commercial and editorial work for a number of clients and publications. I regularly travel for weddings, and have been commissioned to photograph weddings all over the world. Over the past 18 years, I have photographed over 600 weddings, from as few as 6 guests in Seattle to 600 in Seoul. My work has been featured in ad campaigns for Amazon.com and Sony Ericsson mobile phones, album cover art for musicians: Pete Droge, Downpilot, Fauna, February, Kim Field and The Mighty Titans of Tone, Rachel Harrington, Sugartown, Brother Sun Sister Moon, Visqueen, Truckstop Souvenir, Declining Winter, Memory Drawings, and Broadcast Oblivion. My images and quotes have been printed in local and national magazines, including Minnesota Monthly, Rolling Stone (Germany), Fuji Love Magazine, Fuji X Passion Magazine, Olympus Passion Magazine, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Times, Seattle Sound, Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, Photo District News (PDN), MSNBC.com, ROCKRGRL, The Big Takeover, Three Imaginary Girls, Washington Free Press, Local Planet, Seattle Police Annual Report, Seattle Police Foundation Calendar, Lutheran Brotherhood "Leader" Magazine, Women's Health Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Seattle Bride, Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom, The Knot, Conde Nast's Brides Magazine, Wedding Pages Magazine, Wedding Expo, Herban Feast's wedding brochure and Banquet & Event's promotional literature and billboards. My images have been used in websites for the Arc School of Ballet in Seattle, Seattle Police Foundation, Daniel Boen Law Office, Bel Canto audiophile stereo equipment and Jai Healing chiropractic office. I have been interviewed in Martha Stewart Weddings, Seattle Bride, Minnesota Bride, Junebug Weddings, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, InMyBag.net, ShutterStock, Photography Live and Uncut with Paul Griffiths, X100C, Photo Business XPosed, Fuji MIrrorlessPro, Fuji X Passion Magazine, Olympus Passion Magazine and MirrorLessons. Every Wednesday I do a podcast called Outerfocus with UK photographer Ian Weldon about the history of photography. Each week we discuss a photographer in history while interviewing a current photographer about his/her work. You can find Outerfocus podcast on iTunes. [St. Paul Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)
Chicago Wedding Photographer Travis Haughton for Illinois

Travis began shooting weddings while working as a newspaper photojournalist in the Chicago suburbs. Travis continues to shoot news and sports throughout the Chicago area. He currently lives in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood with his wife and their terrier pup, Bella. His work has been recognized by the Michigan and Illinois Press Photographers Associations and the Associated Collegiate Press. He was named 2005 College Photographer of the Year by the MPPA. His photos have appeared in major publications throughout the Midwest, including the Chicago Sun-Times, the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Detroit Free Press. Travis is a graduate of Michigan State University and still points to the back of his hand to show people where he grew up. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3900 (USD)

When I’m not photographing weddings, you are most likely to find me traveling the world or straight up relaxing with my husband in Logan Square. My favorite recent trips include Thailand, France, and the Northwest Territories of Canada. When my bags aren’t packed, you can find me drinking iced lattes (even in the dead of winter), listening to music on a blanket in Logan Blvd (not in the dead of winter), or at home with my husband and little terrier (David and Frankie, respectively.) I am a Chicago-based wedding photographer who loves getting to know my clients. I love telling stories with my images. And I love weddings. When my clients look back on their wedding images, I want them to remember how it felt to be there. I want them to have beautiful images of moments they may have missed– a tear quickly swept away, a big laugh, a quick but meaningful glance. While I love classic poses and unique composition, my favorite photographs always end up being the moments that happen naturally. I am drawn to beautiful light and real emotion. I am always striving to create that image that will make you say ‘wow.’ With passion, dedication, creativity, and style, I specialize in telling beautiful love stories with photos that capture the essence of each couple. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)

I am a photojournalist with over 13 years experience (250+ weddings), and now I nearly exclusively work on weddings because I love the work and my clients. It is an honor and privilege to memorialize the events of a couple’s most important day. I am a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in English literature, but have been working in journalism since my freshman year on the copy desk at the Daily Northwestern. By sophomore year, I took to photography, and a new passion was born, leading me to work with Agence-France Presse in Chicago during my college years and as chief photographer at the Budapest Business Journal in Hungary immediately after graduation. I made Budapest my home from 1998-2003 before returning to the US in late fall & to pursue wedding photojournalism. My journalism work has appeared in many major publications (New York Times, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Maxim, Car and Driver, etc.), and I have won several awards for my wedding photography from the Wedding Photojournalism Association, including placing in the Top 20 for 2007 Photographer of the Year. [Chicago Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)

I have been a wedding photographer for over 9 years, inspired by my father's photography career in photojournalism. I grew up in the tropical lands of Costa Rica, where I met the love of my life, and we... [Minneapolis Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)
Minneapolis wedding photography by Danielle Odeen of Minnesota

10 years | GOING ON A DECADE Danielle Odeen is going on a decade of experience shooting portraits and telling stories through images 50+ weddings | WEDDINGS IN THE PAST & FUTURE Dacre Co. has been hired for over 50 weddings within the past three years and looking into 2020-2021. Dacre Co. brides trust Danielle with the most important day of their life Honors • Pro Artibus Recipient, Concordia St.Paul (2018) • Nationally recognized at AIGA National Conference [Minneapolis Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)

1 more photographers available for your wedding...

3200 US Dollar

Miriam Doan

Chicago in Illinois, United States

Miriam is a video and photojournalist based in the third coast’s Great Lakes region and proudly calls Chicago home. An award-winning published wedding photographer for over 15 years, she also works in the development sector as a visual...

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Andrew & Rachel

Photo by Romulo Morishita

Romulo, Thank you so much for the wonderful wedding photos! We could not be happier with how they turned out. Your professionalism, ninja-like (as one of our guests put it) ability to be everywhere at once, and talent to take such authentic, candid photos was amazing. We would recommend you to anyone and come to you for any future events! Thank you so much! Andy and Rachel

Valerie & Kai

Photo by Romulo Morishita

Romulo, We are so happy that we selected you as our wedding photographer. The photos turned out exceptionally well and you were able to capture a great combination of intimate, fun, and candid moments. We're really pleased with the balance of the "traditional" organized photos and the spontaneous shots that exhibit your photojournalistic style. Looking at the pictures is like reliving the best parts of the day. Beyond being an amiable person to work with, you are also extremely professional, punctual, and relaxed. Your suggestions were always spot-on and resulted in some very beautiful and artistic photographs. We can't wait to share them with our friends and family! Valerie and Kai

Ravi & Todd

Photo by Romulo Morishita

We were beyond thrilled to have you document our special day. In addition to your amazing eye for detail and capturing precious moments in such a unique artistic and incredible way, you were professional, thorough and a pleasure to work!

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Linda + Brian

Photo by Ruthie Hauge

THANK YOU for the most beautiful wedding photos. Brian and I just finished looking at them and they are absolutely stunning! You captured our day perfectly and we couldn't have asked for anything more. We loved working with you on our wedding! You are incredibly talented and we can't thank you enough. We have received so many compliments on our photos and how gorgeous they all are.

Mike & Stephanie

Photo by Romulo Morishita

Hi Romulo, Steph and I really enjoyed your work. Planning was easy, even though we were a couple of hours apart - you were very easy to get in touch with. At the wedding, we loved all the candid pictures - we thought they really captured the day well! We thought you were very discreet, especially at the church - which really made the ceremony feel special. It was so nice of you to stay later to wait for the first dance also. I think that really summed up the night - you stayed over your committed time, even though you had a two hour drive home! Great job Romulo! We will absolutely recommend you to our friends! Thanks again!