SMALL WEDDINGS + ELOPEMENTS | choose love, not fear

Intimate Weddings & Elopement Photography

Since 2002, the WPJA has been connecting couples with the best, most artistic wedding photographers from around the world.

Portrait of Wedding Photographer Denise Chastain
USA wedding photography and engagements by Nicole Defilippis
UK wedding reportage and elopement photography by Nicholas Haigh
New York City and Queens wedding photography and elopement sessions by Natasha Singh
Wedding photography by Michael Freas
Reggio Calabria documentary wedding photographer Pasquale Minniti, of Italy
Engagement couple portraits and elopement photography by Brenda Bravo - Bravo Image
Samuel Berthelot - Jolie Histoire Photographie
Wedding Photographer and Engagement Portrait Pro, Ronnie Szeto
Creative Wedding photographer Charlène Aubert
Rhode Island and Providence wedding and elopement photography by Kathryn Yeaton
Wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Anastasiia Polyakov, of So Tender Is Humanity
Shaun Baker - Wedding Photographer and Couple Portrait Professional
Engagement Portrait Pro, Wedding and Elopement Photographer Johnny Shryock of the WPJA
Wedding Photography by Simona Cancelli

Genuine Photo Contests

The WPJA hosts multiple wedding photography contests each year, awarding only the most captivating and engaging photos.

View winners from past contests below:

Intimate, Micro Wedding Planning & Elopement Articles

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...

Kobe Vanderzande, of Limburg, is a wedding photographer for

There’s nothing quite like an intimate wedding reception in a tent, with its uniquely informal atmosphere, customized decor and proximity to the...

The Authenticity of
Wedding Photojournalism

Franck Petit, of , is a wedding photographer for
Geeshan Bandara, of Western, is a wedding photographer for The Villa by CC, Wadduwa
Couple Dancing

WPJA Contest Photos - June 8th, 2022

Any wedding photographer is going to want to please their clients — but they also want their work to be appreciated on a broader scale. This is one of the reasons why the Wedding Photojournalist Association members love our regular photography competitions. These popular contests give our photographers the opportunity to submit their best images in hopes of being selected as a winner and being recognized for their creativity and effort. Our contests are judged by a panel of notable and respected working photojournalists and picture editors in the news industry, which adds an element of prestige to our awards.

Documentary photography from a wedding venue in France capturing the young girl watching the bride and groom ring exchange
Best wedding photography from a Gers venue, Chartreuse de Dane showing the bride cries, as the dog and the guests are moved at outdoor garden ceremony
French wedding image from a Cuvry venue during a Throwing of the bouquet with the men at the reception
Best Bento Goncalves wedding venue photography at Marco Luigi capturing Brides veil flying during ceremony
BW wedding photographer at an event venue in Chiaravalle, Marche captured the bride and family getting ready in separate rooms
Documentary photography from a wedding venue in Holbox Island in Mexico showing the bride and groom kiss at end of beach ceremony
Documentary wedding photographer at the Hotel Monaco event venue in downtown Philadelphia showing what an Improvised garter removal looks like
Wedding photographer at Orta San Giulio event venue in Lake Orta, Italy captured Confetti tossing at the couple after ceremony outside

Artistic Guild - Creative Portraits and Details - July 2nd, 2022

The Artistic Guild competitions are distinctly different from our other WPJA contests because this category is specifically for photographers who use their talent to create digitally-enhanced images, staged portraits and dramatic detail images. This competition attracts documentary wedding photographers who also view themselves as artists who are constantly looking to create their next masterpiece.

Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding image ideas for the Fujian wedding planner of Shadow of bride and groom hands and their wedding rings
Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photo from Villa Al Trovatore, Cervignano, Udine in BW showing Bride hugging her groom
Lagos de Moreno best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding photography at Hacienda Sepulveda showing A panoramic view of the bride and groom in their carriage with the sunset in the background
Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photo from Hodsock Priory in Nottinghamshire in BW of Two guests helping the page boy put on his socks
Istanbul best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding photography at Adile Sultan Yalısı showing the Bridal gown hanged on a historical window of a ottoman palace
Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photo from Château de Saint-Senoch showing bride and groom during photoshoot on wedding day
The [current-date:custom:Y]  Lelystad wedding planner - photography of grooms standing in the rain
Top [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photography from Piccadilly Circus showing London time stands still

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - June 22nd, 2022

Couples who are searching for a wedding photographer often want a pre-wedding engagement portrait session as well as wedding day photography services. Engagement photographers need to rely on their skill and expertise in order to help their couples select a meaningful location for their portrait session. These awards allow engagement photographers to submit their most moving engagement images in hopes of being recognized for their creativity and skill.

After the marriage proposal Ardeche engagement photography showing the feel of love, with their best friend, a dog
After the wedding proposal engagement picture session in Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal with a Couple having fun near the lake
An after the marriage proposal in Baltimore for a Mount Vernon Neighborhood engagement photograph of a couple sitting on marble stairs in very brightly colored sweaters
A Save the Date in Lancaster, PA. Holtwood Dam portrait of a Couple riding their motorcycle at dusk
A Save the Date in Italy. Brescia Castle portrait of engaged lovers in the warm sun outdoors by a lamp post
A Save the Date in Vieux. Lyon portrait of a couple on a bridge over the water during a love session
An after the marriage proposal Seville engagement photograph showing a rack of parked bikes
A Save the Date in Belo Horizonte. Minas Gerais portrait of engaged Brazil lovers near a painted wall mural

TLC - True Love Captured - March 31st, 2022

This WPJA photography competition is focused on the emotions that are on display throughout any wedding event. The images showcase the powerful emotions that the couple are experiencing, and any of the feelings that any wedding guests may go through. The TLC contests follow a long-standing WPJA category tradition of capturing raw emotions.

Honest and sincere emotions are on display in this wedding day picture created by a Cesena, Italy documentary wedding photographer showing a moment of true love with the old father
This authentic and emotional Liguria wedding day moment from Diano Castello, Imperia was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing the Bride and her grandmother
A truthful report of raw emotions in a Rhodes Hall wedding day image captured by a Atlanta, Georgia documentary wedding photographer showing a Daughter giving toast at her Moms wedding
A genuine wedding moment from Imperia, Liguria captured by a documentary wedding photographer showing the Bride kissing her aunt
A heartfelt display of emotion is captured in this wedding day moment by a Milan, Italy documentary wedding photographer showing the bride as she caresses her dad before leaving the house
A truthful report of raw emotions in a wedding day image captured by a Gard, France documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and groom getting emotional under the reception tent
A genuine wedding moment from Rio Et captured by a Thailand documentary wedding photographer showing Family love in a group hug
This authentic and emotional France wedding day moment from Domaine de Grand Maison in Oyster Saint Oblas was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing The excited groom seeing the bride for the first time