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!

For Engaged Couples

Our Work Demonstrates True Love

For all the decisions you make in planning a wedding, the biggest decision is declared before family and friends: an honest commitment to your relationship and its future. The photographs of the day, the event, and the celebration should reflect that kind of authenticity — they should reflect you. Since 2002, the Wedding Photojournalist Association® has introduced engaged couples to photographers who have proved their talent as artists and skills as wedding photojournalists. We want to tell, not dictate, the beautiful story of your unique wedding.

You can see a dedication to the craft of photojournalism in each WPJA photographer’s work. More importantly, you and your spouse will see your dedication to each other — as well as the true joy and honest emotions of your participants and guests — in the moments we can capture at your wedding.

Committed to the ideals of using photographic realism to document your joyous commitment to each other, the members of the WPJA seek to give brides and grooms pictures worthy of a day worth remembering.

Discover Visual Storytellers - WedElope Story Series

We know that many couples have faced significant challenges while planning their weddings during the pandemic. From the initial panic when everyone's instinct was to cancel or postpone to the lingering wariness of couples who weren't sure how to create their dream wedding in a time of restrictions and limitations, we recognize that many couples are now ready to simply get married — and fast. 

Fortunately, there are many WPJA photographers who are ready, willing and excited to document your intimate wedding or your destination elopement. In fact, the most experienced photographers see elopements as a grand prize of sorts — these wedding ceremonies are often unique and interesting to document.

To see for yourself the endless potential that lies within an elopement, intimate destination wedding or small, personal ceremony, view our WedElope Picture Stories Gallery. This gallery features the work of WPJA photographers who specialize in traditional and modern elopements. 

You can have the wedding images of your dreams when you book a WPJA photographer. Simply search for the "Can Shoot Weddings on Short Notice!" message on the listings below.

Find the Potential of Pre-Wed Portraits - Diamond Awards

Of course, as you finalize the plans for your wedding — regardless of its size or location — you are going to want to capture this special time in your life with your future spouse. Pre-wedding portrait sessions can be romantic, dramatic or lighthearted, depending on your personal style and preference. Regardless, you will find that the incredible images created by a WPJA photographer from an engagement session are going to become timeless portraits that you cherish forever.

For inspiration for your pre-wedding session, you may want to visit the WPJA Diamond Awards Galleries. These galleries feature images that are recognized for their creativity and composition. The galleries are organized so that it's easy for you to find images that were created in a specific area or that were captured by photographers from a regional location. You can search for sample portraits by region, for engagement photos by category or for Diamond Award photographers by region

As you browse these galleries, you will quickly be inspired by these images. During your search, keep an eye out for a photographer who may best complement your personal style. At the WPJA, we believe that pre-wedding engagement portraits can shine like diamonds in the realm of wedding photojournalism. When a photographer can capture the true beauty and essence of a couple during their engagement portrait session, they surely have the ability to tell the couple's love story on their wedding day.

USA wedding photography and engagements by Nicole Defilippis
M&J Photographers - wedding elopement photography by Jean-Luc Legros
Guangzhou wedding photography by Jinqi Tan, of Guangdong, China
Wedding Photographer, Hristina Handzhieva of arTina
Portrait of Wedding and Engagement Photographer Olya Vysotskaya
Andrea Bibeault is a photographer for marriage ceremonies and reception events
Amanda Gril Wedding and Event Photography
Italy Couple Engagement Sessions Wedding and Elopement Photographer Carlo Bettuolo
Colorado Wedding Photographer Trent Gillespie
Italian wedding and elopement photojournalist - Alessia Bruchi Fotografia
Isabelle Bazin Wedding and Elopement Photographer - isasouri photo