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. 

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A Sunshine Solemnization - Outdoor Weddings in Nature

April 23, 2020

Photo by: Nino Lombardo

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 sunshine and that open, airy feeling and give your guests some room to breathe!

LESS IS MORE

Instead of hemming your guests in on all sides, give them some elbow room, and legroom, too. There's no need to induce claustrophobia when you've got a wide, open space. Let your guests take in the view, especially if you've got a spectacular one. You want them to enjoy the experience, so make them comfortable. Taking advantage of your outdoor wedding setting will allow you and your guests to feel refreshed.

Photo by: Sylvain Bouzat

Plus, with a smaller pool of between 10-50 guests, no one will feel congested. Your guests will enjoy having things spread out a little and not feeling like they are on top of one another, and you won’t have to worry about their comfort.

Photo by: Stacy Gillespie, Colorado, United States

The informality of a smaller outdoor wedding creates a casual vibe that invites your guests to put aside any stuffiness and be themselves. They will have fun naturally instead of worrying that they should be having fun. And they will soak in all that natural beauty that you've surrounded them with.

Photo by: David Murray, Georgia, United States

Maybe you've decided not on a small wedding but on a micro wedding -- just the two of you, your officiant, and your photographer in a natural setting. The wedding photographers of the WPJA are well-versed and well-suited to such an environment, which lends itself to the organic, documentary-style photos for which our association is known. The scenery that you have chosen for your special occasion will become an integral part of your memorable day.

Photo by: Kobe Vanderzande, Limburg, Belgium

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

When couples plan an outdoor wedding, often they reflexively think about storybook settings -- sprawling beaches and lush gardens. These locales are popular for a reason: They do make for a beautiful day and photographs. However, you aren't limited to those locations.

Photo by: Simon Cassanas, France

We encourage you to think outside the box here. Consider the outdoor settings that you enjoy most, the ones that speak to your interests and preferences and those of your partner. These are the places that will allow your wedding photojournalist to capture some truly unforgettable moments that will linger in your memories long after the wedding day.

Photo by: Indra Simons, Overijssel, Netherlands

Think about those locations that will allow your wedding photojournalist to showcase the two of you in the most striking and unique ways. Do you want to be framed by a rushing waterfall or surrounded by impossibly tall trees? Luxuriant forests, mountains, flowering meadows, orchards in blossom, a rustic country farm or -- dare we say it -- even your own backyard may provide ample opportunities for breathtaking photographs.

Photo by: Megan Hannah, Vermont, United States

You really can't go wrong. If you trust your sense of wonder, you will choose a site for your small, outdoor wedding that will bring peace and refreshment to your wedding day. Your wedding photojournalist will help you have the wedding of your dreams and many memorable photos to look back on wistfully.