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!

Bronte Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe Elopement Photo Story Award

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Bronte Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe Elopement Photo Story | beautiful light coming through the mature trees at this historic hotel venue

I saw this beautiful light coming through the mature trees at this historic hotel venue and waited for a good moment to make use of it. The groom didn't speak loud enough and had to repeat his answer - which made for a funny moment.

This shy couple invited only their nearest and dearest to an intimate wedding celebration at the historic Bronte Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe.  After the ceremony, the guests were treated to a great spread of delicious food.  A few emotional speeches were presented and then a good celebration on the dance floor. 

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Harare, Zimbabwe Wedding Elopement Photo | The bride had her 3 daughters and 2 best friends to help get her dressed

The bride had her 3 daughters and 2 best friends to help get her dressed. A lot of hands to help her look beautiful.

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Harare, Zimbabwe Wedding Photographer | shedding a tear during the wedding ceremony

One of the bride's daughters shed a tear during the wedding ceremony.

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Harare, Zimbabwe Elopement Photography | A funny moment during the ring giving part of the ceremony

A funny moment during the ring giving part of the ceremony. I love the gesture and expression of the officiant, but I don't have any idea what happened.

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Harare, Zimbabwe Elopement Detail Picture | this historic hotel made for a perfect detail shot of the details of this ritual

The couple opted to do communion during their ceremony and the back light filtering through the mature trees of this historic hotel made for a perfect detail shot of the details of this ritual.

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Zimbabwe Elopement Picture | The bride's daughters walk past one of the historic old doors

The bride's daughters walk past one of the historic old doors of this hotel while the bride and groom look on.

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Zimbabwe Elopement Portrait | The hotel is filled with beautiful indigenous trees and plants

The hotel is filled with beautiful indigenous trees and plants that has matured with the history of the venue. I made use of these greenery for one of the couple's portraits.

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Zimbabwe Wedding Reception Toast Image | an emotional speech

After an emotional speech, a toast was raised to the bride and groom.

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Zimbabwe Wedding Couple Portrait | The bride and groom open up the dance floor

The bride and groom open up the dance floor. It was outside so I made use of some creative lighting and photographic tricks to make it a bit more interesting.