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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Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, AZ Elopement Photo Story Award

Japanese Friendship Garden- Phoenix, Arizona wedding photo - Standing under a tree during the ceremony

Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, AZ Elopement Photo Story | The bride, groom, and guests stand under a tree during the ceremony. The guests watch while the officiant reads aloud

The bride, groom, and guests stand under a tree during the ceremony. The guests watch while the officiant reads aloud.

For this small wedding ceremony, the bride and groom chose to enjoy the outdoors. The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Arizona was the perfect, sunny setting, and the day was complemented by all the lovely foliage.

Elopement photo at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Arizona - The bride and groom

Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, AZ Elopement Photography | The bride grabs the groom’s hand, a huge smile on her face, as she happily swings her clutch.

The bride grabs the groom’s hand, a huge smile on her face, as she happily swings her clutch.

Phoenix, AZ Garden Elopement image of The bride in a lace gown

Phoenix, AZ, Japanese Friendship Garden Elopement Detail Photo | The bride, in a stunningly detailed lace gown, takes a walk with the groom, lightly linking their fingers together as they go

The bride, in a stunningly detailed lace gown, takes a walk with the groom, lightly linking their fingers together as they go.

Phoenix, AZ Wedding detail image of the officiant reading the vows at the elopement ceremony

Japanese Friendship Garden Elopement Detail Image | We can see the officiant reading the vows as the bride and groom hold hands in front of the officiant’s pages

We can see the officiant reading the vows as the bride and groom hold hands in front of the officiant’s pages.

Japanese Friendship Garden Wedding Ceremony image of the groom smiling in the Elopement sunlight

Japanese Friendship Garden Elopement Wedding Ceremony Picture | From between a couple of guests, we can see the groom gently smiling in the sunlight

From between a couple of guests, we can see the groom gently smiling in the sunlight.

Friendship Garden Elopement photo of The bride having a good laugh during the AZ ceremony

Japanese Friendship Garden Elopement Picture | The bride has a good laugh during the ceremony, and the groom and officiant can’t help but smile with her

The bride has a good laugh during the ceremony, and the groom and officiant can’t help but smile with her.

AZ elopement Photo of The small number of wedding guests with the bride and groom

Japanese Friendship Garden Elopements - AZ Photographer | The small number of guests smile and applaud as the bride and groom finally share a kiss at the end of the ceremony

The small number of guests smile and applaud as the bride and groom finally share a kiss at the end of the ceremony.

Japanese Friendship Garden Wedding Photo from AZ elopement - woman helps with lip gloss

Japanese Friendship Garden Elopement Image - AZ Photography | A woman helps another reapply her lip gloss, unintentionally mirroring the other woman’s open mouth as she puts it on

A woman helps another reapply her lip gloss, unintentionally mirroring the other woman’s open mouth as she puts it on.

Japanese Friendship Garden- Phoenix, Arizona image of the bride, groom, and their guests feeding koi fish at their wedding

AZ Japanese Friendship Garden Elopement - Wedding Photography | The bride, groom, and their guests feed a frenzy of large koi fish for good luck at the koi pond in the garden

The bride, groom, and their guests feed a frenzy of large koi fish for good luck at the koi pond in the garden.