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!

British Columbia Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Kelowna, Kamloops, Langley, Richmond, Abbotsford, Coquitlam, BC

British Columbia Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our North America photographers have expressed their desire to accommodate couples who don’t want to wait to be married and are rushing the ceremony.

Many brides and grooms around the globe are planning to elope and deciding to reschedule their original ideas for a big event. They are getting wed on a whim, but dispensing with or postponing all else.

The WPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, documentary-style elopement photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings can’t wait. Find yours today!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
May 29th, 2020
Eldorado Canyon, Colorado Elopement Photography | The bride to be leads a small group of friends up to the top of the continental divide
May 29th, 2020
Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park Colorado Elopement Photographer | bride and groom face-to-face in the night air, with only their silhouettes outlined
May 29th, 2020
Town Hall of Angoustrine, French Catalonia Elopement Photographer | This bride and groom show off a combination of Catalan and Turkmen traditions

Elopement Photographers for Small Canada Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small British Columbia wedding event is a wedding photojournalist’s dream: a fairly open schedule with lots of breathing space for creativity – it’s just the photographer, the couple, the officiant, and perhaps a few select companions.

Members are ready to document any city hall, quick, themed, or elopement wedding, even if it is a Monday-Thursday ceremony. Search for the “Can Shoot Weddings on Short Notice!” message on the listings below.

We are anxious to create a picture story chronicling your unique, modern, outdoor, small wedding from beginning to end. In this sense, it is no different from any other event that we have covered. The emphasis is on documenting key moments, capturing spontaneous displays of emotion, telling your real love story, as well as creating artistic portraits and details.

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving British Columbia Couples

11 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Canadian wedding and elopement photographer Jessica Schlamp - for British Columbia and Kelowna couples.

Hi! I am a wedding photographer based in Kelowna, in the gorgeous Okanagan Valley of Canada. I've been photographing weddings professionally since 2010. I love learning about people - their personalities, relationships, values, dreams and unique journey - then capturing this in my photography, creating dynamic story telling imagery. I'm always thinking of where that photo will be in 50 years, who it might impact and how the viewer will connect emotionally with my work. I now photograph between 25-30 weddings a year with my husband Andy. Together we are able to accomplish some pretty incredible things, and have poured our hearts into constant growth and the mastery of light. I constantly strive to take my work to the next level, using the highest quality cameras, lenses and strobe lighting to compose beautiful works of art that captivate people's imaginations and senses. As long as I can remember I've been creating, working hard, and dreaming big. I love to construct, creating extraordinary out of the everyday. Most of all I love to connect with individuals, encouraging or inspiring them in some way with every encounter. I bring all these skills to our photography business. They have laid a firm foundation for all that I do as a professional photographer. My photographs have been featured in numerous print and online magazines and blogs. As Jessica and Andy Studios grows I hope to positively impact my community and the lives of my family and others, as a direct byproduct of our work. It is an incredible honor to document each wedding and to produce images that will become my client's most precious heirlooms. As a wife and a mother to 3 beautiful kids, I know how priceless great photos are. They are a valuable investment worth far more than gold. I would love to be your photographer! [Kelowna Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4200 (CAD)
Justine Boulin is a wedding photographer serving clients in British Columbia.

I’m a Vancouver-based photographer, light-chaser, and hockey mom to 2 energetic boys who love to get up before the sun does. I want to photograph what's real. Real stories, real relationships and real personalities - the perfectly imperfection of it all. I photograph in a documentary style and I can really credit that to my kids. ha! When my oldest was a baby and I was still learning how to take an actual photo, I realized around the time when he was 6 months old that I was photographing all these set up moments and that really wasn't what our life was like during that time. As chaotic and messy as it was with a newborn baby at home and 2 very sleep deprived parents, it was also beautiful in it's own way. It might sound crazy, but it was that beautiful and chaotic mess that I wanted to remember. The realness of life and the love. So I started just simply documenting. I also hated the idea of constantly having to tell them to do this or do that and my husband was also defiantly not into posing for photos. It just seemed the natural way to go. And now looking back at those photos, I LOVE them and what they represent and the memories they bring up. A lot of that 'why I shoot this way' has carried over to my family & wedding work (and of course birth, which really can't be anything but documentary). I LOVE watching how families interact and documenting those relationships. As humans, we're so complex and our lives our intertwined in so many intricate ways, especially in families. Trying to show that in photographs, that THIS here is your family is challenging and rewarding. And the same for weddings but on a bigger scale. The relationship between the couple of course, but also with everyone else attending - their siblings, and parents, and grandparents. Capturing a person's personality (especially when they think no one is looking or have forgotten about the camera) - who they are and their relationship with those closest to them is always something I'm thinking of when I'm shooting. What you end up with is this very honest record of the day- whether that be a wedding day or a 'day in your life' family session. [British Columbia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4100 (CAD)
San Francisco Photographer Chris Shum's most beautiful and joyful events in life are weddings

Chris has had a great love for art since he was a young boy. At age of 15, he earned his first second-hand camera from his father. Since then, he was always “the photographer” among his friends and family. He finally turned this passion into his profession in 2007. Wedding is one of the events Chris loves to shoot. He believes it is one of the most beautiful and joyful event in life, and he understands how every moment, from engagement to the end of the wedding day, means to the couples and their families. Through his artistic eyes and un-obstructive approach, Chris documents these precious moments into elegant, story-telling photographic images that the couples can cherish. Chris is a destination wedding photographer based in San Francisco, California. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4500 (USD)
Ontario / Brampton wedding and elopement photography by Aniket Sananse of Canada

I am a freelance wedding photographer from Toronto. Besides the wedding and elopements, I also cover photoshoots for newborns, family and candid couple portraits. ​ My father being a passionate photographer introduced me to a camera in my early childhood. I was so surprised and amazed at how a tiny device can capture moments and lock them away forever. Even having a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy - just didn't felt enough to be satisfied and so I decided to follow the passion & started AS Photography in 2012. [Brampton Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (CAD)
Knoxville wedding photography by Leah Moyers of Tennessee

Leah Moyers is a traveling wedding and elopement photographer with a fine arts background located in East Tennessee. Her style is unobtrusive, candid, inclusive and thoughtfully captured. She creates relationships with clients that allow her to capture them authentically and truly enjoys producing beautiful and unique work. [Knoxville Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
400/hour (USD)
Ron Storer is a wedding and elopement Photojournalist from the Seattle, WA WPJA.

Ron Storer is an Award Winning Photojournalist with the WPJA and the AG|WPJA. Ron is based out of the Northwest area and is available for local as well as destination weddings. Ron Storer has been married to his wonderful friend, Neesie, for nearly the past 29 years and they have two amazing boys; Grant and Torey. 15 years ago, Ron Storer worked on a freelance basis with non-profit Organizations doing relief work around the globe. Now on occasion Ron still assists NPO's when possible and as his schedule allows. What motivates Ron is the passion of the moment. Ron believes that every wedding has incredible priceless moments and he works hard to capture and preserve them for each couple. His typical clientele is someone who wants their wedding memories captured in a unique and special way. His clientele also tend to be artistic and relational as many of his clients have become dear friends. Besides receiving awards here at the WPJA, Ron Storer has also received numerous awards at the AG|WPJA and was listed in 2016 as the Top American in the AG|WPJA. Prior to his photography career, Ron Storer raced on the US Cycling Team earning a Gold Medal in the Pan-Am Games and a Silver Medal in the Olympic Trials. [Seattle Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2400 (USD)
Calgary wedding and elopement photography by Sarah Manton of Alberta Canada

I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer located in Olds Alberta, Canada. To sum me up; I'm a mom to two amazing boys, married to my best friend for over 13 years, a community volunteer and an outdoor enthusiast. I've lived in Alberta for over 15 years but I originally called Ontario home. Growing up in the stunningly beautiful area of Muskoka and Georgian Bay; a passion for landscape photography began at a young age. I grew up with a camera in hand, using film and a dark room. I always loved landscape photography (and still do; you can check it out on Instagram @_sarahmanton) but ten years ago friends of mine really pushed me out of my comfort zone and asked me to be their wedding photographer. After that first experience (despite it being terrifying) I was hooked! Capturing the love between families and couples is such an honour. Love is Love and its inspirational, uplifting and the world always needs more. My approach to capturing you is simple, natural, laid back and non-intrusive. I take a photojournalistic approach, focusing on moments and details; more candid and less posed. I want clients to enjoy their experience with me and absolutely cherish their images. [Calgary Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (CAD)
Alberta and Edmonton wedding photography by Lauren Hannah Garcia of Canada

My passion for photography began at an early age and grew in the darkroom of my high school. I began shooting weddings as an assistant/ second photographer and took the leap into my own business more than a decade ago. My enthusiasm for wedding photography stems from an interest in connections, whether between the couple, family or friends (the family we choose), and a desire to work with people. I enjoy the excitement, mirth, and frenzy of the wedding day itself and love the chance to create joyful, creative, emotive or unexpected images for my couples. My other passions include hiking with my dog, running and enjoying the outdoors. Or on lazy days a good book with a cup of tea. [Edmonton Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3300 (CAD)
Emma Rose began photographing weddings in 1999 in Vancouver, Canada

Emma Rose has had a life-long desire to capture the beauty in people, their surroundings and their emotions. What started as an exploration of all different types of artistic medium, including watercolour, acrylics, charcoal and pastel, turned to a more immediate capturing of people on photographic film in about 1997. Emma started photographing weddings in 1999 in Vancouver, and was immediately drawn to them as a venue for capturing people at their best and at a turning point in their lives. When she moved back to Halifax in 2002 she started what may have been the first photojournalistic wedding photography business in the city and quickly carved a niche amongst more traditional portrait photographers. When clients cried while looking at their wedding photographs, Emma knew there was something special in the way she captured weddings, and that continues to give her the energy to push the limits of creativity at each wedding. With just one photography and darkroom course under her belt and a handful of art classes, Emma is primarily self-taught in composition, technical elements and lighting with years of studying and appreciating all types of art. [Nova Scotia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4200 (CAD)
John Lee specializes in Hong Kong wedding photography with a photojournalistic style.

Johnleegraphy is found in 2009, and I specialize in wedding photography with a distinctive photojournalistic style in Hong Kong. My many satisfied clients testify that my style is all about capturing the right moment with the right perspective at the right place. In 2013 I became a destination wedding photographer going around the world for 6 countries, and have been awarded 5 significant prizes from AGWPJA. I am passionate about wedding photography because it focuses on the natural joy and happiness of the event. The beaming brides are usually enchanting while grooms are the most charming on that special day. Apart from the couple, I also like to capture different expressions from guests and easily-missed details on the day that make it special. To know more about my style and service, my past clients would show you from their client letter. Visit my website to see more client's letters and get to know more about me. [Hong Kong Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
19800 (HKD)
WPJA Communiqué: Features
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Traditionally speaking, often times it is the couple’s families who help pay for their wedding. However, unfortunately that’s just not possible for everyone, especially these days when the cost of weddings can quickly and easily get out of control. Some couples find themselves in the position of paying for all of their own wedding expenses, which can be quite the financial burden to take on, and about 40% of Millennials end up in this boat. So, how can you stick to your allotted...Read more
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Everyone always says that your wedding day is all about you. But let’s face it; that’s not always actually the case. Many couples stress over guest lists, planning, expenses, and all the frills and traditions of your standard large wedding that they may or may not even be interested in. Fortunately, though, the concept of small weddings is becoming increasingly popular for couples who either want to be able to completely customize their day where and when they want with the option...Read more

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Teresa and Kenny

Photo by Ron Storer

Thank you so much for all of your hard work on our beautiful wedding photos. There are no words to express our gratitude for capturing some of the most important moments of our lives. Our wedding & engagement photos are an absolute treasure that we will savor and cherish forever. When we share our album with friends, they rave about how unique it is and that they’ve never seen anything like it. I have to agree it is amazing and a delight to flip through - it just seems to bring us right back to June 7, 2008 - a day that we hold very close to our hearts.

Dawn & Man

Photo by John Lee

Thank you for creating such a precious memory for our wedding. It was when I searched on the internet for just the perfect photographer for our wedding that I came upon your website. Your work is truly inspiring, your pictures are full of warmth and you are able to capture all those touching and meaningful moments. With you, we were certain that our wedding pictures are in good hands and we looked forward to a warm and God-loving wedding. Recalling the discussions before the wedding, your replies were always quick and passionate. You asked for our wedding details and our input on ideas gave us confident that you were serious in your work. Meanwhile we expressed to you that we hope to capture a lot of happy and cheerful moments, not necessary of ourselves but also of our guests. Now with the photos in our hands, we cannot help but laugh out loud as we go through the pictures in delight. We were wondering what was exactly happening during the time you caught the picture of people laughing so hard. We are sharing all these lovely pictures with our family and friends and everyone is so touched and pleased with them. Of course, you made us look so beautiful in these photos as we never thought we could be so photogenic! Our parents are also praising with laughter, "They are so stunning!". We really want to give a big thank you for the work you have done on our special day. Thank you Lord we met such an upbeat and passionate photographer who is able to grasp precious moments and is thoughtful of the bride and groom. We also appreciate your two assistants for their help. Wish you all the best and hope you can continue taking more sweet photos for the newly weds.

Kari and Glen

Photo by Ron Storer

Omigoodness!! Can I just say wow? You are such an amazing photographer! Glen and I have shared these photos with some of our family and friends, and all of them have been like, "I love these pictures! You rock!

Kate & Dom

Photo by John Lee

To John and his wonderful team, Thank you so much for your amazing work. I can’t thank you enough for doing such a great job at capturing the memories on our special day, just the way we liked. Thanks for being so understanding and completely flexible on the day. We were probably one of your most chaotic clients (we know that) but your team’s and your calm presence was exceptional. We never felt pressured for once on the day and you just went with flow. All the meetings I had with you before the wedding were informative. It was a great idea to have met you properly before the wedding. We absolutely love our videos and the pictures – they bring us back to the day every time we see them. I particularly love how they capture the happiness and emotions of our friends and families, they are priceless and we can’t wait to show them to our friends and families from overseas! John, sincerely thank you again for making our wedding day so memorable. Your creativity and special ability deserves to be recognized. I have no doubt recommending your service to all of my friends and families and I’m looking forward to future collaborations with you and your great team. Best wishes, Kate Chow

Julie & Jeffrey

Photo by John Lee

You are a talented and accommodating photographer. Booking you and your team was very simple and throughout the lead-up to our wedding you were clear and efficient. On the day, you and your team were unfailingly polite and friendly to everyone you came across, and made us and all the guests feel very comfortable in front of the camera. Your team tried the best to accommodate the guests, our family and our demand without complaints. You are great talent for capturing a feeling in an image. You delivered a beautiful set of images that capture many very happy memories despite the occasionally gloomy weather on the day. We were particularly impressed with the shots taken at the rooftop of Excelsior Hotel. I’m sure we will continue to enjoy looking through them for years to come.

Amy & Matt

Photo by Ron Storer

I must say again, that I love what you've done to capture the memories of our special day. Matt and I both really appreciate how you've expressed our personalities so accurately with your shots and the candid yet flattering moments you captured. You have a gift and your genuine interest in us only made the photos that much better! Thanks again!

Suzanne & Clement

Photo by John Lee

Hello John, Thank you for capturing our special moment in both our banquet in Penang and Hong Kong. You managed to snap all our precious moments and your photos truly touched our hearts. You managed to capture all details and looking at our photos truly brings us back to our wonderful wedding again. Your light heartedness made the wedding fun and enjoyable yet all shots taken were professional and artistic. Even showing our photos to those that did not attend our wedding, they could clearly see the romance, joy and fun. A lot of people in Penang have asked for your contact details But unfortunately you are in Hong Kong! You managed very well as a single photographer in our Penang wedding, not easy for a big banquet.

Crystal & Bosco

Photo by John Lee

We are so glad that we found you to be our wedding photographer because you are so friendly, professional, and responsible. You and your team worked wonderfully with our other film/photography crew, which was very important for us because we had three different groups of photographers/cinematographers. You are very professional and communicated with everyone very well so we never had to worry about crew getting into each others way. You were very responsible, always on time and sent us the final photos very promptly after the wedding. You also were really patient with us whenever we had questions or needed his help. You never seemed irritated or unreliable or unreachable, always happy and quick to reply to my messages. Most importantly, you took beautiful photos of our wedding day and captured all our happy and emotional moments. This made us feel very comfortable and ensured we captured all the essential family photos that we will cherish forever. Your photos were very real and natural and we love them very much! We are so glad that we hired you to be our wedding photographer and would highly recommend all our friends and family to book you as well!