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!

Cape Town Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Cape Town, Western Cape

Cape Town Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our South Africa photographer vendors 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 because of current wedding size restrictions, social distancing, and mask requirements. 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!

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Elopement Photographers for Small Western Cape Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Cape Town 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 civil ceremony, DIY - do it yourself, secret, 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 casual, modern, non-traditional, 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 Cape Town Couples

2 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Cape Town wedding photography by Christelle Rall of Western Cape South Africa

Christelle has been shooting weddings and elopements for more than a decade and covered 600+ weddings as the main shooter. Her style is creative, unique and innovative. Her images portray unscripted emotions that shows the wedding day as it happens with all the in-between moments and memories. She studied Broadcasting Media and graduated with an Honours degree, but the start of 2006 saw her interest in photography taking a new turn through her involvement in Film, TV and Video production. The transition to full-time professional photography was made in 2011 and she has never looked back since. As a leading Western Cape Wedding Photographer, she has covered weddings in all areas across the region in the most beautiful and diverse settings. Christelle remains humble and believes that one is 'just as good as your last job'. Her objective is always to provide her clients with powerful, creative and storytelling images - beautiful photos with the clients' personalities and emotions shining through. She also focuses on creative portraits that show the client's personalities as well as their unique love and location. [Cape Town Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (ZAR)
Gauteng wedding photography by Maddy Nieuwoudt of South Africa

Hi! I am Maddy. The tattooed redhead behind the camera. I’m a wedding photographer from South Africa, but I have been traveling most of my life. Spending years living in Mexico, Europe and the US, as well as working at sea, on some of the biggest ships in the world. My photography has taken me to many amazing places around the world where I met some incredible people. I enjoy variety and constantly find inspiration in many diverse areas of photography. My photographic start was actually as a wildlife photographer and like many photographers, I shot a friend’s wedding once and I was hooked. Being a wildlife photographer pushed me toward the photojournalistic side of weddings, observing, patience and knowing when the moment is perfect to capture it, it is addictive and exhilarating. Finding real moments and allowing my couples to simply enjoy themselves is why I do this. [Gauteng Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1200 (USD)

Wedding Elopement Picture Stories from Cape Town

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

New Zealand black and white wedding ceremony celebration image of thrown flower petals over the bride and groom

Kevin & Lindsay

Photo by Christelle Rall

Thank you for your calming, well prepared and creative approach to our wedding. I greatly appreciate that you made an effort to meet with us beforehand and to deliver exactly what we wanted – natural, beautiful and creative photos! I want to say a huge thank you again! We are just getting so much wonderful feedback when we show people our pics here in New Zealand...thank you again for making our special day magical! - Thank you!

Buitenver Wachting outdoor wedding image in the afternoon sun with a dog walking past the altar by the bride and groom

Dyllan & Michelle

Photo by Christelle Rall

Christelle, one of my bridesmaids who is a wedding planner in London said she'd never seen wedding photographs as lovely as the one's you took. Here's what she wrote me in an email: “I think they really captured the feel of the wedding and the venue and you guys as a couple! I'm sure you must be really happy with them because every one I saw looked like it should go in a frame on a mantelpiece!! It must be so hard to look through them and choose because they really were all unbelievable! Save her contacts for my wedding please!” I'm definitely going to recommend you guys to anyone I know who's planning a wedding!

colnera south africa wedding celebration image of the bride and groom under thrown rice

Pieter & Jeanine

Photo by Christelle Rall

Christelle, these photos are stunning! Thank you so, so much! We are so proud of them and can really show it to all our friends with pride! You really provided us with professional & creative service. Feeling at ease in front of the camera although I hate having my photo taken - it was no problem, I felt completely at ease and even had fun!! Thank you so much for the awesome pictures and just for being awesome yourself! Again, we just want to thank you for the incredibly stunning photos and for all the trouble and extra’s you did for us. We really appreciate it sincerely.

By Grace Alone, South Africa wedding photography showing the bride and groom exiting under a shower of flower petals

Arno & Nadia

Photo by Christelle Rall

Christelle, you captured our "Fairytale" wedding so perfectly! Each and every photo holds wonderful memories, and this is all thanks to you! We can look at our wedding pics with great pride! We also want to thank you for your professionalism and friendliness on our wedding day, our guests noticed it and we were immensely proud to have had you as part of our most special day! I’m still getting wonderful compliments and it makes my heart bubble with pride and joy all over again! We could not have asked for a better photographer! Our album is fantastic, and we will definitely recommend you with the greatest confidence. Again… thank you so much!