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!

California - Central Wedding Photographers

Find Your California - Central Wedding Photographer

Central California Cities: Fresno, Central Coast, Visalia, Tulare, Madera, Modesto, Merced, Porterville, Turlock

California - Central Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our California - Central wedding 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, California - Central documentary wedding photographers available right now who understand that some weddings and elopements can’t wait. Find yours today!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards

Attention wedding photographers! Submit your elopement story images today to be featured here!

January 18th, 2022
Intimate Indoor Wedding Venue Image of Guests spaced six feet apart at the ceremony
January 11th, 2022
Private Estate Camp Wooded Wedding Photography | a small outdoor patio in the woods
January 5th, 2022
Civil Destination Wedding Ceremony Pic | The bride walking down the aisle at the civil marriage venue

Elopement Photographers for Small California - Central Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small California - Central 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.

United States WPJA members are ready to document any secret, themed, town hall, 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, religious, symbolic, 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 California - Central Couples

14 California - Central Wedding Photographers...

California Couple Portrait Sessions and Wedding Photography by Stephanie Secrest

Stephanie Secrest

Arroyo Grande in California, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
3300 (USD)
Weddings by Chris Shum, Life Photographer

Chris Shum

Sunnyvale in California, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
4500 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang

Annie Bang

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
2500 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photography by Will Tee - SW Wedding Photo Studio

Will Tee

Taipei City, TW *Now booking California - Central weddings.
2000 (USD)
Brenda Bergreen: Colorado Adventure Wedding and Elopement Photographer

Brenda Bergreen

Evergreen in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
5000 (USD)

Shaunte Dittmar

Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
4600 (USD)
Lake Tahoe wedding and elopement photographer Matt Theilen, of California

Matt Theilen

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
5500 (USD)

Douglas Despres

Alameda in California, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
750/hour (USD)
Edeelin Labra wedding photography

Edeelin Labra

Vallejo in California, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
2000 (USD)
California Documentary Wedding and Elopement Photography by Gina Clyne

Gina Clyne

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
2100 (USD)
Adventure wedding and elopement photography by Erin Witt

Erin Witt

Denver in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
3250 (USD)
Destination wedding photographer Jenae Lopez serves couples all over the USA

Jenae Lopez

Evergreen in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
2000 (USD)
Chris Rusanowsky self portrait of a wedding photographer in black and white

Chris Rusanowsky

Northlake in Texas, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
2500 (USD)
Aimee Flynn Photo for Adventure Elopements and Desert Weddings

Aimee Flynn

Phoenix in Arizona, US *Now booking California - Central weddings.
4000 (USD)

California - Central Wedding Elopement Photography - WedElope

View WedElope Image Galleries by California - Central Wedding Photographers from Small Events and Intimate Elopements.

Wedding Venue Pictures by California - Central Wedding Photographers

Please select a venue below to view all associated contest-winning California - Central wedding photos.

California - Central Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

Are you ready to find a creative and talented California - Central wedding photographer for an engagement portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own California - Central pre-wedding photography? Pro members from the California - Central Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are the best California - Central wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top California - Central documentary wedding photographers for elopements. Our members are able to submit WedElope Stories that take you step-by-step, via a 9 image picture story, through the unique and moving elopements that take place around the world.
Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my California - Central wedding day?
A: While wedding photojournalists strive to capture candid moments on the wedding day, our photographers also are skilled artists who can compose powerful portraits. If you have a specific vision of what types of images you want from your wedding day, look at the top-ranked California - Central wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
Q: How can couples find reviews of California - Central wedding photographers?
A: We call them Client Letters. At the WPJA, we decided more than 20 years ago to avoid incorporating those third-person testimonials and endorsements that are found all too often in advertisements. Instead, we elevated our listings with the use of Client Letters, which represent the actual words and feelings of the clients who booked those California - Central wedding photographers for their own wedding.
WPJA Communiqué: Featured Wedding Photography Articles
Clean background in this photo of the bride walking into her mountain ceremony.
Some couples, as they begin planning for their weddings, might think that they are limited to the classic locations: churches, gardens, beaches, or even Las Vegas. But in doing so they’re missing out on a multitude of unique options that might suit their personalities much better! Why limit yourself to a quiet, quaint ceremony when your adventurous heart may be calling out for something more? An entirely different genre of wedding, so to speak, is the adventure wedding elopement. This concept...Read more
While some people live for the hustle and bustle of a big wedding with extravagant décor and an impossibly long guest list, others find these kinds of weddings to be too much hoopla, preferring instead something simpler and quieter, allowing for more intimacy between them and their fiancés on this special day. So how do you infuse your wedding with all the romance but none of the fuss? ALONE AT LAST Many couples these days are opting to elope rather than planning a large wedding. For the no-...Read more
WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN TO ELOPE? If you look up the definition of “elope” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary , you’ll find a plethora of meanings making it quite clear how polarizing the word has become, and how it has transformed and evolved with the passage of time and even personal preference.Read more

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND California - Central WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Eleanor & Dave

Photo by Douglas Despres

Doug you did the most FANTASTIC job! The photos are all so beautiful I can't even make a favorites list because they're all so great. I confess that I even teared up looking at them it was such a happy day and you captured everything. We're so grateful for all your efforts, we really can't imagine having had a different photographer there to share our day with us. Thank you so so much!

Kiley & Josh

Photo by Douglas Despres

Dear Doug, Thank you so much for sending these images, and for the images themselves which are outstanding. We love so many of them, the hard part is going to be selecting the ones that go in the album! We'll have more time to look and select over the weekend, so we'll probably write to you then or early next week. Again, many thanks for your work -- we are very impressed :) Best, Josh & Kiley

Christine & Bryan

Photo by Douglas Despres

"Doug these are amazing!! I can't even tell you how much I'm in love with them! You did such an incredible job and I cannot thank you enough! They're unreal!"