Charlottesville Wedding Photographers

Charlottesville Wedding Photographers

Find Charlottesville photographers serving: Commonwealth of Virginia, Albemarle, Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Nelson

Charlottesville Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Charlottesville 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 couples have recently discovered that less is more when it comes to wedding planning in Charlottesville, and those small weddings allow them to truly enjoy every aspect of their day. While they may be planning a sweet and simple Charlottesville elopement, couples still want to have their wedding day documented.

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

Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards

Charlottesville Photographers for Large or Small Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Charlottesville 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.

Virginia WPJA members are ready to document any pop-up, town hall, small, 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.

Charlottesville Wedding Venues We Love

6 Charlottesville Wedding Photographers...

Engagement Portrait Pro, Wedding and Elopement Photographer Johnny Shryock of the WPJA

Johnny Shryock

Arlington in Virginia, US *Now booking Charlottesville weddings.
4250 (USD)
Megan Rei, Documentary Style Wedding Photographer

Megan Rei

Bristow in Virginia, US *Now booking Charlottesville weddings.
4000 (USD)

Eva Russo

Fairfax in Virginia, US *Now booking Charlottesville weddings.
3400 (USD)

Heather Hughes Ostermaier

Newport News in Virginia, US *Now booking Charlottesville weddings.
2999 (USD)

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving Charlottesville Couples

Charlottesville Wedding Elopement Photography - WedElope

View WedElope Image Galleries by Charlottesville Wedding Photographers from Small Events and Intimate Elopements.

Wedding Venue Pictures by Charlottesville Wedding Photographers

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

Charlottesville Wedding, Elopement and Engagement Images by WPJA Photographers

Below are some Charlottesville wedding photography samples from the world’s best wedding photographers of the WPJA. Some of these Charlottesville marriage pictures might be artistic portraits, details, or documentary-style images that have come from getting ready sessions, wedding ceremonies, reception venues, or Charlottesville engagement portrait sessions with couples.

Documentary wedding photographer at the 12 Ridges Vineyard event venue in Charlottesville, Virginia captured Groom wiping away tears as he is reading his vows
An after the marriage proposal Charlottesville engagement photograph at Ravens Roost showing the Couple snuggled up and laughing with sun and mountains in the background
Montfair Resort Farm wedding venue photography in Charlottesville, Virginia capturing Couple joyfully recessing from their ceremony on a very windy day
Charlottesville based wedding and event photography at the 12 Ridges Vineyard in Virginia of Mom hugging bride tightly during getting ready
A heartfelt display of emotion is captured in this St Pauls Church, Charlottesville wedding day moment from a Virginia  documentary wedding photographer showing Bride and Dad sharing a hug as they are about to walk down the aisle
World's top and most original Charlottesville, VA wedding portrait photography at Mt. Ida Farm of the couple embracing in front of their neon sign
A top documentary wedding photographer at St. Paul's Memorial Church in Charlottesville, VA created this image showing Bride and bridesmaids all reacting to a story by officiant
A top Virginia wedding photojournalism example from a beautiful Charlottesville, Common House wedding venue showing the Couple and guests smiling towards flower girl during toasts

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I find a photographer for a short-notice, small Charlottesville wedding?
A: There are many WPJA photographers who are able to help you out at a moment's notice. We understand that sometimes love happens and there's simply no time to lose. We can ensure that you can get married as quickly as possible — and have incredible photographs to remember your Charlottesville wedding day by.
Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
Q: Who are the best Charlottesville wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top Charlottesville 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.
WPJA Communiqué: Featured Wedding Photography Articles
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...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...Read more
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...Read more


Bride and groom reception dancing image from the Washington Golf & Country Club Venue, Arlington, VA

Liz & Cameron

Photo by Xiaoqi Li

Xiaoqi, Cameron and I cannot thank you enough for making our wedding day so special and capturing it all beautifully. Many of our guests commented on how kind, talented and helpful you were. You made everyone posing feel comfortable in front of the lens, which can be a tough task for a photographer I'd imagine! We will definitely recommend you to others as more of our friends and family get married. Can't wait for the big reveal and maybe we will see you down in Charlottesville! -Lizzy

Laura & Bryan

Photo by Heather Hughes Ostermaier

Hi Heather! Thank you!! We are so excited to see the pictures. Thanks you so much for being a part of our day and capturing all our special moments. We will treasure these forever. Feel free to share any photos you'd like. Thank you again so much! I hope that one day our paths might cross again. Until then, I wish you and your family all the best!

Wedding image from Celebrations At the Reservoir, Richmond, Virginia, USA

Anna & Justin

Photo by Xiaoqi Li

Xiaoqi: We wanted to thank you for your exceptional service especially how challenging 2020 turned out to be. Your small trinkets (the unexpected cookies!) made getting married a delightful process. We were on the fence about having a wedding and now that we have done it, we are so glad we made the choice to proceed. You were an enormous part of our pleasant, beautiful, amazing experience. Thank you. Love, Anna & Justin