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!

Cinque Terre Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Cinque Terre, Liguria

Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore

Cinque Terre Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our Italy 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
August 10th, 2020
Florence, Tuscany Romantic Elopement Photos | This couple chose to have an intimate wedding in the heart of Florence in light of COVID-19
August 7th, 2020
Glorietta Restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming Elopement Venue Image | The bride's parents had just given a toast to the couple
August 6th, 2020
Club Horizont, Varna, Bulgaria Elopement Portrait Session | The bride and groom share some private time together before leaving to celebrate with their guests

Elopement Photographers for Small Liguria Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Cinque Terre 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 pop-up, city hall, mini, 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, romantic, boutique, 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 Cinque Terre Couples

6 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Liguria and Savona Wedding and Elopement Photography by Andrea Bagnasco, of Italy

I'm a keen observer. I've always been. I remember my mom kept telling me not to stare at people when I was a kid. I don't seem to have listened as I keep staring at people, only now I do it through the viewfinder of my camera. My interest in photography started back in the mid-'80s when I was barely a teenager. I saved for over a year to afford my first camera, which was a Nikon FM2 with a 50mm lens. A fully manual, film camera that I still own to this day and that still takes perfectly good pictures. It was a time when cameras and photographs were both meant to last. Cameras were mostly mechanical machines and photographs were physical prints, created on film and impressed on paper. There was something tangible about taking a picture and pictures, even normal family vacation pictures, were taken to make a statement. I remember leaving for several days with my family and I could take with me 1 or maybe 2 rolls of film. That was 36 or 72 exposures total. So, pressing the shutter was something exciting that came at the end of a thoughtful process, which could take minutes or a split second, but still: taking a picture was making a statement. And if you think about it, these photographs are still around, be it in albums or boxes in the closet. It may be your pictures as a child or the pictures of your parents or grandparents. They are still doing their work of preserving a memory, of passing down to generations information about people who came before us. They are telling us who we are and where we come from. Fast forward a few decades, come digital sensors and smartphones and photography has radically changed, in that cameras seem to only last a few years before going obsolete and pictures are taken by the thousands, very few of which, if any, will ever be printed and stand any chance to be looked at by anyone in 10 years or more. Still, my job is to take photographs of weddings and I like to come from the bygone era of photography that was meant to last when the shutter was pressed to make a statement. That has stuck with me, even if I'm working with digital cameras and the 36 exposures roll has turned into a multi-thousand pictures capacity memory card. My mindset hasn't changed, the excitement of seeing all the elements come together to make the frame I am looking for and pressing the shutter, that hasn't changed either. I'm entering my 10th year as a professional wedding photographer now. It all happened almost by chance, when I was facing decisions about my 15 years long corporate career and my personal life had me rethink my professional path. I was asked to shoot a friend's wedding but I hadn't practiced photography since ages. I learnt photography technique when I was in my teens then put it aside as my hobby is and has always been guitars. So I borrowed a digital camera and took this people's wedding pictures without ever been taught how to shoot a wedding. I just went out there and took pictures of what I saw, without ever giving directions to anyone as I had no idea how things were supposed to be directed. It was documentary wedding photography without me knowing it. Turns out, everybody loved the pictures. I was loving guitars and music so much and hoping to be loved back but as it went, photography loved me more than guitars ever did. I had a talent and the responsibility of making it grow. In the meanwhile, I started my business. I already had the basic techniques down from my younger days, so I studied the work of the masters. Photographers that always appealed to me such as W. Eugene Smith, H. Cartier Bresson, Don Mc Cullin, Elliott Erwitt, Salgado and the more I studied, the more I discovered, the more books I acquired: Alex Webb, Fan Ho, Josef Koudelka, Bruce Gilden, Robert Frank, James Nachtwey among the others. The best way to improve your lexicon is to read books. Likewise for photography, studying the work of the masters on photography books is what develops your own photographic language. What educates your way of looking at things and crafting a picture, to make your statement. To this day, I've shot approximately 300 weddings. Anything from eloping couples and a pair of guests to 200+ people events. No matter how big and fancy or small and simple, it's always about telling the story of my clients through my pictures. It's about putting my photography lexicon to work to craft images that will be true to my clients, to their day, to their vision. They provide the content, I provide the style. Simple as that. [Savona Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1800 (EUR)

My name is Federico Pannacci, I’m a professional wedding photographer and lifestyle. I really love to fly and live in tuscany with my mate, my daughter and my red cat ( Spritz! ). I never liked my image on the mirror, I never felt my shape as something of photogenic, for these reason I met photography, it was the way to study how to express the shape of the life in the same way my heart and mind felt it. This is the reason why my photography is genuine and natural but contaminated from a dreamy and artistic trend. [Siena Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (EUR)

Taking pictures. It makes me happy. I started having fun at 8 yrs old when I got a Kodak Instamatic. My interest in wedding photography came shooting some friends' wedding, and has not run out yet. It's like breathing to me: I can't do without. I don't think the images before making them: I observe and snap, I follow the emotions and the light, in a continuous search for an unusual frame. Every marriage is an encounter with the beauty of a new story to remember, which totally involves my gaze and my heart and eventually becomes part of my own experience; and at the end a part of me remains, with photographs, inside this story. [Varese Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
150/hour (EUR)
Liguria and Savona wedding photography by Giorgia Gaggero, of Italy

Born and raised in Savona, a small town on the sea, I approached photography very soon, when my dad in his photographic releases allowed me to shoot with a small disposable Kodak. Over time, my training in visual communication and proximity to other forms of art such as painting (my parents are ceramists) has meant that at the age of 19 I decided to enroll in a photography school. It was then that my teacher of the time wanted to take me with her to go and take pictures of those who would then be my first marriages. Since then a succession of works always linked to photography, graphics, and communication. Until 2015, when together with Fabrizio Gresti, my husband, I decided to open Creative Couple Studio. Marriage is what I love to do, together with the photography of children and family. I love working with people, excited faces, gestures, stories that each of us brings with them, are exactly what I constantly look for in my subjects. During the services I'm very discreet just to make sure that everything takes place in the maximum spontaneity that I always try to capture in my shots. I love meeting new people, I'm sociable and in the past, I have also photographed musical events, so I'm also very careful to take the moments of the party, but as a woman, I have a sensitivity and an attentive eye to detail. A mix of essential ingredients for a wedding photo story. [Savona Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1700 (EUR)

I have always photographed. At the very beginning, I studied architecture, my obsession was to take perfect photographs. My problem was always the people who “soiled” the places, squares, and buildings that I photographed during my travels or exits. But then something changed. A bit like in "Ciàula discovers the Moon", the novel by Pirandello in which the miner boy once remains ecstatic by the beauty of the Moon despite having always had it in front his eyes but never really looked at, I fell in love with people. I studied photojournalism and learned how to tell the beauty of reality and people even in their imperfection, which is an essential part of the uniqueness and soul of everything. Over the years I then specialized in wedding photojournalism and family portraits. Basically, reportage photography consists of telling an event, a situation, a story. This approach applied by an important event such as a marriage or even a simple family moment is much more alive and personal, truer. Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the forefathers of photojournalism, once said that to photograph is to place the mind, the eyes and the heart on the same target line. I have always tried to make this sentence my own because if you manage to converge in a single photo, in addition to what you see the energy of a moment, the intensity of an emotion, the perception of an atmosphere, well, that's amazing! [Turin Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1600 (EUR)
Portofino wedding photography by Simone Primo of Liguria Italy

My name is Simone and I am a professional photographer specialized in reportage and wedding photography. In 2016 I started working alone opening the "Simone Primo Photography" studio. I was born in Genoa in 1987, alas I have just passed my thirties ... I’m a destination wedding photographer based in Ligury near Cinque Terre and Portofino. I am a curious person, I love to travel, every day I look for a way to marvel at something new, I observe the details, I am an extrovert, I like people and I always lose myself in a thousand talks with anyone and under any circumstances. At the same time, they are also very thoughtful and sensitive, characteristics that I place halfway between the strengths and weaknesses. I drink more coffee than I can count and I have an unbreakable bond with the sea. I have to be honest: I got serious about photography quite late during my university studies. At that time I was constantly shooting and everything around me seemed perfect to be photographed: from the landscapes to the flowers, from the friends to the high and narrow alleys of Genoa up to the sunsets - yes, even those - and the sunrises (the latter much more rarely. Photography has become more and more powerful in my life, but I soon realized that something was missing in my shots. In addition to having to refine the technique, it was necessary to develop a narrative: I had the feeling that my photographs told little and often each was separate from the others. More importantly, I’m a human being who loves his job (I’m so happy for you about this), snowboarding and not totally sucking and it, watching Netflix on the sofa before sleeping and eating way too much pasta and ice-cream. [Portofino Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (EUR)
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Yuri and Martina

Photo by Matteo Reni

Having you as a photographer for our wedding has been one of the best decisions: you're a talented and dedicated photographer, you've been able to capture all the best moments of the day without being invasive, from the beginning to the very end. All pictures turned out amazing, and they are a true portrait of the feelings and emotions of the day. You're so passionate about wedding photography, and the results are the best memory of our special day.