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!

Cotswolds Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Cotswolds, England

Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire, Warwickshire

Cotswolds Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our United Kingdom 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 England Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Cotswolds 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 secret, mini, 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.

We are anxious to create a picture story chronicling your symbolic, intimate, casual, 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 Cotswolds Couples

8 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

East Yorkshire wedding and elopement photography by Patrick Mateer

Hi, I'm Patrick, I am a documentary wedding photographer based in Yorkshire, England. I work with my wife Hollie Mateer. Our studio is called M and G Wedding Photography and we work alongside another photographer, Matt Godman. My dad, when he was working, was an Art and Animation lecturer, art and design teacher, and freelance artist. He always had a camera with him - a Nikon F2 was his main camera, . He was a very trusting father as he let me use it from an early age. So I started taking photos from a very early age. I studied art at school and was lucky to have access to their darkroom. From school, I went to art college and then University. Though I studied fine art, I always specialised in photography. At university, I worked in many different ways, shooting landscapes, street photography, portraits. I was influenced by Adams, Eggleston, McCullin, Meyorvitz, Friedlander, Frank, Arbus, Wall. At university, I met my close friend Matt Godman. After graduation, we both started shooting weddings independently. After some years, we decided to pool our talents and experience. M and G Wedding Photography was born. In 2015 I met my wife Hollie Mateer. She joined M and G Wedding Photography in 2017. Hollie is my wife, my best friend, the best photographer I know - and the most wonderful mother. We love working together, in particular, shooting together. She continually pushes me to be a better photographer, just through her sheer talent. I still shoot images on film today - particularly on holiday or days out. Rather than taking a digital camera or using my phone, I use my Nikon F100 film camera. This restricts me to 36 images, meaning I really take time when documenting - and enjoying - moments as they happen. I became a wedding photographer because I love photography. I used to shoot more commercial work, but over time, I came to realise my real passion was wedding photography. Every wedding assignment is shot in my own style - every frame is my own. In commercial photography, though I loved the challenge of working to brief, I always felt restricted. Wedding photography allows me to express myself through image-making in the way I want to. I never seek to repeat past work and I don't work to a brief. My clients just expect me to take natural, unposed images of their day in the style I am known for. [East Yorkshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (GBP)

Hi, I'm Martin, a Bristol wedding and elopement photographer covering weddings all over the UK and destination wedding photography overseas. I have been documenting weddings for 10 years and had a chance to eat more than 350 different pieces of wedding cakes! Trust me this is not the main reason why I'm photographing weddings :) I truly love my job. I love capturing the little moments, the candid ones when nobody thinks I'm looking; memories that may otherwise be forgotten. After many years working as wedding photographer Somerset, I pride myself on providing each of my bride and grooms with very friendly and professional service. I have plenty of fantastic reviews from past couples and I won quite a few awards too! My photos have been published on a range of online wedding blogs including The English Wedding blog, The Wedding Community, Festival Brides, Fly Away Bride. I also love travelling and has been to more than 50 countries and still have plenty to visit, some of them for weddings! I am fluent in English, Spanish, Polish and "Portuñol" ;). I'm a family man, hiker, dog owner and Asian food lover. I spent 13 months exploring South & Central America before I became a Bristol wedding photographer and interestingly enough my first wedding that I ever photographed was in Mexico! [Bristol Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1100 (GBP)
England and Hampshire wedding photography and elopements by Anna Mikulich, of UK

I love to take pictures that will make people happy. Photography is my passion. At my young age, I delighted with the beauty of our World and always wanted to keep amazing memories for myself and others for a long time. Then I was managed to do this with the help of my «magic» camera by creating original and unique images that reflect the beauty of humanity and nature, the experiences we all feel and share. Now I am still falling in love with wedding and elopement photography that gives me a unique opportunity to visit beautiful places, meet interesting people and help them to capture those joys and happiness they were experienced on their special day – the beginning of their new life journey together. I think about my profession like a huge playground for creativity. Experience of something new, a source of inspiration and satisfaction! I really enjoy being a part of the wedding – such a special, positive spring of new perceptions and energy for me. One of the most important tasks for every professional is to capture a special atmosphere, the mood, and spirit of the wedding that will bring precious moments and unforgettable feelings to people looking at these pictures in five, ten or even fifty years. And I always try to do my best to be a really great professional! I am lucky to do what I do! [Hampshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (GBP)
Hampshire wedding reportage photography by Paul Tansley of England United Kingdom

Hampshire and Surrey wedding photographer. Covering weddings all over the south. Over 10 years experience, covering weddings in a documentary style with my wife Carol. After shooting for fashion magazines in London for over 18 years, I consider myself a veteran of that industry. However, ten years ago I left London and started shooting weddings exclusively from my Hampshire, UK base. Although I bring with me a lot of experience in how to make women look beautiful in pictures, even though I don't pose my pictures. I use observation of light, composition and my processing skills, to create my images without ever intruding on the couples enjoyment of the wedding day. My aim is always to be as unobtrusive as I can possibly be during the day and making people feel like they were at the wedding when they view the images. [Hampshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1600 (GBP)
Robin Goodlad is a UK based Dorset Wedding Photographer

A wedding is a momentous event, that should be photographed subtly and respectfully, through observation, rather than orchestration. This is the mindset I take to each and every wedding I photograph, to ensure that I blend in effortlessly, and that as far as possible I don't influence proceedings. If I get to the end of the day, and my clients remark how they have hardly noticed me all day, then my work is done! It is also a huge responsibility, when working with a blank canvas, to be able to tell the perfect story, This is why I prepare meticulously for every wedding, so I know every detail, and can position myself in the right place at the right time, and focus upon capturing the true ethos of the day. I'm also a firm believer in the photography 'journey', which includes getting to know my clients before the wedding. By doing this, I have a deeper understanding of who my clients are, and they also trust me more on the day to do what I do, it is a really important relationship. I've been photographing weddings for over 20 years when I started with the opportunity of covering family weddings in my late teens. I absolutely loved it, but it wasn't the 'standard' shots that people loved, it was the observation, the unique moments, the reportage, the storytelling. This approach, and my respectfully quiet nature is what has driven me to focus more upon my documentary work, anticipating, and always looking for little moments of magic. But I also know that clients don't always want just this, which is why I always offer a sprinkle of creativity where required through the day, by putting my clients in great light and great positions, but still encouraging them to shine and be themselves. When I am not shooting weddings, I always have to have camera with me; I adore landscape photography, which is my time to photograph for myself, and to re-energise and keep myself motivated as a photographer. I am fortunate to have won awards across many disciplines; landscapes, food, pets, portraits, and weddings, and I draw upon core principles from each of these genres to strengthen my wedding coverage. [Dorset Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (GBP)

Hi, I'm Steve of Ketch 22 photography. My style of photography is natural, relaxed, fun and creative documentary wedding photography. To me, weddings are about people. It's about capturing all those real and special emotions and moments that make your wedding totally unique. I have over 16 years of experience with hundreds of weddings under my belt. I'm based in Gloucestershire in the UK. I cover weddings right across the UK and destination weddings abroad. I'm also based in Andalusia in Spain, so if you intend to get married in that part of the World, do get in touch! If you like to see samples of my work feel free to check out my website and get in touch for more details about my services. [Gloucestershire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1499 (GBP)
Essex wedding reportage-style photography by Tracy Morter of England United Kingdom

I have taken quite a journey to be where I am now, I sort of accidentally ended up becoming a wedding photographer. And I am very happy my plans went awry because this job has enriched my life. Introduced me to so many amazing experiences and people over years. I started off studying astrophysics, had some babies, got Rage Against the Machine to number one at Christmas, and now I photograph weddings. For well over a decade now. And the babies are now wonderful grown-up adult sons. When I'm not at a wedding I will be shooting a festival or a gig. Weddings and music are where I get to photograph people letting go and being themselves. A muddy field to an elegant country house venue and everything in between. I get to know so many interesting people in these places my camera takes me, and that is why I am glad I've ended up here. [Essex Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1000 (GBP)
Gloucestershire wedding photography by Alex Benyon of England, United Kingdom

I’m Alex and I’m an award-winning photographer, husband to an amazing wife and father to a beautiful daughter. Currently living in the picturesque Cotswolds I shoot weddings all over the UK, Europe and anywhere in the world I’m asked to. I absolutely love using photography as a way of capturing emotion and telling stories which is why I specialise in documentary wedding photojournalism, a more candid and hands-off approach to wedding photography. Basically I will never tell you what to do, where to stand or ask you to ‘act natural’! I am also privileged to work with Sony UK as one of their Sony Alpha Creators. This includes delivering talks and presentations for Sony at photographic events and conventions all over the UK about my approach to documentary wedding photography using the Alpha system. As well as giving talks for Sony UK I also enjoy teaching and sharing my photographic approach and techniques at events and photography conventions around the UK and I have spoken several times at the annual The Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham. [Gloucestershire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
799 (GBP)

Wedding Elopement Picture Stories from Cotswolds

View WedElope Image Galleries from Small Weddings and Intimate Elopements.

Wedding Engagement Diamond Awards - Cotswolds

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

WPJA Communiqué: Features
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Becky & Greg

Photo by Paul Tansley

They are incredible! I cant wait to look through again when i am home with him. Ive been laughing and crying looking through them - they are perfect! I cant thank you enough! Becky & Greg

Cain Manor Wedding Photography by Tansley Photography of the UK

Laura & Dan

Photo by Paul Tansley

Thank you so much for our gorgeous photos. We love looking back through them and reminiscing! These photos capture the day perfectly and means we'll remember all those fabulous moments from the day.