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!

Delaware Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Delaware, United States

Wilmington, Dover, Newark

Delaware Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our North America 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
May 26th, 2020
Rockville, Maryland Elopement Photographer | Quarantine - Social Distance Front Yard Wedding Sign - on a warm Saturday at the beginning of May the bride and groom had the most beautiful wedding in the front of their home
May 26th, 2020
Namib Desert, Namibia Elopement Story Photography | The wedding ceremony took place overlooking the vast openness of the desert
May 26th, 2020
Sea Horse Beach Club, Oludeniz, Fethiye, Turkey Elopement Picture Story | The wedding solemnized on the beach at sunset was visually magnificent

Elopement Photographers for Small United States Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Delaware 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, town hall, justice of the peace, 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, outdoor, 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 Delaware Couples

11 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Delaware wedding and elopement photography by Ronald Soliman

Ron Soliman is a Delaware-based photographer specializing in documentary photography. With 12 years of experience as a newspaper photographer and a photography director, Ron has earned awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles, and other journalism organizations for his photography. Switching gears from the newspaper world, Ron has found his passion in documenting weddings around the world everywhere his camera takes him. He loves what he does and it shows in the energy he brings into every wedding he covers. Ron was ranked as the Top 16 wedding photojournalist in the World by Wedding Photojournalism Association. He also has received awards for his recent works from the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Association. Ron's works have been published in TIMES magazine, American Photo Magazine, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today. [Delaware Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4500 (USD)
Philadelphia wedding photography and elopements by Meg Brock of Pennsylvania

Meg Brock is a wedding photojournalist based in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Meg was drawn to documentary photography and storytelling after a 10-year career as a pediatric intensive care nurse, which included two years volunteering in West Africa on board a hospital ship. Her experiences as a nurse were formative and gifted her an intimate view of the complexity of the individual and deep emotions connected to the human experience. As a result, she is drawn to the emotional connection and loves storytelling, which is shown in her documentary wedding photography. In addition to being a photographer, she is married to a wonderful husband and is excited to soon be celebrating 10 years of marriage. She is the mother of two children who share her strong will and determination. Being their mother has been and continues to be the greatest and most delicate privilege of her life. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
Philadelphia wedding and elopement photography by Miguel Angel

Before our start in 2012 Miguel Angel was studying film & cinematography. This attention turned to photography and he hasn't looked back since. This has led to our style being different. More drama but definitely moment based. We take on around 25-35 weddings a year as we don't want to do too many that our children don't get to know us. :-) Family is very important and shooting our kids started out as our passion first. If you like moment driven images with a little bit of drama in portraits feel free & contact us! [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3650 (USD)
Pennsylvania and Philadelphia are home to elopement and wedding photographer Colleen Stepanian

My name is Colleen Stepanian. I am a freelance photographer based in Philadelphia, PA and available for travel. I've contemplated long and hard every single day since I've picked up a camera about why I do what I do and what motivates me. I think about what it means to me and about what it means to other people. There are a few reasons, some have changed, some haven't. The few that drive them all are human connection, relationships, and vulnerability. I feel I have a responsibility to photograph present reality for the sake of human history and future nostalgia. It is very easy for me to connect with people, whether it be my clients or a stranger on the street. I love knowing that through my chosen medium I am able to gain new perspectives of this life, one person at a time. I feel honored and blessed to be able to wake up every morning and tell stories through photographs. Whether you are a couple that is tying the knot with a large wedding or small elopement, a family that wants to remember the little things, an individual that wants their story to be heard, or you're with a non-profit that needs an event covered, I want to hear from you. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3000 (USD)
Kevin Quinlan is a MD based unobtrusive wedding and elopement photojournalist with a background in fine arts.

Kevin Quinlan is an unobtrusive MD wedding photojournalist with a strong background in fine art. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fine Art/Photography from the University of Delaware. Conveying the authentic real emotions and happiness present on a bride and groom's wedding day is what originally drew Kevin to the photo-journalistic approach to wedding photography in 2003. Kevin has also worked as a commercial photographer with clients such as The University of Delaware, Philadelphia Magazine, and Delaware Today. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2250 (USD)
Harrisburg wedding and elopement photography by Scott Josuweit of Pennsylvania

I focus on capturing important moments in the most authentic and creative ways possible so my couples can be the rockstars that they are. None of my weddings look exactly the same because I treat each wedding like it should be: unique. Your wedding day isn't my personal photoshoot. I want the two of you to truly enjoy your engagement and wedding and live in those moments. In my spare time, you'll probably find me drinking some delicious craft beer, stuffing my face with local food, and spending time with my friends and family. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. My fiancé and I traveled to Ireland in 2017, western Canada in 2018, and toured all of the southern US in 2019. I love dogs but became more of a cat person when I adopted an adorable gray tabby cat named Chloe seven years ago. I'm an adrenaline junkie. I've been skydiving, ziplining, whitewater rafting, and much more. I live for the thrill! [Harrisburg Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3900 (USD)
New Jersey Wedding Photography by Kelly Giardina

My photography story did not exactly start as early as Nick’s. I started by joining Nick on a few jobs and assisting him because I simply missed him on weekends. As I worked with Nick on a few weddings I realized how much I loved it and how my view of things, that were happening around me, was changing. I decided to pick up a camera one wedding, and I have never put it down. Something about capturing such an important day, while having a blast with the person you love most in the world next to me, had me hooked! That and I loved making sure people did not get crappy photos like mine! I was also very lucky because shooting became second nature to me before I knew it. I am a nosy person by nature and I always say the camera has given me an excuse to be this way without being creepy. Needless to say, my style is very much photo-journalistic. A previous client said I was like a ninja sniper with my camera and I could not have received a better compliment. As for the rest of my life, I love being a wife, mother, spreadsheets, being organized, a clean house, planning events, Reality TV and Pizza Hut. (Shhh, I come from an Italian family so don’t tell my Grandma) The math is simple. Nick+Kelly=Great Team. We hope that we've offered a little peek into our family and that we haven't scared you too much! We look forward to getting to know you and yours. Thank you for considering us for your special occasion! [New Jersey Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3995 (USD)
Michelle M. Peters, a WPJA wedding photographer from PA, was focusing on her creative side at a young age.

Michelle Peters began focusing on her multiple creativities at a young age, but did not get involved in the photography area until a pro photojournalist offered her a mentorship, after she finished her education at the Pennsylvania State University. She was guided into Wedding Photojournalism and loves to capture all the moments of your special day, while maintaining an unobtrusive view. Although she still likes to hide in her 'secret studio' and shoot macro, her joy is now shooting the joy of your wedding day! [State College Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1350 (USD)
Roman Grinev, of Baltimore MD, was a newspaper photojournalist and started his own wedding photo studio

I am a former newspaper photographer & I started my wedding photography studio in 2001. I have photographed hundreds of weddings. As a former photojournalist, my goal is to document the real moments of your wedding, along with creative portraits. I’m always happy to do family photos and think that the process should be short & sweet so that you can enjoy the day. When starting the studio, my objective was to offer amazing images & great service. This continues to be the cornerstone of my business philosophy. [Washington DC Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1800 (USD)
Philadelphia wedding photography by Katie Baab of Pennsylvania

I cannot think of any other medium that so greatly encompasses preservation, appreciation, gratitude, and documentation the way that photography does. Photographs have power. They can transport you to another time, they can conjure a once vivid memory after it fades, they can show you what love looks like and at the very least, they can record a moment or an image of something you never want to forget. The magnitude of family photography is what interests me. Whether an engagement, a proposal, a wedding, a new baby, an immediate or extended family, what is happening right now is important and I want to record it for you. I strive to make images that are real, raw, emotive, artistic, classic and genuine and in a few years, or in many years, my hope is that they will be waiting for you when you want to recall the memories that you are making right now. I earned my BFA in photography from the University of Delaware and I have been photographing weddings and families professionally for over 13 years in Philadelphia, New York, and surrounding areas. I've learned that it's not about being in the right place at the right time, it's about being open to everything that is happening around me. The magic is always in the details and in the small moments that could get overlooked. My work has been recognized by Philadelphia Wedding Magazine, The Knot magazine, Lehigh Valley Style magazine, Style Me Pretty, and multiple online wedding resources. I am passionate about photographing your love story for you, for your family and for future generations to appreciate, and in doing it in such a way that the energy and love within your images can be felt for the rest of time. [Philadelphia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Samantha and Marc

Photo by Kevin Quinlan

We all love the photos! You worked your magic and caught some really great moments. -From the Mother of The Bride,

Meg and Matt

Photo by Kevin Quinlan

You really outdid yourself, I've gotten so many compliments. They really are fantastic!,

Megan And Allen

Photo by Kevin Quinlan

They are AMAZING!!!!! Thank you so much:),