Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS OPEN DURING COVID-19 - 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. 

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Fort Collins Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our United States 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 because of current covid 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 Colorado Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Fort Collins 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 mini, secret, civil ceremony, 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, intimate, outdoor, 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 Fort Collins Couples

6 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Fort Collins, Colorado wedding photography by Autumn Parry

We are a photojournalistic-style husband and wife team based out of Northern Colorado. We have a background in photojournalism, where we developed a love for storytelling and capturing moments that bring photos to life. We've worked around the country spending time with people from diverse backgrounds. These instincts help us document weddings as they unravel while being unobtrusive. Photography has enabled us to travel, meet incredible people and share their stories; we are truly grateful for all the encounters and opportunities that being behind the camera has allowed us to experience. We love to go hiking, explore the beautiful outdoors, and push our creative limits as photographers. We're storytellers at heart. We are always inspired by intimate connections, the energy of a fun crowd, beautiful light and the constant challenge of holding on to those fleeting moments. Your story matters and deserves to be told with creativity and an eye for the unexpected. We are always looking to see the world differently and love a good challenge that pushes us creatively to achieve more for our couples. [Fort Collins Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3400 (USD)
Fort Collins wedding and elopement photography by Sean Lara of Colorado

My photo journey began as a child when I was gifted my first camera at the age of ten. Even at a young age, I was passionate about taking photos and was tasked with being the “family photographer” on all of our vacations. In 2009, I dove into the photo industry and became a photographer for one of the largest newspapers in the country, and shortly after transitioned into capturing weddings. For the first three years of my career, I shot for a successful associate company in Southern California and learned from some of the most seasoned pros in the biz. Using the knowledge and skills I learned from this experience, I started my own studio combining story-telling with creativity which leads to my signature style. I love capturing images that convey emotion, incorporate scenery, and have vibrant, bold colors. One of my greatest pleasures in life is spending time outdoors and amongst nature, and as a result, I love incorporating scenery into my photographs. You’ll notice that many of the shots in our portfolio show off landscapes, beautiful sunsets, architecture, and other scenes – this wasn’t by accident. I feel it’s important to show off the surroundings during a photo session to provide context and tell a story. My photojournalism roots are always prompting me to keep a keen eye out for details, so capturing those once in a lifetime moments are incredibly important to me. [Fort Collins Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2250 (USD)

I’ve worked as a professional photographer for more than a decade. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in photojournalism and started out in the newspaper industry. During that time, I shot everything from criminal court trials to Detroit Pistons games (I’m originally from Michigan); structure fires to beauty pageants; congressional debates to high school football games on Friday nights. Every day was a new challenge; every assignment a new learning opportunity. My time as a photojournalist taught me to be resourceful and to think on my feet, which has proven invaluable for wedding photography. In the summer of 2008, I started shooting weddings on the side and absolutely loved it. I was able to visit new places, meet new people, and was granted a very important and personal role in what was arguably the most joyful day of their lives. Plus, I started getting a ton of compliments on my work and how it was different from typical wedding photography. People would tell me that they could spot one of my photos from a mile away without having to be told who the photographer was – that I was beginning to cultivate a very specific style. So when my wife, Moira, and I moved to Colorado that fall, I decided to make wedding photography my full-time career; we started J. La Plante Photo and never looked back. When I’m not behind the lens, you can probably find me on the slopes. Skiing is one of the main reasons I moved west. I’m also obsessed with the music scene out here. Red Rocks is by far the coolest venue I’ve ever been to. I’m a craft beer nerd, a movie buff, an amateur screenwriter and an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction alike. And I love to travel. I’ve been to 18 foreign countries and all 50 United States. I drove all over the American West before deciding to settle in Colorado, where I immediately fell in love with the state’s blend of urban and outdoor lifestyles. The proximity of Denver to the mountains felt too good to be true and now, eight years later, it still feels that way. I can’t imagine a more perfect setting for a wedding photographer. [Boulder Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4999 (USD)
Boulder wedding photography by Bonnie Sizer of Colorado

Bonnie is a Scottish word for beautiful. Having this name has encouraged me to see the beauty in everything. Born and raised in Boulder, CO, I’ve always had a travel bug and a passion for art. I specialize in outdoor portraits using natural and staged lighting. My editing style is bold and vibrant. You’ll find that my client interactions and photography reflect the high value I place on family, honesty, intelligence (I am a Ravenclaw after all), and humor. My other roles include substitute teacher, Denver Comic Con volunteer, luckiest wife in the world, and dog momma. Even as a small child, my parents made sure to instill in me a love for viewing and creating art. This life-long immersion in the art world inspired me to pursue an art degree for part of my undergraduate career at Colorado State University (although I ended up with a BA in International Studies and a minor in history). As I sought a place to study history for my master’s degree, I made sure to find a place that would encourage and foster my artistic side. I traveled to Norwich, UK to get my MA in Modern European History at the University of East Anglia. I chose UEA for its dedication to the arts and the rigor of its Slavic studies program. My coursework there focused on art and literature in the Soviet Union and I wrote my dissertation on Soviet Cinema. It was at this time that I bought my first DSLR camera because my point and shoot offered nowhere near the amount of artistic control I desired over my images. I now feel at home as a wedding photographer in Colorado. I own my own business, I'm following my passion, and I love it! [Boulder Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1950 (USD)
Estes Park, Colorado wedding photography by Joe Pyle

I'm Joe Pyle and I'm a wedding photographer living in Estes Park, CO where the air is thin and the views are stunning. I've been photographing weddings and engagements since 2013 full time, and can't think of anything else I'd rather do. While that may sound cliche, I've done it all. Past work includes: electrician, plumber, factory line worker, HVAC tech, window cleaner, bike mechanic, auto bodywork, basic construction, web design, hardware store clerk, gas station attendant, and probably several more that I don't really care to conjure. The point is, I've done a lot of things and wedding photography is by far the most rewarding, fun, and adventurous "job" I've ever been a part of. I come from a long line of hard-working individuals from the midwest United States, Iowa to be exact, and was taught the value of hard work and getting your hands dirty. My brother, sister, and I grew up in an earth home that my dad built. It was about 20 miles out in the country and we heated it with wood that we cut down, hauled home, and split- all by hand. In order to have enough heat for the harsh Iowa winters we needed between 15-20 truckloads of wood and I remember chores being a big part of our day. The hard work gene has been passed from my grandad to my own boys who now love to split wood for our wood-burning stove here in Estes Park. My grandad and my dad both were U.S. Navy men who served our country. I remember both of them telling stories of traveling to places like Borneo, Thailand, Japan, and China. When you're a young boy, these places seem so amazingly beautiful and I promised myself that when I married we'd travel. My wife Kari and I just took a trip to Paris and Venice to celebrate our anniversary (I won't say which one, YIKES!) for our first time to Europe and we've both caught the travel bug. Speaking of Kari, she works with me at every wedding. Her eye compliments mine and we work together very well. We've been married for several years now and have two boys together. We shoot around 20-30 weddings per year and that includes an engagement session with almost everyone. We're very busy with our work, but we always make time for each other. We get outside a lot and we rock climb, hike, trail run, cycle, and mountain bike. Our love for the outdoors has formed our lives together and we homeschool our boys so that we can create a schedule that works with our lifestyle. Moving to the heart of the Rocky Mountains was the best decision we've made and we can't imagine living anywhere else. It is beautiful here and it just feels like home. When someone asks what our "style" of photography is, we don't have a direct answer. What we do is what you want us to do. If you like our style on our site, then awesome. If not, that's awesome too. If you're here looking at this page, chances are you're engaged or almost engaged. Congratulations, we wish you the very best! If you want photography that is bold, vibrant, and full of emotion in a fantastic setting, get in touch with us. We'd love to start the conversation. Cheers, -joe [Estes Park Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
Denver wedding and elopement photography by Daniel Petty of Colorado

Anya Semenoff and Daniel Petty here. We are photographers, journalists, writers, adventurers, couch potatoes, Netflix-bingers, chocolate junkies, voracious readers. We met in a newsroom copy room. Anya was a newly hired editorial assistant, prepping documents for an afternoon meeting; Dan was a summer digital news intern whose tenure at the newspaper had just been extended through the end of the year. The copy room, also home to employee mail boxes, gave Dan the perfect excuse to “randomly” bump into Anya as she collected fresh paper printouts, still warm from the copier. That day in September 2009, launched the two of us on an unexpected path. Though our love story didn’t take shape for many months to come, the shared passion for storytelling and journalism we recognized in each other that day would provide the foundation for a friendship, business, and marriage. We specialize in wedding and editorial photography. We come from a newsroom, and we carry the spirit of journalism we cultivated there into everything we photograph, from weddings to events and everything in between. We want to capture the real, unscripted moments. We want to bear witness and document the event fully. Beauty can be found in the in between, and that’s what we strive to capture. We want to bring you more inspiration, more behind-the-scenes, more insight into why we believe that capturing you with your best foot forward — whether that foot is clad in wedding shoes, polished-up leather boots, or a thrifted pair from Goodwill — is a goal worth dedicating every effort. Everyone has a story worth sharing. We would love to help you tell yours. [Denver Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2700 (USD)

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Bride and Groom Dancing | Ironworks Denver Wedding | Denver Wedding Photographers | J. La Plante Photo

Frances & Bryce

Photo by Jesse La Plante

Thank you both so very much from the bottom of our hearts for being so wonderful to work with and for your talent and artistry in capturing our wedding day in a way no one else possibly could have. We are both so grateful and so appreciative of you and all your hard work and dedication. We love everything you have done and everything we have seen so far and are excited for more to come and more time with you both. We are so happy we have connected and we thank you for your friendship also. We just love you guys!! Thank you again for EVERYTHING!! Your talent is off the charts.

Picture of the Bride and Groom Shoe Game | Della Terra Wedding | Estes Park Wedding Photographers | J. La Plante Photo

Courtney & Derek

Photo by Jesse La Plante

We don’t think we could ever say thank you enough! Every photo you took from our engagement session and our wedding amazes us. As you can tell it is hard to pick our favorite! We had so much fun going on adventures with you to take photos, especially hiking up a mountain in our wedding attire. Thank you for all your hard work on the photos and going above and beyond with your creativity. We will always remember trying to have a romantic moment and Moira always popping in. It gave us many funny memories. We can’t wait to go on our next adventurous photo shoot with you guys and drink some whiskey. If you need a reference feel free to reach out to us!

Photo of Bride and Groom Toasts at TenMile Station | Breckenridge Wedding Photographers | J. La Plante Photo

Kristin & Greg

Photo by Jesse La Plante

We can’t thank you enough for our amazing photos! There are so many perfect shots that I’m afraid our house will end up looking like a shrine of our wedding! You guys were easily the best decision for our wedding. Thank you so much for all of your help, advice, suggestions and recommendations. We love that we have ended up with new friends through this experience! Please keep in touch!

Happy, smiling bride and groom during their outdoor wedding ceremony at the Shupe Homestead | Boulder Wedding Photographer

Kristin & Grant

Photo by Jesse La Plante

WOOOOOOOO WWWWWWWwW. This is basically the highest form of verbal praise we can give, when we are so blown away by things, we add at least 7 o’s and at least the same number of whatever consonant letter follows the vowel. This is because the pictures leave us so incredibly speechless that all we keep saying is “this is amazing” “no, THIS is amazing.” Which dilutes the power of the amazing which is not at all fair. You guys must be photography ninjas because after the family photos, you were so stealthy I had no idea of your whereabouts, but clearly you were hiding in the best places to capture all these great memories!!!! I am so so happy with these sneak peek photos! Thank you for the gift of your craft. We are so happy you were there on our special day capturing all of these moments in such unique and beautiful form.

Patricia & Kevin

Photo by Jesse La Plante

We were so honored to have you share in our special day. The pics are absolutely amazing! We can’t thank you enough. Please accept this small token of our appreciation of your hard work and beautiful photos. We are so happy with the final product! You rock! Thank you again.

Jamie & Eric

Photo by Jesse La Plante

You two are just so incredibly talented! Thank you so so much for all of the hard work you put in to capture these amazing photos. We don’t think we have seen wedding photos better than these! Also thank you for coming all the way to Durango and celebrating with us! It was great to get to know you two a little better throughout the wedding process. We hope we get to hang with you two again sometime and hope you enjoyed your time in Durango as well. You guys rock!

Fortunata Winery Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer

Aekta & John

Photo by Jesse La Plante

We can’t thank you enough for everything. Y’all were/are the BEST! From keeping me company while gettind ressed to the amazing photographs at the wedding, you truly gave us some amazing photographs that really capture our style. Apologies for basically running down the aisle! We’ll never forget the water balloons either! So excited to get the chance to work with you again, and it doesn’t hurt that you’re pretty awesome people. See you in January!

Bride and Groom Recessional photo after mountain ceremony| Sonnenalp Club Wedding | Beaver Creek Wedding Photographers | J. La Plante Photo

Jen & Robert

Photo by Jesse La Plante

We just got back from our honeymoon (talk about perfect timing ! We missed the polar vortex ! ) and we both just wanted to say thank you so much for everything ! We had such a great time and experience with you both. I remember talking with Robert and all I wanted was 5 non awkward photos through the wedding ( you should see our travel photos ... we are pretty non photogenic ...) and seeing your blog post ... oh my god ... those pictures ... were AMAZING ! Not to mention what you wrote... *sigh* ..also, amazing .... you guys just made the day ten times more memorable and I can’t thank you enough ! I can’t wait to see the rest of them (even the blooper reel lol ) and I just wanted to let you know I will be recommending you guys to all of United and then some. I’m so glad we found you guys and I hope to document more memories in the future with you as well :)

Black and white photo of the bride and groom hugging guests at the Wedgewood Boulder Creek Wedding | Boulder Wedding Photographer

Cat & Bryant

Photo by Jesse La Plante

Bryant and I are so beyond amazed with the photos we received from not only our wedding day but from our engagement shoot! The two of you were so fun to work with and made both of us feel so relaxed that we could just be ourselves. We both look at our photos and ask “How did they get that? We didn’t even see them next to us.” Your work is truly amazing and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you again and please let us know the next time you are in Summit.