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!

Iceland Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Iceland, Europe

Reykjavík, Kopavogur, Hafnarfjoerdur

Iceland Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our 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!

Elopement Photographers for Small Europe Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Iceland 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 justice of the peace, mini, quick, 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 modern, symbolic, 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 Iceland Couples

16 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Portugal and Porto is where you will find wedding photographer Daniel Monteiro

Born in France, grown between Portugal and Switzerland. As a kid I wanted to become an architect and as an architecture student I wanted to work somewhere in between architecture and photography. Near the end of the course I bought my first dSLR, and as a photo-amateur started shooting in the streets. I worked some time as an architect, then as an architectural photographer and later, by accident, I made my first wedding reportage. A year later I decided to give more attention to that empathy I felt with this area and, together with Raquel, my life companion, initiated "menino conhece menina" (in English it means BOY MEETS GIRL), a project over which we would shoot others boys and girls that love each other. Since then this work and this profession has been increasingly contagious and today we dedicate ourselves in full time to observe the happy lives that seek for our photos. As a wedding photographer I found my expression in the emotions of the people I photograph, looking for an approach emotionally genuine and documental. [Porto Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1950 (EUR)
Hesse Wedding Photographer Steven Herrschaft, of Germany

"Wedding photographer". I took this decision four years ago.. Since then I lived my dreams. Everyday. It was a hard, and sometimes debilitating path, that shaped me. For which I have sacrificed much. For which I have left behind the normal life of a teenager - and yet I do not regret it for a single second. After taking my life-changing decision, to become a photographer, a lot changed: The weekends I spend in the swimming pools of my beautiful country have turned into wedding locations.. The evenings, I crammed for school, I now sit in front of my computer editing pictures or meet awesome bridal couples. When I put the camera aside, then you'll find me most likely studying in university: In the summer of 2015 I did the step if being a student and I am currently in the sixth semester of my online communications studies. For me #onkomm (so we call our degree program) combines many things, which helps me professionally, but personally, as well. As you might see on my website, I am an internet person. [Hesse Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2300 (EUR)
Cotes-d'Armor wedding and elopement photographer Patrick Lombaert - Brittany France

From a Japanese mother born in Brazil and a Corsican father, I am a child of the world. Diversity is obviously a wealth and it is also what makes each of us unique. Happy married and daddy of two lovely kids, I am naturally animated by exchange and sharing. Each meeting is, therefore, a great openness to the world. I endeavor to produce wedding and elopement images without any artifice and faithful to the precious slices of life that you offer me. My first concern is indeed to get photos as you are, hence my lifestyle approach. I, therefore, propose to you my gaze on your future moments of happiness. If my images appeal to you and my approach speaks to you, I would be glad if we discussed your photographic expectations, whether it be around a beer, a coffee, by telephone, skype or by email. [Cotes-d'Armor Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1800 (EUR)
 Loire-Atlantique wedding photography by Estelle Offroy of Pays de la Loire France

I grew up in Lyon, I studied in Paris, I worked in London ... And now I live here: in Maine-et-Loire, on the edge of the Loire Atlantique, between a large river and a small river, between fields and vineyards, a land of adoption that feeds my eyes with incredible lights and mysterious mists. Before becoming a photographer, I was a cabinetmaker. But splinters and sanding hours got the better of my patience ... and then I wanted to get out of the studio, discover the world and people. For that, a camera is an extraordinary tool! When I do not photograph weddings, I do family reports, portraits of adults, children, toddlers, landscapes, bodies ... I practice and I photograph dance. The movement fascinates me. [Loire-Atlantique Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2100 (EUR)
France and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes are home to wedding photojournalist Ambre Peyrotty

Ambre is an award-winning wedding photojournalist based in Auvergne. She's specialized in shooting intimate weddings and elopements around the world. Being a true introvert, Ambre is very discreet. She will move around a lot to capture every detail that happened during the day, in the most accurate way possible. During the ceremony, she doesn't move around and prefers to find a nice spot to cover everything without disturbing your guest's experience. She shoots around 20-30 weddings a year, and more than 100 since the beginning of her carreer. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in photography in the Ecole de Condé, Northern France, in 2014, and her work has been exhibited in France, Portugal and Canada. She likes to infuse her love for travel in every wedding she shoots, and travels on her own around the world most of the year. [Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (EUR)
United Kingdom, England and Surrey is where Katie Roberts applies her wedding reportage skills.

I have always loved the still image. From a young age, I took control of the camera on holidays and family events, and this continued through my teens – earning me the nickname ‘Paparazzi’ among my friends. I have always loved capturing the natural, unposed, unforced moments, when people are at their most comfortable. This candid, reportage style of photography continues in my work; I love to evoke emotion in the viewer and make them look twice at the finished image. I like to work quietly around the fringes of the scene, capturing precious moments without the subject realising. So I spend the majority of shoots in a ghost-like fashion, only making my voice heard for the occasional family composition. I hope to make my shoots as much fun for the client as possible, just giving occasional direction and letting the natural laughter, love, and smiles just happen. Capturing images that stand the test of time. I have been featured in blogs and magazines and look forward to the wedding stories to come in the future! [Surrey Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1200 (GBP)
Douglas Despres is an award winning wedding photographer from San Francisco Bay

Doug is an award-winning photographer based out of San Francisco Bay. His style is documentary with drops of lifestyle. He is known for his peaceful and positive demeanor, and ability to easily connect with family and guests. Doug has shot near 450 wedding events since 2002 from San Francisco to Seoul and Big Sur to Bangkok. Seen as an extension of the family, he gets in close and comfortable, being quickly accepted and forgotten, while framing the perfect shot at the height of the moment. Departing a bit from his days as a photojournalist, Doug prefers to photograph from 'inside the circle' instead of out... often ending up as a longtime family photographer and friend. Published in leading blogs such as NPR, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Snippet and Ink and Le Magnifique, his images are treasured by the professional community. Doug is listed as one of the top 30 photographers in the world by the Wedding Photojournalist Association and is a preferred talent on premiere venue and coordinator lists along the California coast. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3750 (USD)
Samuel Berthelot is most at home when shooting wedding photos in Luxembourg

A few years back, I was already an established landscape photographer when my cousin asked me to photograph her wedding. When I do things, I'm 100% committed. My first move was to read tons of articles about wedding photography and to go through hundreds of images to get a grasp of what to do and what not to do. I was highly influenced by the great Tyler Wirken and his journalistic approach. On top of learning a few tricks from his blog, I also bought the right gear, a 35mm prime lense. The smile on my cousin's face when she saw her photos was so rewarding that I decided to shoot more weddings and soon after it became a full-time job. Over the years, I have developed my ability to be at the right place at the right time, by anticipating every moment of a wedding. This helps me to capture all the emotions going on on the big day. Shooting weddings has had a great influence on my approach to photography and my personal life. I now apply the same principles when I take pictures of my own baby-girls: my wife is so grateful to have souvenirs of these candid family moments. This is why I take so much pride in documenting weddings, because I know how important these moments are for the bride and groom. [Luxembourg Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
250/hour (EUR)
Atlanta Wedding and Elopement Photographer Orlando Suarez - Georgia WPJA

Hi, I’m Orlando, a wedding photographer from Denver, Colorado, but I currently call Atlanta, Georgia, my home. Along with my wife, Lissette, I run Viridian Images Photography. We shoot mainly for candid moments when our subjects are camera unaware, while lightly blending in natural portraits. For the past ten years, wedding photography has taken us all over the world. From the spraying waterfalls of Iceland to the warm beaches of Mexico and the colorful landscapes of India. Not to mention countless cities here in America. How cool is it that we get to meet new people, document the best day of their lives and gain new friends; all while doing what you truly love in the process? It’s fantastic! We like good music, interesting design, vacation getaways, volunteer work, dining out with friends and all things Italian. Most of all, we love photography as our way to express a sense of what’s happening in the moment. So the feeling comes through even years from now. We don’t take pictures. We make fine art from your memories. [Atlanta Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3100 (USD)
New York - Upstate wedding photographer Tracey Buyce

I believe in providing a visual family legacy. On your wedding day, I become part of your family, one of your friends. Therefore, your story is truly told through the eyes of a friend, not a stranger. Photography at your wedding isn’t about hours of posing for photos, it’s about enjoying one of the most important days of your life with the people that matter most to you. Family. Friends. By welcoming me into your world, I am able to capture all the emotions of the day – the serious, the silly and the poetic. It is my passion as a photographer to have your wedding photos depict the relationship between you and the people you love. We become who we are through our family and friends. Your photos will communicate who they are and the bond you have with each of them. As an artist, how I see and feel during your wedding is a reflection of my own family legacy. My father, Jack, was a powerful man, in mind, body, and spirit. He taught me to listen, to be loyal, to be respectful, to always be prepared, to be charitable, and to always work hard. My mother, Sylvia, was vibrant, funny, outgoing, and generous. She gave me the confidence to be myself. In the past few years I have lost both of my parents. I miss them very much. A friend recently told me, “Tracey, on a wedding day, you are the best of both your parents. You work your tail off and you’re the couple’s best friend.” In Interlaken, Switzerland, on June 9, 2008, I married the love of my life, my rock, Pete. The way I feel when Pete looks at me is what I aspire to capture for my couples. He is thoughtful, funny, understanding, and truly my best friend. Pete is the only man, other than my father, who has loved me unconditionally. He is simply amazing. We have two rescue dogs, Roxy and Cassidy and our shelter kitty Reece. I love our little family and we couldn’t be happier! I want to get to you know you, your fiancé and your families. I want to know what matters to you most. I want to be your photographer — and on your wedding day, a member of your family. [Saratoga Springs Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4500 (USD)
Ireland and Dublin wedding reportage photographs are favored by Sebastian Felisiak

Photography is an extension of who I am. Since a very young age, I’ve been capturing life on film and my passion has only grown since. Creativity is vital to me. Welcoming a unique perspective with every shoot, I put so much passion into everything I do. This is more than art to me, it’s a life. And I love every second of it. My absolute love for beauty, sentiment, and emotion is revealed in every photograph that I take. I love to embrace the simplicity of life, the most profound yet forgotten elements of our lives, and capture them so they can be remembered for years. My focus is on making the ordinary extraodinary. Because that’s exactly how life is, right? As much as I love photography, it’s not the focal point of my life. That space is reserved for my family. My entire world has been changed since marrying the love of my life and becoming a father. Honestly, I couldn’t ask for anything better. When I’m not behind a camera, I’m taking snapshots in my mind as I cherish every moment with my beautiful family. I never want to take a single laugh or tear for granted. Ever. Life is important to me. Really living life. And that’s why I love what I do. Working throughout Ireland, I am passionate about making wedding days special from the ambience to the timeless images you walk away with. When I stare through that lens it’s more than job. My focus is on relationships and emotions—something I am so intrigued by. With a fun, relaxed, artistic, and innovative approach, I’ve created a style that will truly highlight the most subtle and beautiful parts of your big day. From emotion and light to colour and overall vision, it’s my job to tell a story through my lens. And your romance is my story. [Dublin Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1650 (EUR)
Helsinki wedding photography by Petri Mast of Finland
Starting Price:
2000 (EUR)
Pays de la Loire and Vendee wedding and elopement photography by Jeremie Sangare

Hi! I am Jeremie, storytelling, traveling wedding photographer and videographer based in France. Former aerospace engineer, Europe, and Canada/US-educated, work & photography have taken me to 15+ countries on 5 continents over the years, but the emotion is a universal language. I love documenting weddings and elopements in a photojournalistic and authentic way, unnoticed, capturing emotion and in-between moments that make the best memories of this day. [Vendee Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1900 (EUR)
Lancashire wedding reportage photography by Steven Rooney of England, United Kingdom

I was born in Scotland but have lived in England most of my life, and I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. I trained and worked as a primary school teacher before working in FE and eventually made my way to where I am now, using my camera to pay the bills full time. I live in the North West of England with my wife Sally and our 3 children who are our pride and joy. Sally and I run the business together. Well, Sally runs it, I take the pictures. We pride ourselves in looking after our clients throughout the whole process and exceeding expectations. Sally also runs our sister company Smileomatic Photobooths which won the best wedding special touch (North West) at the 2018 Wedding Industry Awards. I’m passionate about making people happy through my photography. I’ve loved weddings ever since I started shooting them some 12 years ago because each and every wedding I shoot is unique. Not because of the flowers, the table decorations or the venues, but because of the people involved. The characters in a story that has yet to be written. Over the years I’ve come to realise that the images that are most important to people are those which can really rekindle feelings and emotions. And this applies to all photos, not just wedding photography. It’s my own experiences in life up to this point that makes me release the shutter when I do. And why what’s important to you, will also be important to me. [Lancashire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (GBP)
Normandy wedding photography by Typhanie Piton of France

It all began in Ireland, where I bought my first camera with my student loan, to photograph the landscapes and my friends gigging in pubs. Back in France, after a year as a journalist in a local newspaper, I decided to keep only the photographic part of my job and start my own business. I've been a wedding photographer since. It was 8 years ago, and I'll do it all over again. Still going to Ireland a lot. It's where I get most of my inspiration, where I believe in myself, where I take the time to breathe, feel and recharge my batteries. I'm also addicted to dancing, especially to West Coast Swing: for it's movement, fluidity and importance of connection. The exact same qualities I'm looking for in photography. [Manche Wedding Photographer]

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

Eleanor & Dave

Photo by Douglas Despres

Doug you did the most FANTASTIC job! The photos are all so beautiful I can't even make a favorites list because they're all so great. I confess that I even teared up looking at them it was such a happy day and you captured everything. We're so grateful for all your efforts, we really can't imagine having had a different photographer there to share our day with us. Thank you so so much!

Christine & Bryan

Photo by Douglas Despres

"Doug these are amazing!! I can't even tell you how much I'm in love with them! You did such an incredible job and I cannot thank you enough! They're unreal!"

Kiley & Josh

Photo by Douglas Despres

Dear Doug, Thank you so much for sending these images, and for the images themselves which are outstanding. We love so many of them, the hard part is going to be selecting the ones that go in the album! We'll have more time to look and select over the weekend, so we'll probably write to you then or early next week. Again, many thanks for your work -- we are very impressed :) Best, Josh & Kiley