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!

Iowa Wedding Photographers

Find Your Iowa Wedding Photographer

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Iowa City, Waterloo, Dubuque

Iowa Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Iowa wedding 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 Iowa wedding photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings and elopements can’t wait. Find yours today!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
October 21st, 2021
Adventure Wedding Photography showing they married on the dock at the Lake after hiking
October 18th, 2021
Wedding Ceremony Photo at ship Harbor of clear bubble umbrella to shield bride and groom from the rain
October 17th, 2021
A Wedding Venue Image showing The bride and groom exiting the church with joy and flower petals

Elopement Photographers for Small Iowa Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Iowa 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.

United States WPJA members are ready to document any quick, civil ceremony, city hall, 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 romantic, non-traditional, religious, 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 Iowa Couples

6 Iowa Wedding Photographers...

Mid-west wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Madi Ellis

Madi Ellis

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking Iowa weddings.
3200 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photography by Peggy Stevinson Bair - Heart of the Moment Photography LLC
995 (USD)
Andrea Bibeault is a photographer for marriage ceremonies and reception events

Andrea Bibeault

Omaha in Nebraska, US *Now booking Iowa weddings.
2600 (USD)
Wedding, Engagement and Elopement Photographer Allison Williams

Allison Williams

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking Iowa weddings.
3300 (USD)
Laura Alpizar - Wedding Photographer

Laura Alpizar

Richfield in Minnesota, US *Now booking Iowa weddings.
3200 (USD)

Iowa Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are the best Iowa wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top Iowa documentary wedding photographers for elopements. Our members are able to submit WedElope Stories that take you step-by-step, via a 9 image picture story, through the unique and moving elopements that take place around the world.
Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my Iowa wedding day?
A: While wedding photojournalists strive to capture candid moments on the wedding day, our photographers also are skilled artists who can compose powerful portraits. If you have a specific vision of what types of images you want from your wedding day, look at the top-ranked Iowa wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
Q: How can couples find Iowa photographers for pre-wedding engagement portraits?
A: The WPJA issues Diamond Awards for Iowa wedding photographers to showcase their best engagement photography work. These awards are given to photographers who prove that they have an ability to be creative, artistic, and intuitive while working on-location with couples who are newly engaged.
WPJA Communiqué: Featured Wedding Photography Articles
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Clean background in this photo of the bride walking into her mountain ceremony.
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND Iowa WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Stephen & Melissa

Photo by Mark Cluney

You have an eye for all things beautiful and were able to get the raw emotion and feelings we were experiencing into each of the photos. You captured the HEART of our wedding. The joy, anticipation, humor and love fill your photos and are now forever available to us. I loved working with you. You was thorough but everything felt very efficient. We felt taken care of and got so many amazing shots of the entire day! I loved that you caught the emotions of the guests... and of me and my husband. Looking through the photos of our wedding it's easy to connect right back in the midst of moments that felt like such a blur in the moment.

Getting Ready Photography by Des Moines, IA Wedding Photographer

Leah + Cody

Photo by Mark Cluney

As an artist from a family of artists, I was incredibly discerning in choosing a photographer; I couldn't have made a better decision. The creativity and quality of our photos far surpassed our expectations and additionally...and I still cannot believe how quickly after our wedding we received our photos. We have received SO many compliments on our pictures and most importantly, we absolutely love them.