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. 

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Japan Wedding Photographers

Japan Wedding Photographers

Find Japan photographers serving: Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kobe, Fukuoka, Kyoto, Kawasaki, Saitama

Japan Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Japan 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 couples have recently discovered that less is more when it comes to wedding planning in Japan, and those small weddings allow them to truly enjoy every aspect of their day. These intimate events allow brides and grooms to be fully present, as they are less worried and intimidated about the sheer size and scope of the day. While they may be planning a sweet and simple Japan elopement, couples still want to have their wedding day documented. It's important to work with a WPJA Japan photographer who specializes in elopements and who understands the unique dynamic of this type of event. The right photographer will capture the events of the day, the atmosphere of the event and the most important details.

The WPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, Japan documentary wedding photographers available right now who understand that some weddings and elopements can’t wait. Find yours today!

Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards

Elopement Photographers for Small Japan Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Japan 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.

Asia WPJA members are ready to document any justice of the peace, city hall, themed, 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 unique, modern, non-traditional, 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 Japan Couples

4 Japan Wedding Photographers...

Taichung engagement ant wedding photography by Chao Chin Yang of Asia

Chao Chin Yang

Taichung , TW *Now booking Japan weddings.
30000 (TWD)

Shane O'Neill

Waterford in Waterford, IE *Now booking Japan weddings.
2200 (EUR)
Juliana Wiklund, Wedding Photographer

Juliana Wiklund

Stockholm in Stockholm, SE *Now booking Japan weddings.
1500 (EUR)

Wedding Venue Pictures by Japan Wedding Photographers

Please select a venue below to view all associated contest-winning Japan wedding photos.

Japan Wedding, Elopement and Engagement Images by WPJA Photographers

Below are some Japan wedding photography samples from the world’s best wedding photographers of the WPJA. Some of these Japan marriage pictures might be artistic portraits, details, or documentary-style images that have come from getting ready sessions, wedding ceremonies, reception venues, or Japan engagement portrait sessions with couples.

Los Gatos, California Wedding photograph of the bride and groom cutting the cake with Long Samurai Sword ordered from Japan
Kyoto, Japan Couple on the evening street. Engagement Photography at Dusk.
japan red leaf Engagement Photography of couple
Tokyo bride and father meet the groom at the ceremony - Kanto Region wedding photo
Tokyo groom and maid of honor try to help the bride on the couch while music plays in front of her | Kanto Region wedding photo
Tokyo guests trying to catch the bouquet at the reception | Kanto region wedding photojournalism
Tokyo bride and groom stand on the balcony under the stars | Kanto region wedding photo

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can couples find reviews of Japan wedding photographers?
A: We call them Client Letters. At the WPJA, we decided more than 20 years ago to avoid incorporating those third-person testimonials and endorsements that are found all too often in advertisements. Instead, we elevated our listings with the use of Client Letters, which represent the actual words and feelings of the clients who booked those Japan wedding photographers for their own wedding.
Q: Who are the best Japan wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top Japan 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: How can couples find Japan photographers for pre-wedding engagement portraits?
A: The WPJA issues Diamond Awards for Japan 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.
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND Japan WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Raishel & Matthew

Photo by Juliana Wiklund

Dear Juilana. I love your work because your work is alive! Not only do your pictures tell a story but they speak.You capture more than a pose, but also a moment, a spirit, an energy and a mood in each still shot. In fact, its hard to call you photos "still" even though pictures are stationary inanimate objects. However, your photography has life; I can see the people breathing, hear them laughing or crying or sighing. I loved the emotion in your pictures. Juliana, you can transmute a photo into a life, a picture into a biography. You added joy to my wedding! I booked you based on your talent, I fell in love with you based on your personality. Being photographed by you was the absolute highlight of my day. You are so warm, positive, friendly and familiar. It was a pleasure having you as a guest at my wedding, because you felt like a friend/family member. You seamlessly slipped into my heart and the hearts of all my guests. You felt like a part of us, so we were able to be totally open, natural, and true. And now each time I look at my photos I feel happy and joyful. I am so appreciative to you for preserving my day. Thanks to you I can relive my wedding day, any day. Thanks to the warmth you brought to my wedding, my day was even more magical and my joy was magnified. To other brides, I know that having a destination wedding is expensive and flying in and sheltering a photographer can seem extravagant. But Juliana is affordable, amenable, and worth the investment. When the food is eaten, the flowers dead, the music stopped, the night will never end. It will be alive and continue in her photographs into posterity. Gratefully, Raishel