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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Michigan Wedding Photographers

Michigan Wedding Photographers

Find Michigan photographers serving: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Flint, Dearborn, Livonia

Michigan Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Michigan 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 Michigan, 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 Michigan elopement, couples still want to have their wedding day documented. It's important to work with a WPJA Michigan 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, Michigan 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 Michigan Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Michigan 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 themed, city hall, mini, 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 non-traditional, intimate, casual, 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 Michigan Couples

12 Michigan Wedding Photographers...

Wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Natasha Lamalle
3900 (USD)
Elopements by Top Wedding Photographer Justin Edmonds

Justin Edmonds

Denver in Colorado, US *Now booking Michigan weddings.
4300 (USD)
Adventure marriage images by Nicky Byrnes of Nemus Wedding Photography

Nicky Byrnes

Carnelian Bay in California, US *Now booking Michigan weddings.
500 (USD)
Destination weddings, engagement couple sessions and elopement photography by Angela Nelson

Angela Nelson

Makawao in Hawaii, US *Now booking Michigan weddings.
3400 (USD)
Mid-west wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Madi Ellis

Madi Ellis

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking Michigan weddings.
3200 (USD)
USA wedding photography and engagements by Nicole Defilippis

Nicole Defilippis

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking Michigan weddings.
3950 (USD)
Wedding, Engagement and Elopement Photographer Allison Williams

Allison Williams

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking Michigan weddings.
3300 (USD)
Wedding Photographer Travis Haughton of the WPJA - Wasabi

Travis Haughton

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking Michigan weddings.
3900 (USD)
Amy DeYoung for marriage photography of real moments

Amy DeYoung

San Antonio in Texas, US *Now booking Michigan weddings.
3800 (USD)
Documentary couple wedding and elopement photography by Sarah Nader

Sarah Nader

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking Michigan weddings.
3200 (USD)
Weddings by Ryan & Kate for elopements and marriage photography - Portrait of Ryan Howard Sigesmund
3000 (USD)

Michigan Wedding, Elopement and Engagement Images by WPJA Photographers

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

View this grand, pictorial Traverse City wedding image of the cake and a large sword cutting it which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography in Michigan from the WPJA
View this dramatic Traverse City wedding image of A colorful backlit portrait of the bride and groom in front of a fountain which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography in Michigan from the WPJA
The Michigan WPJA is the alternative to traditional wedding images and is pleased to present this inspiring wedding photography example from the Ovation Yacht on the Detroit River of the MI Bride and groom first dance under the Ambassador Bridge
Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan indoor wedding reception party award-winning picture showing End of the night celebration with bride and groom on the shoulders of friends
Novi Sheraton Hotel, Michigan marriage preparation time award-winning picture capturing the Bride getting zipped into her dress and everyone is thrilled for her.
Detroit couple e-session in the urban MI streets of the USA
Detroit pre - wed image at General Motors with a silhouette by the water
Michigan COVID wedding photo from Farmington Hills, MI (bride's home) showing the Signs of the times: showing respect to a relative long distance

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are the best Michigan wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top Michigan 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: Where can I find a photographer for a short-notice, small Michigan wedding?
A: There are many WPJA photographers who are able to help you out at a moment's notice. We understand that sometimes love happens and there's simply no time to lose. We can ensure that you can get married as quickly as possible — and have incredible photographs to remember your Michigan wedding day by.
Q: How can couples find Michigan photographers for pre-wedding engagement portraits?
A: The WPJA issues Diamond Awards for Michigan 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 Michigan WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Ravisloe Country Club wedding photograph from after the ceremony of the bride and groom

Katie and Joel

Photo by Justin Edmonds

Dear Justin, Thank you so much for all your hard work in August! We are so grateful for the photos that captured our wedding day perfectly and will help us remember it forever. Your advice and experience was so valuable and we can't thank you enough.

Emerson Fields wedding photography from the reception with bride and groom on dance floor

Sienna and Jacob

Photo by Justin Edmonds

WE ARE CRYING. THEY ARE SO GOOD. Gotta go, we're going to go look at them all over again. I have never seen better wedding photos in my life and I will flex on everyone soon.

Outdoor wedding ceremony at the Garden of the Gods Club

Shabnam and Joseph

Photo by Justin Edmonds

Choosing you was the easiest part of the shit show that was wedding planning. Working with you is something I would choose over a hundred times, you get how silly and impulsive we are . And You’re so damn tall, but you move like a ghost to get a shot that is as if it was taken from right in front of me. I remember dancing with you for like two seconds, and otherwise, don’t remember seeing you. It’s unbelievable. Thank you for capturing our wedding so perfectly. I would love to buy you a drink whenever you’re in town and are free.