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!

Missouri Wedding Photographers

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Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Columbia, Independence, Lee's Summit

Missouri Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Missouri 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 Missouri 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
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Elopement Photographers for Small Missouri Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Missouri 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 DIY - do it yourself, civil ceremony, 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 modern, religious, unique, 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 Missouri Couples

4 Missouri Wedding Photographers...

Wedding and elopement photography by Peggy Stevinson Bair - Heart of the Moment Photography LLC

Peggy Stevinson Bair

Leavenworth in Kansas, US *Now booking Missouri weddings.
995 (USD)
Wedding, Engagement and Elopement Photographer Allison Williams

Allison Williams

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking Missouri weddings.
3300 (USD)

Noelle Adams

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking Missouri weddings.
3500 (USD)

Wedding Venue Pictures by Missouri Wedding Photographers

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

Missouri Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

Are you ready to find a creative and talented Missouri wedding photographer for an engagement portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own Missouri pre-wedding photography? Pro members from the Missouri 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 Missouri wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top Missouri 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 Missouri 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 Missouri wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
Q: How can couples find top-ranked Missouri wedding photographers?
A: The WPJA created the original wedding photographer ranking systems. Our innovative system is based on contest winning points, meaning that the Missouri photographers you see at the top of your search results page have recently won the most — and the most recent — contest awards. Our contests judge photographers based on their creativity, style, composure, and ability to capture the heart of any couple's story on their wedding day.
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND Missouri WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Jennifer & Steve

Photo by Noelle Adams

I finally saw the video today and, I have to admit, I cried my eyes out when I finally watched it at home! You captured the day so perfectly, and everyone looks so happy. I completely re-lived the day (and have watched it several times) and cannot tell you how delighted I am with the final product. I can't wait to see all of the other photo files. You are AMAZING!!!!

Laurie & Darryl

Photo by Noelle Adams

OMGEEEE In love. I could not be happier. Seriously you did the most amazing job. And this is just the video. I can not wait to see the rest. Thank you so much for being apart of my special day. We went to St. Lucia and had an amazing time. I miss the island already :-( And yes, Darryl is such a character!! lol and it must be show in his outfits lol!’