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!

North Rhine-Westphalia Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

NRW, Köln (Cologne), Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg, Bochum, Wuppertal, Bielefeld, Bonn, Münster

North Rhine-Westphalia Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our Europe 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!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
August 4th, 2020
Silver Yacht, Venice Lagoon - Italy Elopement Photographers | The couple leaves for the private sailing cruise that will take them away all day
July 31st, 2020
Fattoria di Corsignano, Siena, Tuscany, Italy Elopement Photo | The view of the ceremony at which only the spouse’s close family members were present because of the COVID
July 30th, 2020
Glentana, Garden Route, South Africa Elopement Ceremony Photo | A young girl voices her dislike during the ceremony

Elopement Photographers for Small Germany Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small North Rhine-Westphalia 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 mini, DIY - do it yourself, pop-up, 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 boutique, outdoor, symbolic, 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 North Rhine-Westphalia Couples

11 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

North Rhine-Westphalia and Hagen wedding and elopement photography by Nadine Lotze of Germany

Do not worry, I do not want to bore you with it, when exactly I developed my first movie back then in the darkroom or which camera and which lens I bought when. Because for you is only important: my heart beats for photography and I am very happy to work since 2011 as a freelance photographer. I care about the people and their stories and I want to capture your big emotional moments as well as the loving little things on the edge of the action, your "outer shell" as well as your character or every day, that for you at some point in retrospect but then to a wonderful moment becomes. Pure and undisguised, timelessly beautiful and aesthetically - that's the way the pictures should refresh your memory of the moment and put a smile on your face. [Hagen Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
245/hour (EUR)
Germany wedding photography by Monique De Caro of North Rhine-Westphalia

I am a wedding photographer, graphic designer, and travel blogger. I was born on the beautiful Baltic Sea but now live in Viersen (NRW). Photography has been bothering me for about 20 years. Starting with fashion and beauty photography, I have been passionately photographing weddings since 2011 and love being part of your wedding and experiencing your dream wedding. [North Rhine-Westphalia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (EUR)
Dusseldorf and Essen wedding and elopement photography by Patrycja Janik of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

My name is Pati and I am an elopement and wedding photographer in Essen, Ruhrgebiet and NRW. I am happy to accompany you throughout Germany and Europe and create your personal and emotional wedding reportage. I am originally from Upper Silesia and have been living in NRW since 2012. After completing my studies and training in 2014, I decided to become self-employed as a wedding photographer and am happy to do such a great and emotional job. It always touches me to see how two people, surrounded by family and friends, confirm their love. A wedding is a very intimate and personal experience, the more I am grateful to be able to accompany any wedding ceremony as a wedding photographer. It's also great fun getting to know new people, many of them have become friends today. Yes, sometimes I really think a wedding photographer is the coolest job in the world! What is particularly important for me in wedding reports? The little gestures. His look, your smile. Your feelings will also be expressed without words and I will hold these for you. You like to laugh together and are not afraid of the camera? Woohooo! Then let's create something nice together - your personal love story. [Dusseldorf Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1590 (EUR)
Matthias Tiemann, wedding photographer for NRW Ruhrgebiet

My name is Matthias and, as you may already know, I am a child of the Ruhr region. Born and raised in the pot, more precisely in Gelsenkirchen - Erle, today I am 39 years old, I am married and I can accompany the bride and groom from all over Germany for over 6 years. The fascination of wedding photography began with me, as perhaps with one or other colleagues, usually in the circle of friends. True to the motto - man, you make great pictures of couples, why can you certainly take our wedding pictures? Even though I was more than nervous and very aware of the task, I also wanted to photograph a wedding for the first time. Said, done! Since then, I can't ignore wedding photography! The true joy, happiness, and love of the bridal couple, the great mood between the guests and more, which makes this unique day special, keeps my own heart on each wedding day, which I witness repeatedly beating faster. [North Rhine-Westphalia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1599 (EUR)
Cologne Wedding Photography by Bartosz Ciesielski, of Germany

For 18 years I have been working as a freelance cinematographer on a variety of projects like short fiction, documentaries, TV series, live broadcast studio shows, music events and corporate films. I have worked for all important Polish TV stations. Since few years ago I work as a documentary wedding photographer. I love to capture true life and emotions between people and I use all my knowledge and skills to make a unique story of each wedding day. In 1991 I graduated Secondary School of Visual Arts - Photography Divison in Gdynia. In 1995 I graduated from the Polish National Film School in Lodz - Photography Dept. In 2001 I graduated from the Polish National Film School in Lodz - Cinematography Dept. [Cologne Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (EUR)
David Hallwas is a North Rhine-Westphalia wedding photographer in Germany

David Hallwas is a photographer based in Germany (NRW). He studied Communication Design in Düsseldorf. Because of his passion, he concentrated on wedding photography. He focuses on photojournalistic style and creative, artistic portraits. [North Rhine-Westphalia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (EUR)
Vladimir Khaptinskiy is mostly at home while shooting wedding photos in Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia

Hi! My name is Vladimir, I'm a wedding photographer, 46 years old and I'm from Münster. My first encounter with photography was in 2002, when I first picked up a compact camera. Before that, I never thought that I would be a photographer. Of course, my first pictures were not perfect, luckily I had friends who supported me with simple words - "Keep it going, that works well". I met my teacher, who taught me to see the beauty of everyday life, in 2003. This was a professional photographer from Ryazan Eugeniy Kashirin. His teaching was never strict - "You have to do it that way" - no, he always said: I would do it ... Even though he had died of cancer to my great regret, his words impressed me deeply a: "Photography is the art of the moment". Like every amateur, I tried different kinds of photography, then I realized what my heart is - the people and their emotions - the indescribable, fast-moving things that can be captured with a camera. And where you can see the real and unencumbered, if not the most beautiful day of her life ... That's why I photograph weddings, I'm always on the hunt for unforgettable moments that they can enjoy after many years. And that's the main value of photography for me - that I can capture your feelings in my photos. At some point you will show these photos to your children. I want you to smile while watching, remember your emotions and return to a moment back in that time ... [North Rhine-Westphalia Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
170/hour (EUR)
Maik Dobiey is a wedding photographer in Lima, Peru

I am Maik, an International Wedding Photographer currently based in Peru and Germany. My work has brought me to more than 15 different countries, from Caribbean beaches to the heights of the Andes, from the big apple to the Amazon Rainforest and all around Germany and Europe Over recent years my photography has won a number of prestigious international awards and my work has been featured in blogs and magazines. But more important to me is what my photos mean to my clients. Photographing weddings especially when far away can be exhausting but it is also so rewarding! Wedding photography has become a passion. I want to tell a story – an authentic story of your wedding day, a love story, a story of friendship and family, a story beyond what everybody sees – your story. [Lima Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2700 (USD)
Oleg Rostovtsev - Hanover based destination wedding photographer in Germany.

Oleg Rostovtsev is a Hanover based destination wedding photographer with a background in photojournalism. He is an award-winning wedding photographer of the WPJA and AGWPJA. Oleg Rostovtsev is willing to serve any country around the world. 2013 AG|WPJA Photographer of the Year - First Runner Up [Lower Saxony Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2460 (EUR)
Baden-Wurttemberg is favored by German wedding photographer Martin Hecht

Martin Hecht - i am a German Wedding Photographer who starts my wedding career 2009. In recent years, I have been able to accompany a lot of bridal couples and keep the emotions. I am happy to be able to do this for many years... I live for that what I do - and my motto - love that what you do - then you will be sucessful... The art is not to photograph alone, but to show you the way you are. [Baden-Wurttemberg Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
250/hour (EUR)

Kirill is an international award-winning photographer, based in Germany. He was born in Moscow and moved to Germany in 1991, where I have has studied advertising, design, and photography. He has begun photographing weddings in 2006 and has quickly become passionate about it. Now his work is acknowledged not only by his clients but also in several major German wedding magazines and international web portals. [Hamburg Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1790 (EUR)

Wedding Venues from North Rhine-Westphalia

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Christina & Thomas

Photo by Martin Hecht

Dear Martin You have enriched our wedding in so many ways. Back then, you introduced yourself to the words that on that day, you will not be "just" our wedding photographer, but also friend and guest at the same time. And you were so much more for us that day. Throughout the day, you helped us with advice, action and camera. Again and again we were asked by our guests how long we have known each other, and again and again we earned incredulous looks when we said we see each other the second time today. And so not only we, but also all our guests, both of you as a human being, as well as of your photographic skills were completely thrilled. You've captured this unforgettable day forever from start to finish in so many beautiful moments, and that's priceless. Christina and Thomas

Petra & Markus

Photo by Martin Hecht

Dear Martin, Now our wedding and baptism is exactly 3 weeks ago today and we did not want to miss the opportunity to thank you again for everything. It was an unforgettable and unique event for us, captured with many amazing and emotional pictures of you for us forever. We always like to look at the pictures and reminisce. Thank you also for your totally relaxed, calming and open nature and of course for your flexibility (with our little daughter Jana). We would love to book you anytime again! Best regards Petra & Markus with Jana