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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California - Northern Wedding Photographers

California - Northern Wedding Photographers

Find California - Northern photographers serving: Santa Clara, Oakland, Shasta Lake, Napa, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Alameda, Vallejo, Sunnyvale, Mendocino, Woodside, San Mateo County, and the San Francisco Peninsula

California - Northern Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our California - Northern 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 California - Northern, 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 California - Northern elopement, couples still want to have their wedding day documented. It's important to work with a WPJA California - Northern 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, California - Northern documentary wedding photographers available right now who understand that some weddings and elopements can’t wait. Find yours today!

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Elopement Photographers for Small California - Northern Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small California - Northern 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, pop-up, courthouse, 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 religious, intimate, outdoor, 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 California - Northern Couples

49 California - Northern Wedding Photographers...

CA Engagemen, Wedding and Elopement Photography by Tyler Vu

Tyler Vu

San Jose in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4000 (USD)
Adventure weddings and elopement photography by Lauren Lindley

Lauren Lindley

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4200 (USD)
Weddings by Chris Shum, Life Photographer

Chris Shum

Sunnyvale in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4500 (USD)

Joyce Perlman

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4200 (USD)
Chris Werner creates Couple Portraits and Wedding Images

Chris Werner

Truckee in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3850 (USD)
Northern California wedding photography by Drew Bird - Creative Storytelling

Drew Bird

Oakland in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3500 (USD)
Adventure wedding and elopement photography by Kimmi Cranes

Kimmi Cranes

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Kevin Sawyer for Elopements and Weddings and Engagement Photography

Kevin Sawyer

Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3000 (USD)
Adventure marriage images by Nicky Byrnes of Nemus Wedding Photography

Nicky Byrnes

Carnelian Bay in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
500 (USD)

Dennis Viera

in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3200 (USD)
Northern California Wedding Photographer Ian Chin

Ian Chin

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2850 (USD)
Lake Tahoe wedding and elopement photographer Matt Theilen, of California

Matt Theilen

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
5500 (USD)

Douglas Despres

Alameda in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
750/hour (USD)

Sarah Kang

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3800 (USD)
Wedding and Elopement Photographer Tanarak Visessonchoke

Tanarak Visessonchoke

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4500 (USD)

Jaime Viera

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4500 (USD)
Edeelin Labra wedding photography

Edeelin Labra

Vallejo in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Tara Arrowood, Wedding Photographer

Tara Arrowood

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
5500 (USD)
Portrait of Douglas Zimmerman, wedding photographer

Douglas Zimmerman

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)

Debra Zeller

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3000 (USD)
San Jose wedding and elopement photography by Jipeng Han of Northern California

Jipeng Han

San Jose in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
1200 (USD)
Black and White Headshot of elopement, engagement and wedding photographer David Braun

David Braun

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
1250 (USD)
Lifestyle Portrait of Nayza Kuznetsova of Clouds Inside Photography for Weddings

Nayza Kuznetsova

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
1600 (USD)
Engagement Photo Shoots and wedding photography by Darren Hendry

Darren Hendry

Pasadena in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)
Elopement and wedding photography by Kate Hampson

Kate Hampson

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4000 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang

Annie Bang

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)
Shaun Baker - Wedding Photographer and Couple Portrait Professional

Shaun Baker

San Diego in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2900 (USD)
Wedding photography and elopements by Ray Iavasile of Michigan

Ray Iavasile

Birmingham in Michigan, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3000 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photography by Will Tee - SW Wedding Photo Studio

Will Tee

Taipei City, TW *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Denver wedding and elopement photography by Caroline Robert of Colorado

Caroline Robert

Denver in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
7000 (USD)
Studio Image of Wedding and Elopement Photographer Vinh Vo of 3M Studios LLC

Vinh Vo

Rockwall in Texas, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)
California Couple Portrait Sessions and Wedding Photography by Stephanie Secrest

Stephanie Secrest

Arroyo Grande in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3300 (USD)
Southern California and Orange County wedding photography by Leo Do of Capture the Moment Studio

Leo Do

Fullerton in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)
Jerome Pollos Self Portrait, a wedding and elopement photographer of the WPJA

Jerome Pollos

Coeur d'Alene in Idaho, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)

Ron Storer

Auburn in Washington, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2400 (USD)
BW portrait of Jennifer Jackson - Candid Wedding Photography

Jennifer Jackson

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3400 (USD)

Robert Walker

Dallas in Texas, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2400 (USD)

Maria Newman

Portland in Oregon, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)

Jonathan Moore

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)
California Documentary Wedding and Elopement Photography by Gina Clyne

Gina Clyne

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2100 (USD)
USA Wedding Photographer Brad Landon Walters

Brad Landon Walters

Greenville in South Carolina, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
6000 (USD)
Portrait of wedding and engagement photographer Tom Leung

Tom Leung

New York City in New York, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4000 (USD)
Moment-based Wedding photography by Morgan Davis of the WPJA

Morgan Davis

Reisterstown in Maryland, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4499 (USD)
Texas wedding and elopement photography by Kristin Bednarz

Kristin Bednarz

Slaton in Texas, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Weddings, engagements and elopement photography by Kevin Kienitz

Kevin Kienitz

Aurora in Illinois, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3000 (USD)
Destination wedding photographer Jenae Lopez serves couples all over the USA

Jenae Lopez

Evergreen in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2000 (USD)
Chris Rusanowsky self portrait of a wedding photographer in black and white

Chris Rusanowsky

Northlake in Texas, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)
Aimee Flynn Photo for Adventure Elopements and Desert Weddings

Aimee Flynn

Phoenix in Arizona, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4000 (USD)
Gretchen Troop Photography Studio for Weddings, Elopements and Portraits

Gretchen Troop

Boulder in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)

California - Northern Wedding, Elopement and Engagement Images by WPJA Photographers

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

Santa Clara Engagement Photos. California Love is looking into each others eyes
Northern California Engagement. A young San Francisco couple posing during a pre wedding portrait session with A lovely kiss in the golden sun
Engagement Photos Los Gatos. A California couple pose during A sweet kiss by the lake
Adventurous engagement photos in Los Gatos, California for a Love session in the forest castle
San Francisco Engagement Photos. California couple posing and Embracing on the city street by the City Hall
Northern California Engagement. A young San Francisco couple take a stroll during a pre wedding portrait session
Couple photography in San Francisco during a pre wedding engagement shoot showing they are So in love, as written on her face
A pre wedding photoshoot from San Francisco for a Couple by the Bay Bridge at the Blue Hour

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can couples find California - Northern photographers for pre-wedding engagement portraits?
A: The WPJA issues Diamond Awards for California - Northern 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.
Q: How can couples find top-ranked California - Northern wedding photographers?
A: The WPJA created the original wedding photographer ranking systems. Our innovative system is based on contest winning points, meaning that the California - Northern 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.
Q: Who are the best California - Northern wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top California - Northern 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.
WPJA Communiqué: Featured Wedding Photography Articles
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND California - Northern WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Emily + Zach

Photo by Drew Bird

Hi Drew - These photos are absolutely incredible!! We are speechless. We were looking through them this evening and it was like re-living the whole weekend in the sierra mountains. These are such treasured memories. We feel so lucky to have had you as our storyteller and that you were part of the weekend story, along with all our friends and family. Thank you!!!! -Emily + Zach

Amy & Matt

Photo by Ron Storer

I must say again, that I love what you've done to capture the memories of our special day. Matt and I both really appreciate how you've expressed our personalities so accurately with your shots and the candid yet flattering moments you captured. You have a gift and your genuine interest in us only made the photos that much better! Thanks again!

Christy & Stuart

Photo by Gina Clyne

We wanted to drop a quick note and tell you how awesome you are. You got in the spirit and came prepared, and brought so much happiness from behind the camera to whoever was in front of it. We're so grateful to have had you as part of our day, and can't wait to recommend you to everyone we know. (And everyone we don't -- so please let us know any and all sites where we can leave you reviews!) Much love, Christy + Stuart