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!

California - Northern Wedding Photographers

Find Your California - Northern Wedding Photographer

Northern California Cities: Santa Clara, Oakland, Shasta Lake, Napa, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Alameda, Vallejo, Sunnyvale, Mendocino

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 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 California - Northern 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
October 11th, 2021
Best Wedding and Elopement Photographers | the couples civil ceremony
October 8th, 2021
Wedding Photographer created a serene couple portrait immediately following the ceremony
October 6th, 2021
Photography of Small Weddings | After the ceremony, a big toast to the bride and groom with drinks

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 DIY - do it yourself, mini, quick, 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 casual, symbolic, 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

47 California - Northern Wedding Photographers...

Northern California Wedding Photographer Ian Chin

Ian Chin

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2850 (USD)
Adventure weddings and elopement photography by Lauren Lindley

Lauren Lindley

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

Chris Shum

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

Kevin Sawyer

Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3000 (USD)

Joyce Perlman

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4200 (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)
CA Engagemen, Wedding and Elopement Photography by Tyler Vu

Tyler Vu

San Jose in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4000 (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)
Engagement Couple Portrait Sessions, Wedding and Elopement Photography by Thanh Vo, of Dream Lucid Studios

Thanh Trung

Santa Clara in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3000 (USD)
Chris Werner creates Couple Portraits and Wedding Images

Chris Werner

Truckee in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3850 (USD)

Shaunte Dittmar

Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4600 (USD)

Nick Otto

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

Douglas Despres

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

Dennis Viera

in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3200 (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)
Edeelin Labra

Edeelin Labra

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

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)
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)
Wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang

Annie Bang

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)
Shaun Baker

Shaun Baker

San Diego in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3200 (USD)
Brenda Bergreen: Colorado Adventure Wedding and Elopement Photographer

Brenda Bergreen

Evergreen in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
5000 (USD)
Elopement and wedding photography by Kate Hampson

Kate Hampson

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4000 (USD)
Studio Image of Wedding Photographer Vinh Vo of 3M Studios LLC

Vinh Vo

Rockwall in Texas, 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)
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)
Kristina Cazares Neri, California wedding photographer of Anza Foto + Film

Kristina Cazares Neri

San Diego in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3500 (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)
Bradley Hanson

Bradley Hanson

St. Paul in Minnesota, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4000 (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)
Chunwei Lee, Wedding Photographer

Chunwei Lee

Xindian Dist., TW *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
20000 (TWD)

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.
1800 (USD)
California Documentary Wedding and Elopement Photography by Gina Clyne

Gina Clyne

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2100 (USD)
Adventure wedding and elopement photography by Erin Witt

Erin Witt

Denver in Colorado, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
3250 (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)
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 in black and white - TX wedding photographer

Chris Rusanowsky

Northlake in Texas, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
2500 (USD)
Engagement and wedding photography by Jill Goehring - Half A Rice Studios

Jill Goehring

Houston in Texas, US *Now booking California - Northern weddings.
4200 (USD)

California - Northern Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

Are you ready to find a creative and talented California - Northern wedding photographer for an engagement portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own California - Northern pre-wedding photography? Pro members from the California - Northern Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can couples find reviews of California - Northern 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 California - Northern wedding photographers for their own wedding.
Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my California - Northern 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 California - Northern wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
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
While some people live for the hustle and bustle of a big wedding with extravagant décor and an impossibly long guest list, others find these kinds of weddings to be too much hoopla, preferring instead something simpler and quieter, allowing for more intimacy between them and their fiancés on this special day. So how do you infuse your wedding with all the romance but none of the fuss? ALONE AT LAST Many couples these days are opting to elope rather than planning a large wedding. For the no-...Read more
Traditionally speaking, often times it is the couple’s families who help pay for their wedding. However, unfortunately that’s just not possible for everyone, especially these days when the cost of weddings can quickly and easily get out of control. Some couples find themselves in the position of paying for all of their own wedding expenses, which can be quite the financial burden to take on, and about 40% of Millennials end up in this boat. So, how can you stick to your allotted...Read more
So your wedding is just around the corner and you’ve decided to elope , either because you want to do this on a budget , avoid a large wedding party, or simply to enjoy the day together with minimal distractions and as little stress as possible . They say 'all you need is love', but where exactly can you afford to trim the fat, so to speak? You want simplicity, but you also want to be properly married and, surely, to remember this occasion. Who, then, could be more important than...Read more

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND California - Northern WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Eva & Jan

Photo by Sarah Kang

Thank you so much for the incredible job you did! Your pictures are beautiful, fantastically capturing the spirit of our wedding and creating perfect memories of our big day! It was so relaxing to have you -- not once did we have to worry about the pictures, because we knew you would do a great job and think of all kinds of motifs! You really did everything to get the very best pictures out of the situation, and it showed. Thanks for all the running you did along the pier to catch us in the boat, and your acrobatic shooting onboard! Honestly, we couldn't have wished for a nicer, more professional, gifted photographer. Thank you so very much, and all the best in the future!

Sarah + Stephen

Photo by Drew Bird

Hey Drew - We went through all the pics last night and I just wanted to tell you again how awesome they are! You really captured some amazing moments and we're forever grateful! I was 3/4 through them and crying lol. It's as if we were replaying a story of the day. SO AMAZING! THANK YOU!!! We've shared the link with some of our guests and they are all raving about them as well! A thousand thanks, Sarah and Stephen

Teresa and Kenny

Photo by Ron Storer

Thank you so much for all of your hard work on our beautiful wedding photos. There are no words to express our gratitude for capturing some of the most important moments of our lives. Our wedding & engagement photos are an absolute treasure that we will savor and cherish forever. When we share our album with friends, they rave about how unique it is and that they’ve never seen anything like it. I have to agree it is amazing and a delight to flip through - it just seems to bring us right back to June 7, 2008 - a day that we hold very close to our hearts.