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!

South Carolina Wedding Photographers

Find Your South Carolina Wedding Photographer

Columbia, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Myrtle Beach

South Carolina Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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 21st, 2021
Adventure Wedding Photography showing they married on the dock at the Lake after hiking
October 18th, 2021
Wedding Ceremony Photo at ship Harbor of clear bubble umbrella to shield bride and groom from the rain
October 17th, 2021
A Wedding Venue Image showing The bride and groom exiting the church with joy and flower petals

Elopement Photographers for Small South Carolina Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small South Carolina 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 justice of the peace, themed, 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, romantic, religious, 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 South Carolina Couples

11 South Carolina Wedding Photographers...

James Nix

Charlotte in North Carolina, US *Now booking South Carolina weddings.
2500 (USD)
Couple engagement portraits by wedding photographer Joshua Grasso

Joshua Grasso

Buford in Georgia, US *Now booking South Carolina weddings.
2800 (USD)

Neil Thurston

Nags Head in North Carolina, US *Now booking South Carolina weddings.
500/hour (USD)
Wedding and elopement photography by Alicia Kidd

Alicia Kidd

Las Piedras, PR *Now booking South Carolina weddings.
2100 (USD)
Sarah Whitmeyer

Sarah Whitmeyer

Asheville in North Carolina, US *Now booking South Carolina weddings.
2000 (USD)

Dan Harris

Jacksonville in Florida, US *Now booking South Carolina weddings.
300/hour (USD)
USA wedding photography by Lacey Butler

Lacey Butler

Cary in North Carolina, US *Now booking South Carolina weddings.
2000 (USD)
Wedding elopement photography by Bryan Aleman - L'amour Artistic Wedding Media

Bryan Aleman

Pigeon Forge in Tennessee, US *Now booking South Carolina weddings.
250/hour (USD)

South Carolina Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

Are you ready to find a creative and talented South Carolina wedding photographer for an engagement portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own South Carolina pre-wedding photography? Pro members from the South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina wedding photographers for their own wedding.
Q: How can couples find top-ranked South Carolina wedding photographers?
A: The WPJA created the original wedding photographer ranking systems. Our innovative system is based on contest winning points, meaning that the South Carolina 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: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my South Carolina 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 South Carolina wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND South Carolina WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Governor Thomas Bennett House, Charleston, SC wedding image of bride and groom leaving outdoor garden ceremony

Lindsay & Chris

Photo by Gillian Reinhardt

Our wedding went by & I almost feel like I wasn't there, I can barely remember any of it! I haven't been able to feel "complete" & there's nothing I can do about it. Just now we finally had a moment to flip through our pictures by our AMAZING photographer & were flooded with butterflies & warm tearful memories of our day, I can't even begin to explain how I feel! Every moment, every candid moment has been captured & treasured in a way that is beyond words. Tonight, we were able to rewind time and relive the happiest day of our lives shared with those who we love the most!

Corley & Don

Photo by Neil Thurston

Hi Neil and Lisa, Don and I are beyond thrilled with our pictures! The quality, detail, and beauty of the pictures is just so obvious. Aside from all those things, we love that you captured the sequence of events in a photojournalistic fashion. I've gotten comments from many of my friends/family that these are the best pictures they have ever seen, and of course we are just so proud that they are our pictures. I also have to chuckle a little because you guys were such an organized but chill vendor and as a project manager myself, I know how much preparation you both did behind the scenes to make that work. We couldn't be any happier and if you ever need a reference - email, phone, whatever - please do not hesitate to call.

Kitty Hawk Wedding Photography by Neil GT Photographer

Heather and Andrew

Photo by Neil Thurston

Wow! I am speechless, these photos are absoloutely amazing! Thank you so much for capturing these precious moments on our wedding day!