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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Toronto Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Toronto, Ontario

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Toronto Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Canada 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 elopement photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings can’t wait. Find yours today!

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Elopement Photographers for Small Ontario Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Toronto 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 small, civil ceremony, secret, 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 romantic, boutique, 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 Toronto Couples

6 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Toronto wedding photography by Sandra-Lee Layden of Ontario Canada

I'm a daydreamer, a music lover, a free spirit, a traveller, and an open soul. I'm a proud wife, cat mama, and former resident of Newfoundland's very own Hollywood - Dildo! You can bribe me to do just about anything with the promise of french fries or prosecco; and if you're looking for me at a party I'm the one on the floor giving belly rubs to the animals. I'm weird about John Mayer, vinyl records and vegan junk food. I'm bold, energetic, one of a kind and a profanity enthusiast. (It's the Irish in me) I spent my childhood dreaming about all the things I wanted to become but I quickly learned I can't sing a note to save my life, and my skills with instruments leave something to be desired. Being a pop star wasn't written in the stars for me, and I'm okay with that; I feel like a rockstar with a camera in my hands. When I'm not jumping on the bed during family & wedding shoots, you can catch me in the photo pit capturing some of your favourite musicians. I love working with people who are laid back and have an open mind. Those who are not scared to get their shoes dirty, hair messy and who have a passion for their loved ones. I crave authenticity. From camping overnight and hiking along a cliffside, to tiny inns and local breweries; I want to be right there having a blast right there with you! Named one of Weddingbells Magazine's top 20 most inspiring photographers in 2018. Voted 'Best Photographer' in The Scope's Best of St.John's 2011 & 2012 awards Voted 'Best Photographer' in The Overcast's Best of St. John's 2016 People's Choice Awards [Toronto Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3800 (CAD)
Montreal wedding and elopement photographer Esther Gibbons - Canada

Esther Gibbons is a wedding, elopement, engagement, event and portrait photographer based in Montreal, Quebec. Her photography is natural and authentic, with a focus on documenting real moments between people. She works tirelessly and has terrific timing to catch people at their best. Her down-to-earth, friendly approach puts couples at ease and helps create natural portraits. She began shooting weddings in 2009 while studying photography at Concordia University. Since then, she has photographed weddings of all types, from intimate family getaways in the Quebec countryside to huge celebrations at Montreal’s largest wedding venues. She especially loves being able to witness each wedding day from behind-the-scenes and having privileged access to tell each couple’s story. Thanks to Montreal’s multicultural character, she is also lucky to photograph weddings from a diverse range of cultures. [Montreal Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (CAD)
Kingston wedding and elopement photographer Viara Mileva, of Ontario, Canada

If you told me ten years ago that I'd be a wedding photographer today, I would have drawn a blank face. You see, ten years ago, I was knee-deep in academia. I was a researcher, studying parenting. I was having babies (three). I was moving from Toronto to Kingston then to the Netherlands to pursue said studies... All my life I've loved to draw, to write fiction, and to make music. But I tried to put those things aside when I turned 18 because it was the 'sensible' thing to do. I got a BSc and an MSc and a PhD. With every extra letter, my soul died a little bit more. That all changed in late 2015 when I photographed my friend's baby being born. For money. The same amount of money I had to pay the university monthly just so I could use their crappy little office space and feel alone. It was the birth of an idea. Five years later, I'm happily knee-deep in photography (sometimes literally wading through water or mud to do the stuff I do). My kids are older now, which means I can take more time away from home, to develop my career, attend workshops, retreats, and faraway weddings. Without trying to be cliche, wedding photography energizes me. I look forward to Saturdays and Sundays because I know that I'll be dead the next day, but in a good way. Because I give it my ALL. I relish the 'wedding hangover'. Crazy? I dunno. I take inspiration in photography, not from other wedding photographers. While there are a lot of brilliant photographers in this field, it's also full of trends and fads. It's nothing I want to be involved in. My favourite photographers of all time include Storm Thorgerson, Max Pinckers, Alain Laboile, Richard Billingham, and Elinor Carucci (whom I've been mentored by). Next year, I hope to be mentored by David Allan Harvey, who is another idol of mine. I believe that all people are beautiful and have become a sap in my older years (I'm 38). Maybe I've always been a sap. I get super emo while photographing weddings, and not always at the parts that you might expect. I love to see families rallying around the couple, helping them, sharing tenderness and love. This is why I love to photograph the getting ready & the dance party. I feel people are at their most genuine and care-free state during those parts of the day. [Kingston Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
500/hour (CAD)

Johnleegraphy is found in 2009, and I specialize in wedding photography with a distinctive photojournalistic style in Hong Kong. My many satisfied clients testify that my style is all about capturing the right moment with the right perspective at the right place. In 2013 I became a destination wedding photographer going around the world for 6 countries, and have been awarded 5 significant prizes from AGWPJA. I am passionate about wedding photography because it focuses on the natural joy and happiness of the event. The beaming brides are usually enchanting while grooms are the most charming on that special day. Apart from the couple, I also like to capture different expressions from guests and easily-missed details on the day that make it special. To know more about my style and service, my past clients would show you from their client letter. Visit my website to see more client's letters and get to know more about me. [Hong Kong Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
19800 (HKD)
Ontario wedding and elopement photography by Amit Dullu of Canada

Photography, for me, is my passion and I believe my pictures are moments in time that I have been able to capture and each of those moments is able to tell us a story. It is those first ten minutes I spend with my clients that are the most important ones - its the beginning of understanding each other and making that short journey together.... an opportunity for me to give them their story in my words. With no formal training in photography, I have left no stone unturned to learn from any knowledgeable source I can - I have put in long hours to understand the finer technical aspects of this art, experimented and honed my skills over the years. What started as a short two-hour maternity shoot in a snowstorm has now become 5 years of extensive experience of shooting more than a hundred weddings - most of them in Canada and India. As a full-time professional photographer, I specialize in portrait & wedding photography - also do events, if time permits. On the parallel, I also love to paint - mostly abstracts in acrylics...my work was recently chosen in the 8 best emerging artists in Toronto by the prestigious Elaine Fleck Gallery. [Markham Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1750 (CAD)
Montreal wedding elopement photography by Julien Cadena of Quebec Canada

Julien started as a freelance wedding photographer in 2016. Very quickly, a documentary approach emerged and gave meaning to his work. Covering weddings as a photojournalist allowed him to develop a personal style. For him, this approach is the best way to document all the details of the day in an authentic and original way. He does not limit himself to an exchange of wedding rings or the first dance. It is the result of many moments, both significant and insignificant. Julien is passionate about real emotions, honest, and unique moments. It is also a special encounter that made him move to North America: after a few months of being in a relationship between Paris and Toronto, he decided to take the plunge. It all happened quite quickly, but sometimes, when you know it, you just have to do it! [Montreal Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (CAD)

Wedding Elopement Picture Stories from Toronto

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Wedding Engagement Diamond Awards - Toronto

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

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Suzanne & Clement

Photo by John Lee

Hello John, Thank you for capturing our special moment in both our banquet in Penang and Hong Kong. You managed to snap all our precious moments and your photos truly touched our hearts. You managed to capture all details and looking at our photos truly brings us back to our wonderful wedding again. Your light heartedness made the wedding fun and enjoyable yet all shots taken were professional and artistic. Even showing our photos to those that did not attend our wedding, they could clearly see the romance, joy and fun. A lot of people in Penang have asked for your contact details But unfortunately you are in Hong Kong! You managed very well as a single photographer in our Penang wedding, not easy for a big banquet.

Julie & Jeffrey

Photo by John Lee

You are a talented and accommodating photographer. Booking you and your team was very simple and throughout the lead-up to our wedding you were clear and efficient. On the day, you and your team were unfailingly polite and friendly to everyone you came across, and made us and all the guests feel very comfortable in front of the camera. Your team tried the best to accommodate the guests, our family and our demand without complaints. You are great talent for capturing a feeling in an image. You delivered a beautiful set of images that capture many very happy memories despite the occasionally gloomy weather on the day. We were particularly impressed with the shots taken at the rooftop of Excelsior Hotel. I’m sure we will continue to enjoy looking through them for years to come.

Kate & Dom

Photo by John Lee

To John and his wonderful team, Thank you so much for your amazing work. I can’t thank you enough for doing such a great job at capturing the memories on our special day, just the way we liked. Thanks for being so understanding and completely flexible on the day. We were probably one of your most chaotic clients (we know that) but your team’s and your calm presence was exceptional. We never felt pressured for once on the day and you just went with flow. All the meetings I had with you before the wedding were informative. It was a great idea to have met you properly before the wedding. We absolutely love our videos and the pictures – they bring us back to the day every time we see them. I particularly love how they capture the happiness and emotions of our friends and families, they are priceless and we can’t wait to show them to our friends and families from overseas! John, sincerely thank you again for making our wedding day so memorable. Your creativity and special ability deserves to be recognized. I have no doubt recommending your service to all of my friends and families and I’m looking forward to future collaborations with you and your great team. Best wishes, Kate Chow

Dawn & Man

Photo by John Lee

Thank you for creating such a precious memory for our wedding. It was when I searched on the internet for just the perfect photographer for our wedding that I came upon your website. Your work is truly inspiring, your pictures are full of warmth and you are able to capture all those touching and meaningful moments. With you, we were certain that our wedding pictures are in good hands and we looked forward to a warm and God-loving wedding. Recalling the discussions before the wedding, your replies were always quick and passionate. You asked for our wedding details and our input on ideas gave us confident that you were serious in your work. Meanwhile we expressed to you that we hope to capture a lot of happy and cheerful moments, not necessary of ourselves but also of our guests. Now with the photos in our hands, we cannot help but laugh out loud as we go through the pictures in delight. We were wondering what was exactly happening during the time you caught the picture of people laughing so hard. We are sharing all these lovely pictures with our family and friends and everyone is so touched and pleased with them. Of course, you made us look so beautiful in these photos as we never thought we could be so photogenic! Our parents are also praising with laughter, "They are so stunning!". We really want to give a big thank you for the work you have done on our special day. Thank you Lord we met such an upbeat and passionate photographer who is able to grasp precious moments and is thoughtful of the bride and groom. We also appreciate your two assistants for their help. Wish you all the best and hope you can continue taking more sweet photos for the newly weds.

Lauren & Mike

Photo by Esther Gibbons

Mike and I finally got through all the pictures last night, and I can tell you that we had such a good time going over all of the happy moments (we had quite a few big laughs as well!). You did a fantastic job and we really cannot thank you enough. We were truly thrilled with the results and couldn't have asked for better people with whom to share our day.

Bride and groom kissing at their rooftop garden wedding ceremony in Montreal, Quebec - Santropol Roulant

Amy & Chris

Photo by Esther Gibbons

I just teared up watching this. The slideshow is perfect. The song, the mood... it’s all perfect. Thank you so much for everything. We adore the photo albums and all the wonderful photos. It means so much to us, and you’ll help us cherish those memories forever. Thanks again for everything. Yer the best! A gem, truly.

Crystal & Bosco

Photo by John Lee

We are so glad that we found you to be our wedding photographer because you are so friendly, professional, and responsible. You and your team worked wonderfully with our other film/photography crew, which was very important for us because we had three different groups of photographers/cinematographers. You are very professional and communicated with everyone very well so we never had to worry about crew getting into each others way. You were very responsible, always on time and sent us the final photos very promptly after the wedding. You also were really patient with us whenever we had questions or needed his help. You never seemed irritated or unreliable or unreachable, always happy and quick to reply to my messages. Most importantly, you took beautiful photos of our wedding day and captured all our happy and emotional moments. This made us feel very comfortable and ensured we captured all the essential family photos that we will cherish forever. Your photos were very real and natural and we love them very much! We are so glad that we hired you to be our wedding photographer and would highly recommend all our friends and family to book you as well!