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!

Essex Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Essex, England

Southend-on-Sea, Colchester, Chelmsford, Basildon, Rayleigh, South Benfleet, Thundersley, Harlow, Grays, Brentwood, Clacton-on-Sea

Essex Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our United Kingdom 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 England Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Essex 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, secret, justice of the peace, 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 intimate, symbolic, non-traditional, 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 Essex Couples

14 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

England and Essex wedding reportage photography by Luke Hayden of the United Kingdom
Starting Price:
2000 (GBP)
London wedding and elopement photography by Boz Green of England United Kingdom

I grew up in a small town next to a beautiful mountain and my intense love of nature came from wandering through woods with friends and spending time with my grandparents in the country. As a child, I found our family Pentax camera endlessly fascinating even before I was able to use it. Later I finally got my first digital camera and was arranging impromptu portrait sessions with my friends during the holidays. I was always interested in creative media and music but decided on a career in business and marketing. After not long, I decided to take seriously my passion from my childhood and give up my day job. Wedding photography came to me by being asked to take photos of my friend's wedding. I feel very privileged to be able to get to know new people by witnessing a very intimate day of their life. After every wedding, I feel I have experienced and learned a lot. It's like you are watching a very emotional movie but you also run around and snap all day :) I love capturing natural moments and telling an honest story of the day. I have photographed more than 50 weddings in England and abroad since 2016. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
130/hour (GBP)

I live in the beautiful Norfolk Broads with my wife and two children. I have been photographing weddings since 2010. One of the best things in life is a good story and that's what my approach to photography is all about. I get a real buzz capturing those special moments, moments you might not remember or, perhaps, did not get to see. Even moments which, at the time, might have seemed insignificant will take on greater significance as the years roll by. Preferring to capture your day as it happens, I love working with couples who want to relax and enjoy their wedding day and not have to pose for photo after photo. I get my best images when you're just being yourselves - natural light and natural emotions! [Norfolk-UK Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1995 (GBP)
London wedding reportage and elopement photography by Kari Bellamy for England, UK

I’m Kari and although I speak with a bit of a ‘yank’ accent, I’m a London-based wedding photographer. I work with brides and grooms that are passionate about their wedding photography, helping them in any way I can to ensure they are going to throw an amazing party for their family and friends. When I’m not working, I love exploring London. I’ll meander around an area that I’ve not been to before. I like to get lost and then find my way out, passing through shops, art galleries, stopping for coffee. I’ll happily walk miles, and I love the feeling of “Ooh, that’s a pretty street! Let’s see what’s down there!” I love reading about design, modern architecture, and street art. I love a good conversation over a tasty meal with my husband. When we’re out, we like to swing dance, going to comedy clubs and whatever weird events we can find happening in London. I love weddings. A good wedding for me is about family and friends, all your favourite people, coming together for an amazing celebration, full of love and happiness. I love the packed dance floors, the emotional Dads, the slightly awkward but hilarious grooms’ speeches, and seeing two people celebrate their commitment together. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1995 (GBP)
London wedding reportage photographer Simon Cardwell | United Kingdom and England Elopements

My name is Simon and I am a documentary photographer. A photograph documents a happy time in your life & is something to look back on. What I do is record those moments & make them last. I am lucky to do what I love for a living & since photographing my first wedding in 2007, I have been fortunate enough to photograph weddings and elopements all across the UK, throughout London & occasionally further afield. In that time I have seen every kind of occasion & I know the memories are the same no matter where or how you choose to get married. I believe in a natural style of photography which ensures you won't spend your wedding day constantly posing for photos, I will find the moments rather than staging them. Just like every other day in your life, nothing on your wedding day should be forced. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1050 (GBP)
Razvan Danaila UK Wedding Photographer for small events and elopements

Hello there – I’m Razvan and I’ve been shooting weddings and elopements for over 15 years now. What started as a challenge at my best friend’s wedding turned into a very expensive hobby at first and then into my grown up, full-time job. I’m forever grateful to my wonderful clients who trusted me with their precious wedding photos and continue to do so – nothing makes me happier than receiving their thanks after seeing their images. I love meeting in person with my clients and hear about their plans and questions for their big day over a cup of coffee – as with anything, good communication is the key to having happy clients. Weddings are somehow similar to car races – you only get one chance to capture moments and genuine emotions. My motto is that I’m not there to create the event but to try and capture it and turn it into an accurate story in images of the day. I’m a very friendly and personable guy, very focused while working and happy that many past clients are now very good friends. Other stuff that makes me happy besides my work is traveling, cooking (big barbecue fan) and good coffee. I live with my wife in a lovely small village and we are proud parents to Spoty the dog and Frankie the cat (we both believe he is really a dog in a feline body). [Bedfordshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (GBP)
Norfolk Norwich wedding reportage photographer Jeremy James Durkin

I’m Jeremy James, a trained a photojournalist and full-time professional wedding professional shooting documentary wedding photography for stylish relaxed couples. I work with clients who want amazing wedding photography but don’t want to spend their day taking orders from a more traditional photographer. My clients know they’ll look their best – when they are doing what they do best: having fun with little interruption. My skill lies in seeing and composing beautiful candid frames, but I always allow some time for some beautiful, natural, portraiture. I honed my documentary wedding photography skills in editorial photography, starting my career shooting for national newspapers and glossy magazines. I photographed everything from news and fashion to celebrities and royalty before transitioning into full-time wedding photography. [Norfolk-UK Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1200 (GBP)
Suffolk based wedding and elopement photographer Dominic Whiten

Hi, I'm Dominic. I've worked in photography for more years than I care to admit to (it's more than half my life), and began shooting weddings in 2008. More than 10 years later and I still put my heart and soul into photographing each and every wedding, with the aim of providing my couples with a set of artistic, timeless and beautiful photographs that tell the story of their day. After many years in London and the South-East, I've made my home on the Suffolk coast - I pinch myself every day to be fortunate enough to live in a truly beautiful part of the country. [Suffolk Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1750 (GBP)

I'm Steven. I'm a husband, a father and a wedding reportage photographer. My career began in advertising where I rose to the ranks of Art Director for two of London's top ad agencies. Turning away from the fictitious nature of advertising my passion for telling stories took over and I now pursue something all together more real - capturing the greatest day of your lives. I'll blend into the background, marrying stunning compositions with real, raw emotion to capture all the joy, tears, love and laughter of your wedding day. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1495 (GBP)

Photography - its what I love, whether its photographing a wedding, a Himalayan mountain range or a carnival. If you like the look of my work then get in touch, and lets talk about your big day. I specialise in reportage wedding photography but if you'd like a few posed shots I'm happy to help, I also love shooting around the golden hour and am currently working on a twilight project - in which I take couples out for a lit portrait as darkness falls. I came into photography through my uncle who is a professional Landscape photographer, seeing his posters on the walls at home inspired me to pick up a camera and start seeing the world through a lens. I studied Photography at School, College and then University where I graduated with a 1st Class degree in the subject, and I've been doing it for a living ever since. My photography has been published around the world by National Geographic, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and many more. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1095 (GBP)
England and Hertfordshire wedding and elopement photography by Nel van Huyssteen of the United Kingdom

Hello, I am super new to the WPJA so will enter competitions very soon. I am a UK wedding photographer living in Hertfordshire with my husband Leon, two wonderful kids, and 5 pets. Leon is also my trusted second photographer who has been by my side for 25 years. Not just that he also has an incredible photographic eye. All my work is captured with professional Sony Mirrorless and Canon Cameras. I trained as a professional wedding photographer for a year with The Trained Eye Academy based in Amersham. I am passionate about engaging with my clients, understanding their needs, and capturing their life in a truly unique and individual way. We all see the world differently which is why people fascinate me and why I find weddings in particular, so special and exciting. I love photographing very natural moments as they happen to capture real, raw emotion. Anticipation, anxiety, joy, sadness, love, relief is all part of a wedding day. Photos that tell a story with feelings are priceless and tend to grow on you as time goes by. Documentary wedding photography will give you beautiful photographs with honest memories to cherish forever. I am passionate about delivering the very best service from our first meeting, capturing your wedding, and delivering your images through to aftercare such as ordering albums, prints, and wall art. [Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1250 (GBP)
Norfolk-UK elopement and wedding reportage photography by Tim Stephenson, of United Kingdom and England

I’m Tim Stephenson, the photographer behind Tim Stephenson Photography. I’m somewhere around the 40 mark, married to Angela since 2008 and Dad to our two usually wonderful children – Sam & Ellie. Based in Brooke, just outside of Norwich (Norfolk, UK), but shooting weddings just about anywhere, I’ve always had a passion for photography; starting with developing my own black & white film & prints many moons ago back in school. I shot my first wedding in 2008, quickly realised that I absolutely loved capturing the emotion & fun of the day – and it all kind of grew from there! After shooting a few early weddings for friends and family, I quickly realised that I absolutely love telling a story through images – and still can’t quite believe that I get to do what I adore doing! With every single wedding being unique and amazing in its own right, this isn’t something that ever gets old! Over the last few years, I’ve been honoured to shoot weddings at a whole host of wonderfully exquisite venues around the UK, including Norfolk & East Anglia – with repeat visits to some of the finest venues in our wonderful county. [Norfolk-UK Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1895 (GBP)
Norfolk elopement and wedding reportage photography by Nikkala Faye Ades of England United Kingdom

My career as a photographer started whilst at college, studying an HND in Graphic Design back in 2010, I had gained previous experience of the photographic industry whilst exploring a very short stint in front of the camera, which I enjoyed. However, the urge to create the art myself became irresistible and I just knew I had to try it out. I picked up my first camera a Nikon D40 and this is where my dream of being a photographer began. I started photographing more for my college projects and local models to practice and perfect my work. At this point, I knew I had to start learning more about the technical side of photography, so I pushed my ideas in college and watched countless Youtube videos whilst gaining industry contacts within Norfolk and beyond. Soon I felt comfortable enough to begin photographing small events and doing commissions for local businesses. I then began to think about something I thought I would never have the chance of doing, University! Applying for University was probably the most nerve-racking time of my life closely followed by the interview! I just knew this was my path and I had to everything in my power that to make it happen, thankfully I left the interview that day completely gobsmacked with an unconditional offer to study a BA (HONS) Degree in Photography at Norwich University of the Arts. After finishing my Photography Degree at Norwich University of the Arts, I completed my first full wedding season as a ‘main shooter’ and have been in love with weddings ever since! Photography has been my life and passion for the last 10 years, and I wouldn't change it for anything. I also work in both the commercial photographic world and the wedding industry; as well as part-time for Nikon. This means I am fully immersed in the world of photography! [Norfolk-UK Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1700 (GBP)
England and Kent wedding and elopement photography by Paul Fuller of the United Kingdom

Hi, I’m Paul and I live in Kent in the UK with my wife Claire and our 3 kids. I’ve been shooting weddings for 11 years now and even typing that feels completely crazy to me! I still remember my first wedding so vividly. I won't pretend that it was always my passion to be a photographer, in fact I didn’t own a “proper camera” until I bought a Canon 450 d before me and Claire went on our honeymoon. But as soon as I started taking pictures I knew it was something I loved, I knew I wanted to get better. As with most parents I loved documenting our family as it grew. If you ever question the value of photography then just go back and look at those photos, the pictures I have of my kids as babies, of my wife when she was pregnant are just so valuable to me. I shoot on average 25 weddings a year and work with couples looking for a largely unobtrusive approach. For me photography is about taking those fleeting, often unseen moments that we are scarcely aware of and shining a light on them. [Kent Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1700 (GBP)

Wedding Venues from Essex

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Wedding Engagement Diamond Awards - Essex

Are you ready to find your Essex 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 Essex Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

WPJA Communiqué: Features
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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
While some of us were fortunate enough to be born as extroverts, not everyone feels the same way. For a good chunk of the population, any number of the typical wedding day traditions can inspire anxiety and existential dread. This day is all about you, yes, but does that mean all the attention has to be on you as well? FROM VOWS TO CHITCHAT, WHICH REMAINS SACRED? Traditional weddings often require some degree of performance on the part of the couple, whether that is in the form of reciting...Read more
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Oftentimes when people are considering a venue for their weddings, they search for a location away from home, whether that be ten minutes or ten hours, all just to find what they already have: a place that holds meaning for them, that feels comfortable, or that they find special and memorable. But what could hold more memory, meaning, and importance than your own home? For those looking for that perfect venue, it may not be any further than beyond your threshold.Read more
We all know that the economy can go through some hard times, and be somewhat reminiscent of past recessions. However, as people cut back on non-essential little luxuries here and there, one constant remains: weddings. People don’t tend to just stop getting married due to a poor economy, nor should they! So, in an industry that keeps on going through thick and thin, what are some things to expect for the future, and what is really necessary to still make that wedding day memorable and...Read more

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Rhiannon & Chris

Photo by Ben Pipe

Working with you was fantastic - you are very professional, whilst still being very approachable and great fun. Your photos of our wedding in Weymouth last October are absolutely stunning and everything we'd hoped for and more. We opted for the top tier package and we're really glad we did - made things so much easier and less stressful on the day - not having to worry about if you captured everything (since you brought along a 2nd photographer) and you were there until the wee hours too. Before the wedding day we met up with you over a few pints and explained our hopes & ideas for the day which you took on board and wove into your own style. What was captured was all the beautiful little natural moments that we wanted, plus all the big formal photos too. Couldn't have asked for more! You also attended the wedding in a great suit, so blended right in and didn't make anyone feel awkward or intruded upon. So glad we picked you for our photos that'll be hung on our walls, and our family's walls for many many years to come smile emoticon

Image of the bridal party walking near the venue of Phoenix Garden, London, United Kingdom

Kate & Michael

Photo by Boz Green

The photos are absolutely fantastic, amazing, wonderful!!! Thank you so so much. We love them and couldn't be happier.

Chloe & James

Photo by Ben Pipe

We were recommended to you by a mutual friend and weren't disappointed, our wedding shots were first class, original ideas, excellent reportage style shots we wanted and some clever tricks with the evening sunset. Working with you was brilliant and I would recommend you for any occasion!

Wedding photo of the bride and groom laughing after their outdoor ceremony at High House, Fillongley Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Yvonne & Kas

Photo by Boz Green

Thank you so much for the photos and the links, we have finally looked through the photos and what amazing memories you captured!! Thank you so much!!! It was so fun reliving those memories, cant wait to get these all printed out :)

Easton Grange, Suffolk, UK wedding ceremony photography.

Lucy & Dan

Photo by Dominic Whiten

Thank you so much for our beautiful photographs - we are so pleased and have enjoyed looking through them over and again. You captured the day perfectly and it's been great to look back through your photos and see all those moments we didn't have a chance to take in at the time. On the day you were calming and we hardly noticed you are there (in a good way!). You made us feel as ease and relaxed which really shows in the photos!

Paul &

Photo by Ben Pipe

You photographed our summer wedding in Surrey and were a calm and assured influence on the day. We came away with beautiful photographs. We liked them so much that we made a hardback book out of them.

Zoe & Gordon

Photo by Ben Pipe

You photographed our wedding in September 2013, and the results were fabulous: a good blend of unposed (which we were hoping for!), posed (obligatory family shots), and some really clever sleight-of-hand pictures of us (now framed in our living room). Can't recommend you highly enough! Zoe Hopkins and Gordon (married in Dorset).

Debbie & Dan

Photo by Ben Pipe

We really enjoyed working with you back in August 2014, you took the time in getting to know us and what we wanted. You were professional, discreet and nothing was too much to ask. On the day we had an issue in that we were unable to take our traditional photographs in a certain place and so we were unable to have them. I didn't need to worry though as you were very creative and took natural action shots of all my family and friends which definitely made up for the earlier issue. I love looking at my wedding photographs and I always get comments on how beautiful and natural the photographs are. Thank you Ben.

Relaxed reception wedding reportage photographer in Suffolk, UK

Olivia & Chris

Photo by Dominic Whiten

We just want to say a really huge THANK YOU for providing Chris and Livi with so many beautiful reminders of a truly magical day. Despite the rather rubbish weather you truly excelled in being in the right place at the right time and, as always, capturing that precious moment in time whilst seeming so unobtrusive. Not only did you stay for the entire day but also most of the night! Plus giving up time to return on the Monday evening to take those extra, sunny and relaxed shots shows a dedication far beyond what most would contemplate. We are all so very glad we chose you to immortalise The Day and I will continue to promote your work to any couples I can. Gunilla (Mother of the Groom)

Wedding image of the bride entering with her father at the Clissold House, Clissold Park, London, United kingdom

Fran & Sam

Photo by Boz Green

Boz, the rounders photos!! They're amazing. We've really enjoyed the photos and are really happy with them. Thank you for being there and making things so easy.

Photo of the fist-pumping groom walking with the bride at The Rosendale, West Dulwich, London

Rio & Craig

Photo by Boz Green

We received the beautifully designed USB from you today. Thank you so much for everything, we're so happy with our photos and can't thank you enough for capturing some truly special moments that we'll now be able to remember forever.

Vanessa & Jim

Photo by Ben Pipe

You shot our Dorset wedding back in September and I have to say from start to finish you was a pleasure to work with the pictures have come out better than we could have wished for. We opted for the second shooter (Chris) option and they worked superbly as a team. All of our guests commented on what a great duo they were! Thanks Ben for giving us such great photos to remind us of our special day! Mr & Mrs Dawson