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, courthouse, town hall, 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 boutique, non-traditional, 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 Essex Couples

13 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Essex wedding reportage-style photography by Tracy Morter of England United Kingdom

I have taken quite a journey to be where I am now, I sort of accidentally ended up becoming a wedding photographer. And I am very happy my plans went awry because this job has enriched my life. Introduced me to so many amazing experiences and people over years. I started off studying astrophysics, had some babies, got Rage Against the Machine to number one at Christmas, and now I photograph weddings. For well over a decade now. And the babies are now wonderful grown-up adult sons. When I'm not at a wedding I will be shooting a festival or a gig. Weddings and music are where I get to photograph people letting go and being themselves. A muddy field to an elegant country house venue and everything in between. I get to know so many interesting people in these places my camera takes me, and that is why I am glad I've ended up here. [Essex Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1000 (GBP)
England and Essex wedding reportage photography by Luke Hayden of the United Kingdom
Starting Price:
2000 (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)

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)
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)
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
It’s no secret that these are strange times we’re going through right now, and there are many couples out there with weddings set in the near future who are left feeling uncertain and concerned about their futures. While that’s understandable, it’s also important to remember the reason you’re getting married in the first place; not for the grand celebration, but because you love each other and want to be together. REMEMBER WHAT'S IMPORTANT You’re in this position now, about to get married, for...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
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
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
Clean background in this photo of the bride walking into her mountain ceremony.
Some couples, as they begin planning for their weddings, might think that they are limited to the classic locations: churches, gardens, beaches, or even Las Vegas. But in doing so they’re missing out on a multitude of unique options that might suit their personalities much better! Why limit yourself to a quiet, quaint ceremony when your adventurous heart may be calling out for something more? An entirely different genre of wedding, so to speak, is the adventure wedding elopement. This concept...Read more

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Milsoms Kesgrave Hall Wedding Venue Reception Photography, Ipswich, Suffolk

Lauren & Lewis

Photo by Dominic Whiten

Lauren and I can’t thank you enough for our photos, they are absolutely beautiful and we love them all! We have spent most of the weekend looking at them over and over again and can't find the words to thank you enough for your tireless hard work. Amazing!

Bacton, Norfolk, UK wedding reportage image of bride and groom kissing

Philippa & Christian

Photo by Dominic Whiten

Thank you so, so much for capturing our special memories so beautifully. Your photographs are simply wonderful and looking through them brings back so many amazing moments, they are breathtaking! You were fantastic to have around on the day, very calm and professional, everyone kept telling us how lovely you were! We couldn't be happier and are very grateful to have had you there.

Couple cutting their wedding cake at Easton Grange, Suffolk photographed by venue recommended photographer Dominic Whiten

Sophie & Chris Day

Photo by Dominic Whiten

Hi Dominic, I wanted to say a huge thank you for helping to make Sophie and Chris’s day so special. As Mum, I hugely appreciated your calm, discreet and valuable input into the day. The photos are truly lovely and so captured the essence of who they both are. Donna (Mother Of The Bride)

Hertfordshire wedding photo of confetti tossed at Minstrel Court, North Road, Royston, Hertfordshire, UK

Wyman and Liezl

Photo by Nel van Huyssteen

Hi Nel First of all thank you so much, me and Liezl think your great and really enjoyed your company. We both agree that we are so glad we chose you and don’t think there could have been anyone nicer to have there for the 2 days. You blended in almost as if you were a guest, specially at the banquet. Can’t wait for the photos lol. Hope your well and can’t thank you enough❤️ WYMAN

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)

A Candid cake cutting image of the bride and groom at Stanbrook Abbey, Worcestershire, UK

Kira and David

Photo by Nel van Huyssteen

Dear Nel and Leon, You are such wonderful and talented people. Your photos really captured the essence of our day. Every little detail, guests enjoying themselves, and all the family and couple portraits; everything was covered. You really became part of our day; it felt like you were friends who just happened to have a camera! We couldn’t have chosen better photographers. We have had so many compliments on the online gallery and we cannot wait to receive our printed album. They quality of the shots, the lighting, capturing silly moments too; we’re also looking forward to having some portraits on canvas in our home. Thank you so very much Nel and Leon. Lots of love, Kira and David

Manor house wedding photography with a post ceremony Confetti celebration at Grafton Manor, Bromsgrove, Worcester, UK

Zoe and Matthew

Photo by Nel van Huyssteen

Hi Nel Thank you so much for being so patient with us! And for generally being so fabulous! We love all of the photos so so much it was so difficult to choose 80!! We've been recommending you to everyone we've spoken to since the wedding! We're so excited to share our photos with everyone! We really hope you have the most wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year with all of your family. Best Wishes Zoe & Matt

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!

Hindu wedding ceremony photography from an event under a tent

Prina and Sagar

Photo by Nel van Huyssteen

Hi Nel WOW - we just looked at the photos and we absolutely love them! You managed to capture all the best bits of our wedding and we are truly grateful. Thank you so much, we can't wait to have a photo session with our nearest and dearest. We will get back to you once we decide exactly what to do with them. Warm wishes always Prina and Sagar

Zug wedding photography by Heike Witzgall

Michael & Nichola

Photo by Jeremy James Durkin

What a stunning set of images. Thanks you so mush for capturing the little things and high lights of our day. It's difficult to choose which ones we like best! Thank you again. 

First dance image at the Village hall wedding in kent, Chilham village wedding

Louise and Daniel

Photo by Nel van Huyssteen

Hi Nel, Thank you so much for our Wedding photo's, they look AMAZING!! They really did capture the day perfectly We will come back to you next week on photos for the album when we have looked through them a few more times Thank you and Leon capturing our day so well and we will be in touch soon! Dan & Louise