Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

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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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

In recent days, some of our United Kingdom photographers 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. 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!

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 secret, quick, city 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 non-traditional, modern, 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

12 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Essex Wedding Photographer serving all of the United Kingdom

Sheraz has always been a keen photographer, but his passion for photography and love for weddings became a professional career in 2009 after being inundated with clients. Sheraz is a creative thinker and is often widely recognized as the 'amazing photographer who is just so humble'. Ever keen to keep up to date and hone his talent, Sheraz regularly attends photography workshops. For Sheraz, this isn't just a job, it's a dream that became a reality through hard work and a genuine pride in his work. His dedication to giving a couple a truly memorable and spectacular set of images is what propels Sheraz into a league of his own - whereby every picture tells of a journey - the journey of love, yearning, and joy. [Essex Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1850 (GBP)
Essex, England Wedding Reportage Photographer Nishit Parmar, for United Kingdom

I cannot claim that I have been surrounded by cameras my whole life. I haven’t been taking photos from a young age. The truth is that while my dad loved taking pictures of me, it wasn’t something that I really picked up until I got married. My uncle was known as the photographer of the family and my father would tend to ask him for advice. I just never really understood the joy of taking a photo. I just thought a camera was another toy that my dad had! Following my wedding, this all changed. I found photography to be something that I could really explore my inner creativity. As I said in the video, watching people and their interactions is a little thing that I love doing to pass my time. So by combining the creativity and the joy of capturing moments led me to a career in Wedding Photography as an Asian Wedding Photographer. In 2011 our family was rocked by the sudden illness of my father. This was where photography really instilled in me the sense of capturing and recording a moment forever. The moments that my father and I had had together were forever imprinted in my mind and also on paper. This is not a sad story and my father fought and battled his way through the hard times. He and my mother are my inspirations for Wedding Photography. More recently, my wife and I were blessed with a beautiful, bouncy son. He and my wife are my rocks. The little person who keeps me grounded at all times. He is the person who can instantly melt me. And we have some of the most amazing photos of us together! When we meet, ask me to share these pictures with you, I will instantly turn into the proud father with LOTS of photos! In the last few years, I have been lucky enough to photograph a range of different Wedding Ceremonies. From colourful Indian Weddings, fun Sikh Weddings, beautiful Greek Weddings and intimate English Weddings. [Essex Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (GBP)
Alessandro Pietrosanti, documentary wedding and elopement photographer in Essex

A long time ago, when I was just 9 years old, I received my first reflex camera...simply, I fell in love with photography. Obviously, I didn't know anything about photography but I was sure that photography will have taken a big part of my life. I didn't know how or when, but it would have been my future. During my life, I tried many types of photography but no one of them had literally stolen my mind and my heart like wedding photography. I like telling stories and first of all true stories. Reportage photography could be the perfect way to tell stories. After some courses, I thought I was ready to start my career as a wedding photographer. I was really scared at the beginning, many responsibilities in my hands: create people's memories. But the passion and love for photography have helped me every time. Every wedding was a confirm that become a wedding storyteller would have been my future. So, I've started to live different lives through new couples every weekend. Love, laughter and tears during each wedding day, a lot of emotions altogether. I still remember a text message after my first wedding in the UK: "[...] you make me cry [...]" and after 3 years, the bride send me a new message saying: "...thank you again for capturing our day so beautifully". But how I look at wedding photography? Truth, this is my goal. During all day I catch every important moment, sometimes I really have stolen them but never, never I make pressure to the bride or the groom, even during the few poses taken. Everything has to be naturally. Composition, lights, shadows, movements are some of the things in my wedding recipe, there is a secret ingredient as well... Why couple choose me? There is a common phrase: "We like your pictures because there are true smiles...". That's it. [Essex Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
695 (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)
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)
England and Norfolk are wedding locations that are loved by reportage photographer Rob Dodsworth

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)
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)
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)
England, London and UK based wedding reportage photographer Steven Carter Hewson.

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)
The reportage wedding photography of London's Ben Pipe

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)
Norfolk-UK 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)

Wedding Venues from Essex

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WPJA Communiqué: Features
Megan Hannah, of Vermont, is a wedding photographer for -
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
Victoria Sprung, of Illinois, is a wedding photographer for Chicago, IL
WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN TO ELOPE? If you look up the definition of “elope” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary , you’ll find a plethora of meanings making it quite clear how polarizing the word has become, and how it has transformed and evolved with the passage of time and even personal preference.Read more
Renan Radici, of Rio Grande do Sul, is a wedding photographer for City - Porto Alegre, State - Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
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
Creative and Professional Wedding Photography from the Reception
Like many brides and grooms, your wedding could be the first time you’ll be hiring a creative professional. You might think the ins and outs of working with a wedding photographer are as simple as writing a check. What could be so difficult, right? But just ask any talented pro, and you’ll get a grateful explanation as to why it’s so important to truly understand their creative process. How you manage your relationship with a wedding photographer can have just as profound an...Read more
Lauren Lindley, of California, is a wedding photographer for -
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
The Best Wedding Photojournalism - The bride turns toward her reflection as she tosses her bouquet over her shoulder in this wedding photo.
With the number of wedding photojournalists perpetually on the rise, confusion over what they will and won’t do seems to be increasing at a parallel rate. This article aims to bust the most common wedding photojournalism misconceptions and stereotypes circulating in the marketplace...Read more

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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)

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. 

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.

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!

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!

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!

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)

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.

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

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).

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

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.