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. 

View WPJA photo stories from smaller weddings - WedElope | Choose love, not fear!

Somerset Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Somerset, England

Weston-super-Mare, Taunton

Somerset 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!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
June 2nd, 2020
Knysna Indigenous Forest, South Africa Elopement Photographer | This is the couple exchanging vows
June 2nd, 2020
Westfield, New Jersey At-Home Elopement Picture Story | The wedding took place at their daughter's house
June 2nd, 2020
Di Figaro Restaurant, Kyrenia, Cyprus Elopement Photographer | Di Figaro is a wonderful seaside restaurant and bar in the Karaoglanoglu region of Girne

Elopement Photographers for Small England Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Somerset 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 town hall, courthouse, 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 casual, symbolic, boutique, 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 Somerset Couples

8 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Hi, I'm Martin, a Bristol wedding and elopement photographer covering weddings all over the UK and destination wedding photography overseas. I have been documenting weddings for 10 years and had a chance to eat more than 350 different pieces of wedding cakes! Trust me this is not the main reason why I'm photographing weddings :) I truly love my job. I love capturing the little moments, the candid ones when nobody thinks I'm looking; memories that may otherwise be forgotten. After many years working as wedding photographer Somerset, I pride myself on providing each of my bride and grooms with very friendly and professional service. I have plenty of fantastic reviews from past couples and I won quite a few awards too! My photos have been published on a range of online wedding blogs including The English Wedding blog, The Wedding Community, Festival Brides, Fly Away Bride. I also love travelling and has been to more than 50 countries and still have plenty to visit, some of them for weddings! I am fluent in English, Spanish, Polish and "Portuñol" ;). I'm a family man, hiker, dog owner and Asian food lover. I spent 13 months exploring South & Central America before I became a Bristol wedding photographer and interestingly enough my first wedding that I ever photographed was in Mexico! [Bristol Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1100 (GBP)

One of the most touching things about wedding photography is how quickly you find yourself thrown into the heart of such an important, intimate occasion. It's a responsibility only a fool would take lightly. I take great care to behave appropriately but with a sense of cheerful fun and enthusiasm for what I do. I tend to prefer working alone as it's far easier to melt into the day and being unobtrusive is key to getting honest reportage photography. I aim to photograph as a reaction to what is happening around me, rather than be the cause of it. People rarely look lovelier than when they are simply being themselves. I always like to meet clients in advance, for the sake of both parties. It's important to be familiar with your photographer's approach as well as their portfolio. Your choice is a very personal one and identifying the style you're after will ensure you're happy with the results. As a sole trader, I always take the lead from my client and aim to be as flexible with my services as I can. I air any concerns at an early stage if I feel there is a discrepancy between the services I provide and my client's brief. I first became interested in taking photos when I was 11 years old. Within a year I had my hands on a Russian Zenith 122 - a tank of a camera! I then unearthed an antique enlarger inside a broom cupboard at school and persuaded the headmaster to set us up with some chemicals and paper. This was all a great help in developing a disciplined approach to photography. By 17 I had upgraded to Nikon 35mm and Pentax medium format outfits. I was invited to photograph the wedding of my art teacher's daughter and took the plunge. Thankfully it turned out rather well and in the last decade I've photographed over 160 weddings and civil partnerships in the UK and Europe. At 18, I studied film production at the Bournemouth Screen Academy and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film Production. Film is my other passion and I've continued to make promos and award winning shorts for festivals since graduating. While studying, I taught photography part time at Bryanston School and made use of the excellent photographic facilities at university. My photography and film work go hand in hand as visual art forms for telling and documenting narratives. I was rather a late adopter of digital photography. I wasn't interested in the latest technology for the sake of something shiny and new but felt that by 2005 the resolution and sensitivity in low light was a sufficient improvement on the available film stocks. On average I've upgraded my main outfit every 3 years and my current crop of top end Nikon cameras and lenses have given me unbridled freedom, particularly in low light conditions. Because I spend the time mastering the density, contrast, colour and sharpness of my pictures in post production, most of my results are indistinguishable from film. My guiding principle is that if an effect wouldn't be achieved in the dark room, it's best to avoid it on the computer! Garish effects may bring something to a lackluster picture but they also date quickly. A good picture has no need for such embellishment. Consequently my work retains a quality that will, I hope, stand the test of time. I grew up in Hampshire, Dorset & South Wales and often visit family & friends in all three. I live and work in North London. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
200/hour (GBP)
Portrait of William Bazlinton, Dorset Wedding and Elopement Photographer

Documenting Life, Love and Family across Bournemouth, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and throughout the UK. My name is Will Bazlinton. I’m a wedding, elopement, family & portrait photographer living and working in Bournemouth, Dorset, on the beautiful Jurassic Coast, in South West England. I graduated from UCA in Surrey 2002 with a BA in photography, where I specialised in portraiture. I’m interested in people and the way they connect with each other – essentially, I photograph relationships. I photograph things to remember them and to understand them. So, I photograph people to understand them and their stories a little more (and consequently, a little more about myself). [Dorset Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
650 (GBP)
England and Devon wedding photography by Manuel Sabater of United Kingdom

Manuel is a wedding and portrait photographer. He has been a professional photographer for over 10 years but his passion resides by photographing couples on their big day. He loves photographing people capturing memories not only images. Every wedding is photographed by Manuel and Giles as a two photographer team. They started photography based on friends demand to photograph family reunions and weddings, photographing the people they love. They didn't want to be the typical wedding photographer. They just want to document their day in a natural way and make them look incredible. [Devon Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1150 (GBP)
Robin Goodlad is a UK based Dorset Wedding Photographer

A wedding is a momentous event, that should be photographed subtly and respectfully, through observation, rather than orchestration. This is the mindset I take to each and every wedding I photograph, to ensure that I blend in effortlessly, and that as far as possible I don't influence proceedings. If I get to the end of the day, and my clients remark how they have hardly noticed me all day, then my work is done! It is also a huge responsibility, when working with a blank canvas, to be able to tell the perfect story, This is why I prepare meticulously for every wedding, so I know every detail, and can position myself in the right place at the right time, and focus upon capturing the true ethos of the day. I'm also a firm believer in the photography 'journey', which includes getting to know my clients before the wedding. By doing this, I have a deeper understanding of who my clients are, and they also trust me more on the day to do what I do, it is a really important relationship. I've been photographing weddings for over 20 years when I started with the opportunity of covering family weddings in my late teens. I absolutely loved it, but it wasn't the 'standard' shots that people loved, it was the observation, the unique moments, the reportage, the storytelling. This approach, and my respectfully quiet nature is what has driven me to focus more upon my documentary work, anticipating, and always looking for little moments of magic. But I also know that clients don't always want just this, which is why I always offer a sprinkle of creativity where required through the day, by putting my clients in great light and great positions, but still encouraging them to shine and be themselves. When I am not shooting weddings, I always have to have camera with me; I adore landscape photography, which is my time to photograph for myself, and to re-energise and keep myself motivated as a photographer. I am fortunate to have won awards across many disciplines; landscapes, food, pets, portraits, and weddings, and I draw upon core principles from each of these genres to strengthen my wedding coverage. [Dorset Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (GBP)
Rich Howman, England Wedding Reportage Photographer

Rich Howman is the owner and Principal Photographer at Élan Images. He sees things differently and has got the ‘eye’ for what will make a magical picture and how to capture the story of your day. He is an award winning talent in the world of wedding photography, with over seven years’ experience as a dedicated wedding photographer, having originally graduated in Fine Art (Painting) at Winchester. Rich’s good humoured, charismatic style will immediately put you and your guests at ease. He’s a hopeless romantic too, which always helps! From little intimate country weddings to big city chic – each location and couple present a new opportunity for him to bring his creative vision to your day. [Bristol Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (GBP)
England Wedding Reportage Photographer Anthony Lyons of Devon

Hi, my name is Anthony and I am a documentary wedding photographer in North Devon. I love the energy of weddings. I throw myself into the day and look out for those moments of the real and fun. I love to capture the day as it unfolds rather than create or pose moments. Why do I love weddings so much? It's the energy, fun, and spontaneity. I am constantly on the lookout for those moments that will help make the story of the day. Weddings also give me the chance to really lose myself in the work. I love street photography. It makes you feel alive. Weddings give me the same buzz. Love it! I can't wait for the next couple to meet or the next wedding to capture. I wait in anticipation. So how did I get into wedding photography? I captured my first wedding back in 2002, yes I'm really that old. I have to say I didn't enjoy it at all. I had to work to a list of predetermined shots, there was no movement and it was all very boring. I vowed never to do a wedding again. Digital changed everything. Some years later and after multiple jobs, staying at home to look after my beautiful daughter I gave it another go. I second shot a wedding and that was it, I was under the spell. That was back in 2011 and here I still am enjoying every moment. [Devon Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
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Allister took up photography at a young age and studied it at Reading College of Art before graduating from The Bournemouth Institute of Art and Design. He spent some time working in London on fashion, advertising, and editorial photography. In 2004 he began photographing weddings and since that time his style has become more photojournalistic. Allister averages 50 exclusive documentary-style weddings per year. [Wiltshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2200 (GBP)
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Sarah & Richie

Photo by Harry Richards

Dear Harry, Thank you for photographing our wedding day! You really captured the atmosphere and we will treasure the photos and memories. It is lovely to have such great images, even more so as you were so adept at being in the right place at the right time, without us even knowing you were there! Many thanks, Sarah & Richie. x