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!

West Midlands Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of West Midlands, England

Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Dudley, West Bromwich, Walsall, Stourbridge, Halesowen

West Midlands 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
August 6th, 2020
Club Horizont, Varna, Bulgaria Elopement Portrait Session | The bride and groom share some private time together before leaving to celebrate with their guests
August 6th, 2020
Storica Hostaria Baracca, Trebaseleghe, Padua, Italy Elopement Photo | The bride, dressed in a sleek gown, makes her entrance with her father
August 4th, 2020
Silver Yacht, Venice Lagoon - Italy Elopement Photographers | The couple leaves for the private sailing cruise that will take them away all day

Elopement Photographers for Small England Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small West Midlands 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 justice of the peace, civil ceremony, courthouse, 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, boutique, romantic, 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 West Midlands Couples

9 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

My name is Emil and I am a professional documentary wedding photographer. Currently based in Wolverhampton where I live with my wife and 3 children, but I photograph weddings and elopements all over the UK and abroad. My photography style is pure documentary (also referred to as candid, natural or reportage wedding photography) with no direction/interference as I firmly believe that your wedding day belongs to you and your family and photographer should not interfere with it. I will never ask anyone to stop, smile and look at the camera. Documenting weddings from different cultures - including Sikh Weddings, Muslim wedding ceremonies, Hindu weddings, and traditional European church wedding is something that I really enjoy. I am Polish/Canadian with over 25 years of experience, including reportage work for newspapers in Canada and Poland. Covered destination weddings and events in Canada, Poland, France, Spain Italy, and the UK. [Wolverhampton Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1550 (GBP)

Let's take the ‘cheeeeeese’ out of wedding photography, No posing, no cliches, but a relaxed, unscripted record of your day – just call me The Wedding Ninja!! I love a wedding or elopement with personality, one that has ‘You’ stamped all over it Want a floral wedding dress with Doc Martens? Brilliant Getting married in an old cinema? Amazing Duck herding at the drinks reception? That will do nicely! My Dad is a photographer and I was given my first camera when I was 6 years old, but then sort of lost interest for a while. Then, about 15 years ago, whilst travelling in Asia, I bought a digital camera, spent about 3 days in Singapore taking photographs almost non stop and I was hooked, the rest, as they say, is history!! [Wolverhampton Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1200 (GBP)

I began photographing weddings in 1987 and have covered many, if not all types of wedding ceremonies, ranging from the small intimate group in a local register office to several hundreds of guests in a cathedral. Because I’m based in the West Midlands, I’m centrally located to cover weddings in all the Midlands area, nationally and even abroad. I’ve been privileged to shoot on more than one occasion in places such as Ireland, Mexico and the Caribbean. [West Midlands Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (GBP)

Hey, I’m Cris Lowis, a Documentary Wedding Photographer based in Staffordshire. I've been a wedding photographer since 2011 and over the years I've naturally found my style and passion within photography which is a love for real moments. Sure, I still do the posed shots if needed but by focusing on the story I give my clients an authentic representation of their wedding day. I'm a family man and spend my days off with my wife and two kids. We also have a dog, two cats and three chickens..yep, its a mad house. If you're looking for a photographer please do check out my website, I'd love to hear from you. [Staffordshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1200 (GBP)
Shropshire wedding photographer Andy Li, for UK

Hi, here's a little bit about me... - I love going to Gin Festivals! - I love weddings...I even had one of my own! - I had my five minutes of fame on The Gadget Show. - I love gadgets, Krispy Kremes, lemon drizzle cake, chilli sauce, wearing bright funky socks. - I suppose I’m a bit of a geek...and love my Apple toys. I've been shooting weddings since 2006, and for the last couple of years my wife Leanne has worked with me shooting video. I'm based in Shropshire (UK) and shoot weddings all over the UK and worldwide. I believe a wedding should be a great big party and not a great big performance. I love capturing all the fun, natural moments during a wedding. [Shropshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1850 (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)
Leicestershire wedding reportage photography by Ed Brown of East Midlands

Happy Hello! We are Ed and Victoria, we are a creative business team working together. Our main aim is to provide our wedding couples with beautiful and emotive images that they love and have awesome customer experience and journey. We put our wedding couples front and centre, it is not about us, it is all about getting to know our wedding couples and their ideas and capturing a truly beautiful set of images that honestly capture the spirit and joy of their wedding celebrations. We have over 30 years of combined industry experience and over 12,000 shoots so work super hard to please the most important people in the industry, that’s our clients. Both Ed and Victoria have worked with celebrities, actors, sporting professionals, we like most of all to work with lovely people, amazing unique personalities, those who are young at heart! We are so lucky to have such AMAZING clients! OUR CLIENTS ROCK! Ed and Victoria always try to show all clients equality and the best level of service they can possibly provide. MULTI-AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHY COMPANY DOCUMENTARY, CREATIVE, EDGY & ALTERNATIVE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY COVERING THE WHOLE UK & INTERNATIONAL WEDDINGS CAPTURING HONEST & EMOTIVE MOMENTS TO CREATE STUNNING IMAGES WITH SOUL WE ARE SUPER PROUD TO BE ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED, KNOWLEDGEABLE, SKILFUL, COMPETENT & CARING INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHY COMPANIES IN THE UK. [Leicestershire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (GBP)

Hello I'm Jordanna a creative documentary wedding photographer based in Northamptonshire but merrily covering the whole of the UK, Europe and beyond. I take real pride in my work and I make no apologies for loving it so much. I am a happy, easy going character but sometimes the Italian in me rears its head so don’t be surprised if you catch me with tears in my eyes during the speeches or feeling choked up when I see you in your dress for the first time. Equally you might catch my foot tapping on the dance floor – I enjoy getting swept up by it all and I love capturing the energy in my photos. My approach to a wedding day is very much one of a documentary photographer. I, of course, shoot some family groups and a handful of portraits of the couple but I believe the majority of people connect with my work for my personality packed candids. My ideal clients are creative, fun loving, stylish and laid back. They say knickers to tradition for traditions sake and they definitely do not take themselves too seriously and they often say that, “although the photography is very important to us - we just want to have the most fun day ever.” Suits me! I thrive in seeking out fun and energy on a wedding day and my work is a lot about colour, characters, humour and Britishness. I have been shooting weddings full time for almost five years now and have shot close to 200 weddings. Although I’ve never been one to chase accolades – ultimately it is my couples’ feedback and happiness that fulfils me - I was extremely proud (and thankful) to be named one of the Rangefinder Rising Stars in 2017. It was a totally crazy feeling for me and my little business to be recognised on that sort of renowned, international photography platform...but of course very very nice too! Thought you might want to read a little about me outside of work to soooo...I live in a Victorian house on a nice leafy street with my husband and our son. There is nothing we like doing more together than exploring new places; booking random Airbnbs and getting away as often as we can. Besides from the mum/wife stuff I love chilling with my friends; painting; interior design and architecture; a good coffee table book; plotting projects on Pinterest; having a good, sweaty dance; having a laugh; bright lipsticks; instagramming; travelling; meeting new people and hearing their stories…which I guess is why I am so suited to my job. Being asked by couples to hang out with them and their families on their wedding days to take photos is just a dream come true. It’s also worth knowing that my business is run with an environmentally friendly policy at it’s heart. Most of my work is online; packaging is made from recycled materials and my gorgeous Fine Art albums are sourced locally. Obviously travel in my job is inevitable but I use public transport where possible and I run a modern, fuel efficient car. At home we recycle like mad; grow some of our own veggies; shop local and walk lots. If you like the sound of me and love my work then do get in touch – I would love to hear all about your plans and I’m sure if you go on to book me we’ll have a great time in the process. [Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2200 (GBP)
Gloucestershire wedding photography by Alex Benyon of England, United Kingdom

I’m Alex and I’m an award-winning photographer, husband to an amazing wife and father to a beautiful daughter. Currently living in the picturesque Cotswolds I shoot weddings all over the UK, Europe and anywhere in the world I’m asked to. I absolutely love using photography as a way of capturing emotion and telling stories which is why I specialise in documentary wedding photojournalism, a more candid and hands-off approach to wedding photography. Basically I will never tell you what to do, where to stand or ask you to ‘act natural’! I am also privileged to work with Sony UK as one of their Sony Alpha Creators. This includes delivering talks and presentations for Sony at photographic events and conventions all over the UK about my approach to documentary wedding photography using the Alpha system. As well as giving talks for Sony UK I also enjoy teaching and sharing my photographic approach and techniques at events and photography conventions around the UK and I have spoken several times at the annual The Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham. [Gloucestershire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
799 (GBP)
WPJA Communiqué: Features
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
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
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
Not everyone has a lagoon or glacier next door, but there's no rule saying you can't have a small wedding in the great outdoors. Take advantage of natural sunshine and that open, airy feeling and give your guests some room to breathe! LESS IS MORE Instead of hemming your guests in on all sides, give them some elbow room, and legroom, too. There's no need to induce claustrophobia when you've got a wide, open space. Let your guests take in the view, especially if you've got a spectacular one. You...Read more
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
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

RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Wedding Photography at the Millenium Art Gallery, Sheffield Town Hall | Couple kissing in a private moment

Jenny & Alex

Photo by Nick Brightman

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for capturing our special day We had such a great day and the photos really do encapsulate how amazing it was Thank you Kindest Regards Alex & Jenny

Hayley and Chet

Photo by Jordanna Marston

Hi Jordanna!! I'm so sorry for such a delay and I hope you're well! It's been a bit crazy (I bet all of your brides say that!!) - we had an amazing honeymoon in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, arrived home on the Monday - and then had an epic Indian wedding that weekend! Yesterday was our first day actually at home since before the wedding!! The photos are beautiful!! We are busy sharing them with family and friends and those who have seen them so far love them! There are so many moments I obviously missed because I was either upstairs or elsewhere - I now have a full picture of the day! I still can't believe what amazing weather we had - and that was the last thing on my mind! The wedding we went to last weekend was.....very different to ours! I emailed Mark last week and told him how they had 4 (!) photographers, dressed all in black with branded t-shirts and 2 videographer guys! They just got in the way! Thank you for being pretty much invisible! We are going to look into buying an album over the next few days and are going to order some prints via the gallery. Thanks so much! x Hayley

Owen and Ciara

Photo by Jordanna Marston

Jordanna, these are amazing!!! Such a stunning set of photos!! Wow, you’ve really managed to capture the whole day here! So many beautiful moments, some of which we’d even forgotten about. Thanks you so much!! We really appreciate you putting so much effort into our day, and bringing Ally with you as well. And we massively appreciate the amount of effort you’ve put into getting these all ready for us! We couldn’t be happier with how they’ve come out :) We also love how you’ve captured all the decorations and details in the venue! So nice to have some great shots of these. Thanks again for all this, it’s massively appreciated! Looking forward to sharing the photos with our families. Lots of love, O & C xx

Elaine and David

Photo by Cris Lowis

Cris - thank you for capturing the day so amazingly. You can really see our personality through the photos. I’m so glad we booked you! We couldn’t be happier and we couldn’t recommend your services enough.

David & Jade

Photo by Clive Blair

Clive, We got back late Wednesday evening and saw your email - we couldn't resist watching the slideshow of all 739 photos! Safe to say we were exhausted at work on Thursday, but it was so worth it! We fell in love with the photos and the day all over again. Thank you so much for the priceless memories you have captured of the best day of our lives! We will recommend you to everyone we know. You're such a professional, talented but chilled out guy! Your style of photography fits perfectly with our relaxed day! Thank you so much xx

Wedding rings ceremony photo - The Golden Hindle, Pickfords Wharf, London, UK

Katja & Chris

Photo by Boz Green

Thanks a ton for capturing our wedding day - the pictures are amazing, a cherished memory of a special day. We recieved the usb as well - very cute design! Many thanks Katja & Chris

The Waterside, Rickmansworth, United Kingdom | Wedding image of the bride and groom under confetti showers

Jenny & Richard

Photo by Boz Green

What a lovely surprise to come back to!! We love the photos. Thank you for capturing such lovely moments for us. We loved having you as part of our day and we love the pictures you've created for us.

Wedding Venue The Bull's Head Hotel, Chislehurst, United Kingdom - Wedding photography of dancing reception

Kate & Jody

Photo by Boz Green

Thank you so much for these photos. We’ve just had a look on our TV and we literally cannot stop smiling! You managed to capture all of the jovialities of the day! We’re so grateful to have had you spend our day with us. Thank you so much!!

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.

Photo of the bride standing before a mirror at the St George's Hill Golf Club, Weybridge, United Kingdom

Abi and Matt

Photo by Boz Green

We are so grateful for everything you have done for us. These photos are everything we ever hoped for. Many thanks, Abi and Matt

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 :)