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. 

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West Sussex Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of West Sussex, England

Worthing, Crawley, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton

West Sussex 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 West Sussex 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 civil ceremony, courthouse, themed, 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, outdoor, 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 West Sussex Couples

14 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

West Sussex wedding photography and elopements by Jenny Rutterford | United Kingdom and England WPJA

Hi, I’m Jenny, a UK documentary wedding photographer living by the sea in West Sussex. I’m passionate about capturing moments, and can happily people-watch for hours, camera in hand. My version of your wedding story is created through emotion, how you felt as you said your vows, the interactions of family and friends, the tears of joy and the laughter. I’m friendly and relaxed and pride myself on being unobtrusive and making everyone feel at ease. In a former life, I’ve been an assistant editor, marketing consultant and trust fundraiser for a homeless persons charity. A 5-year move to America with my family gave me the perfect opportunity to turn my hobby into my dream career. Twelve years on, I still get excited about each and every wedding I become a part of, and challenge myself creatively to capture truly unique images for every single one of my couples. I’m a real foodie with a love of travel and when I’m not creating wedding memories, enjoy nothing more than exploring new places with my husband and our two talented and funny teenagers. And home wouldn’t be home without Einstein and Echo, our playful British Blue Shorthair cats. So that’s a bit about me. If I sound like your kind of person, please get in touch - I’d love to know a bit about you and the person you’re planning to spend the rest of your life with. [West Sussex Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1695 (GBP)

Winner of the Best Wedding Photographer award for London and The South East in 2015 and 2016. My background as a photojournalist at The Times and The Independent newspapers influences my documentary wedding photography approach. My photography seeks to reflect the wedding day rather than impose upon it. Natural photography rather than heavily stylized imagery. Simple storytelling. [West Sussex Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1850 (GBP)
West Sussex wedding reportage photography by Annamarie Stepney, of England

Hello! Firstly I hate writing bios - photos are definitely more my thing! Where to start? Well, I'd love to say that I was always 'arty' and never without a camera at my side growing up, but the fact is that just simply isn't how it all began for me. I was never very good 'at art' at school growing up. I always wanted to be. I was creative in the sense of making clothes and gifts for family/friends...but never 'did art' per se. Luckily, in later life I found in photography a medium through which I could express my inner desire to create and more importantly (to me), to document moments to preserve memories. I love photographing life. Not just the obvious big moments, but also the beauty in the seemingly mundane. As such my camera is never very far away from me. My inspiration is my tribe - my lovely little family and best friends - the ones with whom this journey through life would be quite a lot less enjoyable! I live in West Sussex, and can mostly be found either by the sea or photographing all things joyous in and around the South-East. [West Sussex Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1750 (GBP)
England and West Sussex elopement and wedding photography by Nicola Hudson of the United Kingdom

Having studied photography at A'Level and Degree level, run my successful photography business for over 10 years, and having taught photography privately one to one and in small group workshops for 5 years I have plenty of experience and confidence in my field. My clients need not worry about the outcome of their photos, they can rest assured that they will receive a beautiful gallery of wedding photos and a friendly professional photographer for tips and advice throughout. [West Sussex Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1750 (GBP)
West Sussex wedding photography by Murray Clarke of England United Kingdom

I’m friendly and down to earth, good-humored and a perfectionist at heart. I love to travel and discover the natural world and am a big fan of music. My life behind the lens started as a cameraman and editor for broadcast television where I worked for over 10 years shooting documentaries. I bought my first DSLR in 2007 and after taking it around the world on my travels I realised that my true passion was taking still photographs that really captured the moment and told a story. After shooting my first wedding I enjoyed it so much I decided to become a documentary wedding photographer specialising in natural, fine art images. Having shot nearly 450 weddings throughout my full-time career it’s tremendously rewarding delivering images to my clients that they will cherish forever. I love to work in the most creative and compassionate way I can capture moments that display the beauty and evoke emotion. [West Sussex Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1500 (GBP)
London wedding photographer David Cliff - England elopements

It was my interest in the news and events of our lives and times that drew me to photography—to photojournalism at the outset. I wanted to see for myself what I could of the world, of history, and through my photographs let others see, in the great tradition of photojournalists down the years. I’ve since had images featured by publications and organisations including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Economist, Vogue, Time and many others besides, distributed worldwide via agencies including Getty Images and AFP. Photojournalism still fills a lot of my time, and I suspect it will always be the kind of photography I draw my inspiration from most of all. Naturally, then it’s the documentary mindset that underpins my approach to the other kinds of photography I’m commissioned for—weddings above all. In essence, that means I don’t set up scenes or direct what goes on but instead record the day as it is, capturing moments and events as they unfold in their own way. It's an unobtrusive-yet-intimate way of shooting that I strive for, and hopefully, you'll hardly even know I’m there—then later be amazed by the pictures I made. I’m based in London but work far and wide as well as locally, and I like to travel, so if you’re elsewhere (or your wedding will be) don’t let that be a consideration. I'll look forward to hearing from you and learning about your plans. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1550 (GBP)
Hampshire wedding reportage photography by Paul Tansley of England United Kingdom

Hampshire and Surrey wedding photographer. Covering weddings all over the south. Over 10 years experience, covering weddings in a documentary style with my wife Carol. After shooting for fashion magazines in London for over 18 years, I consider myself a veteran of that industry. However, ten years ago I left London and started shooting weddings exclusively from my Hampshire, UK base. Although I bring with me a lot of experience in how to make women look beautiful in pictures, even though I don't pose my pictures. I use observation of light, composition and my processing skills, to create my images without ever intruding on the couples enjoyment of the wedding day. My aim is always to be as unobtrusive as I can possibly be during the day and making people feel like they were at the wedding when they view the images. [Hampshire Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1600 (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)

Hey, I’m Matt, and it’s lovely to meet you. If you ask Google, I’m a Kent wedding photographer; if you ask my friends, I’m a loyal mate and an excellent addition to a weekend cycling trip; if you ask my wife, she’d say I’m the perfect partner for everything from binging TV series on the sofa to swanky spa weekends (seriously, why don’t we spend more time in cotton dressing gowns and slide on slippers? heaven!) And, if you ask my wonderful couples past and present, they’d say I’m an approachable, good-natured presence on their wedding day who captured their day impeccably and made the whole process effortless (…I hope!) It’s no exaggeration to say I totally adore what I do – as a documentary wedding photographer, I get to tell your story on your wedding day, and it’s an absolute privilege every time. My style is relaxed, unobtrusive and honest. This means my priority is always to give you as much time as possible to enjoy the company of the people who you’ve actually invited, rather than to steal you away for 3 hours to schlep to different corners of your venue. Ultimately, I want you to feel comfortable and completely yourself, so that when you revisit your photos in decades to come, you come back to that moment so sharply you can almost taste it. It should all feel so effortless that when you get your photos, you might think “Oh, wait – Matt had a camera with him…?” I get paid to capture people at the happiest, most incredible point in their life so far, and to help keep that experience alive for them for the rest of time. What could be better?! When I’m not working, you can usually find me hunting down delicious coffee and cake in and around Whitstable, or with a good Malbec in hand. If you’d like to meet up to chat weddings over either of those (or both! No judgment here…), feel free to get in touch – I’d love to chat.. You can also find my portfolio here, my pricing here (no hidden fees or sneaky surprises!) and, if you fancy, my blog here too. Let’s have some fun, shall we? [Kent Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1950 (GBP)
England and Surrey Wedding Photographer David Weightman - United Kingdom

It's a familiar story, but I discovered photography aged about sixteen when I found my grandfather’s old camera lying unused and unloved in a desk drawer. Ever since that day I have rarely been seen without a camera around my neck. I went on to study Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey, achieving a 1st Class Honours Degree. After that, I became a teacher and freelance photographer. I was fortunate enough to have my work exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and Somerset House and featured in a number of magazines. Until I photographed my first few weddings, I didn’t think anything could compare to the buzz and excitement of photographing at London or Paris fashion, but in 2007 I set up Married to my Camera and haven’t looked back since! I believe in taking unobtrusive reportage style pictures that capture the most important events of the day, as well as those spontaneous and sometimes humorous moments that make every wedding unique. To date, I've shot well over 200 weddings. [Surrey Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1200 (GBP)
Katarina Nichol wedding and elopement photography London

When I photographed my first wedding, at that very moment I was amazed by the explosion of all the emotions you can experience in one day altogether! Over the years of photographing weddings and elopements, I developed my personal style and taste. After trying different approaches to wedding photography, I fell in love with documenting weddings. I adore all those unexpected and special moments that can be captured and turned into memories. Along of developing my personal wedding photography style, I also became a strong believer you should enjoy your wedding day and this is what also made me become a documentary-style wedding photographer. What gives me the passion to photograph weddings? The answer is easy - every wedding is unique and I always have a chance to learn about different cultures and traditions. I see myself as a relaxed and respectful wedding photographer. We live here and now - celebrating love of two people deserves to be captured in the most candid way. [London Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
150/hour (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)
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)
Simon Fazackarley Wedding Photographer for United Kingdom, England and East Sussex

I've been a wedding photographer for 14 years and have covered more than 400 weddings. I love documenting weddings and telling stories with my images. I'm a relaxed kind of guy and I think that really shines through in my photography style. I love the thrill of weddings - the challenges associated with the day, the need to balance creativity with the duty to my couples, the opportunity to work alongside my couples to create something truly important to them. I've always been creative and am passionate about design - In fact, I was working as a graphic designer when the opportunity to shoot my first wedding came along - I had a love for photography, but being a photographer had never occurred to me, certainly not a wedding photographer, given my introverted nature! A friend asked me to photograph his wedding, I loved it. A shy 17-year-old amongst hundreds of people, with my camera as my only 'defence' - it was out of character for sure, but It was amazing and I was hooked. That wedding led onto another, which led onto another - until a few years had passed and I realised I'd found something I loved. I moved away from design to set up my own wedding photography studio. That was 14 years ago. Now I work alongside my partner, who offers wedding films - and we cover around 25 weddings a year. I say I fell into weddings, but I think the truth is, I just found what I love! [Brighton and Hove Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (GBP)

Wedding Engagement Diamond Awards - West Sussex

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

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Lucy & Alex

Photo by Matt Ebbage

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