Charleston Wedding Photographers

Charleston Wedding Photographers

Our Charleston photographers also provide documentary-style coverage in: Ansonborough, Charleston Historic District, Daniel Island, Dewees Island, French Quarter, Hampton Park Terrace, Riverland Terrace, Wagener Terrace, West Ashley, Wilson's Farm, Wraggborough

Charleston Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

LOVE WON'T WAIT! - Couples are quickly moving forward with smaller weddings. Our Charleston photographers are ready to accommodate.

By planning a simple Charleston elopement, couples are able to stay present in the moment and fully absorb the impact of their wedding day. Given the fact that many couples feel more natural and at ease in intimate settings, it's no surprise that some of the most breathtaking wedding images come from elopements.

The WPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, Charleston documentary wedding photographers available right now who understand that some weddings and elopements can’t wait. Find yours today!

Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards

Charleston Photographers for Large or Small Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Charleston 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.

South Carolina WPJA members are ready to document any pop-up, town hall, small, 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.

View Award-Winning Pictures from Charleston Wedding Venues

2 Charleston Wedding Photographers...

James Nix

Charlotte in North Carolina, US *Now booking Charleston weddings.
2500 (USD)

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving Charleston Couples

Charleston Wedding, Elopement and Engagement Images by WPJA Photographers

Below are some Charleston wedding photography samples from the world’s best wedding photographers of the WPJA. Some of these Charleston marriage pictures might be artistic portraits, details, or documentary-style images that have come from getting ready sessions, wedding ceremonies, reception venues, or Charleston engagement portrait sessions with couples.

Charleston, SC wedding ceremony images | The organist's point of view of the ceremony with the bride and groom
Charleston wedding photographer uses mirrors creatively as we see the groom in the rear view mirror of the car focusing on the dirt road ahead while the bride applies lipstick in the sun visor mirror
Charleston wedding photographer captures from a distance the best man giving his speech under a curtain of twinkle lights
The bride and groom jump off a cliff into a lake as people watch in boats below in this photo by a Charleston, SC wedding photographer.
The bride begins to walk downstairs as her father waits for her below in this photo by a Charleston, SC wedding photographer.
Groomsmen watch the groom as he gets emotional reading a card in this photo by a Charleston, SC wedding photographer.
A woman hugs a man from behind in this photo by a Charleston, SC wedding photographer.
The bride stands next to a man playing the saxophone during the reception in this photo by a Charleston, SC wedding photographer.
The bride and groom can be seen sitting in their car at night in this photo by a Charleston, SC wedding photographer.
The bride sits with guests as one of them massages her foot in the reception hall, surrounded by candles in this photo by a Charleston, SC wedding photographer.
The groom and groomsmen are dressed and wait for the ceremony to begin in this black and white photo by a Charleston, SC wedding photographer.
Charleston wedding photographer captured this black and white image of the bride and groom dancing at night under strings of twinkle lights

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can couples find top-ranked Charleston wedding photographers?
A: The WPJA created the original wedding photographer ranking systems. Our innovative system is based on contest winning points, meaning that the Charleston photographers you see at the top of your search results page have recently won the most — and the most recent — contest awards. Our contests judge photographers based on their creativity, style, composure, and ability to capture the heart of any couple's story on their wedding day.
Q: Who are the best Charleston wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top Charleston documentary wedding photographers for elopements. Our members are able to submit WedElope Stories that take you step-by-step, via a 9 image picture story, through the unique and moving elopements that take place around the world.
Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my Charleston wedding day?
A: While wedding photojournalists strive to capture candid moments on the wedding day, our photographers also are skilled artists who can compose powerful portraits. If you have a specific vision of what types of images you want from your wedding day, look at the top-ranked Charleston wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
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Vicki & Jacob

Photo by Ben Chrisman

Our Dearest Ben- It has been said that really great talent is that which finds its happiness in execution. This quote, I think, addresses you completely - your work is nothing short of remarkable, and your love for the camera shines through every photograph. There is no doubt that hiring you was far and away the best decision of our wedding. But the pictures were only half of it....the other is that we made a great new friend. How beautiful and rare to find someone who is so in touch with life that he can literally transport you back in time through the lens of a wonderful and uplifting to encounter someone in this industry who actually makes you more aware of the joy your wedding represents... We are forever in your debt for the amazing photographs. We are even more indebted for the kindness and patience that is you. It was a blast and we can't wait to see you again. Miss you tons

Kendra & Chris

Photo by Ben Chrisman

Ben, Chris and I don't even know where to begin. You are truly the best! Not only was your photography the most incredible thing my family has ever seen, your personality and charm won us all over. You were so helpful throughout the day in so many ways. We will never be able to repay you for everything you did for us. You made me feel the most calm I have ever felt my whole life on the most 'stressful' day of my life; for that I thank you with all my heart! Every single picture you took at our wedding is a beautiful piece of art; that is what sets you apart from every other wedding photographer out there. You captured every single perfect moment of our perfect day - the funniest moments, the excitement of the day and most importantly, you perfectly captured our love for each other. So, thank you Ben! We love you and everything you are doing for the couples you photograph! We were so blessed to have you

MJ & Mike

Photo by Ben Chrisman

Dearest Ben, We've run out of superlatives to describe your brilliant work. All we can say now, again and always is thanks for the beautiful pictures. Hiring you was definitely the best decision by far about our wedding. Planning for our big day took a completely different course once we booked you, as if the bar had been "raised" because of the quality and standard your photos would attribute. We were more excited about our photos than anything, the marriage itself being a given. We're so glad your availability opened up for our date because it could've been the biggest regret of our lives had it not. You are an incredible photographer with pure talent, dedication, passion and humility. You've always given us more than what was required of a professional. Thanks for having been such a pleasure to work with, for your tireless spirit, dedication to the art and continuing to inspire us with your work