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. 

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

Chicago Wedding Photographers

Find Your Chicago Wedding Photographer

Chicago Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Chicago wedding 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 Chicago wedding photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings and elopements can’t wait. Find yours today!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
November 22nd, 2021
Maceio, Alagoas BW church wedding photography | the bride walks triumphantly into the cathedral
November 15th, 2021
Wedding Portrait Photographer for Rapolano Terme, Tuscany | posing for a portrait that felt secretive
November 10th, 2021
Boat Tour Wedding Reception Image of bride and groom cutting cake on the floating reception venue

Elopement Photographers for Small Chicago Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Chicago 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.

Illinois WPJA members are ready to document any pop-up, justice of the peace, civil ceremony, 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, intimate, 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 Chicago Couples

23 Chicago Wedding Photographers...

Wedding photography and couple portraits by Edward Ciesielski

Edward Ciesielski

Berwyn in Illinois, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
4000 (USD)
Chicago wedding photography by Jason Thomas of Illinois

Jason Thomas

Homewood in Illinois, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
2200 (USD)
Weddings, engagements and elopement photography by Kevin Kienitz

Kevin Kienitz

Aurora in Illinois, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3000 (USD)
Engagement photo sessions, wedding and elopement photography by Aileen Ciesielski

Aileen Ciesielski

Berwyn in Illinois, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
4000 (USD)
Wedding photography and elopements by Ray Iavasile of Michigan

Ray Iavasile

Birmingham in Michigan, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3000 (USD)
Wedding photography of real moments by Leah Moyers

Leah Moyers

Sevierville in Tennessee, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
450/hour (USD)
USA Wedding Photographer Brad Landon Walters
6000 (USD)
Wedding and Elopement Photographer Rosina DiBello

Rosina DiBello

Deerfield Beach in Florida, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3500 (USD)
Moment-based Wedding photography by Morgan Davis of the WPJA

Morgan Davis

Reisterstown in Maryland, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
4499 (USD)
Laura Alpizar - Wedding Photographer

Laura Alpizar

Richfield in Minnesota, US *Now booking Chicago weddings.
3200 (USD)

Chicago Wedding Elopement Picture Stories

View WedElope Image Galleries by Chicago Wedding Photographers from Small Events and Intimate Elopements.

Chicago Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

Are you ready to find a creative and talented Chicago wedding photographer for an engagement portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own Chicago pre-wedding photography? Pro members from the Chicago Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can couples find reviews of Chicago wedding photographers?
A: We call them Client Letters. At the WPJA, we decided more than 20 years ago to avoid incorporating those third-person testimonials and endorsements that are found all too often in advertisements. Instead, we elevated our listings with the use of Client Letters, which represent the actual words and feelings of the clients who booked those Chicago wedding photographers for their own wedding.
Q: Where can I find a photographer for a short-notice, small Chicago wedding?
A: There are many WPJA photographers who are able to help you out at a moment's notice. We understand that sometimes love happens and there's simply no time to lose. We can ensure that you can get married as quickly as possible — and have incredible photographs to remember your Chicago wedding day by.
Q: How can couples find top-ranked Chicago wedding photographers?
A: The WPJA created the original wedding photographer ranking systems. Our innovative system is based on contest winning points, meaning that the Chicago 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.
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND Chicago WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Alexis & Pat

Photo by Steve Koo

You were the best wedding vendor decision we made! You were always prompt, responsive to my suggestions and questions, and I never worried that he would fail to catch a critical moment. I have received countless compliments on our wedding and engagement photos. I wouldn't hesitate to use you in the future or recommend you to anyone in need of a photographer.,

Hemlock Springs Kentucky Wedding image of the bride and groom laughing outside under the trees

Ginger & Paul

Photo by Aileen Ciesielski

We LOVE our wedding photos!!! And so does our family!! A million thank yous are not enough! You two are absolutely amazing, and we feel so lucky that you captured our wedding! All the photos are so special and so beautiful and just so so good! Thank you!!!

Laurie & Darryl

Photo by Noelle Adams

OMGEEEE In love. I could not be happier. Seriously you did the most amazing job. And this is just the video. I can not wait to see the rest. Thank you so much for being apart of my special day. We went to St. Lucia and had an amazing time. I miss the island already :-( And yes, Darryl is such a character!! lol and it must be show in his outfits lol!’