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!

Estes Park Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park Elopement Photographers

In recent days, some of our United States 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
May 26th, 2020
Rockville, Maryland Elopement Photographer | Quarantine - Social Distance Front Yard Wedding Sign - on a warm Saturday at the beginning of May the bride and groom had the most beautiful wedding in the front of their home
May 26th, 2020
Namib Desert, Namibia Elopement Story Photography | The wedding ceremony took place overlooking the vast openness of the desert
May 26th, 2020
Sea Horse Beach Club, Oludeniz, Fethiye, Turkey Elopement Picture Story | The wedding solemnized on the beach at sunset was visually magnificent

Elopement Photographers for Small Colorado Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Estes Park 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 small, courthouse, city hall, 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 symbolic, non-traditional, 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 Estes Park Couples

7 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Estes Park, Colorado wedding photography by Joe Pyle

I'm Joe Pyle and I'm a wedding photographer living in Estes Park, CO where the air is thin and the views are stunning. I've been photographing weddings and engagements since 2013 full time, and can't think of anything else I'd rather do. While that may sound cliche, I've done it all. Past work includes: electrician, plumber, factory line worker, HVAC tech, window cleaner, bike mechanic, auto bodywork, basic construction, web design, hardware store clerk, gas station attendant, and probably several more that I don't really care to conjure. The point is, I've done a lot of things and wedding photography is by far the most rewarding, fun, and adventurous "job" I've ever been a part of. I come from a long line of hard-working individuals from the midwest United States, Iowa to be exact, and was taught the value of hard work and getting your hands dirty. My brother, sister, and I grew up in an earth home that my dad built. It was about 20 miles out in the country and we heated it with wood that we cut down, hauled home, and split- all by hand. In order to have enough heat for the harsh Iowa winters we needed between 15-20 truckloads of wood and I remember chores being a big part of our day. The hard work gene has been passed from my grandad to my own boys who now love to split wood for our wood-burning stove here in Estes Park. My grandad and my dad both were U.S. Navy men who served our country. I remember both of them telling stories of traveling to places like Borneo, Thailand, Japan, and China. When you're a young boy, these places seem so amazingly beautiful and I promised myself that when I married we'd travel. My wife Kari and I just took a trip to Paris and Venice to celebrate our anniversary (I won't say which one, YIKES!) for our first time to Europe and we've both caught the travel bug. Speaking of Kari, she works with me at every wedding. Her eye compliments mine and we work together very well. We've been married for several years now and have two boys together. We shoot around 20-30 weddings per year and that includes an engagement session with almost everyone. We're very busy with our work, but we always make time for each other. We get outside a lot and we rock climb, hike, trail run, cycle, and mountain bike. Our love for the outdoors has formed our lives together and we homeschool our boys so that we can create a schedule that works with our lifestyle. Moving to the heart of the Rocky Mountains was the best decision we've made and we can't imagine living anywhere else. It is beautiful here and it just feels like home. When someone asks what our "style" of photography is, we don't have a direct answer. What we do is what you want us to do. If you like our style on our site, then awesome. If not, that's awesome too. If you're here looking at this page, chances are you're engaged or almost engaged. Congratulations, we wish you the very best! If you want photography that is bold, vibrant, and full of emotion in a fantastic setting, get in touch with us. We'd love to start the conversation. Cheers, -joe [Estes Park Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (USD)
Colorado Wedding and Elopement Photographer Lucy Schultz

I don't take myself too seriously - but I do LOVE my job. When I’m shooting I’m a total goof, creating a fun atmosphere where it’s easy for you to feel comfortable being YOURSELF. The word “professional” in front of “photographer” is hard for me to stomach, since I lie in the dirt A LOT and have been known to swear like a sailor. But what I lack in dignity I make up for in sound effects. I have been shooting weddings full time since 2013 though, so I guess I must accept the title. I'm your built-in hype girl. I am also an “adult.” More about me: -I met my husband when I moved to Colorado in 2015 – literally, on my first night here- and now we have two terrible/adorable cats and a forever sleepover. -My favorite food is anything wrapped in more food. Pierogies. Ravioli. Potstickers. Tacos. Samosas. Empanadas. Give it to me. -I’ve danced contra, swing, lindy, blues, and fusion, but off the dancefloor, I’m a total klutz. I once cut myself on a bagel, which is the roundest object known to all mankind. It’s bad, dudes. -Still not over how cute bunnies are. Who is, though? -I’m a Highly Sensitive Person, (HSP) and I have Misophonia (which is, unfortunately, not a soup). -I previously worked in veterinary surgery and volunteered at spay/neuter clinics and a raptor rehab center. My feral cat wrangling skills rarely come into play at weddings, but when they do.. -I’ve traveled to New Zealand, Indonesia, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Germany & Austria, where I kept cheese in my pockets to lure stray cats into my arms. It was.. occasionally successful. If you have been to New Zealand, we are already friends. [Denver Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3800 (USD)
Boulder wedding photography and elopements by Nina Larsen Reed of Colorado

Every Colorado elopement photographer has the same magical backdrop. But we’re all bringing our own, different magic from behind the camera. I'm Nina Larsen Reed, a born-and-raised Norwegian who moved to the mountains of Colorado in 2010 and fell in love hard. I fell in love with the boundless blue skies, the Rocky Mountain hiking trails, and with a splitboarder named Justin. And as I spent more time exploring Colorado, I realized how much I love sharing this playground I call home with couples like you. I’m not going to tell you that my photos are better than anyone else’s. What I can tell you? That I’ve photographed more than 150 couples across the Rocky Mountains. That I help my couples plan their dream elopements and weddings in a place I know and love. That these mountains still make me say “Can you believe this is real life?!” If you choose me, you’ll be so much more than a date on my calendar and I want to be so much more than a stranger with a camera. I don’t care where you’re getting married or how many people will be there. All I care about is that you’re excited about how you’re getting married and that you can trust me to show that excitement through my photos. (Oh and let’s get one thing super clear: Love is love, and I’m an LGBTQ+ friendly photographer.) [Boulder Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)
Denver wedding photographer Jenae Lopez serves couples in Colorado

Based in the gorgeous state of Colorado (Native here!), I spend my days roaming mountain-tops with Clients, and exploring all that this state has to offer with my little fam (Twin boys, hubby and the coolest German shepherd EVER.)! Being a wedding and elopement photographer in one of the most beautiful states in the country allows me to really pull together my love for documenting the adventure, real-time moments, as well as creating some Epic Environmental portraits! I love problem-solving lighting and all the "think on your toes" aspects of weddings, and thrive on the fact that no two weddings are ever the same! I love the spontaneity of emotions, weather, and all unscripted moments! I have been many times referred to as a "photo-ninja" (probably my most favorite compliment ever...), so you can bet I will be jumping in Rivers, climbing on rocks....or whatever it takes to get the shots! If there are kids at a wedding too...you can also bet I'll take 7689 photos of them...because kids do funny stuff. (Fun fact: Top notch service and experience for my clients is a must! I was a Catering and Events Manager for a high-end hotel chain for years before becoming a photographer...so weddings and service are ingrained in my blood! I like to offer that little "extra" service and experience to all my clients...helping keep planning and the day running absolutely smoothly and just as intended!) [Denver Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2000 (USD)
Denver wedding photography by Matt Wilson - Colorado WPJA

I started shooting weddings while living for two years on the island of Grenada in the West Indies. Living there has certainly had a profound effect on me as a photographer and on my life in general. The richness in the color of the sky, the ocean, and the tropical landscapes clearly influence the culture in the Caribbean. Its effect has definitely stayed with my photography. My love of landscape photography grew immensely while in Grenada, as well. Since then I've lived in 3 different states and photographed hundreds of weddings in 9 different states. So from NYC to Nebraska, Chicago to Aspen, CO rural farms and mountain lodges, grand ballrooms and country club weddings, the variety has given me the experience to be ready for anything. I love that aspect of weddings. I spent most of my youth on a skateboard and I often relate the creativity of street skating to wedding photography. You practice and perfect and expand your base set of skills or "tricks" and then when you are out you look at your surroundings and figure out how to used those skills to create something cool and unique. You push those skills to find new limits. That keeps you on your toes and in the moment and for photography that means always being ready for the moments when they arrive. I get inspiration from a lot of other types of photography. At times that could be product photography influencing how I shoot details or fashion photography in how I set up editorial style bridal party photos. For most of the day though, I am inspired by my clients and the connections they have with their friends and family. That is the most important aspect of the wedding day. I like to say it's the connections, not the confections that matter. Those photos of special moments throughout your day are going to be what make you laugh or bring a tear to your eye, 10, 20, 50 years from now. That is what gets me really excited about this job! [Denver Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3400 (USD)
Denver wedding photography by Kevin Mohatt, of Colorado

Kevin Mohatt is an international award-winning photographer based in Denver, CO and specializes in editorial and commercial photography. Kevin Mohatt’s formal training is in photojournalism. His talent is in capturing genuine moments to create images that have an authentic, unique and often edgy feel. Kevin Mohatt originally went to school to study economics at the University of Virginia. However at the age of 30, after years of carrying a camera everywhere he went, he realized his passion was in visual storytelling, which is when he made the decision to go back to school to study photojournalism. Kevin enrolled in the journalism program at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he studied photojournalism under the likes of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Barry Gutierrez, former Rocky Mountain News Editor, Joe Mahoney, and former Denver Post Photographer, Kenn Bisio. [Denver Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2200 (USD)
Boulder wedding photography by Bonnie Sizer of Colorado

Bonnie is a Scottish word for beautiful. Having this name has encouraged me to see the beauty in everything. Born and raised in Boulder, CO, I’ve always had a travel bug and a passion for art. I specialize in outdoor portraits using natural and staged lighting. My editing style is bold and vibrant. You’ll find that my client interactions and photography reflect the high value I place on family, honesty, intelligence (I am a Ravenclaw after all), and humor. My other roles include substitute teacher, Denver Comic Con volunteer, luckiest wife in the world, and dog momma. Even as a small child, my parents made sure to instill in me a love for viewing and creating art. This life-long immersion in the art world inspired me to pursue an art degree for part of my undergraduate career at Colorado State University (although I ended up with a BA in International Studies and a minor in history). As I sought a place to study history for my master’s degree, I made sure to find a place that would encourage and foster my artistic side. I traveled to Norwich, UK to get my MA in Modern European History at the University of East Anglia. I chose UEA for its dedication to the arts and the rigor of its Slavic studies program. My coursework there focused on art and literature in the Soviet Union and I wrote my dissertation on Soviet Cinema. It was at this time that I bought my first DSLR camera because my point and shoot offered nowhere near the amount of artistic control I desired over my images. I now feel at home as a wedding photographer in Colorado. I own my own business, I'm following my passion, and I love it! [Boulder Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1950 (USD)
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