Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS OPEN DURING COVID-19 - 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!

Jersey City Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Jersey City, New Jersey

Jersey City Elopement Photographers

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - 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 because of current covid 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!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
September 29th, 2020
Professional Photographers in Orléans for the best Elopement Images | despite these times of troubles they decided to still maintain a civilian union in Orleans, France in mid-July
September 28th, 2020
Alexandria, Virginia Elopement Photographer | The groom lifts the bride into the air as they stand in front of a bright yellow house on a street full of brick homes
September 26th, 2020
Green T. House, Beijing, China Wedding Ceremony Image | the bride and groom wanted a wedding that doesn’t belong to any kind of cultural gene

Elopement Photographers for Small New Jersey Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Jersey City 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 secret, small, 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 outdoor, unique, 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 Jersey City Couples

4 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Jorge Garcia Photography has been capturing wedding day and elopement memories for over 9 years. His assignments have taken him from local venues to cross country events. His approach to each and every wedding is fun and relaxed, yet still professional which results in candid and natural looking photos. He has been published in magazines such as The Knot, Bride's NJ and Martha Stewart Weddings. I would love for yours to be next! [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1800 (USD)

Simplicity. Beauty. Contours of passion. Reality of Love. I embrace the art of photography - of freezing what is meant to pass in a millisecond. As a wedding and a fine art photographer I have received such compliments as AGWPJA's top 10 awards and the Harnisch Family Journalism scholarship in the recent years. I feel honored to have been able to witness and capture the unique wedding traditions across the United States and around the world, in locales ranging from the bright elegance of Florida and wondrous beauty of Yosemite, to Russia's crisp architecture and organic beauty of the Greek isles. Originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, where my intrinsic connection to the arts was born, I came to New York to study journalism and photography. I have had the privilege of being a documentarian at diverse venues ranging from the beautiful Plaza Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, the Rainbow Room, the lovely Pierre Hotel, to the city's avant-garde gems like the Galapagous Art Space and the New Museum on the Bowery. My fine art and photojournalistic work has been exhibited at New York's Cielo, and has been published on Grace Ormonde's website, the Knot, Manhattan Bride, the Bride, and the New York Times' wedding section. From as early as I can remember I absorbed energies around me and when I would see someone happy or sad I automatically reflected the feeling in some way. The mechanism became ingrained in my photography and ultimately became the reason for me loving the craft- being able to evoke the truth of the moment and reflect the innate, uninhibited emotions of my subjects. Be it the intimate celebration in a garden of a home where one grew up as a child or the baroque fireworks of the grand ceremonies and intricate traditions, it is infinitely inspiring to me to see how unique each person is, and I greatly value the opportunity to be part of the bride and groom's celebration and the opportunity to create great memories. Yuliya Skya Cosmopolitan Photo and Films [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (USD)

Michelle Varela is a New York based photographer with a main focus on weddings. Her work displays a spectrum ranging from documentary to intimate, stylized portraiture. Her interest in photography began at the age of 16 when she was in high school and since then she has been in love with the image making process. She attended School of Visual Arts and International Center of photography in New York City. Through this medium, she aims to grasp the fleeting anxieties, palpable passions, and nuanced intimacy that make a bride and groom remember their wedding for years to come. She makes sure they get an opportunity to re-live that visceral connection with each other and their loved ones every time they pick up their album. She gives the couple the glamour and elegance they expect, layering on the emotions that they indubitably get lost in during the event. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1400 (USD)

Modern style, documentary wedding photography by Steve and Kira, a husband and wife duo. Capturing candid moments of your day with superior quality photography, and an artistic eye. NYC based husband-wife photojournalists. Specializing in Weddings. Also, Events, Commercial Assignments, Sports, and Portraits. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1950 (USD)

Wedding Venues from Jersey City

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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Regis & David

Photo by Yuliya Skya

Yuliya, Thank you for the beautiful photos. You gave us the most memorable treasure - beautiful shots of our special moments with our friends and family. We will always look back to those wonderful pictures to re-live how it all started. Thank you so much for this great work. Regis & David

Marina & Arseniy

Photo by Yuliya Skya

Yuliya you are not only a visionary but one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Out of all the vendors we worked with you were the most reliable and responsive. I completely trusted your work as soon as I saw your portfolio, and you didn't disappoint. We still have people complimenting us on our engagement and wedding photos and I always tell them it was thanks to Yuliya. You are daring and have a great eye for color, beauty and amazing action shots. You have a great photojournalist style, but you are also able to take more traditional photos if the wedding party asks for them. You and your partner Michelle were great to work with during our special day. Marina & Senya