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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Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographers

Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographers

Find Lake Tahoe photographers serving: Truckee, Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe Basin, Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, United States Forest Service

Lake Tahoe Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our Lake Tahoe 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 couples have recently discovered that less is more when it comes to wedding planning in Lake Tahoe, and those small weddings allow them to truly enjoy every aspect of their day. These intimate events allow brides and grooms to be fully present, as they are less worried and intimidated about the sheer size and scope of the day. While they may be planning a sweet and simple Lake Tahoe elopement, couples still want to have their wedding day documented. It's important to work with a WPJA Lake Tahoe photographer who specializes in elopements and who understands the unique dynamic of this type of event. The right photographer will capture the events of the day, the atmosphere of the event and the most important details.

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

Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards

Elopement Photographers for Small Lake Tahoe Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Lake Tahoe 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.

California - Northern WPJA members are ready to document any secret, civil ceremony, 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.

We are anxious to create a picture story chronicling your romantic, intimate, non-traditional, 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 Lake Tahoe Couples

10 Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographers...

Chris Werner creates Couple Portraits and Wedding Images

Chris Werner

Truckee in California, US *Now booking Lake Tahoe weddings.
3850 (USD)
Adventure marriage images by Nicky Byrnes of Nemus Wedding Photography

Nicky Byrnes

Carnelian Bay in California, US *Now booking Lake Tahoe weddings.
500 (USD)
Northern California wedding photography by Drew Bird - Creative Storytelling

Drew Bird

Oakland in California, US *Now booking Lake Tahoe weddings.
3500 (USD)

Dennis Viera

in California, US *Now booking Lake Tahoe weddings.
3200 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang

Annie Bang

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking Lake Tahoe weddings.
2500 (USD)

Lake Tahoe Wedding, Elopement and Engagement Images by WPJA Photographers

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

An outstanding South Lake Tahoe wedding picture with this California bride and groom at a Private House with lights overhead
Best Lake Tahoe documentary wedding photojournalism image of a Nevada Bride and groom waving to wedding guests on shore as they enjoy a wedding day cruise
A top featured wedding image from Lake Tahoe showing Two flower girls stand on a rocky shoreline at the edge of a lake
An exceptional Lake Tahoe wedding photojournalism sample by a professional Northern California photographer illustrating Blonde wedding guests dance at the reception
Adventurous and scenic West Lake Tahoe engagement session in Northern California as the couple Snuggles on the snowy fence
World's most artistic and best wedding portraits from Eagle Rock, Lake Tahoe showing a Couple with the dynamic Tahoe forest behind them
World's most innovative and best South Lake Tahoe wedding day portraits of The couple doing a dip kiss on a rad pathway in the middle of the woods
A wedding photojournalist on North Lake Tahoe captured this moment showing the Bride and groom exiting the ceremony with their dog

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can couples find top-ranked Lake Tahoe wedding photographers?
A: The WPJA created the original wedding photographer ranking systems. Our innovative system is based on contest winning points, meaning that the Lake Tahoe 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 Lake Tahoe wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top Lake Tahoe 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: How can couples find Lake Tahoe photographers for pre-wedding engagement portraits?
A: The WPJA issues Diamond Awards for Lake Tahoe wedding photographers to showcase their best engagement photography work. These awards are given to photographers who prove that they have an ability to be creative, artistic, and intuitive while working on-location with couples who are newly engaged.
WPJA Communiqué: Featured Wedding Photography Articles
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND Lake Tahoe WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Sarah + Stephen

Photo by Drew Bird

Hey Drew - We went through all the pics last night and I just wanted to tell you again how awesome they are! You really captured some amazing moments and we're forever grateful! I was 3/4 through them and crying lol. It's as if we were replaying a story of the day. SO AMAZING! THANK YOU!!! We've shared the link with some of our guests and they are all raving about them as well! A thousand thanks, Sarah and Stephen

Tyler + Karim

Photo by Drew Bird

Hi Drew, These photos are AMAZING! We haven't been able to stop looking through them since Thursday night. All work productivity has been shot! We love reliving every moment of the day through the beautiful storybook you've created for us. There are so many moments that we weren't even aware of-- and we're so thankful that you were able to show those to us. It's absolutely beautiful. We especially appreciative of the creative shots you were able to capture within live shots-- the lines, colors and images from the churches and venues are incredible. We are so happy and thankful for your attention to detail. We had a lot of family and friends also comment on how professional you were and inquire about your website. Let us know where we can leave our public reviews to help let other folks know about your amazing work. Best, Tyler & Karim

Hong Kong East Ocean wedding in Emeryville, CA. Chinese wedding photojournalism Drew Bird

Benita & Ben

Photo by Drew Bird

Drew, thanks so much for everything. We had so much fun working with you. From start to finish you were great to work with and showed the highest professionalism. All of our guests really enjoyed how fun you were, too. And the photos!! The images are just beautiful. Every time we look through the photo story we see new favorites and amazing moments. Even though the wedding was only a month ago the images bring back so many amazing memories. We are so happy that you were our photographer. We will definitely be recommending you to all our family and friends. Also let us know where we can give you some public shout-outs! Thanks again!