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!

Manhattan Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers of Manhattan, New York City - Metro

Manhattan 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
August 10th, 2020
Florence, Tuscany Romantic Elopement Photos | This couple chose to have an intimate wedding in the heart of Florence in light of COVID-19
August 7th, 2020
Glorietta Restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming Elopement Venue Image | The bride's parents had just given a toast to the couple
August 6th, 2020
Club Horizont, Varna, Bulgaria Elopement Portrait Session | The bride and groom share some private time together before leaving to celebrate with their guests

Elopement Photographers for Small New York City - Metro Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small Manhattan 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 mini, DIY - do it yourself, fast, 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, boutique, symbolic, 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 Manhattan Couples

13 Documentary Wedding Photographers...

Manhattan elopements and wedding photography by Tim D. Yun, from New York City

When Tim had his first encounter with a DSLR camera he was so fascinated he couldn’t put it away. He soon understood it was so much more than a toy. Not long after, he decided to make his new passion his profession. During the next few years, he received a great deal of training from top photographers, learning what weddings were all about. During this time his eyes opened up to the real meaning of being a wedding photographer. Tim states, “I wanted to document the tears, laughter, excitement, and love between the couple so that when they look back, they can relive the day. My images will tell a story that words cannot describe. I capture moments that will never come back. I learned how to be a true storyteller.” Since then, he has been working hard to make each and every wedding a sparkling and memorable day for decades to come. As a single man, Tim never thought much about anything related to weddings. His perspective of wedding photography changed entirely as soon as he got married. “I started to see people, hear their stories, feel their wedding jitters.” He wanted to tell the story of the day through his photographs. “I realized what a blessing, challenge, and responsibility it was to be a part of the happiest day of a beautiful couple’s life.” Tim feels happiest when he receives letters from the newlyweds saying that the wedding images he has taken were more than they had expected and that they had already framed and hung some of them around their home. “I take it very personally”, he admits, “I treat every wedding as if it was my own. I want all of them to be perfect!” [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3200 (USD)

I don't like having my picture taken. So, if you feel a bit awkward having your photo taken, I feel your pain. I have been photographing weddings and events for nearly 20 years, and I always aim to make my clients feel as comfortable as possible throughout the process (before, during, and after the wedding day). My vision is influenced by my background in the performing arts (music and theater), and my photography career sprang from that background (photographing live music/band and theatrical performances). After snapping pictures at the weddings of some friends in the late 1990s, I developed a true passion for wedding photography. Now I shoot between 25-30 weddings per year, and my work has been featured in The Knot Magazine as well blogs like Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Snippet & Ink, Brooklyn Bride, and Rock & Roll Bride. My non-wedding work has been shown in galleries and shows as well as being featured in international art publications. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
400/hour (USD)

Brian Hatton is a contemporary wedding photojournalist with a vibrant sense of timing and creativity. His work represents a refreshing take on wedding photography - spirited, clean, and intimate. Brian has been published by the New York Times, Well Wed Magazine, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine, New York Magazine, 201 Bride, and a number of leading wedding blogs. When he's not shooting weddings, he's busy as a leading performing arts photographer in New York City capturing international talent in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Brian's performing arts work has been published internationally. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4000 (USD)

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)

After spending years photographing sports, Denis has developed a keen eye and intuition for capturing natural, emotional, and long lasting moments using a non-intrusive approach to wedding photography. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
2500 (USD)

I studied photography at the University of California - Santa Cruz and received a degree in art with a concentration in photography. In 2000 I moved to New York City and began an internship with portrait photographer Joyce Tenneson. Under her tutelage I began to develop my own personal portrait style, a blend of photojournalism and relaxed portraiture. I started photographing weddings and families in New York City in 2002. In 2007, I married Bob Moyers, and we've been shooting weddings together ever since. My background in fine art photography and Bob’s background in commercial photography blend seamlessly to produce a wholly unique interpretation of each wedding we photograph. Our approach to wedding photography is primarily photojournalistic with a touch of candid and relaxed portraiture. We focus on unobtrusively capturing the emotions, relationships, and special moments of each wedding as they happen naturally while special attention is placed on artistically documenting the many details that make each wedding unique. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4195 (USD)

When I obsessively started taking tons of photos back in high-school, I never imagined that years later I would have hundreds of amazing weddings in my portfolio. I've always followed my passions, and after spending many years DJing around the world, I wanted to create art that was more original. And I fell in love with photography. Choosing to shoot such glamorous and tear-jerking weddings (no, I am not immune, either) came naturally, partly because I am a bit of a romantic myself, and because I was always drawn to people’s real emotions. I love what I do so much that sometimes I forget it's work, because it’s different every time – no two weddings, locations or couples are the same, and this makes things incredibly exciting for me. Wedding photography has taken me all around the world. I've shot in about a dozen different countries on 4 different continents and had some unforgettable experiences in remote places like Mongolia, Phuket, India, and Belgium. So no matter where your wedding is, whether it's in a village on the other side of the world, an exotic beach, or an intimate backyard wedding in NYC, I'll be there with you. Memorable Images that Will Stay with You Forever I enjoy everything about weddings, but my favorite moments to document are when couples get ready, showing genuine, real emotions. The morning always feels unlike any other part of the day. And portrait sessions, when we can get creative, possibly take an adventurous pursuit to find a unique location, and make photos that can also standalone as works of art. Despite Personal Victories I Never Cease to Strive for Perfection I feel really proud of all the awards I have won over the years for my wedding work, and the shots that have been published in national wedding magazines, but I'm most proud when I can cook a tasty dinner for friends and family without the smoke alarm going off! My Aim - Creating Outstanding Lifetime Memories Feel free to explore STAK Studios, a kaleidoscope of smiles, tears of joy, and people dressed to the nines! If you are getting married, I would be truly honored to capture your big day, so get in touch and share your vision with me. We’ll make a great team and turn your wedding into a work of art. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
4800 (USD)

Edward Dye Photography is a wedding photography company based in New York, New York. Owner and photographer Edward has over 12 years of professional photography experience. With a background in photojournalism, he is skilled in capturing the best memories without disturbing the moments. Using lighting, texture, composition, and love, he creates inspiring and timeless images that tell your true love story. [Manhattan Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
3500 (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)

Marta is an Italian professional wedding photographer. Born in 1978, she lives in Venice
. Specialized in reportage, portrait, wedding. She graduated from the University of Venice in Philosophy and she worked in Venice for an international co-operation project and cultural exchange programmes aimed at the diffusion of a peace culture. European Master of Professional Photography from the ISFAV (Istituto Superiore Fotografia e Arti Visive) Institute in Padova.

 She worked as a professional photographer from 2006. [Venice Wedding Photographer]

Starting Price:
1600 (EUR)
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Yana & Aleksey

Photo by Edward Dye

Dear Ed, Your photos are incredible!! Thank You so much for turning our special day into a beautiful memory! As we are looking at your shots, we are reliving all the nuances of our Wedding Day as if we are still present at last Saturday's celebration. Your pictures are that good! We shared these photos with our friends and family and they all love them so much! Please thank Larry, your 2nd photographer, as well as your assistant for helping you capture our Wedding Day in such an unforgettable way!

Alina & William

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Ed, From start to finish, our experience with you for our wedding photography was incredibly pleasant and easy! You are so great to work; you have great professionalism and skills. We are so pleased we chose you as the photographer for our big day–we’ve heard nothing but rave reviews of our photos since. You captured our magical weekend beautifully and our only regret is that we didn’t hire you for our rehearsal dinner as well! We want to thank you for capturing our wedding day and night so beautifully and allowing us to relive it over & over again through photos!

Arati & Adam

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Edward, You and your assistant did a fantastic job with our wedding photography! We did not want conventional ”posed” photos and you completely understood our vision. You really captured the moment and we can feel the energy of the day when looking through the photos. You have a great photo journalistic approach and were so professional. We're really pleased with the photos and can't recommend you enough! Thank you again for capturing our day and understanding our vision!

Arianne & Leon

Photo by Edward Dye

Thank You from the bottom of our hearts Edward! You knew exactly what to do and where to go to capture background pictures of the Brooklyn bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge park. You captured our romance and all excitement of the day easily! You are a true professional with true Artistic talent. you were wonderful to work with. What we loved the most, the very next day you posted a 50 picture sneak peak of our day on Facebook. every bride wants to relive the day and to see those pictures ,the very next day, was a perfect gift to me, the bride. i have to say if i only had those 50 pictures I'd be completely happy and content, truly! But you then sent us a custom made cd and case with our photos on the cover. Very nice surprise! All the pictures from the day, start to finish and fabulous! we both feel very blessed to have found you and were able to get a booking with you! Thank you Edward!!! Love, Leon and Ari P.

Eve & Daniel

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Edward, You are great to work with. You captured really amazing moments throughout the wedding, and one of the best qualities of your work was your ability to use natural light to make everything look romantic and outstandingly beautiful. You always responded promptly to all emails and arrived early to the wedding; overall, very reliable, reasonable, and extremely talented!

Emily & Moti

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Edward, I can't say enough about you. you are so passionate and, frankly, just incredibly talented. Every moment of my big day was captured beautifully. Not only did you do wonders in my dark wedding venue, but has an uncanny ability to capture every precious moment in breathtaking ways. You are incredibly easy to work with, and boy does you deliver! From your promptness and flexibility to your work ethic and incredible ability to capture every moment, I would highly recommend you to anyone looking for BEAUTIFUL photo's from their wedding day. As a woman, it is hard to find someone who's photo's will flatter. I love every one, and I mean every single one, from you!

Anjali & Neal

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Ed, Choosing you as our photographer was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. The level of dedication and precision you exhibits when taking pictures is unparalleled. During our engagement shoot, you were upbeat and excited the whole day, even when we became tired (it's a long day!). You knew the best places to take pictures and exactly how to catch the light to make each shot perfect. As we were walking through Central Park, you would stop us randomly because you were ALWAYS looking for a great picture. You brings a lot of joy to your work, which is inspiring. Leading up to the wedding, You were incredibly professional and always made yourself available, whether for a venue walk-through or just a call to figure out details. We had two days of wedding events and you was so excited to be part of both - you was literally everywhere taking pictures and documenting our wedding weekend, but without us even noticing you being there. You were also full of great ideas for where to stand to get the best view of our venues. You also gives a lot - you doesn't care how long the day takes, you are there the entire time. Our wedding day was incredibly long, but you was happy and energetic all day long - you made our families smile and worked to get the best out of each of our family members. And when we received the pictures, we were blown away. They are all so incredibly beautiful. You really captured the best moments of our day without us looking posed. You took so many great shots, it's hard to choose which ones we want to include in our album. We are so grateful for your amazing services and will highly recommend you for any event. Your energy and sheer passion for your work was evident throughout our wedding. Thank you, Edward!!

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

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

Stephanie & Shawn

Photo by Edward Dye

Hi Edward, Having you as our wedding photographer was one of the best choices we made for our wedding day! You are not only professional, reliable, and prompt in your correspondence, you creates absolutely stunning photographic compositions. You captured the natural beauty of the moments on our special day. You artistically crafted the lighting and contrast to make each photo exude magic, in your unique style. You captured each shot that we desired. You will get the right angle AT ALL COSTS! And this means that he will jump, step, climb- even dash into the street… whatever you needs to do to get the right shot! All my wedding guests were captured in the shots, and this was quite a feat, considering how many people attended! Also, trust in your artistic vision, as you can make the most cluttered of backgrounds into something absolutely spectacular! You are so talented with your craft, and knowledgeable about your equipment and matches the photographic environment with the required lens and lighting. We were given quite a few preview photos a day or two after the wedding, and the rest of the shots came in a few weeks later. Overall, we were beyond satisfied to have you to photograph our wedding!

New York wedding photographer at Duck Walk Vineyard, Long Island

Suzanne and Ilya

Photo by Casey Fatchett

You and your entire crew were so phenomenal yesterday. Thank you so much for all your help and being so dedicated and helpful and cheerful and energetic. When the weather opened up out of nowhere, it was a shock and I didn't see how the day was going to turn around. But you guys made it so nice and put so much effort into getting us the shots we were hoping for despite the curveball. I just wanted to extend a big thank you and let you know how much we appreciated it.