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!

San Diego Wedding Photographers

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San Diego Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our San Diego 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 San Diego 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
October 21st, 2021
Adventure Wedding Photography showing they married on the dock at the Lake after hiking
October 18th, 2021
Wedding Ceremony Photo at ship Harbor of clear bubble umbrella to shield bride and groom from the rain
October 17th, 2021
A Wedding Venue Image showing The bride and groom exiting the church with joy and flower petals

Elopement Photographers for Small San Diego Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small San Diego 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 - Southern WPJA members are ready to document any city hall, town hall, 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 non-traditional, symbolic, casual, 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 San Diego Couples

7 San Diego Wedding Photographers...

Brett Butterstein

Brett Butterstein

Encinitas in California, US *Now booking San Diego weddings.
3500 (USD)
Southern California and Orange County wedding photography by Leo Do of Capture the Moment Studio

Leo Do

Fullerton in California, US *Now booking San Diego weddings.
2500 (USD)
Engagement Photo Shoots and wedding photography by Darren Hendry

Darren Hendry

Pasadena in California, US *Now booking San Diego weddings.
2500 (USD)
Southern California wedding photography and engagement portraits by Attila Iuhasz

Attila Iuhasz

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking San Diego weddings.
2400 (USD)

San Diego Wedding Elopement Picture Stories

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

San Diego Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are the best San Diego wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top San Diego 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: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my San Diego wedding day?
A: While wedding photojournalists strive to capture candid moments on the wedding day, our photographers also are skilled artists who can compose powerful portraits. If you have a specific vision of what types of images you want from your wedding day, look at the top-ranked San Diego wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
Q: Where can I find a photographer for a short-notice, small San Diego 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 San Diego wedding day by.
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