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. 

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Wedding Planning Articles

April 23rd, 2020
Not everyone has a lagoon or glacier next door, but there's no rule saying you can't have a small wedding in the great outdoors. Take advantage of natural sunshine and that open, airy... Read more
Jola Mulder, of Overijssel, is a wedding photographer for
April 17th, 2020
Oftentimes when people are considering a venue for their weddings, they search for a location away from home, whether that be ten minutes or ten hours, all just to find what they... Read more
April 17th, 2020
It’s no secret that these are strange times we’re going through right now, and there are many couples out there with weddings set in the near future who are left feeling uncertain and... Read more
Renan Radici, of Rio Grande do Sul, is a wedding photographer for City - Porto Alegre, State - Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
March 21st, 2020
Traditionally speaking, often times it is the couple’s families who help pay for their wedding. However, unfortunately that’s just not possible for everyone, especially... Read more
Megan Hannah, of Vermont, is a wedding photographer for -
March 21st, 2020
So your wedding is just around the corner and you’ve decided to elope , either because you want to do this on a budget , avoid a large wedding party, or simply to enjoy the day... Read more
jperlman elk cove inn ceremony
March 17th, 2020
Everyone always says that your wedding day is all about you. But let’s face it; that’s not always actually the case. Many couples stress over guest lists, planning,... Read more
March 17th, 2020
WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN TO ELOPE? If you look up the definition of “elope” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary , you’ll find a plethora of meanings making it quite clear how polarizing... Read more
Steven Herrschaft, of Hessen, is a wedding photographer for -
March 17th, 2020
While some of us were fortunate enough to be born as extroverts, not everyone feels the same way. For a good chunk of the population, any number of the typical wedding day traditions... Read more
Lauren Lindley, of California, is a wedding photographer for -
March 16th, 2020
While some people live for the hustle and bustle of a big wedding with extravagant décor and an impossibly long guest list, others find these kinds of weddings to be too much hoopla,... Read more
Clean background in this photo of the bride walking into her mountain ceremony.
March 16th, 2020
Some couples, as they begin planning for their weddings, might think that they are limited to the classic locations: churches, gardens, beaches, or even Las Vegas. But in doing so they... Read more
Shaunte Dittmar, of California, is a wedding photographer for West Shore Cafe
September 19th, 2019
Picture this: It's mid-summer, with temps in the low-80s, a cloudless sky, and oh-so-light gusts keeping everyone just cool enough. Maybe you're out on a bluff, overlooking the... Read more
Denis Gostev, of New York, is a wedding photographer for St. Francis Xavier Church
September 18th, 2019
You can argue that of all the photos on your wedding day, the ones taken during the ceremony are the most meaningful—that’s why you’re there, right? It’s ironic... Read more
Wenjie Han, of New York, is a wedding photographer for
September 7th, 2019
A wedding is a special event for all involved, and children are no exception. With little boys suiting up in tuxedos and young girls stepping into gowns layered in satin and lace, it... Read more
Philippe Swiggers, of , is a wedding photographer for Puglia
September 6th, 2019
While wedding party stereotypes still exist, most people realize there’s more to being a bridesmaid than looking beautiful, more to being a groomsman than adding life and excitement to... Read more
Sybil Rondeau, of , is a wedding photographer for Domaine des Forges
August 21st, 2019
While you may have picked out a beautiful, rustic church, a serene outdoor setting, and a posh reception hall as ideal backdrops to your wedding photographs, the shots don't stop there... Read more
Pasquale Minniti, of Reggio Calabria, is a wedding photographer for palmi- reggio calabria
August 19th, 2019
There are those couples who wouldn’t think of banning their favorite creature from their wedding, whether it is a dog, a cat, or a parakeet. They would rather drop one of their family... Read more
Cake cutting photograph with the bride and groom deciding if they should smash or not smash the cake.
July 21st, 2019
No other tradition during the wedding day should rely as heavily on improvisation as the cake cutting. Those entrenched in the traditional camp may want to offer guidelines on where to... Read more
The Best Wedding Photojournalism - The bride turns toward her reflection as she tosses her bouquet over her shoulder in this wedding photo.
July 21st, 2019
With the number of wedding photojournalists perpetually on the rise, confusion over what they will and won’t do seems to be increasing at a parallel rate. This article aims to... Read more
Creative and Professional Wedding Photography from the Reception
July 21st, 2019
Like many brides and grooms, your wedding could be the first time you’ll be hiring a creative professional. You might think the ins and outs of working with a wedding... Read more
Wedding Photojournalist captures generations | The bride shares a moment with her mother and grandmother before the ceremony
July 18th, 2019
When you hire a WPJA member to document your wedding, you will most likely receive original, dynamic photos that capture the story of the day. Often this story contains many intimate... Read more

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