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Intimate Weddings & Elopement Photography

Since 2002, the WPJA has been connecting couples with the best, most artistic wedding photographers from around the world.

Wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Anastasiia Polyakov, of So Tender Is Humanity
Mumbai Wedding Photographer Mohamed Jameer
Southern California and Orange County wedding photography by Leo Do of Capture the Moment Studio
Pro documentary-style wedding photography by Bradley Hanson
Engagement couple portraits and elopement photography by Brenda Bravo - Bravo Image
Jerome Pollos Self Portrait, a wedding and elopement photographer of the WPJA
Wedding, Engagement and Elopement Photographer Allison Williams
Shaun Baker - Wedding Photographer and Couple Portrait Professional
Jersey, Channel Islands Wedding and Elopement Photography by Catherine Hill
Wedding and engagement portraits by Michelle Arlotta
Bucharest wedding and elopement photography by Petrica Tanase - Romania
Wedding reportage photography by Simone Janssen
Italy Couple Engagement Sessions Wedding and Elopement Photographer Carlo Bettuolo

Genuine Photo Contests

The WPJA hosts multiple wedding photography contests each year, awarding only the most captivating and engaging photos.

View winners from past contests below:

Intimate, Micro Wedding Planning & Elopement Articles

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WPJA Contest Photos - September 7th, 2022

Any wedding photographer is going to want to please their clients — but they also want their work to be appreciated on a broader scale. This is one of the reasons why the Wedding Photojournalist Association members love our regular photography competitions. These popular contests give our photographers the opportunity to submit their best images in hopes of being selected as a winner and being recognized for their creativity and effort. Our contests are judged by a panel of notable and respected working photojournalists and picture editors in the news industry, which adds an element of prestige to our awards.

World-class documentary wedding image from Villa Iachia in Ruda, Udine, Italy capturing an Emotional hug for the groom outside the venue
Topsfield, Massachusetts documentary-style wedding image from Willowsdale Estate showing The bridal party watches the bride and her dad come down the aisle
Grafton, Vermont documentary wedding photography contest winning image of The bride hugging her parents at the Grafton Inn
Grafton, Vermont contest award winning documentary wedding photography at the Grafton Inn from when The couple laughs during a toast
Best documentary wedding photo from a hotel in England at the Reception location during a wedding disco moment
World-class documentary wedding image from the Alerin Barn in St Johnsbury, Vermont created as The couple laughs during their ceremony
Tennessee winning image from the best documentary style wedding photography contest in the world at The Venue in Lenoir City showing a group of guests trying to knock the groom off the chair by pushing into the ones surrounding him during the snake dance
Documentary style photography from a Udaipur, India wedding showing Friends just want to have fun During the haldi ceremony and they don't leave the groom easy

Artistic Guild - Creative Portraits and Details - September 21st, 2022

The Artistic Guild competitions are distinctly different from our other WPJA contests because this category is specifically for photographers who use their talent to create digitally-enhanced images, staged portraits and dramatic detail images. This competition attracts documentary wedding photographers who also view themselves as artists who are constantly looking to create their next masterpiece.

At the Fujian hotel a Groom is holding flowers ready to go out
Tight shot of bride and groom faces at Ameglia Bocca di Magra La Spezia
Ovada castello di Trisobbio artistic wedding photo of bride and groom embracing by a concrete building
Stirlingshire Reception portrait of the couple under a backlit under tree at the venue
La Spezia original details of the dress at Borghese Ameglia
Reflection of the Bride on a mirror with Cartie Jewelry
China Beautiful bridesmaids dresses outside in Shanghai
The wedding couple is dancing together during sunset at Kananaskis, AB, Canada

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - September 19th, 2022

Couples who are searching for a wedding photographer often want a pre-wedding engagement portrait session as well as wedding day photography services. Engagement photographers need to rely on their skill and expertise in order to help their couples select a meaningful location for their portrait session. These awards allow engagement photographers to submit their most moving engagement images in hopes of being recognized for their creativity and skill.

Rockport, Massachusetts nontraditional lifestyle engagement portrait of a couple posing at the fishing docks near a stack of lobster pots
A lifestyle engagement portrait session in Rockport, MA for a couple posing with their two dogs on leashes
Brittany lifestyle engagement photography of French Lovers on the sunset
Nancy lifestyle engagement photography of a French couple embraced on a park bench near some pink flowers
A Brittany, on location couple lifestyle portrait in BW of the kiss by the water
A Burgundy sunset lifestyle portrait session at Chateau de Fretoy for the young couple kissing at sunset on the grass lawn
A mountain La Crosse lifestyle picture session on location in Wisconsin for a Couple embracing in the bluffs
Paris lifestyle photography session showing the light couple in an underground parking structure

TLC - True Love Captured - March 31st, 2022

This WPJA photography competition is focused on the emotions that are on display throughout any wedding event. The images showcase the powerful emotions that the couple are experiencing, and any of the feelings that any wedding guests may go through. The TLC contests follow a long-standing WPJA category tradition of capturing raw emotions.

A truthful report of raw emotions in a Rhodes Hall wedding day image captured by a Atlanta, Georgia documentary wedding photographer showing a Daughter giving toast at her Moms wedding
This authentic and emotional Liguria wedding day moment from Diano Castello, Imperia was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing the Bride and her grandmother
This authentic and emotional wedding day moment from the Allan House in Austin, Texas was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing Wedding guests crying after speech at the outdoor reception venue
This authentic and emotional France wedding day moment from Domaine de Grand Maison in Oyster Saint Oblas was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing The excited groom seeing the bride for the first time
Honest and sincere emotions are on display in this wedding day picture created by a Buzios documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and groom embracing head to head at their outdoor ceremony
A genuine wedding moment from Imperia, Liguria captured by a documentary wedding photographer showing the Bride kissing her aunt
A heartfelt display of emotion is captured in this Rivarennes wedding day moment by a Indre, France documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and her grandmother moved after the secular ceremony
A heartfelt display of emotion is captured in this St Pauls Church, Charlottesville wedding day moment from a Virginia  documentary wedding photographer showing Bride and Dad sharing a hug as they are about to walk down the aisle