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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.

BW portrait of Mark Wallis, Europe wedding reportage photographer
Wedding photographer Stam Chananakhon
Serenay Lokcetin - Wedding Reportage Photographer
France wedding photography in a documentary style by Florian Maguin
Lifestyle portrait of Matthias Tiemann, a wedding photographer for NRW Ruhrgebiet
Wedding and Elopement Photographer Sven Soetens of Flanders, Belgium
Studio portrait of Bozhidar Krastev, wedding photographer of Vonle Art
England elopement and wedding reportage photography by James Pearce - United Kingdom WPJA Pro
Kobe Vanderzande creates artistic and documentary images from marriage ceremonies and reception parties
Wedding and Elopement Photographer Andreas Pollok
UK photographer: Martin Dabek
Wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Nilufer Nalbantoglu
Lyon Wedding Photography by Elise Julliard of Rhone, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France
Edeelin Labra, Northern CA wedding photography
Lifestyle Portrait of Wedding and Elopement Photographer Morgan O'Neil
Lifestyle portrait of England wedding photographer Tori Deslauriers
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes wedding photography by Coralie Garavel of the France WPJA

Authentic Photography

The WPJA organizes various wedding photography rounds annually, recognizing and honoring exceptionally captivating images.

Take a look at the previous victors by clicking on the links below:

Intimate, Micro Wedding Planning & Elopement Articles

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The Authenticity of
Wedding Photojournalism

Stacy Gillespie, of Colorado, is a wedding photographer for
Szabolcs Sipos, of Harghita, is a wedding photographer for Romania
Sylvain Bouzat, of , is a wedding photographer for

WPJA Contest Photos - June 6th, 2024

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.

A moment captured at Wilton's Music Hall in London by a talented WPJA photographer. A young guest taking a playful rest during the wedding breakfast adds a touch of childlike joy to the special occasion.
A mother-daughter moment captured by the wedding photographer at kasteel Weijenburg in Echteld. The bride's youngest daughter is not looking as she is not allowed to help fasten the buttons on her mother's wedding dress.
Image from a French countryside wedding at the magnificent Château de Vaucouleurs. The groomsmen are caught in a playful moment, showcasing the culinary delights of the region as they bring the cheese and pretend to bite the cheese.
This beautiful wedding photo captures the excitement and anticipation of two little girls as they watch the bride arriving at the Domaine de ségur.
In this wedding photo, we see the beautiful bride getting ready for her big day at her home in Viterbo, Lazio. Through the reflection of a mirror, she smiles joyously at someone off camera, surrounded by her hairdressers.
Groom happily waving at guests as they playfully carry each other at the reception venue in Paris, Île-de-France. The stunning wedding photo captures the joy and energy of the celebration.
Beautiful newlyweds and joyful children embrace in front of the stunning backdrop of Hardrock Hotel Riviera Maya. This heartwarming moment captures the love and happiness of this special day.
Capturing the pure joy and love of a family wedding at Kilmore Country House in Northern Ireland, as the bride and groom's daughter shares in the moment with brides sister, a bridesmaid.

Artistic Guild - Creative Portraits and Details - January 31st, 2024

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.

Award-winning wedding image captures the groom in reflection, donning his shirt at a stunning Chateauroux location in Indre. This artistic shot beautifully showcases the anticipation and preparation on the wedding day.
A modern wedding portrait captured at Tourterelle Inn in New Haven, Vermont. The award-winning image showcases the couple's playful and contemporary love, with the sunset blasting behind them as he playfully wraps his arms around her from behind.
A stunning black and white photo captures the grace, beauty, and elegance of a bride walking down the stairs at North Cadbury Court, UK. This award-winning pic showcases the artistry of the wedding photographer.
In a picture taken at the Dionysos Village Hotel in Turunc, Marmaris, Turkey, a couple strolls during their wedding day portrait session. They walk, holding hands, on the rocky cliffs above the water.
An award-winning wedding photographer captured this portrait of the groom and his friends at the Saint-Brieuc reception venue in Brittany, France. The black and white image shows them sitting together around a table.
In the picturesque Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, a radiant couple embraces tenderly against the backdrop of a serene alpine lake, capturing the essence of their wedding day.
At The Greenbriar Inn, Boulder, CO: A creative wedding photo showcases the couple's rings, illuminated by two lights and complemented by a water spray mister.
In a picturesque reception venue in Ardeche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the newlyweds share a tender post ceremony wedding kiss under the veil.

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - May 8th, 2024

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.

At Dowsers' Beach in Osterville, Massachusetts, a couple walks together in a field of tall grass, basking in the warm light of the setting sun, encapsulating their love.
At Gorizia, Italy, a couple stood together, dressed up for their engagement photoshoot. They looked at each other with love, and she had a warm smile on her face.
In Denver Botanic Gardens, a photographer took a picture of a couple in the peaceful gardens, where they stood in poses in front of green plants with a style called 'Brenizer'.
In New York City, a couple took an engagement photos in Dumbo during the afternoon, standing in front of the city skyline, for a silhouette portrait.
At Porlock Beach, a couple sits together on the rocks, laughing and dressed warmly for their engagement portrait session before their upcoming wedding.
During their pre-wedding photo session in Cappadocia, Turkey, the couple embraced, smiled, and were lit up by the photographer against a backdrop of a blue and purple sky filled with hot air balloons.
In a medieval village called Pérouges in France, a couple getting married posed for a black and white photo. The woman hugs her partner from behind, kissing his neck while he smiles with closed eyes.
During an engagement photo session in Goreme, Nevsehir, Turkey, a couple sits near a wall with ancient stones and an art installation, capturing their love before they marry.

TLC - True Love Captured - March 3rd, 2023

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.

The bride's beautiful reaction to seeing her special best man seated in the front row was captured by the photographer at Chácara Caiambá - Pedro Leopoldo - Minas Gerais
The photographer captured a beautiful moment of the bride embracing one of her great friends during the getting ready process at Cote How, The Lake District
The photographer at the W Hotel in Chicago, IL captured a beautiful moment of the bride kissing her grandma right before walking down the aisle
The bride and her father shared an emotional moment as he kissed her head in the back of the limo just before the ceremony, captured perfectly in their wedding photo from Trieste, Italy
The groom's touching encouragement of his witnesses to make a speech at his outdoor ceremony at Les tables de Crespin, the reception venue in Tarn, France, was captured beautifully in this wedding photo
At the stunning Mont La Salle in Napa, CA, the moment a bridesmaid holding flowers ran to hug the bride was truly a beautiful and emotional one that the wedding photographer was able to capture
The bride's parents' emotional embrace and tears at the Chinese tea wedding ceremony in Sanya, Hainan, China was truly a beautiful moment to be captured by the photographer
The photographer captured the beautiful, emotional moment between the bride and groom after they exchanged their rings in Trieste, Italy