1st place in Ceremony

Wedding Photographer Monica Donovan of Vermont, United States
Vermont, United States

Monica Donovan

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Wedding photographer Monica Donovan, was awarded 1st place for photo 115256 in the Ceremony category for the WPJA's 2009 BRIDES Magazine.


  • It’s the picture of a traditional country wedding: the black-robed officiant, the neat green lawn, the pretty flower garden, the white picket fence—and that dress! Without showing the couple’s faces, Donovan’s simple, symmetrical composition contrasts this bride’s whimsical personal style with the solemnity of the marriage vows. Love this picture! It evokes a sense of nostalgia. The clothes and picket fence are reminiscent of a less complicated era.

The WPJA contest judges presented Monica Donovan, a Vermont, United States wedding photographer, with this Master Piece Award as recognition for top wedding photojournalism in the industry.

The leading documentary wedding photographers in the world enter their best photos to the Wedding Photojournalist Association's photography competitions. They want their wedding reportage photographs to be evaluated and selected by some of the most notable and respected working picture editors and photojournalists in the news industry (these are not wedding photographers or other WPJA members judging their work). Winning these competitions is a true accomplishment for a wedding photographer.

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