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Wedding Photos of Bee Two Sweet

The following “Bee Two Sweet” images were created by documentary wedding photographers from the WPJA, who regularly submit their best candid moments, artistic portraits, details, and scene setters for review by our WPJA competition judges.

WEDDINGS + ELOPEMENTS + ARTISTIC PORTRAITS & DETAILS + ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

Some of the “Bee Two Sweet” marriage photography samples below may have come from the getting ready events, the actual wedding ceremony, the reception after-party, an engagement session with the couple, or possibly be artistic portraits or detail shots.

FINE ART WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Our Artistic Guild award winners take a more creative approach to wedding day Portraits and use their innovative skills to capture the Details of each couple’s special day. The Artistic Guild’s Scene Setters are some of the most notable and breathtaking from within the artistic WPJA contest categories. Playing with light and shadow, special effects, and post-production editing, these images embrace the artistic component of wedding photography.

PRE-WEDDING ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY: The story of every couple starts long before the wedding day, and the engagement marks one of the most important milestones in their story. Engaged couples often want to celebrate the occasion and announce their upcoming wedding with a photoshoot. Pre-wedding portraits of an engaged couple can be just as moving and compelling as the images taken on the wedding day. Engagement portraits can win a Diamond Award, an exclusive WPJA award whose winner is selected from the best engagement photography in the world.

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Smithsonian Castle, DC picture session for a carefree engaged couple that is embraced at the castle
Smithsonian Castle, DC picture session for a carefree engaged couple that is embraced at the castle
Great Falls, VA couple engagement portraits with the couple embraced at an overlook at great falls
Great Falls, VA couple engagement portraits with the couple embraced at an overlook at great falls
Chinatown DC pre-wed portraits for an elegant couple posed on a street corner with passing traffic
Chinatown DC pre-wed portraits for an elegant couple posed on a street corner with passing traffic
Great Falls, VA fun-loving couple modeling for a pre-wedding session while embraced at an overlook at great falls near the trees
Great Falls, VA fun-loving couple modeling for a pre-wedding session while embraced at an overlook at great falls near the trees
Friendship Arch, Chinatown DC pre-wedding engagement photoshoot for An elegant couple posing at night while traffic whizzes by
Friendship Arch, Chinatown DC pre-wedding engagement photoshoot for An elegant couple posing at night while traffic whizzes by
Brookside Gardens, Maryland engagement photo showcasing the natural ease of The couple embraced at the pond with a reflection of the sky
Brookside Gardens, Maryland engagement photo showcasing the natural ease of The couple embraced at the pond with a reflection of the sky
A pre-wedding session in Brookside Gardens, MD highlighting the fun that they are having together as they embrace at the pond
A pre-wedding session in Brookside Gardens, MD highlighting the fun that they are having together as they embrace at the pond
A pre-wedding Shenandoah National Park engagement session with a couple at Fall during golden hour
A pre-wedding Shenandoah National Park engagement session with a couple at Fall during golden hour
Shenandoah National Park pre-wed portrait of a couple that was taking a walk with a sunburst
Shenandoah National Park pre-wed portrait of a couple that was taking a walk with a sunburst
Shenandoah National Park picture session for a carefree engaged couple that is framed in a mountain scene
Shenandoah National Park picture session for a carefree engaged couple that is framed in a mountain scene
Shenandoah National Park pre-wedding engagement session capturing the couple embraced on a cliff
Shenandoah National Park pre-wedding engagement session capturing the couple embraced on a cliff
A Oxon Hill Manor documentary-style wedding image showing a moment of The bride dancing at her reception with a zip-tie crown
An Oxon Hill Manor documentary-style wedding image showing a moment of The bride dancing at her reception with a zip-tie crown
A documentary wedding photographer at the Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City, Maryland captured this picture of The couple entering their wedding reception to roaring applause
A documentary wedding photographer at the Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City, Maryland captured this picture of The couple entering their wedding reception to roaring applause
A Washington DC documentary-style wedding image at the District Winery showing a moment as The groom serenades his bride during the reception
A Washington DC documentary-style wedding image at the District Winery showing a moment as The groom serenades his bride during the reception
On location Smithsonian Castle, DC couple engagement portrait shoot showing an embrace within the saucer magnolias
On location Smithsonian Castle, DC couple engagement portrait shoot showing an embrace within the saucer magnolias
Smithsonian Castle, DC environmental pre wedding image session showing The couple strolling through the garden
Smithsonian Castle, DC environmental pre wedding image session showing The couple strolling through the garden
Outdoor Great Falls VA engagement photography portraits while the couple embrace on the rocks by the water
Outdoor Great Falls VA engagement photography portraits while the couple embrace on the rocks by the water
The National War Memorial, DC outside environmental couple prewedding photoshoot showing The groom-to-be lifts his fiance
The National War Memorial, DC outside environmental couple prewedding photoshoot showing The groom-to-be lifts his fiance
On location Shenandoah National Park engagement portrait shoot as the couple embraces as a storm approaches
On location Shenandoah National Park engagement portrait shoot as the couple embraces as a storm approaches
Smithsonian Castle, DC environmental pre wedding image session while The couple embrace in the afternoon light 
Smithsonian Castle, DC environmental pre wedding image session while The couple embrace in the afternoon light
Georgetown, DC environmental pre wedding image session with The couple embracing in the afternoon light near Key Bridge 
Georgetown, DC environmental pre wedding image session with The couple embracing in the afternoon light near Key Bridge
Kramerbooks, DC engagement photography portrait as The couple reads a memoir of RBG while wearing masks
Kramerbooks, DC engagement photography portrait as The couple reads a memoir of RBG while wearing masks
Washington DC bride and groom to be, posing for a pre-wedding engagement photo shoot at the National Arboretum as the couple embrace on a windy day in the magnolia trees
Washington DC bride and groom to be, posing for a pre-wedding engagement photo shoot at the National Arboretum as the couple embrace on a windy day in the magnolia trees
DC bride and groom to be, posturing for an engagement image at The Reflecting Pool as the couple walk along the pool, she's in a red dress, and a gentleman on a red capital bike share bike rides through the shot
DC bride and groom to be, posturing for an engagement image at The Reflecting Pool as the couple walk along the pool, she's in a red dress, and a gentleman on a red capital bike share bike rides through the shot
DC bride and groom to be, sitting for a Lincoln Memorial pre-wedding engagement session as the couple sit on the edge of the memorial, looking out at the reflecting pool
DC bride and groom to be, sitting for a Lincoln Memorial pre-wedding engagement session as the couple sit on the edge of the memorial, looking out at the reflecting pool
Washington DC bride and groom to be, sitting for a pre-wedding engagement session at Lincoln Memorial
Washington DC bride and groom to be, sitting for a pre-wedding engagement session at Lincoln Memorial
DC bride and groom to be, posing for a Lincoln Memorial pre-wedding engagement photo shoot as a plane flies overhead
DC bride and groom to be, posing for a Lincoln Memorial pre-wedding engagement photo shoot as a plane flies overhead
Maryland bride and groom to be, posturing for a family farm engagement image created as The groom-to-be lifts his fiance who is wearing cowboy boots up at dusk
Maryland bride and groom to be, posturing for a family farm engagement image created as The groom-to-be lifts his fiance who is wearing cowboy boots up at dusk
DC bride and groom to be, modeling for a pre-wedding picture at the Enid A. Haupt Gardens, Smithsonian Castle with an embrace in a sea of magnolia flowers
DC bride and groom to be, modeling for a pre-wedding picture at the Enid A. Haupt Gardens, Smithsonian Castle with an embrace in a sea of magnolia flowers
VA bride and groom to be, posing for a Great Falls pre-wedding engagement photo shoot in silhouette, the couple embrace, and a reflection of water fills their silhouette in a single capture
VA bride and groom to be, posing for a Great Falls pre-wedding engagement photo shoot in silhouette, the couple embrace, and a reflection of water fills their silhouette in a single capture

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