Wedding Photos of California

The following “California” 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.


Some of the “California” 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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A San Francisco, CA couple in love gazes lovingly into each other's eyes during their engagement portrait, showing their deep connection and affection
Capturing the Love: Engaged Couple in San Francisco, CA Share Intimate Engagement Portrait Revealing Deep Connection and Affection
The couple's engagement portrait at Devil's Slide Bunker in Pacifica, California captures them reminiscing during the golden hour, with a stunning view of the beach
Romantic Engagement Portrait: Golden Hour at Devil's Slide Bunker in Pacifica, California
The couple shared a romantic kiss with a view of the ocean from the bluffs of Fort Cronkhite
Fort Cronkhite: Romantic Ocean View - Couple Shares a Romantic Kiss on the Bluffs
A lifestyle portrait session in Pacifica, California celebrating the funny moments between the newly engaged couple is a perfect way to capture and remember this special time before they say "I do"
The couple's joyous engagement is forever preserved in a beautiful portrait taken during a fun-filled session in Pacifica, California
The soon-to-be married couple spent an afternoon enjoying a romantic picnic in Pacifica, California, with breathtaking views of the ocean, watching birds fly by, creating the perfect backdrop for a memorable lifestyle portrait session
The couple's engagement portrait captured the joy of their special day, with the sun-kissed beach and the ocean's horizon providing a romantic setting for their love
The couple found some serenity when they posed for their engagement portrait in front of the stunning blue door at Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Santa Cruz, CA, despite the windy conditions
The couple having a romantic moment in their professional engagement portrait beneath the idyllic backdrop of Pigeon Point Lighthouse
At Point Reyes, the couple shared laughs and playful times while capturing the beauty of their engagement in an amazing portrait
The beautiful Point Reyes backdrop brought out the couple's joy in a professional photo capturing their happy memories
At San Jose, California, a bride posed outdoors for a bridal portrait with a beautiful shadow play beneath a tree in a nearby field
The bride posed for a wedding portrait outdoors in a nearby field with a beautiful shadow play beneath a tree
The couple posed for their romantic save-the-date wedding announcement picture on bluffs over a California beach
California Beach Bluffs - Romantic Couple's Wedding Announcement with Ocean View
A CA couple posed for a black and white, vertical save-the-date wedding announcement picture under tall redwood trees in an engagement session
CA Redwood Forest: Timeless Engagement Session of a Couple Under Tall Trees
The couple posed for their save-the-date wedding announcement picture on a beach in California, USA
California, USA Beach: Romantic Wedding Announcement Photo of a Couple Walking Holding Hands
The couple posed for a romantic save-the-date wedding announcement near the docks in California, USA with a beautiful harbor behind them
California Harbor - Couple Announcement Image Session at the Docks
The couple posed for their save-the-date wedding announcement picture while walking down the pier at Valhalla Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe CA, with snow on the ground in the winter
Valhalla Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe CA: Couple posed for winter wedding announcement on snow-covered pier
This romantic couple, silhouetted against the setting sun in San Francisco, CA, are looking forward to their upcoming wedding
San Francisco, CA: This couple, silhouetted against the setting sun, eagerly anticipate their wedding
A couple enjoyed a lifestyle photoshoot at Ledson House in Sonoma, California, complete with two glasses of red wine to mark the occasion and create a lasting memory of the intimate session
At Ledson House in Sonoma, California, the couple savored two glasses of red wine while creating a romantic memory in their lifestyle photoshoot
A couple was captured in a warm embrace during a lifestyle photoshoot in Sonoma, California, surrounded by a frame of yellow spring tones on a cloudy day in the famous wine country
In Sonoma, California, a warm embrace between a couple was captured in a lifestyle photoshoot surrounded by yellow spring tones on a cloudy day in the famous wine country
The couple was glowing with joy at their prewedding photoshoot in Sonoma California, captured right after he had surprised her with a romantic proposal and a beautiful diamond ring
In Sonoma California, the couple glowed with joy after a romantic proposal under the trees
The couple posed for a prewedding photoshoot in Sonoma, California, where the photographer captured them against the stunning backdrop of nature, creating a beautiful black and white reflection
In Sonoma, California, the couple posed for a beautiful black and white image showing the reflection of their love
The sweet couple can be seen walking hand in hand through the Fall foliage of the tree-lined roadway in Napa for their pre-wedding lifestyle portrait
In Napa, CA the couple enjoyed a fall lifestyle portrait session, walking hand in hand through a tree-lined lane
The couple enjoyed a joke in an art deco doorway of Beverly Hills City Hall, surrounded by a turquoise color palette, for their wedding picture
Beverly Hills City Hall's art deco doorway, surrounded by turquoise hues, was the backdrop for a wedding portrait
In this love portrait taken in San Jose, California, a couple embraces while looking out at the scenic view, surrounded by countless window frames and warm colors
This love portrait depicts a couple embracing while taking in the beauty of the landscape, framed by the windows and illuminated with warm colors
The newlyweds share a romantic kiss in a hut overlooking a tranquil pond surrounded by wildflowers at Stinson Beach, California
The newlyweds share a romantic moment in a picturesque setting of a hut overlooking a peaceful pond surrounded by a lush carpet of wildflowers
The bride and groom were framed beautifully by a gondola support anchor during a gorgeous sunset at the Lake View Lodge in Lake Tahoe
At Lake Tahoe's Lake View Lodge, a gorgeous sunset framed the bride and groom with a gondola support anchor
At a private house in Bel Air, California, the bride and the groom are about to break a glass at the same time during their wedding ceremony
The bride and groom are eagerly anticipating the moment they will simultaneously shatter the glass in their joyous wedding ceremony
At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido, CA, the brides nephew looks at the brides bouquet of flowers
The brides nephew admires the delicate bouquet of flowers as he watches the ceremony unfold
The night ended with the bride and groom sharing a kiss at Ruth Bancroft Gardens before departing with their guests on the bus
The newlyweds concluded the evening with a romantic embrace before taking their leave alongside their guests
The bride and groom, along with their dog, had colorful night portraits taken at a Joshua Tree, California Airbnb using neon lights
Joshua Tree, California: Colorful night portraits of bride, groom and dog with neon lights at Airbnb
This couple were taking in the last light of the day in Joshua Tree, California, as the full moon rose in the sky
In Joshua Tree, California, the full moon rose as the couple watched the last light of day