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Wedding Photos of Bw

The following “Bw” 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 “Bw” 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 sweet and serene Washington DC engagement session showing A tender embrace between a couple
A sweet and serene Washington DC engagement session showing A tender embrace between a couple
Cloudland Canyon State Park romantic engagement image of a couple embraced by the Waterfall spray
Cloudland Canyon State Park romantic engagement image of a couple embraced by the Waterfall spray
Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA pre-wedding engagement session capturing the water bokeh in BW at the Waterfall
Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA pre-wedding engagement session capturing the water bokeh in BW at the Waterfall
A pre-wedding Ramonville, France engagement session with a couple embracing and sharing romance in bw
A pre-wedding Ramonville, France engagement session with a couple embracing and sharing romance in bw
Ceparana creative engagement image of a couple in BW behind the grid of sturdy netting
Ceparana creative engagement image of a couple in BW behind the grid of sturdy netting
Perth engagement photo showcasing the couple is Always laughing together
Perth engagement photo showcasing the couple is Always laughing together
Kennedy Center, DC pre-wed portraits for a fun Washington couple against marble walls
Kennedy Center, DC pre-wed portraits for a fun Washington couple against marble walls
Sobótka, Poland playful engagement image of a couple embracing in BW
Sobótka, Poland playful engagement image of a couple embracing in BW
Ravenna Wild beach playful engagement image of a couple in BW in an embrace of love
Ravenna Wild beach playful engagement image of a couple in BW in an embrace of love
Villa Petrea, Tuscany engagement photo showcasing the natural love of this couple in BW tones
Villa Petrea, Tuscany engagement photo showcasing the natural love of this couple in BW tones
A top documentary wedding photographer from Paris created this image in BW from the Reception venue showing the Bride with children during reception
A top documentary wedding photographer from Paris created this image in BW from the Reception venue showing the Bride with children during reception
Nantes picture session for a carefree engaged couple against a glass window in BW
Nantes picture session for a carefree engaged couple against a glass window in BW
Vrieselhof pre-wedding engagement session in a row of trees on a country lane
Vrieselhof pre-wedding engagement session in a row of trees on a country lane
A London wedding photojournalist at the Greenwich Tavern captured this moment from A busy scene during the speeches
A London wedding photojournalist at the Greenwich Tavern captured this moment from A busy scene during the speeches
A top wedding reportage photographer in North Yorkshire captured this picture of The bride and all the wedding guests cheering as the groom in the foreground gives his speech outside
A top wedding reportage photographer in North Yorkshire captured this picture of The bride and all the wedding guests cheering as the groom in the foreground gives his speech outside
A pre-wedding session in Vrieselhof highlighting the fun that they have together in nature under the trees
A pre-wedding session in Vrieselhof highlighting the fun that they have together in nature under the trees
An Italy top documentary wedding photographer in Napoli created this image in BW as the bride leaves the house
An Italy top documentary wedding photographer in Napoli created this image in BW as the bride leaves the house
A France documentary wedding photographer captured this moment at city hall of the Groom starring at his wedding ring
A France documentary wedding photographer captured this moment at city hall of the Groom starring at his wedding ring
A Pennsylvania wedding reportage photographer captured this moment in BW showing the Groomsmen working together to figure out their pocket square situation
A Pennsylvania wedding reportage photographer captured this moment in BW showing the Groomsmen working together to figure out their pocket square situation
A top wedding reportage photographer in Nancy captured this picture in BW of a kid car, bride car
A top wedding reportage photographer in Nancy captured this picture in BW of a kid car, bride car
Ras Al Khaimah engagement image of a couple in a tight, intimate pose in BW
Ras Al Khaimah engagement image of a couple in a tight, intimate pose in BW
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan fun-loving couple modeling for a pre-wedding session
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan fun loving couple modeling for a pre wedding session
Dans un parc pre-wedding engagement session capturing the nature of a couple at sunset in a forest
Dans un parc pre-wedding engagement session capturing the nature of a couple at sunset in a forest
A top Ramonville wedding photojournalist at Domaine de Montjoie created this BW image during the throwing of the bouquet outdoors
A top Ramonville wedding photojournalist at Domaine de Montjoie created this BW image during the throwing of the bouquet outdoors
A wedding photojournalist in Zhejiang captured this moment of the bride and bridesmaid making up
A wedding photojournalist in Zhejiang captured this moment of the bride and bridesmaid making up
Rodemack picture session for a carefree engaged couple showing silhouettes and blowing on a dandelion
Rodemack picture session for a carefree engaged couple showing silhouettes and blowing on a dandelion
A Saint-Tropez documentary-style wedding image showing a moment of the Passage of the brides dress
A Saint Tropez documentary-style wedding image showing a moment of the Passage of the brides dress
A top Romania documentary wedding photographer at The Barn created this image of the Scene from the dance floor during the wedding party
A top Romania documentary wedding photographer at The Barn created this image of the Scene from the dance floor during the wedding party
A Missouri documentary wedding photographer captured this moment in BW at the Wedding Reception of the Mom dancing with groom
A Missouri documentary wedding photographer captured this moment in BW at the Wedding Reception of the Mom dancing with groom

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