Wedding Photos of Ceremony

The following “Ceremony” 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 “Ceremony” 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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In Mendocino, California, the groom's mom lovingly pins his boutonniere on before the ceremony, captured in a wall-mounted circular mirror reflection.
A newlywed couple begins to recess from their ceremony at The Belvedere in Baltimore, MD, with a flower girl running alongside them holding her bouquet, while guests cheer and wave colorful streamers in the air.
WEDDING WHIRLWIND: Flower Girl Sprint Sparks Cheery Chaos as Guests Reel in Streamers
A joyful bride embraces her bridesmaids in the grand setting of Prestwold Hall, filled with love and excitement, before making her way to the ceremony in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England.
Groomsmen prepare for the ceremony at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, CA, getting their head scarves tied perfectly.
Tying the Knot: Groomsmen Perfect Their Style at Mount Palomar Winery Wedding
Bride sheds a tear while praying with groom at Aurora Farms wedding ceremony, captured between groomsmen's shoulders.
Aurora Farms Wedding: Bride's Tearful Prayers Captured Amidst Groomsmen's Shoulders
A heartwarming moment at Beaulon City Hall in France: A bride embraces her groom tenderly while their young daughter cuddles against his leg, illustrating familial love on their special day.
Tender Embrace: Bride, Groom, and Daughter at Beaulon City Hall in France Wedding Photo
Grandfather of the bride patiently checks his watch at the Club De Golf Metropolitain ceremony in Anjou, Quebec, eagerly awaiting the start of the wedding.
Patriarch's Countdown: Grandfather Times the Big Moment at Quebec Wedding Ceremony in Anjou
A newlywed couple holds hands while being showered with confetti at their fusion wedding, captured in a beautifully backlit outdoor shot at Brympton House in Somerset, UK.
UK Newlyweds Grin as They Tackle a Colorful Shower on Their Big Day
A black and white photograph captures a Hindu ceremony at Brympton House in Somerset, UK, showing the couple's family gently covering their eyes with hands.
Captivating Hindu Wedding Ritual at Somerset Estate
A touching moment captured at a Catholic Church in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, as the groom's daughter lovingly embraces her father after the ceremony, radiating warmth and family bonds.
Radiating Love: Groom's Daughter Embraces Father in Heartwarming Church Scene at Wedding
A beautiful moment captured during an Indian wedding ceremony at the stunning Bagnaia resort in Siena, Italy.
Tradition and Tranquility: An Indian Wedding in Siena
The bride passionately speaks into the microphone at Domaine de Baldassé, Saint-Affrique, Aveyron, as she joyfully says I do to her partner.
Cherished Vows: A Wedding at Domaine de Baldassé, Saint-Affrique
A newlywed bride and groom walk together down the aisle at Ashridge House, Hertfordshire, surrounded by flying confetti in celebration of their marriage.
Romantic Confetti Trail: A Wedding Story at Ashridge House
Vicar at St Giles Church in Bradford On Tone checks the time anxiously as the bridal party arrives late to the church for the wedding ceremony.
Ticking Clocks: The Vicar at St Giles Church in Bradford On Tone
Newlyweds emerge from the beautiful Rhône church, joyfully enveloped by a shower of delicate flower petals as they begin their married life together.
Petals of Happiness: A Rhône Church Wedding
In a black and white shot at a civil ceremony in Rhône, the bride and groom carefully oversee as their witness signs the marriage certificate in the correct spot.
Capturing Love in Monochrome: Witnessing the Union in Rhône
Newlyweds exiting their ceremony at Cator Woolford Gardens in Atlanta, GA, captured in a stunning black and white shot.
Eternal Vows: A Moment in Monochrome
A black and white image capturing a page boy in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, walking down the aisle holding a flower in front of his face during the ceremony.
Innocence in Bloom: The Page Boy of Oxfordshire
Amidst the intermittent downpours at The Mountain Terrace in Woodside, CA, this award-winning wedding photographer skillfully framed a stunning image, showcasing the unique charm of a rainy ceremony.
The Mountain Terrace Rainy Charm: An Award-Winning Wedding Frame
An award-winning image captured by a creative wedding photographer showcases the bride's elegant bouquet through the window of a vintage truck, during her journey from the ceremony to the reception at a private residence in Vermont.
Vermont's Private Oasis: Bride's Bouquet Shines In Vintage Truck
Neuilly sous Clermont, France: A close up photo captures the touching details of hands intertwined, as the bride recites her vows during the wedding ceremony.
Intimate Gestures: Capturing the Ties that Bind in Neuilly sous Clermont, France
A documentary wedding photographer won an award for this image taken at a hotel in Bali, Indonesia. After the ceremony, the bride and a guest who caught the bouquet were drawn to engaging conversations with fascinating people.
Award-Winning Hotel Image Captures Connection and Captivation at a Bali Wedding
A documentary wedding photographer captured this black and white image at a home in Lodi, Wisconsin. The photo shows the brother of the groom greeting the couple after their ceremony. It won an award from WPJA.
Groom's Brother Embraces Newlyweds after Ceremony in Lodi, Wisconsin