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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.

WEDDINGS + ELOPEMENTS + ARTISTIC PORTRAITS & DETAILS + ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

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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A superb example of a wedding detail in this Istanbul picture at Fener Rum Patriarchate in Turkey showing the hands during the ceremony with the brides bouquet of flowers
A superb example of a wedding detail in this Istanbul picture at Fener Rum Patriarchate in Turkey showing the hands during the ceremony with the brides bouquet of flowers
A striking Synagogue des Tournelles wedding picture of a Paris Bride and groom during Jewish ceremony
A striking Synagogue des Tournelles wedding picture of a Paris Bride and groom during Jewish ceremony
An exceptional Paris wedding image by a pro French photographer exhibiting the Bride checking that the groom signs well during the ceremony
An exceptional Paris wedding image by a pro French photographer exhibiting the Bride checking that the groom signs well during the ceremony
A natural Boston documentary wedding photography example from MA of a band playing bride and groom out of ceremony
A natural Boston documentary wedding photography example from MA of a band playing bride and groom out of ceremony
A top Washington DC wedding photographer captured this picture at the Dahlgren Chapel showing Grandmothers muted emotional moment on a video phone call during the ceremony
A top Washington DC wedding photographer captured this picture at the Dahlgren Chapel showing Grandmothers muted emotional moment on a video phone call during the ceremony
Best Virginia wedding photojournalism picture from the Stone Tower Winery showing The fathers of the bride and groom share words of wisdom before the ceremony
Best Virginia wedding photojournalism picture from the Stone Tower Winery showing The fathers of the bride and groom share words of wisdom before the ceremony
A top Long Island, NY wedding photographer captured this picture of the Groom getting overwhelmed with emotion during the ceremony
A top Long Island, NY wedding photographer captured this picture of the Groom getting overwhelmed with emotion during the ceremony A top Long Island, NY wedding photographer captured this picture of the Groom getting overwhelmed with emotion during the
Best Tunnels Beaches documentary wedding photography showing a flower girl tossing flower petals at the ceremony
Best Tunnels Beaches documentary wedding photography showing a flower girl tossing flower petals at the ceremony
A top Occitanie wedding photographer captured this picture of Groom and his mother waiting for the bride with emotion
A top Occitanie wedding photographer captured this picture of Groom and his mother waiting for the bride with emotion
An exceptional Costa Rica wedding image by a pro CR photographer at Iglesia Católica de Asunción de Belén Heredia exhibiting the Bride and groom laughing during the ceremony
An exceptional Costa Rica wedding image by a pro CR photographer at Iglesia Católica de Asunción de Belén Heredia exhibiting the Bride and groom laughing during the ceremony
A tasteful Udine documentary wedding photography example from La Brunelde in Fagagna showing the Brides vows during ceremony
A tasteful Udine documentary wedding photography example from La Brunelde in Fagagna showing the Brides vows during ceremony
A top featured image from Jackson, NH among the best wedding photography at Whitney's Inn showing The bride and groom waving after exiting the ceremony and crossing the street to the reception venue
A top featured image from Jackson, NH among the best wedding photography at Whitneys Inn showing The bride and groom waving after exiting the ceremony and crossing the street to the reception venue
An extraordinary Lodz wedding image by a professional Poland photographer conveying the Bride and groom hugging during their ceremony
An extraordinary Lodz wedding image by a professional Poland photographer conveying the Bride and groom hugging during their ceremony
A top Northern Ireland wedding photographer captured this picture at Hare Krishna Island showing The bride and groom gently holding one anothers heads, symbolically, towards the end of the ceremony
A top Northern Ireland wedding photographer captured this picture at Hare Krishna Island showing The bride and groom gently holding one anothers heads, symbolically, towards the end of the ceremony
A top San Francisco wedding photographer captured this picture of The brides mom giving the bride a hug after walking her down the aisle to the ceremony as The grooms family looks on with teary eyes
A top San Francisco wedding photographer captured this picture of The brides mom giving the bride a hug after walking her down the aisle to the ceremony as The grooms family looks on with teary eyes
An exceptional Buitenplaats Amerongen event venue wedding photojournalism sample by a professional Netherlands photographer communicating the Bride and groom leaving the ceremony, guest watching, laughing
An exceptional Buitenplaats Amerongen event venue wedding photojournalism sample by a professional Netherlands photographer communicating the Bride and groom leaving the ceremony, guest watching, laughing
Best France wedding photojournalism picture from Chateau de Vallery of the bride and groom surrounded by flower pedals while exiting the ceremony
Best France wedding photojournalism picture from Chateau de Vallery of the bride and groom surrounded by flower pedals while exiting the ceremony
An extraordinary Spoleto wedding image by a professional Umbria photographer at Villa Pianciani showing The bride was crying during the ceremony held by her friends
An extraordinary Spoleto wedding image by a professional Umbria photographer at Villa Pianciani showing The bride was crying during the ceremony held by her friends
Praiseworthy Paris wedding photography sample from France showing the Wedding ring exchange ceremony from a low angle
Praiseworthy Paris wedding photography sample from France showing the Wedding ring exchange ceremony from a low angle
World's most innovative and best Chengdu wedding photography from the moment of the ceremony When the bride comes out, the brides parents hold the skirt for her, the brides mother holds the brides hand, and the bride holds her fathers arm
World's most innovative and best Chengdu wedding photography from the moment of the ceremony When the bride comes out, the brides parents hold the skirt for her, the brides mother holds the brides hand, and the bride holds her fathers arm
A first rate wedding detail picture from a Hoeven marriage event at Landgoed Tielens in The Netherlands showing The text of the wedding official got completely wet during the ceremony due to the rain
A first rate wedding detail picture from a Hoeven marriage event at Landgoed Tielens in The Netherlands showing The text of the wedding official got completely wet during the ceremony due to the rain
A Paris documentary wedding photographer captured this multi layered moment from an Iranian ceremony with masks
A Paris documentary wedding photographer captured this multi layered moment from an Iranian ceremony with masks
A documentary wedding photographer in Paris captured this picture that is showing Bride and groom happy after the ceremony
A documentary wedding photographer in Paris captured this picture that is showing Bride and groom happy after the ceremony
A wedding photojournalist on North Lake Tahoe captured this moment showing the Bride and groom exiting the ceremony with their dog
A wedding photojournalist on North Lake Tahoe captured this moment showing the Bride and groom exiting the ceremony with their dog
A wedding photojournalist in Blue Hill, Maine captured this moment of The bride and her wedding party watching out the window as guests enter the ceremony
A wedding photojournalist in Blue Hill, Maine captured this moment of The bride and her wedding party watching out the window as guests enter the ceremony
A documentary wedding photographer in East Yorkshire UK captured this picture of A woman using her partner as a table to write their wedding card just before the ceremony
A documentary wedding photographer in East Yorkshire UK captured this picture of A woman using her partner as a table to write their wedding card just before the ceremony
A documentary wedding photographer at Timberlock Camp in Indian Lake, NY captured this picture of A joyful moment exiting the ceremony
A documentary wedding photographer at Timberlock Camp in Indian Lake, NY captured this picture of A joyful moment of brides exiting the ceremony
An Indian Lake NY documentary-style wedding image at Timberlock Camp showing a moment as Guests react to an emotional moment in the ceremony
An Indian Lake NY documentary-style wedding image at Timberlock Camp showing a moment as Guests react to an emotional moment in the ceremony
A Italy documentary-style wedding image showing a moment in Parrano, Umbria showing the couple and their outdoor Exit from the Ceremony
A Italy documentary style wedding image showing a moment in Parrano, Umbria showing the couple and their outdoor Exit from the Ceremony
View this significant moment in Nicolaikerk, Utrecht wedding picture of the bride and groom leaving the church after the ceremony
View this significant moment in Nicolaikerk, Utrecht wedding picture of the bride and groom leaving the church after the ceremony

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