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Wedding Photos of First look

The following “First look” 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 “First look” 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 top Netherlands wedding photojournalist from North Brabant created this image of a funny first look joke
A top Netherlands wedding photojournalist from North Brabant created this image of a funny first look joke
View this pivotal moment wedding picture at the church as the groom discovers his future wife in wedding attire first look
View this pivotal moment wedding picture at the church as the groom discovers his future wife in wedding attire first look
Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods New Hampshire marriage ceremony award-winning image showing The couple seeing each other for the first time at their Hindu wedding - from the world's best wedding photography competitions presented by the WPJA
Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods New Hampshire marriage ceremony award-winning image showing The couple seeing each other for the first time at their Hindu wedding
France marriage preparation time award-winning picture capturing the First look by mother after the bride got ready
France marriage preparation time award-winning picture capturing the First look by mother after the bride got ready
Roedermark marriage preparation time award-winning picture capturing the Dad first look
Roedermark marriage preparation time award-winning picture capturing the Dad first look
Ventanas, Atlanta, Georgia wedding couple artistic image session resulting in a Rooftop Portrait during the First Look
Ventanas, Atlanta, Georgia wedding couple artistic image session resulting in a Rooftop Portrait during the First Look
Lionsgate Event Center artful style wedding detail picture showing the bride pulls her dress into the jeep before heading to first look before the ceremony
Lionsgate Event Center artful style wedding detail picture showing the bride pulls her dress into the jeep before heading to first look before the ceremony
A top wedding photographer at the Kennedy Lodge in Istanbul captured this picture of the first look of the besties
A top wedding photographer at the Kennedy Lodge in Istanbul captured this picture of the first look of the besties
A top wedding photographer in Maryland captured this picture of the first look between dad and bride
A top wedding photographer in Maryland captured this picture of the first look between dad and bride
Best wedding photography from Lavender Ridge, Nevada showing a pic of a Beautiful moment during a first touch moment, Like a first look but did not see each other, they Just held hands and said special words
Best wedding photography from Lavender Ridge, Nevada showing a pic of a Beautiful moment during a first touch moment, Like a first look but did not see each other, they Just held hands and said special words
A top wedding photographer in Spring, Texas captured this picture at the Addison Woods Wedding and Event Venue of the brides first look with bridesmaids and ring bearer
A top wedding photographer in Spring, Texas captured this picture at the Addison Woods Wedding and Event Venue of the brides first look with bridesmaids and ring bearer
A Cleveland wedding photographer in Ohio created this image of the First look reaction of the bridesmaid of bride in her gown
A Cleveland wedding photographer in Ohio created this image of the First look reaction of the bridesmaid of bride in her gown
Virginia Farm wedding photography of bridesmaid holding the mirror up so the bride can get a good look at herself before she goes off for the first look.
Virginia Farm wedding photography of bridesmaid holding the mirror up so the bride can get a good look at herself before she goes off for the first look.
Antwerpen wedding photo of the bride leaving her home right before meeting her husband for the first look.
Antwerpen wedding photo of the bride leaving her home right before meeting her husband for the first look.
Sofia wedding photography from Esterra Vini showing First look between the newlyweds before the wedding
Sofia wedding photography from Esterra Vini showing First look between the newlyweds before the wedding
Wedding photograpy from Yarmouth, MA (Bride's parents house) -The first look for the brides friends
Wedding photograpy from Yarmouth, MA (Bride's parents house) -The first look for the brides friends
Wedding photography from Noord Brabant with an overhead angle of the first look
Wedding photography from Noord Brabant with an overhead angle of the first look
Northamptonshire wedding photographer captured this image from Wilstead, All Saints Church during The first look
Northamptonshire wedding photographer captured this image from Wilstead, All Saints Church during The first look
Northglenn, CO private residence wedding image of the Bride and groom high-fiving after first look
Northglenn, CO private residence wedding image of the Bride and groom high-fiving after first look
Image of the Bride getting emotional before first look as her friends look on at Quinta Real, Oaxaca City
Image of the Bride getting emotional before first look as her friends look on at Quinta Real, Oaxaca City
Asia wedding photo from a Singapore Ceremony in a Hotel as the Groom is declaring his love to his bride
Asia wedding photo from a Singapore Ceremony in a Hotel as the Groom is declaring his love to his bride
Kasteel van Maurick, the Netherlands wedding photographer: The first look of the bride and groom. In the backyard of her parents. Surrounded by their loved ones.
The first look of the bride and groom. In the backyard of her parents. Surrounded by their loved ones.

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