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Wedding Photos of Getting ready

The following “Getting ready” wedding images were created by photographers from the WPJA. These contest award-winning pictures match the search result photos tagged as “Getting ready”. Wedding Photojournalist Association professionals regularly submit their best photography for review by WPJA competition judges. The photography samples below come from the getting ready events, the actual wedding ceremony, the reception after-party as well as artistic portraits and detail shots.

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Westbury Castle, Prestatyn, UK wedding reportage photo | Groom getting his turban tied before the ceremony
Westbury Castle, Prestatyn, UK wedding reportage photo | Groom getting his turban tied before the ceremony
Monte Alegre do sul wedding venue photo - bride getting ready with lipstick in silhouette
Monte Alegre do sul wedding venue photo - bride getting ready with lipstick in silhouette
Cadiz (Spain) | Wedding picture spanish hat of bride family at getting ready
Cadiz Spain Wedding picture of spanish hats on bride family at getting ready
Cadiz (Spain) blue and symmetrical artistic groom portrait on wedding day
Cadiz Spain blue and symmetrical artistic groom portrait on wedding day
Xangri-lá - Rio Grande do Sul wedding day portrait of the bride at the venue.
Xangri-lá - Rio Grande do Sul wedding day portrait of the bride at the venue with a reflection of a hand
Gouda, The Netherlands wedding photography | The sister of the bride is tying her yellow shoestraps on an yellow bordered honeycomb carpet
Gouda, The Netherlands wedding photography | The sister of the bride is tying her yellow shoestraps on an yellow bordered honeycomb carpet
Tuscany groom getting ready | Black and white wedding detail photo
Tuscany groom getting ready | Black and white wedding detail photo of shaving
Hotel ca' Sagredo Venice photo during getting ready | Dress hanging with little girl
Hotel ca' Sagredo Venice photo during getting ready | Dress hanging with the young, little flowergirl
Miranda Venezuela wedding photographer captured this group hug around the bride at the getting ready party.
Miranda Venezuela wedding photographer captured this group hug around the bride at the getting ready party
England wedding reportage photography at the Radisson Hotel, Heathrow	| The groom putting his tie on while Getting ready
England wedding reportage photography at the Radisson Hotel, Heathrow - The groom putting his tie on while Getting ready
Turkey Home Photography on Wedding Day | Mom watching bride getting her make up done
Mom watching bride getting her make up done
Los Angeles, Ca wedding photography | Bride exclaims as she puts on her shoe
Bride exclaims as she puts on her shoe
Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens, Fallbrook, CA venue photography | The bridesmaids help the bride into her wedding dress.
The bridesmaids help the bride into her wedding dress
Old Rectory House, UK wedding reportage photography | Father of the Bride sees his daughter for the first time.
Father of the Bride sees his daughter
Haarlem Staatshotel, getting ready bride suite photography | getting ready wedding dress bridesmaid in egg chair
getting ready wedding dress flower girl in egg chair
Calabria Wedding Photographer At the Bride's house | During the bride's preparations
a dog At the Bride's house During the bride's preparations
Groningen Netherlands Reception Venue photo - Brothers of the bride waiting
Brothers of the bride waiting
Convento dell’Annunciata, Medole, Mantova	| Wedding photo of the Getting ready Bride.
Getting ready Bride with her dress helper
Lulworth Castle, Dorset wedding reportage photos | As the hair stylist tends to bride Emily's hair, all the bridesmaids and flowers girls are pictured in the background. All finding their place, relaxing before dressing for the ceremony
the hair stylist tends to bride
Getting ready photography - Chalet - Les Angles wedding venue - Bridesmaids cleaning the bride's dress
Bridesmaids cleaning the bride's dress
Sagle, Idaho wedding photo - The bride enjoys a drink as she prepares for her wedding day surrounded by hair and makeup artists.
The bride enjoys a drink as she prepares for her wedding
Wedding Day Venue Photography | The Brides Father and her Brother sipping tea as they wait on guests to arrive so they can start the ceremony.
NJ Wedding Day Venue Photography - The Brides Father and her Brother sipping tea as they wait on guests to arrive so they can start the ceremony
Melbourne photographer: The groom checked his tie again before starting the wedding ceremony.
The groom checked his tie again
Wedding photography at a venue in Montagnac, France | The bride takes off her panties with these bridesmaid
The bride takes off her panties with her bridesmaids

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