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Wedding Photos of Getting ready

The following “Getting ready” 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 “Getting ready” 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 documentary wedding photographer from France created this image at the Castelnau of a dog and a woman in curlers
A top documentary wedding photographer from France created this image at the Castelnau of a dog and a woman in curlers
An Italian documentary wedding photographer at La Brunelde in Fagagna in Udine captured this picture of the Bride getting ready and putting her shoes on
An Italian documentary wedding photographer at La Brunelde in Fagagna in Udine captured this picture of the Bride getting ready and putting her shoes on
A documentary wedding photographer in Bordeaux captured this picture of a Pregnant bride getting ready while family is greeting guests
A documentary wedding photographer in Bordeaux captured this picture of a Pregnant bride getting ready while family is greeting guests
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 Netherlands wedding photojournalist captured this moment at home getting ready for the bride in her dress
A Netherlands wedding photojournalist captured this moment at home getting ready for the bride in her dress
View this comical Netherlands wedding image of a window cleaner at home during the bride getting ready session
View this comical Netherlands wedding image of a window cleaner at home during the bride getting ready session
A France wedding photojournalist at Domaine de Courtalain captured this moment of the Groom getting ready with some help by the groomsmen putting on his pants
A France wedding photojournalist at Domaine de Courtalain captured this moment of the Groom getting ready with some help by the groomsmen putting on his pants
A Flanders wedding reportage photographer captured this moment of the girls getting ready for the ceremony
A Flanders wedding reportage photographer captured this moment of the girls getting ready for the ceremony
A Occitanie wedding reportage photographer captured this little girl watching what is happening under the shutter
An Occitanie wedding reportage photographer captured this little girl watching what is happening under the shutter
A top Cotswold documentary wedding photographer from the UK created this image of Girls getting ready
A top Cotswold documentary wedding photographer from the UK created this image of Girls getting ready
A top wedding photojournalist at Radisson Blu in Bucharest created this image of the Bride and groom dancing in the hotel room before ceremony
A top wedding photojournalist at Radisson Blu in Bucharest created this image of the Bride and groom dancing in the hotel room before ceremony
A top wedding photojournalist from Italy created this image as the bride puts on the veil at home
A top wedding photojournalist from Italy created this image as the bride puts on the veil at home
A documentary wedding photographer at the Merrydale Manor captured this picture of the Bride getting in her dress and flower girl looking on
A documentary wedding photographer at the Merrydale Manor captured this picture of the Bride getting in her dress and flower girl looking on
A top France wedding photojournalist from Lyon created this image of Kids getting ready for the marriage ceremony
A top France wedding photojournalist from Lyon created this image of Kids getting ready for the marriage ceremony
A MN documentary-style wedding image showing a moment when Bridesmaids are dancing while getting ready
A MN documentary style wedding image showing a moment when Bridesmaids are dancing while getting ready
View this stylish Yorkshire wedding detail shot the brides engagement ring and extravagantly beautiful dressing gown, captured during the getting ready stage, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography in England from the WPJA
View this stylish Yorkshire wedding detail shot the brides engagement ring and extravagantly beautiful dressing gown, captured during the getting ready stage, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography in England from the WPJA
View this stylish Château Prieuré Marquet wedding image showing the details of the brides shoes on a floral rug, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography in Saint-Martin-du-Bois, France from the WPJA
View this stylish Château Prieuré Marquet wedding image showing the details of the brides shoes on a floral rug, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography in Saint-Martin-du-Bois, France from the WPJA
View this ornamental Netherlands wedding image in BW of The bride putting her shoes on, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography from the WPJA
ornamental Netherlands wedding image in BW of The bride putting her shoes on, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography
View this graceful French Riviera wedding portrait of The bride during the Getting Ready, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography from the WPJA
graceful French Riviera wedding portrait of The bride during the Getting Ready, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography
View this imaginative Bozouls wedding image showing Groom is getting ready, as photographer played with light and shadow, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography at Les Terrasses de Majorac from the WPJA
Bozouls wedding image showing Groom is getting ready, as photographer played with light and shadow, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography at Les Terrasses de Majorac
View this poetic Istanbul Bridal portrait in BW before the ceremony, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography at Wyndham Kalamis from the WPJA
Istanbul Bridal portrait in BW before the ceremony, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography at Wyndham Kalamis
View this stylish Genoa wedding image of friends helping the bride, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography at Villa Sorgiva from the WPJA
Genoa wedding image of friends helping the bride, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography at Villa Sorgiva
Wedgwood Weddings, Mountain View, Pine, Colorado getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing Bride puts her shoes on while her niece plays on her iPad - from the world's best wedding photography competitions held by the WPJA
Wedgwood Weddings, Mountain View, Pine, Colorado getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing Bride puts her shoes on while her niece plays on her iPad
Estes Park, Colorado getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing The bride getting her make up done behind the reflection of mountains - from the world's best wedding photography competitions held by the WPJA
Estes Park, Colorado getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing The bride getting her make up done behind the reflection of mountains
Heritage Fellowship Church, Virginia getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing The groom (who is also a minister) is being blessed by the groomsmen - from the world's best wedding photography competitions held by the WPJA
Heritage Fellowship Church, Virginia getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing The groom (who is also a minister) is being blessed by the groomsmen
France getting ready at a hotel for marriage award-winning picture capturing Bride getting ready with her team - from the world's best wedding photography competitions held by the WPJA
France getting ready at a hotel for marriage award-winning picture capturing Bride getting ready with her team
France getting ready at a hotel for marriage award-winning picture capturing Bride getting ready with her team - from the world's best wedding photography competitions held by the WPJA
France getting ready at a hotel for marriage award-winning picture capturing Bride getting ready with her team
Abbazia Santo Spirito, Comignago getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing the Bride looking out the window - from the world's best wedding photography competitions held by the WPJA
Abbazia Santo Spirito, Comignago getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing the Bride looking out the window
Mountain Top Inn - Chittenden, Vermont getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing The bride getting her makeup done below the clouds outside - from the world's best wedding photography competitions held by the WPJA
Mountain Top Inn - Chittenden, Vermont getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing The bride getting her makeup done below the clouds outside
Philadelphia getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing the Mother of the bride nervously watching her daughter/bride play super smash bros with her wedding party when she knows they should be leaving for the ceremony
Philadelphia getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing the Mother of the bride nervously watching her daughter/bride play super smash bros with her wedding party when she knows they should be leaving for the ceremony

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