Wedding Photos of Golden hour

The following “Golden hour” 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 “Golden hour” 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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Engaged couple basks in the warm glow of the setting sun, seated on a tranquil dune at Les Sables d'Olonne, France. This enchanting portrait, captured by a top France wedding photographer, exudes timeless love in soft pastel hues.
Love Transcends Time: A Captivating Engagement Portrait at Les Sables d'Olonne, France
The young son of the wedding couple directs them to pose for a photo during golden hour near the wedding venue in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Amsterdam Bliss: WPJA Purple Award Winning Wedding Couple Lifted in Joyful Chairs
In Hertfordshire, UK, a couple about to tie the knot had an enchanting engagement photoshoot at Rowney Warren Woods. During the golden hour, they posed under a breathtaking canopy of trees surrounded by a lush carpet of ferns.
A Captivating Engagement: Lovebirds Embrace Nature's Splendor at Rowney Warren Woods in Hertfordshire, UK
In Hertfordshire, UK, a couple prepares for their wedding with a lifestyle engagement photoshoot in Rowney Warren Woods, capturing the golden hour light and highlighting their love in dark-toned, dramatic images using off-camera flash.
Golden Hour Love: A Dark and Dramatic Engagement Portrait in Rowney Warren Woods
An engagement shoot took place at golden hour in Rowney Warren Woods, Hertfordshire UK. The couple sat on a fallen tree trunk, surrounded by soft and warm tones.
Golden Hour Glow: Enchanting Engagement Portrait Captures Love Amidst Nature's Palette
During a pre-wedding photoshoot at Ouddorp Beach in the Netherlands, the couple is captured at sunset, sitting on the dunes, with beautiful pockets of dune grass surrounding them
Captivating Coastal Love: Enchanting Engagement Portrait Amidst Ouddorp Beach's Serene Sunset Bliss
A wedding day picture taken during the golden hour in the countryside outside Amsterdam, Noord-Holland. The couple is standing on a deserted road, embracing each other lovingly.
Golden Romance: A Country Wedding Affair Amidst Amsterdam's Countryside Bliss
In Randle, WA, the groom passionately kisses the bride against a breathtaking mountain backdrop as the sun sets during the golden hour.
Love in the Cascades: A Breathtaking Wedding Kiss in Randle, WA
A couple in love shares a romantic golden hour kiss during their engagement photo shoot in Orléans
Romantic Bliss: A Captivating Golden Hour Kiss Paints the City of Orléans in Love's Colors
In Rambouillet, a couple embraces during the golden hour at their engagement photo shoot
Captured in the Golden Embrace: Rambouillet's Enchanting Love Blossoms during Dreamy Engagement Shoot
A couple embraces in a field of Saint Vaast les Mello, France, sharing a tender kiss as the last rays of the sun illuminate the golden hour engagement photo shoot
Amidst the Radiant Fields: A Tender Kiss Sealed in the Golden Hour of Love
A couple in Chartres poses in a rural setting during sunset, creating a romantic engagement portrait captured at the golden hour.
Romantic Engagement Portrait: Couple Poses in Chartres' Rural Setting at Golden Hour
In Chartres, a couple embraces during the golden hour for their engagement portrait
Capturing Love in Chartres: Enchanting Engagement Portrait Embraces the Golden Hour
The couple's engagement portrait at Devil's Slide Bunker in Pacifica, California captures them reminiscing during the golden hour, with a stunning view of the beach
Romantic Engagement Portrait: Golden Hour at Devil's Slide Bunker in Pacifica, California
A couple is sitting in a field in Macae during the golden hour for their engagement portrait
Romantic Engagement Portrait: Capturing Love in the Golden Hour in Macae's Tranquil Field
The Macae golden hour couple captured a stunning engagement portrait during the magical hour at sunset, showcasing their love and the beautiful natural lighting
Captivating Macae Golden Hour Couple: Breathtaking Engagement Portrait Illuminated by Magical Sunset
In Bidart, France, an engagement portrait captured the golden hour as a couple ran through the water on the shoreline at sunset
Bidart, France: Romantic Engagement Portrait Surfaces as Couple Runs Through Golden Hour on Shoreline at Sunset
A couple in Buckinghamshire, England, enjoyed the stunning golden hour light during their engagement shoot, creating a romantic ambiance for capturing their special moments
Romantic Engagement Shoot in Buckinghamshire, England Captures Stunning Golden Hour Light
A capture of the golden love between two individuals on a dock at sunset in Buzios during an unforgettable engagement shoot
Magical Sunset Engagement Shoot: Capturing Golden Love on a Dock in Buzios
A romantic couple poses for an artistic wedding portrait at Manoir de Vacheresses, with the picture taken during the golden hour, displaying warm tones and a copper-toned ring of lens flare
Manoir de Vacheresses Artistic Wedding Portrait at Golden Hour with Lens Flare in Copper tones
Close-up shot of bride and groom at Château de Thillombois reception, captured during golden hour; the couple is about to share a kiss beneath the bride's veil in this creative wedding photo
Château de Thillombois: Newlyweds share a romantic golden hour kiss beneath the bride's veil
A picture of a couple in Biebersee, Cham, Switzerland, sitting on a wooden bench in a natural setting, embracing each other during the golden hour
Biebersee, Cham, Switzerland: Couple Embracing on Wooden Bench in Scenic Natural Setting at Golden Hour
 A lifestyle portrait session for a couple about to get married at Fontainebleau, amidst the rocks during the golden hour, promises magical memories to last a lifetime
The golden hour's magical light illuminates a romantic engagement portrait of the soon-to-be-married couple at Fontainebleau
The couple posed for their Save-the-Date wedding announcement photo at Baker Beach, San Francisco, with the Golden Gate in the background at golden hour
Baker Beach, San Francisco - Golden Gate at Golden Hour: Couple's Wedding Announcement Photo
A couple embracing at Chartres during the golden hour will soon be getting married
Chartres' golden hour saw a couple's embrace during engagement portrait session
Chartres golden hour engagement portrait of a couple in nature about to kiss
Chartres: Golden hour couple engagement portrait under trees, about to kiss in nature's sunlight
The couple can be seen embracing during golden hour, surrounded by trees with lens flare beneath them in an Orleans lifestyle engagement portrait
In an Orleans lifestyle engagement portrait session, the couple embraces beneath trees with lens flare during the golden hour
The couple smiled at each other in a lifestyle portrait session at the Mas de Peint during the golden hour, surrounded by warm sunlight and a tree-lined path
At Mas de Peint, the couple smiled during a golden hour lifestyle portrait session surrounded by a tree-lined path
The couple were silhouetted in the gorgeous golden hour light shining through the trees of Bedgebury Forest, Kent, UK, as the sun set at the end of the lifestyle engagement portrait shoot
Bedgebury Forest, Kent, UK: Couple silhouetted in golden hour light as sun sets during engagement shoot