Wedding Photos of Light and shadows

The following “Light and shadows” 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 “Light and shadows” 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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In the enchanting La Alhambra, Granada, Spain, a pre-wedding session captures the love between the couple against a wall, expertly illuminated by captivating light and shadows.
In the Heart of Granada: Capturing Love's Glow in La Alhambra's Enchanting Shadows - Pre-Wedding Portraits
A romantic portrait of a couple before their wedding date at the iconic Disney Hall in CA, captured by an artistic and creative SO CA wedding photographer. Love and warmth surrounds them in this bold BW image.
Disney Hall Love Story: Capturing the Romance of a SoCal Couple in a Bold BW Portrait
A black and white portrait of the Bride and Groom posing at a wedding reception venue in Brescia, Lombardy. The photo captures the couple in a beautiful play of light and shadows.
Eternal Elegance: Illuminating Love in Brescia's Enchanting Shadows
Portrait of the newlyweds at the Mairie de Tours - the groom, adorned in his military uniform, standing tall with pride
A Majestic Union: Groom's Pride Shines in Military Attire as Newlyweds Grace Mairie de Tours
Vittorio and Emily posed for their engagement portrait, photographed while walking through the picturesque town of Cortona, as the sun set in the background
Romantic Engagement Portraits: Vittorio and Emily Stroll through the Charming Town of Cortona at Sunset
A couple's engagement portrait was taken in San Francisco, where they posed against graffiti art, with strategically placed lines leading directly towards them
Captivating Engagement Portraits: Stunning Graffiti Art in San Francisco Sets the Perfect Backdrop
A couple from Siena had their engagement portrait taken in a spot of light that shone against a building darkened by shadows
Capturing Love in the Shadows: A Siena Couple's Enchanting Engagement Portrait by the Gleam of Light
An engagement portrait was taken at Eger Castle, Hungary, featuring a couple standing amidst the sun-drenched landscape with the shadows of trees casting upon them
Sun-Drenched Engagement Portrait at Eger Castle, Hungary: Amidst Shadows of Trees, a Couple's Love Shines
A softly lit black and white image of Andlau, Alsace, France captures the beauty of light and shadows in an engagement portrait
Capturing the Beauty of Light and Shadows: Andlau, Alsace, France Engagement Portrait in Striking Black and White
A couple had an engagement shoot in downtown Dubai, UAE, capturing beautiful pre-wedding portraits with shadows and light
Downtown Dubai Engagement Shoot: Stunning Pre-Wedding Portraits with Shadows and Light
The engagement shoot in Macae of love and shadows, creating a beautiful and romantic atmosphere for the couple
Capturing Love and Shadows: A Beautiful and Romantic Engagement Shoot in Macae
The newly-engaged couple joyfully basked in each other's love as they strolled down the sunny, narrow alleyways of Pirano, Slovenia's picturesque buildings
Pirano, Slovenia: Newly-Engaged Couple's Blissful Stroll Through Picturesque Alleyways
The couple posed for an engagement wedding portrait in Brescia City, smiling and facing each other in profile with the man in a silhouette and the image captured in black and white
Engagement Wedding Portrait: Brescia City Couple Smiling in Profile, Captured in B&W Silhouette
Hillsborough, Northern Ireland – Two flower girls' dresses delicately suspended on the stairwell, basking in the soft illumination cascading from above
Flower Girls' Dresses Suspended on Stairwell in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland's Soft Illumination
A talented photographer captured a romantic engagement session of a couple in Macae, where the interplay of light and shadows emphasizes their profiles
Macae Engagement Session: Talented Photographer Captures Romantic Photos Emphasizing Couples' Profiles with Light and Shadows
A soft kiss of light and shadows on the bride and groom for a portrait in Montpellier, France
Montpellier, France captures the bride and groom in a portrait with soft light and shadows
In the enchanting Fazenda Capela do Bosque, located in Porto Feliz, São Paulo, a stunning bride stands gracefully, with light and shadows delicately striping across the wall behind her, creating a mesmerizing wedding portrait
Porto Feliz Wedding: Mesmerizing portrait of stunning bride at enchanting Fazenda Capela do Bosque
The wedding portrait taken in New York City showed the bride and groom in profile, with the city skyline in the background from a highrise hotel
A wedding photographer captured a portrait of the bride and groom with the skyline in the background from a highrise hotel
At Chateau du Boisrenault in Indre, the newlyweds gazed intently at each other during their BW couple photoshoot
The newlyweds had a BW couple photoshoot with their wedding photographer
Porto Alegre couple laying in the grass during their engagement portrait session at a park
At Porto Alegre park, a couple lay in the grass for their engagement session
The bride awaits her future husband in the lobby of a Colombo hotel, illuminated by strong shadows and light
The bride is illuminated by strong shadows and light as she anticipates the arrival of her future husband in the hotel lobby
At Terra Residence, Sofia, a glass of wine silhouetted against a backdrop of warm light and shadows at a romantic sunset wedding
At the romantic sunset wedding, the silhouette of a glass of wine against the warm, flickering light created a captivating scene
A very creative and artistic image of couple in a Shanghai forest with love under light and shadows
A pre-wedding portrait session in a creative forest with light and shadows creating an abstract view of the couple
Lifestyle couple portraits from Gödöllő, a town in Pest County, Budapest, Hungary
A lifestyle couple portrait of a couple standing near a doorway in the village, with shadows on the wall and them posing comfortably
This bold and strong engagement portrait of a couple in Venice, Italy, makes a powerful statement about the strength of their love
A bold and strong engagement portrait of a couple, illuminated by the photographer at night, is captured standing between pillars
Foster City couple find simple happiness just looking at each other in the window shade shadows at home
couple find simple happiness just looking at each other in the window shade shadows at home
At Wedding Venue Stone Prairie in Brillion, Wisconsin, the sun illuminated a map, which served as the couples' version of a guest book, with balanced rings placed upon it, creating a more dramatic look
At Stone Prairie in Brillion, Wisconsin, a map was illuminated by the sun, with balanced rings placed to create a more dramatic look as a couples' guest book
A lifestyle engagement portrait session in Singapore for a couple standing by a flag with light and shadows
A lifestyle engagement portrait session in Singapore for a couple standing by a flag with light and shadows