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Wedding Photos of Parents

The following “Parents” 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 “Parents” 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 Vermont wedding photojournalist captured this moment at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden showing The groom watches the bride and her parents walk through a set of doors and down the aisle
A Vermont wedding photojournalist captured this moment at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden showing The groom watches the bride and her parents walk through a set of doors and down the aisle
A top documentary wedding photographer from California created this image showing the Newlywed couple bowed deeply to thank their parents
A top documentary wedding photographer from California created this image showing the Newlywed couple bowed deeply to thank their parents
View this vital moment wedding picture in the Rocky Mountain National Park of the Parents of the bride and groom watching as their children elope during an outdoor adventure vow exchange
View this vital moment wedding picture in the Rocky Mountain National Park of the Parents of the bride and groom watching as their children elope during an outdoor adventure vow exchange
A top documentary wedding photographer in France created this image A few minutes before the ceremony began, with a beautiful sun unfortunately in the space of an instant it started to rain, here the bride with her parents, while waiting for the rain
A top documentary wedding photographer in France created this image A few minutes before the ceremony began, with a beautiful sun unfortunately in the space of an instant it started to rain, here the bride with her parents, while waiting for the rain
Casa Romantica, San Clemente marriage reception party award-winning photo that has recorded The parents of the bride and groom react to a remote speech delivered by Zoom on Ipad - from the world's best wedding photography competitions offered by the WPJA
Casa Romantica, San Clemente marriage reception party award-winning photo that has recorded The parents of the bride and groom react to a remote speech delivered by Zoom on Ipad
Asylum Chapel, London indoor marriage ceremony award-winning image showing Bride walking up the aisle with her parents and gets the giggles
Asylum Chapel, London indoor marriage ceremony award-winning image showing Bride walking up the aisle with her parents and gets the giggles
Zhejiang nuptial day award-winning image of the moment of Respect to parents
Zhejiang nuptial day award-winning image of the moment of Respect to parents
Zhejiang nuptial day award-winning image of the send off of the bride by parents
Zhejiang nuptial day award-winning image of the send off of the bride by parents
Mt. Washington Mill Dye House, Baltimore indoor wedding reception party award-winning picture showing Bride and parents singing at the venue while groom is lifted up in the air. The world's most skilled wedding photographers are members of the WPJA
Mt. Washington Mill Dye House, Baltimore indoor wedding reception party award-winning picture showing Bride and parents singing at the venue while groom is lifted up in the air
A wedding photographer in Singapore created this image of the Groom presenting the bouquet to his bride while her parents looked on
A wedding photographer in Singapore created this image of the Groom presenting the bouquet to his bride while her parents looked on
Virginia Home Ceremony wedding photography of the The Bride and Groom hugging their parents in tea ceremony
Virginia Home Ceremony wedding photography of the The Bride and Groom hugging their parents in tea ceremony
Outdoor wedding photography from Casa dos Noivos, Xangri-lá, Brazil showing the Bride entering with both parents while friend tidies up her veil
Outdoor wedding photography from Casa dos Noivos, Xangri-lá, Brazil showing the Bride entering with both parents while friend tidies up her veil
Seacoast Science Center, NH wedding image of the speech of the bride and groom with the parents in the foreground
Seacoast Science Center, NH wedding image of the speech of the bride and groom with the parents in the foreground
Wedding photo from Pennsylvania of the groom waiting on his families sailboat for his bride coming down the dock with her parents as they are about to get married on the sailboat
Wedding photo from Pennsylvania of the groom waiting on his families sailboat for his bride coming down the dock with her parents as they are about to get married on the sailboat
NL wedding photo At home at the parents house of the bride when she is ready to dive into her dress while Protecting her hair
NL wedding photo At home at the parents house of the bride when she is ready to dive into her dress while Protecting her hair
Outdoor, garden wedding photo from Sauveboeuf castle Dordogne France	of A little girl watching her parents get married
Outdoor, garden wedding photo from Sauveboeuf castle Dordogne France of A little girl watching her parents get married
Forest Lake Camp in Chestertown, NY image of a couple embracing at the end of their ceremony on the side of a mountain as the sun gets low in the sky. Their wedding party and parents surround them.
Forest Lake Camp in Chestertown, NY image of a couple embracing at the end of their ceremony on the side of a mountain as the sun gets low in the sky. Their wedding party and parents surround them.
Wedding image of a Mount Desert Island, Maine bride putting on her veil while her parents watch.
Wedding image of a Mount Desert Island, Maine bride putting on her veil while her parents watch
Washington wedding photo Parents Backyard Wedding showing the Groom carrying the bride around table at Korean Pyebaek ceremony
Washington wedding photo Parents Backyard Wedding showing the Groom carrying the bride around table at Korean Pyebaek ceremony
Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac wedding venue image of the Bride with parents for final touches and a laugh! wedding photographer for
Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac wedding venue image of the Bride with parents for final touches and a laugh! wedding photographer for
Chengdu wedding photography from Sichuan of The bride and her parents are waiting for the ceremony to begin. On the left, the bride's sister is tidying up her wedding dress. On the right, the father of the bride spits out smoke. On the far
Chengdu wedding photography from Sichuan of The bride and her parents are waiting for the ceremony to begin. On the left, the bride's sister is tidying up her wedding dress. On the right, the father of the bride spits out smoke. On the far
Guangdong wedding image of the groom checking himself out to be sure all is perfect for the ceremony, with his parents on each side of him
Guangdong wedding image of the groom checking himself out to be sure all is perfect for the ceremony, with his parents on each side of him
Puglia indoor church wedding photography showing the bride hugging with parents
Puglia indoor church wedding photography showing the bride hugging with parents
Two sons are waiting patiently and ready to give their parents the wedding rings at a town hall ceremony
Two sons are waiting patiently and ready to give their parents the wedding rings at a town hall ceremony Tarn
Rio Grande do Sul wedding photographer - Laurentia Winery image of the Thrilled couple with parents by their side
Rio Grande do Sul wedding photographer - Laurentia Winery image of the Thrilled couple with parents by their side
Martha's Vineyard backyard ceremony image of the bride and her parents at the point where the father is giving his daughter to the groom
Martha's Vineyard backyard ceremony image of the bride and her parents at the point where the father is giving his daughter to the groom
A Bulgarian bride is preparing to put on her dress at her parent's Ruse home
A Bulgarian bride is preparing to put on her dress at her parent's Ruse home
France surprise wedding, the bride and groom announced to the parents of the groom that they were getting married today
France surprise wedding, the bride and groom announced to the parents of the groom that they were getting married today
Alagoas wedding photography from Brazil during the outdoor ceremony showing when parents hand their children over to the wedding ceremony
Alagoas wedding photography from Brazil during the outdoor ceremony showing when parents hand their children over to the wedding ceremony
Wedding photography from the House of the groom's parents, Palosco during the Final preparations of the groom
Wedding photography from the House of the groom's parents, Palosco during the Final preparations of the groom

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