Wedding Photos of Reception

The following “Reception” 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 “Reception” 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 black and white wedding portrait of a couple taken during their reception at a venue in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, featuring romantic and affectionate touch to her neck
Wedding Portrait of a Couple at a Venue in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes with a Romantic Touch
Guests at the reception at Clos Vougeot are participating in a painting activity in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté: Guests at Clos Vougeot Reception Enjoy Painting Activity at the Venue
A bride and groom dance at their wedding reception, held at a disco ball-lit dancefloor in Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy Wedding Reception: Bride and Groom Dance Under Disco Ball-Lit Dancefloor
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
Bride getting ready for her wedding at an Italian reception venue, with her make up being beautifully applied by the natural light streaming through the window
Italian Bride Getting Ready for Wedding at Stunning Reception Venue with Beautiful Natural Light
At Oaks Farm wedding venue in Croydon, Surrey, England, the newlyweds were elated with joy during the reception speeches
The couple were delighted during the speeches at Oaks Farm, Croydon, Surrey, England
 The couple embracing at their wedding close to Switzerland, at the reception venue
The couple embraced at their wedding away from family and friends at the reception venue
The open doors of St Marys Basilica in Key West FL provided a beautiful scene setter for the couple's wedding day
The picturesque atmosphere created by the open doors was a fitting backdrop for the couple's special day
The reception at Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes was full of laughter as the brides best girlfriend had a funny expression when she unexpectedly caught the bouquet, despite not wanting to get married
At the outdoor reception, there was much laughter as the bride's best girlfriend unexpectedly caught the bouquet
At the reception venue in Foggia, Apulia, the groom and the bride with their daughter running to meet them
The bride and groom were joyfully greeted by their daughter as they arrived at their outdoor reception venue
At the Cape Club in Sharon, Massachusetts, the bride and groom were delighted as the guests cheered and reacted to the football game playing on the phone during the reception
Guests cheered and reacted to a football game playing on a phone during the bride and groom's reception
At an Estate venue in New Jersey, the bride and groom were seen holding hands during the reception toasts, creating a romantic moment for all to witness
New Jersey image of the bride and groom holding hands during wedding toasts during the reception at Ashford Estate New Jersey
Reception Venue picture in BW from the wedding dinner in masseria puglia
A picture of the Masseria Puglia reception venue, with graphic lines and a dark sky, captures the atmosphere of the wedding dinner
Vail creative documentary wedding photography at the Vail Golf Course Reception venue showing The Catch of the bridal bouquet
A woman guest at a Vail wedding made an athletic, one-handed catch of the bridal bouquet at the Golf Course Reception venue, captured by the photographer
Toronto wedding venue photography of Kids playing on the carpet of the reception
Toronto wedding venue photography of Kids playing on the carpet of the reception
A genuine wedding moment from Avington Park, Winchester, Hampshire captured by a wedding reportage photographer showing the Father of the bride struggling to find the words during a reception toast under the tent
A genuine wedding moment from Avington Park, Winchester, Hampshire captured by a wedding reportage photographer showing the Father of the bride struggling to find the words during a reception toast under the tent
A truthful report of raw emotions in a wedding day image captured by a Gard, France documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and groom getting emotional under the reception tent
A truthful report of raw emotions in a wedding day image captured by a Gard, France documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and groom getting emotional under the reception tent
A great wedding day image from a San Francisco venue of dancefloor at the reception
A great wedding day image from a San Francisco venue of dancefloor at the reception
A Philadelphia couple portrait at the Merion Tribute House happened because the Groom had a mobile cigar bar brought in for the reception so photographer took the couple outside and did some cigar smoke shots
A Philadelphia couple portrait at the Merion Tribute House happened because the Groom had a mobile cigar bar brought in for the reception so photographer took the couple outside and did some cigar smoke shots
A top Denver wedding photographer captured this picture of guests dancing at reception
A top Denver wedding photographer captured this picture of guests dancing at reception
Best Steamboat Springs, Colorado wedding photojournalism picture showing Bride and groom listening to speeches during the reception
Best Steamboat Springs, Colorado wedding photojournalism picture showing Bride and groom listening to speeches during the reception
Best Tyrone, Georgia documentary wedding photography from the Glendalough Manor of the Groom and groomsmen fraternity dance at reception
Best Tyrone, Georgia documentary wedding photography from the Glendalough Manor of the Groom and groomsmen fraternity dance at reception
Tyrone, Georgia wedding reportage photographer captured this moment at the Glendalough Manor of some Reception dancing by the bride
Tyrone, Georgia wedding reportage photographer captured this moment at the Glendalough Manor of some Reception dancing by the bride
Best France wedding photojournalism picture from Chateau de la Flocelliere of the Bride and groom laughing while exiting the reception
Best France wedding photojournalism picture from Chateau de la Flocelliere of the Bride and groom laughing while exiting the reception
Best Fort Collins documentary wedding picture showing a bridesmaid performing a worship dance for the bride and groom during the reception
Best Fort Collins documentary wedding picture showing a bridesmaid performing a worship dance for the bride and groom during the reception
An exceptional Lake Tahoe wedding photojournalism sample by a professional Northern California photographer illustrating Blonde wedding guests dance at the reception
An exceptional Lake Tahoe wedding photojournalism sample by a professional Northern California photographer illustrating Blonde wedding guests dance at the reception
Best North Yorkshire documentary wedding photography from the Priory Cottages in the UK as A groomsman plays a fishing game while two guests watch, eating ice creams, during the reception
Best North Yorkshire documentary wedding photography from the Priory Cottages in the UK as A groomsman plays a fishing game while two guests watch, eating ice creams, during the reception
Best Kastanjehof documentary wedding photojournalism image of the dance party at Chestnut Court
Best Kastanjehof documentary wedding photojournalism image of the dance party at Chestnut Court
Best Buitenland wedding photojournalism picture showing a guest enjoying food near the bride and groom
Best Buitenland wedding photojournalism picture showing a guest enjoying food near the bride and groom

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