Wedding Photos of Smiles

The following “Smiles” 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 “Smiles” 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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An enchanting black and white engagement portrait in Tarvisio, Udine, Italy, where the soon-to-wed couple radiates joy, while he confidently sports his streetbike leather jacket
Radiant Joy in Tarvisio: A Striking Black and White Engagement Portrait in Udine, Italy
Engaged couple sharing a tender embrace on a stone courtyard in beautiful Siena, Tuscany, with a captivating high-angle view
Captivating Love in Siena: A Tender Embrace in the Heart of Tuscany
Engaged couple in Mesa, Arizona basks in the warm, enchanting afternoon glow while sharing heartfelt laughter
Sun-kissed and Serenaded: Mesmerizing Engagement of a Blissful Couple in Mesa, Arizona
In a picturesque scene at Mountain Mist Farms in Pigeon Forge, TN, a couple stands on opposite ends of a bridge, gazing lovingly at each other and sharing warm smiles during their engagement photo shoot
Mountain Mist Farms Sets the Stage for Serene Engagement Photo Shoot, Capturing Endearing Connection between Lovebirds
In a stunning natural setting at Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO, a couple wearing big smiles leans in closely to each other during their engagement photo shoot
Embracing Love amidst Mother Nature's Splendor: A Joyful Engagement at Flatirons Vista Trail, Boulder, CO
Abirami and Prathab strike a pose in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with a lively backdrop for their pre-wedding portrait session
Love Blooms in the Vibrant Streets of Colombo: Abirami and Prathab's Pre-Wedding Portrait Session
A newly engaged couple in Palo Alto were captured in their engagement portrait, surrounded by a lovely frame of enchanting fairy lights
Enchanting Fairy Lights Frame a Newly Engaged Couple in Palo Alto's Engagement Portrait
A couple in Washington, DC stands in front of Eastern Market, looking at each other for an engagement portrait
Romantic Engagement Portrait at Eastern Market in Washington, DC
A couple with a stunning smile poses for an engagement portrait in the charming town of Bom Jardim, Santa Catarina, during a beautiful evening in the mountainous region
Capturing Love and Joy: Stunning Engagement Portraits in Bom Jardim, Santa Catarina's Charming Town
A group of groomsmen standing together, smiling and enjoying cigars at Lillibrooke Manor, during a wedding
Groomsmen's Fellowship: Cherished Moments Captured at Lillibrooke Manor Wedding
During a BW portrait session, the couple stands beneath the half-shadowed building in Brescia City, illuminated by the corner light
Brescia City: BW Portrait Session Features Couple Beneath Half-Shadowed Building and Corner Light
This is a photograph taken during an engagement wedding photography session capturing a black and white image of a couple laughing, set against the picturesque backdrop of Saint Emilion
Saint Emilion Engagement Wedding Photography: Black and White Image of Laughing Couple against Picturesque Backdrop
A beautiful photograph of a couple in Walnut Creek, California, showcasing their love and happiness, with a breathtaking sunset in the background
Walnut Creek, California: Breathtaking Sunset Background Enhances Love and Happiness of Couple in Beautiful Photograph
A couple from Argenton sur Creuse, who have tattoos, are seated facing each other for their engagement portrait taken by a creative photographer
Engagement Portraits with Tattooed Couple in Argenton sur Creuse Creative Photography
A special engagement with a talented photographer at the beautiful Sinan Mansions, Shanghai, China, showcasing the traditional symbol of double happiness (囍), commonly associated with weddings and engagements
Sinan Mansions in Shanghai, China: Capturing the Symbol of Double Happiness through Photography
A couple stands next to a stone building covered in plant life during their engagement photo session on the island of Ré in France
Engagement Photo Session on the Island of Ré in France: Couple Poses Next to Stone Building Covered in Plant Life
A joyful couple in Sofia, Bulgaria, is captured in a stunning photograph as they showcase their love and happiness, with radiant smiles, against a wall
Sofia, Bulgaria: Joyful Couple Captured in Stunning Photograph Showcasing their Love and Happiness
A photo of a couple hugging each other closely in Sofia, Bulgaria, while holding hands and standing and framed by the beautiful arch of a building
Sofia, Bulgaria: Couple Embraces and Holds Hands in Front of Arch of Beautiful Building
A photo taken in Montpellier, France, showing a vertical image of a smiling couple in front of fall trees, captured from a unique low angle perspective
Montpellier, France: Smiling Couple Poses in Unique Low Angle Photo Amongst Fall Trees
A beautiful black and white photograph captures an intimate time between a couple, in Crete Senesi in Tuscany, during their engagement session
Engagement Session in Crete Senesi, Tuscany: Capturing a Beautiful Moment Between a Couple in Black and White
This portrait captures a loving couple smiling and embracing in formal clothing, taken in London, UK
London, UK: Portrait of a Loving Couple Smiling and Embracing in Formal Clothing
In the Centre-Val de Loire, the sun sets on the horizon as the couple smiles, the man a dark silhouette against the setting sun and the woman bathed in sunlight
Romantic Sunset in Centre-Val de Loire: Couple Smiles as Sun Sets over Stunning Horizon
A couple in Centre-Val de Loire smiles and hugs in the sunshine amongst a poppy field
Centre-Val de Loire: Smiling couple embraces in romantic poppy field during sunny day
After the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes wedding ceremony, emotions between sisters were displayed in hugs with smiles, captured in the image
Sisters hugged with smiles expressing emotion after the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes wedding ceremony
The couple are happily seated in a grassy field in Poitiers, smiling for a creative engagement portrait
Poitiers Engagement: Creative Field Portrait of Smiling Couple
The couple stands together in Poitiers, with the bride resting her head on the groom's chest
Poitiers Love: A Glimpse of Bride & Groom's Engagement Photo
 The couple is enjoying themselves in a forest in Chartres for their bw engagement portrait
The couple is in Chartres forest, happily taking their engagement photos
 The couple had a great time taking engagement pictures in a field near Toulouse
The couple enjoyed taking engagement photos in a field near Toulouse
In Clisson, France, a couple's joyful smiles and loving embrace were perfectly captured during their lifestyle engagement portrait session
The couple in Clisson, France, beamed with joy and embraced lovingly during their engagement photo session
A lifestyle engagement portrait session in Sancerre, France, surrounded by the beautiful Loire river and lots of smiles
Engaged couple smiles in Sancerre, France, near the Loire river for lifestyle portrait session