Wedding Photos of Smiling

The following “Smiling” 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 “Smiling” 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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Stanford, a sweet couple, is seen smiling and having a great time posing in front of a vibrant and colorful wall for their engagement portrait
Vibrantly Colorful Engagement Portraits of Stanford Couple in Smiling Bliss
A Montpellier couple is depicted in an engagement portrait, sitting on a short fence by the beach, smiling and facing each other.
Romantic Engagement Portrait: Montpellier Couple Smiling on Beach Fence
The engaged couple walked and smiled during their engagement shoot in Decatur Square, Georgia
Captivating Engagement Shoot in Decatur Square, Georgia: A Picture-Perfect Moment of Love and Smiles
The couple in Chartres smiling together in an autumn setting, surrounded by fallen leaves on the edge of a forest
Chartres Couple Smiling in Autumn Setting, Surrounded by Fallen Leaves near Forest
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
A lovely photograph featuring a couple smiling and hugging in Parque, Ridley Creek State Park during their engagement photography session
Engagement Photography Session in Ridley Creek State Park, Parque: Couple Smiling and Hugging in Lovely Photograph
A picture capturing a couple in Montpellier, France, as they smile at each other during an engagement wedding photography session
Montpellier, France: Couple Captured Smiling at Each Other During Engagement Wedding Photography Session
The couple can be seen smiling and enjoying each other's company while posed next to a waterfall in Vogel State Park
Vogel State Park: Smiling Couple Poses Next to Waterfall, Enjoying Each Other's Company
A girl stands behind a man, smiling, her face partially obscured by his profile, at Château Lutzelbourg
Smiling Girl's Visage at Château Lutzelbourg in Engagement Photo
The couple is smiling and embracing while seated on the steps of a door in the city of Metz
Metz City - Smiling Couple Embracing on Door Steps
The couple was smiling brightly as they posed for their engagement portrait at Garonne Quays in Toulouse
The couple smiled happily at Garonne Quays in Toulouse for their engagement portrait
A lifestyle portrait session in Montpellier, France, captured a couple's joy that show them running, smiling, and laughing
The engagement portrait captured the couple's love and joy, with them running, smiling, and laughing in Montpellier, France.
A relaxed couple seated in the golden sunlight of Bangkok, Thailand, were beaming with joy and love as they smiled for the camera during their pre-wedding portrait session
The couple's engagement portrait captured their blissful happiness in the warm, golden sunlight of Bangkok, Thailand
 The couple smiled for the camera under a well-known bridge in Toulouse, capturing the moment for their save-the-date engagement announcement
Toulouse Bridge: Engagement Announcement Image for Smiling Couple
A smiling couple, in Duluth, Minnesota, are laughing while posing for their save-the-date engagement announcement portrait
Duluth, MN: Smiling Couple Laughing for Engagement Announcement Portrait
The newlyweds can be seen smiling and laughing in a wedding photo taken at Hollins House, Santa Cruz, CA, as their guests joyfully celebrate their union on the dance floor
At Hollins House, Santa Cruz, CA, the newlyweds smile and laugh in a photobooth as their guests dance and celebrate
 A couple in Lyon, France, are smiling back to back on a bench in their engagement announcement portrait for their save-the-date
Lyon, France: Engagement Announcement Portrait of Smiling Couple on Bench
The groom and bride joyfully celebrated their union at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Chicago, IL, with the groom pumping his fist and the bride smiling
At St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chicago, IL, the groom and bride celebrated joyfully with the groom pumping his fist and the bride smiling
A beautiful wedding photo captured a kiss from a guest to the bride and groom after the ceremony at Limoges
At Limoges Castle in France, a guest kissed the bride with the groom at her side smiling
 The couple is excited to tie the knot soon as they pose for a romantic portrait on the beach of Trasimeno Lake in Umbria, Italy
The engaged couple joyfully anticipates their marriage, smiling as they capture a loving photo on Trasimeno Lake's Umbrian shore
The couple is pictured smiling in each others arms in a black and white image against a brick wall at the Garonne Quays in Toulouse, a beautiful setting for their pre-wedding portrait
At the Garonne Quays in Toulouse, the couple embrace, smiling in a black and white lifestyle portrait
The couple are seen smiling cheek to cheek in a classical British city street in York, Yorkshire, UK, for their pre wedding lifestyle portrait
In York, Yorkshire, UK, the couple smiled cheek to cheek for their pre wedding portrait session
The engaged couple enjoyed a pre-wedding portrait at Khao Yai National Park, with him giving her a piggyback ride and both of them smiling widely
At Khao Yai National Park, the couple beamed as he gave her a piggyback for their engagement portrait
The bride and groom in Belo Horizonte, MG, were lying on the floor, their faces locked like puzzle pieces, smiling in joy for their lifestyle engagement portrait
In Belo Horizonte, MG, the bride and groom lay smiling in joy for their lifestyle engagement portrait session
A black and white engagement portrait of a couple partially hidden behind a tree at the Dome House in Cotia, Brazil
Cotia, Brazil's Dome House: BW engagement portrait of couple, groom-to-be partially hidden by tree
An engaged couple embraced and smiled near a reflecting pool of trees and buildings in Cividale del Friuli, Udine, Italy
The happy couple embraced and smiled near a reflecting pool of trees and buildings before their wedding day
A bride and groom to be are enjoying an engaged couple lifestyle session in Évora, Portugal
The bride and groom-to-be are beaming with joy as they walk through the streets, embracing each other tightly in anticipation of their wedding day
At the Yvelines reception venue, the newlyweds are laughing out loud
The newlyweds are laughing and smiling at the head table at the reception venue
Laughing wedding guests are lighting each others cigarettes outside at the Sunset Cruise Boat, Istanbul, Turkey
At the wedding venue, guests were smiling and somewhat serious as they lit each other's cigarettes outside