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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.

WEDDINGS + ELOPEMENTS + ARTISTIC PORTRAITS & DETAILS + ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

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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Scenic Praia de Dunas de marapé pre wedding portrait shoot with Smiling couple framing with dry straws in their directions
Scenic Praia de Dunas de marapé pre wedding portrait shoot with Smiling couple framing with dry straws in their directions
View this emotional wedding image in Montclair, New Jersey of the mother of groom smiling and hugging groom while dancing
View this emotional wedding image in Montclair, New Jersey of the mother of groom smiling and hugging groom while dancing
The Elgin, London indoor wedding reception party award-winning picture showing the Groom giving his speech whilst holding his smiling wifes hand. The world's most skilled wedding photographers are members of the WPJA
The Elgin, London indoor wedding reception party award-winning picture showing the Groom giving his speech whilst holding his smiling wifes hand
Muggia, Trieste couple e-session in BW at the beach with a Happy hug
Muggia, Trieste couple e-session in BW at the beach with a Happy hug
Fallen Leaf Lake, California couple e-session smiling at each other in the fall
Fallen Leaf Lake, California couple e-session smiling at each other in the fall
True Love Engagement Posed Portrait in Trieste capturing a couple hanging out together and enjoying the time
True Love Engagement Posed Portrait in Trieste capturing a couple hanging out together and enjoying the time
Maceió, Alagoas portrait e-session with a man and woman at a country house, sitting on a swing and smiling
Maceió, Alagoas portrait e-session with a man and woman at a country house, sitting on a swing and smiling
Maceió, Alagoas environmental engagement e-session with a Man and woman smiling and dancing on the beach
Maceió, Alagoas environmental engagement e-session with a Man and woman smiling and dancing on the beach
Maceió Artful Engagement Picture with the couple embraced and smiling at the sea
Maceió Artful Engagement Picture with the couple embraced and smiling at the sea
National Gallery of Art, East Building, DC urban pic shoot before the wedding day with a couple dressed in formal clothes and smiling
National Gallery of Art, East Building, DC urban pic shoot before the wedding day with a couple dressed in formal clothes and smiling
Toulouse Metro wedding photo of the bride and groom smiling under their masks
Toulouse Metro wedding photo of the bride and groom smiling under their masks
Australia engagement portrait with a posed couple in Perth who are Always laughing and smiling
Australia engagement portrait with a posed couple in Perth who are Always laughing and smiling
HK wedding photo from the Dear Lilly, Hong Kong Reception as The groom was taking a shot at once while he was competing with the guests with The smiling bride holding his hand and watching
HK wedding photo from the Dear Lilly, Hong Kong Reception as The groom was taking a shot at once while he was competing with the guests with The smiling bride holding his hand and watching
UK engagement photo shoot at Selwicks Bay, Flamborough Point with a Couple smiling in front of a white cliff
UK engagement photo shoot at Selwicks Bay, Flamborough Point with a Couple smiling in front of a white cliff
A France Father discovered his daughter with emotion in this wedding image
A France Father discovered his daughter with emotion in this wedding image
Milano, Italy engagement photo with a couple and a background with repeating lines
Milano, Italy engagement photo with a couple and a background with repeating lines
Dandenong pre wedding portraits for a couple in the woods of Victoria, Australia
Dandenong pre wedding portraits for a couple in the woods of Victoria, Australia
Caeté MG tightly shot black and white couple portraits of pretty faces
Caeté MG tightly shot black and white couple portraits of pretty faces
Biarritz, France Lovers smiling and sitting outdoors for their engagement portrait session
Biarritz, France Lovers smiling and sitting outdoors for their engagement portrait session
Pirinopolis, Goias prewedding photoshoot with running couple Love games!
Pirinopolis, Goias prewedding photoshoot with running couple Love games
Noordhoek, Cape Town engagement photographer Making use of the rising sun for this intimate photo of the engaged couple.
Noordhoek, Cape Town engagement photographer Making use of the rising sun for this intimate photo of the engaged couple
A vibrant, warm and colourful couple against an industrial, cold and grey backdrop, playing on contrasts at the Prince Charles Airport, Harare, Zimbabwe
A vibrant, warm and colourful couple against an industrial, cold and grey backdrop, playing on contrasts at the Prince Charles Airport, Harare, Zimbabwe
Western Cape Town engagement photographer: I saw this divide of colours in the wall colours and played with this theme of divide for this fun photo
Western Cape Town engagement photographer: I saw this divide of colours in the wall colours and played with this theme of divide for this fun photo
Urban Love with a colorful, stucco background at Capitola Beach, California
Urban Love with a colorful, stucco background at Capitola Beach, California

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