Wedding Photos of Sunshine

The following “Sunshine” 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 “Sunshine” 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 engaged couple poses for portraits at the beach in sunshine near Playa Las Grutas Village, Punta Ballena Maldonado, Uruguay
Sun-Kissed Love: Capturing an Engaged Couple's Beach Portraits in Playa Las Grutas Village, Punta Ballena Maldonado, Uruguay
A couple is seen laughing and enjoying each other's company during a walk through the streets of Odivelas, Lisbon in their engagement portrait
Romantic Engagement Portrait: Couple's Laughter Radiates Through the Streets of Odivelas, Lisbon
Couple celebrates their engagement in NYC by basking in the sunshine of Central Park on a big rock near the trees
New York Couple's Central Park Engagement: Basking in Sunshine on a Big Rock near the Trees
A couple is smiling in the sunshine of Montpellier, France, while the woman is being given a piggyback ride
Montpellier, France: Couple smiling in the sunshine while woman receives piggyback ride
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
The couple had their engagement session in U Street, DC, with creative photography showcasing an urban vibe with street art and sunshine
U Street, DC Engagement Session - Capturing Creative Urban Vibes with Street Art & Sunshine
This documentary-style wedding picture captures many emotional moments in one frame, with hugs at the end of the ceremony at Domaine de Conseillant in Aquitaine, France
At Domaine de Conseillant in Aquitaine, France, an emotional documentary-style wedding photo is captured of hugs at the end of the ceremony
The couple had an engagement session walking in the sunshine of California for their save-the-date wedding announcement picture
California Engagement Session: Couple Walking in Sunshine for Wedding Announcement Image
The couple ran together in the afternoon sunlight in Kashmir, India, with the trees illuminated around them for their save-the-date wedding announcement picture
Kashmir, India: Couple running in afternoon sunlight, trees lit for their wedding announcement picture
This Oakland couple's prewedding photoshoot included an engagement portrait of them walking hand in hand through tall, dry grass, capturing the beauty and joy of their relationship
Oakland: Prewedding photoshoot captured couple's beauty, joy in tall, dry grass
A happy couple is embracing in Epping Forest, UK, as they eagerly await their upcoming wedding
In Epping Forest, UK, a loving, engaged couple is joyfully in love, embracing in anticipation of their nuptials
The couple, elated to be celebrating their engagement at Nantucket Sound, MA, are about to embark on the next step of their journey together, as they pose for a lifestyle engagement photoshoot on their boat and toast the occasion with champagne
The elated engaged couple toasting their love on a boat at Nantucket Sound, MA, embark on the journey of forever together
A portrait of couple during a pre-wedding session shows them in Princeton, smiling in the sunshine while holding a sprig between their faces
In Princeton's sunshine, a couple smiles while holding a sprig between their faces in a lifestyle portrait
The engaged couple enjoyed a lifestyle pre-wedding portrait at Reedy Park in Greenville, SC, with the sun shining down on them as he kissed her shoulder from their spot atop the stone wall forty feet up
In Greenville, SC's Reedy Park, the sun shone on the engaged couple atop a stone wall as he kissed her shoulder
The engaged couple embraced in the sunshine of Parc de la tête d'or, Lyon, for their pre-wedding lifestyle portrait
In Lyon's Parc de la tête d'or, the engaged couple embraced in sunshine for a lifestyle session
The couple is captured in a lifestyle engagement portrait, sitting on the steps in the sunshine after a walk in the vineyards of Franciacorta near Iseo Lake in Italia
Iseo Lake, Italia: Couple captured in sunshine sitting on wood steps after vineyard walk
A Princeton portrait of an engaged couple shading their faces from the sun with her hand
The couple, soon to be married, are captured in a tender portrait session, shielding their faces from the sun with her hand
The Florida sunshine bathes the bride and groom in its warm glow as they pose for outdoor portraits
The radiant bride and groom were graced with the warmth of sunshine
A couple is enjoying the sun with their eyes closed, cheek to cheek, in a black and white frame in Fleurance, Gers, France for a lifestyle portrait
A black and white photo of an engaged couple enjoying the sun cheek to cheek with their eyes closed
On their wedding day, the couple posed for a portrait session while sitting on a stone wall in the breeze, with sunshine and sunglasses, at the Bademli Bahce Hotel in Sogut, Marmaris, Turkey
At Bademli Bahce Hotel in Sogut, Marmaris, Turkey, the couple posed for a wedding portrait in the sunshine with sunglasses
The newlyweds experienced a magical confetti moment outside San Giusto Cathedral, Trieste, Italy, as the excited bride and cringing groom got showered in the sunshine
The newlyweds gleefully embraced their confetti moment outside as the bride beamed with joy and the groom cringed in anticipation
A romantic session in Altamura, Italy for a lifestyle portrait featuring a flare and embracing the sunshine
A romantic portrait of a couple embracing in the sunshine with a flare effect
The bride and groom share a romantic kiss in the sunshine while holding hands at the Ferghettina winery vineyard in Adro, Italy
The couple exchanged a tender kiss in the radiant sunshine, signifying their everlasting devotion
At sunrise, the clouds parted to reveal a spectacular view of the National Park, with vivid colors
The couple's pre-wedding photo session at Shenandoah National Park was stunning, with the clouds parting for the sunrise and the vivid colors shining through
The couple had their session in Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, the reception venue, where she kissed him, while he held her flowers and the sunshine shone from behind
In Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, the couple kissed during their portrait session at the reception venue, in the sunshine
The sun shines brightly at the Trocadero Clubhouse in San Francisco, as two flower girls smile at each other before walking down the aisle for an outdoor wedding
Two flower girls smiled at each other in the sunshine as they walked down the aisle for an outdoor wedding
The bride and groom posed in traditional attire on the steps of Assiniboine Park in Canada, basking in the sunshine of their ceremony location
The bride and groom basked in the sunshine of their ceremony location while posing in traditional attire on the steps
The couple's new day together, captured as they step out of the door from inside the Great Wall of Beijing Juyongguan
A couple emerges from the Great Wall into the warm sunshine, ready to create an unforgettable engagement portrait
The newlyweds shared intimate looks facing each other under the sunshine, with a soft lens flare circling them at Uhlandhof Hattenhofen
At Uhlandhof Hattenhofen, the couple shared intimate looks under the sunshine with a soft lens flare circling them