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Intimate Weddings & Elopement Photography

Since 2002, the WPJA has been connecting couples with the best, most artistic wedding photographers from around the world.

Amanda Gril Wedding and Event Photography
Andrea Bibeault is a photographer for marriage ceremonies and reception events
Portrait of wedding and engagement photographer Tom Leung
UK couple engagement portraits by wedding photographer Jason Huckle
Caroline Elenbaas, or Caroline Peeters, wedding and elopement photographer by Cfoto
Wedding Photographer Estelle Chhor poses for indoor portrait
Studio Portrait of Wedding Reportage Photographer Cris Lowis
Wedding reportage photography by Simone Janssen
Dublin, Ireland Wedding Photographer Ewa Figaszewska
UK wedding reportage and elopement photography by Nicholas Haigh
Colorado wedding photography and CO couple engagement portraits by Joe Pyle
Mark Wallis, Europe wedding reportage photographer
M&J Photographers - wedding elopement photography by Jean-Luc Legros

Genuine Photo Contests

The WPJA hosts multiple wedding photography contests each year, awarding only the most captivating and engaging photos.

View winners from past contests below:

Intimate, Micro Wedding Planning & Elopement Articles

Not everyone has a lagoon or glacier next door, but there's no rule saying you can't have a small wedding in the great outdoors. Take advantage of natural...

Kobe Vanderzande, of Limburg, is a wedding photographer for

There’s nothing quite like an intimate wedding reception in a tent, with its uniquely informal atmosphere, customized decor and proximity to the...

The Authenticity of
Wedding Photojournalism

Geneva National Wedding Lake Geneva WI Ruthie Hauge Photography
Calan Dsouza, of Karnataka, is a wedding photographer for
Nino Lombardo, of Trapani, is a wedding photographer for

WPJA Contest Photos - October 13th, 2022

Any wedding photographer is going to want to please their clients — but they also want their work to be appreciated on a broader scale. This is one of the reasons why the Wedding Photojournalist Association members love our regular photography competitions. These popular contests give our photographers the opportunity to submit their best images in hopes of being selected as a winner and being recognized for their creativity and effort. Our contests are judged by a panel of notable and respected working photojournalists and picture editors in the news industry, which adds an element of prestige to our awards.

Outdoor image from a wedding in Noord Brabant, the bride and groom are celebrated by family and guests under the trees
Nathan Walker, of Nottinghamshire, is a wedding photographer for -
William Lambelet, of Herault (34) , is a wedding photographer for -
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Nouvelle-Aquitaine grooms cry as they leave the ceremony
Outside on the lawn at the Lillibrooke manor, the wedding couple play the shoe game in the sunshine
Michelle Arlotta, of New Jersey, is a wedding photographer for -
Simi Rabinowitz, of Massachusetts, is a wedding photographer for -

Artistic Guild - Creative Portraits and Details - October 31st, 2022

The Artistic Guild competitions are distinctly different from our other WPJA contests because this category is specifically for photographers who use their talent to create digitally-enhanced images, staged portraits and dramatic detail images. This competition attracts documentary wedding photographers who also view themselves as artists who are constantly looking to create their next masterpiece.

BW picture from Beijing at the Hotel Before the wedding, the bride and groom are looking out the door
Lacuna Lofts, Chicago portrait | the couple leaning against a wall in the light
Wedding photo from a Fujian home showing the process of the bride wearing the headdress
Outside the COSEC de Nogent wedding venue, the Bride is cutting bouquet's ribbon
Chichester Marina, UK trees at night spotted with the couple for a shot with lights set up prior to the shot ready for the couple to dash from the dance floor
In the grounds of wedding venue Pangdean Barn in West Sussex, a capture of a Bridesmaid on swing from below to showcase red underskirt detail
Haydenville, Massachusetts photograph of the reception's toast at Valley View Farm with all the wedding guests shown
Near Boulder, CO, a bride and groom kiss next to an alpine lake with sun streaks in the sky

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - November 16th, 2022

Couples who are searching for a wedding photographer often want a pre-wedding engagement portrait session as well as wedding day photography services. Engagement photographers need to rely on their skill and expertise in order to help their couples select a meaningful location for their portrait session. These awards allow engagement photographers to submit their most moving engagement images in hopes of being recognized for their creativity and skill.

In Domburg, the couple is sitting at the beach in the sand while touching heads together
In Beaujolais, France, the couple is kissing in a field at sunset
In front of a wall in Metz, France, the smiling couple is sitting on grass before a brick wall
From the Botanical Garden of Montigny Metz, a couple is looking into each other's eyes sitting on stair steps
An Emerald Bay, California newly engaged couple smiles at each other after the proposal high in the mountains above the water
The fall colors on the trees are showing off inside Franconia Notch State Park of New Hampshire, USA
A Jaen couple in a red car are photographed from a drone on the road in Spain
Under the trees of Pigeon Forge, TN, the couple is hidden in the mountains and enjoying a romantic embrace

TLC - True Love Captured - March 31st, 2022

This WPJA photography competition is focused on the emotions that are on display throughout any wedding event. The images showcase the powerful emotions that the couple are experiencing, and any of the feelings that any wedding guests may go through. The TLC contests follow a long-standing WPJA category tradition of capturing raw emotions.

This authentic and emotional Liguria wedding day moment from Diano Castello, Imperia was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing the Bride and her grandmother
Honest and sincere emotions are on display in this Lafitte Auditorium, Jean Lafitte wedding day picture created by a Louisiana documentary wedding photographer showing Grandmother of the bride gets her earrings put on by a group of bridesmaids
This authentic and emotional France wedding day moment from Domaine de Grand Maison in Oyster Saint Oblas was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing The excited groom seeing the bride for the first time
A heartfelt display of emotion is captured in this Rivarennes wedding day moment by a Indre, France documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and her grandmother moved after the secular ceremony
This authentic and emotional Buenos Aires wedding day moment outside the San Isidro Cathedral in Argentina was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing The married couple going to the venue in the back of a vintage car
A genuine wedding moment from Rio Et captured by a Thailand documentary wedding photographer showing Family love in a group hug
A heartfelt display of emotion is captured in this Black Mountain Lodge, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone wedding day moment by a Colorado documentary wedding photographer showing the brides mom embracing her during their mother daughter dance in the mountains
A truthful report of raw emotions in a Spain wedding day image captured by a Miramar, Malaga documentary wedding photographer showing the Just married groom receiving affection from men