Take a peek at our favourite candid shots for our Wedding Photography Awards – those natural, true-to-life moments which can’t be recreated, and which capture the real spirit of the big day.
The story behind this photo: “Lucy and Aiden arrived post ceremony to their reception aboard a steam train and its gorgeous carriages. Their infectious excitement failed to reach one guest who was concentrating on her mobile phone footage!”
Why we chose this photo as our overall winner: What a wonderful shot – candid at its best! Both the couple’s reactions (the bride halfway standing, the groom lifting his hand in a wave), and the guest’s unprompted phone action, are completely natural and of the moment. We love the contrast between the couple’s laughing faces and the guest’s serious concentration as she takes her own snap, apparently unaware of their grand arrival. The use of the train window as a framing device is also very effective – it gives the image a unique and interesting perspective.
The story behind this photo: “There were lots of antlers on the walls and the shot made the bridesmaid look like a deer! (The reflections caught the other end of the room too).”
Why we shortlisted this photo: A candid yet artistic bridal prep shot. We love the bridesmaid’s natural laughter, and the perfect timing of capturing the antlers to frame her head.
The story behind this photo: “The moment when a space hopper race ended before it had really even started! I remember the bride starting well but after around three jumps the hopper bounced backwards ending with the bride lying on the grass like a starfish!”
Why we shortlisted this photo: What a brilliantly captured, light-hearted moment. We love to see the bride’s playfulness, and her unashamed starfish-style collapse onto the grass.
The story behind this photo: “A gust of wind caught the bride’s veil as she arrived at the church with her mum.”
Why we shortlisted this photo: We love the way the bride’s veil billows around her like a cloud that can’t be controlled. Her and her mum’s genuine laughter is beautiful to see.
The story behind this photo: “It was a terrible day and an outdoor wedding in October with no Plan B. They did bring clear ponchos. There was a lot of laughter.”
Why we shortlisted this photo: We love the contrast between the rainy day black and white palette and the happy laughter. This is what weddings are all about – having fun with your loved ones, laughing off the less-than-perfect moments, and joyfully embracing the moment.
The story behind this photo: “This might be my favourite ever speeches photo. I wish I could remember what was said but whatever it was, it hit the spot big time! Belly laughs from the deepest depths!”
Why we shortlisted this photo: This is what speech moments are all about – full of the kind of throw-you-head-back laughter that can never be posed or prepared for.
The story behind this photo: “Well you chose him to be best man. Taken an Minstrel Court.”
Why we shortlisted this photo: Best man’s speeches are meant to be cringe, and this one is perfectly captured. We love the crazy look on the best man’s face, the groom’s obvious embarrassment as he covers his hands over his eyes, and the bride’s laughter.
The story behind this photo: “The bride wanted something silly and different for her bridal preparations. This is just one of the silly ones where I got the bride in the bath and the bridesmaid on the side. Such fun!”
Why we shortlisted this photo: We love the fun, relaxed vibe of this candid shot, and the bride’s non-serious approach to her bridal preparations. It’s an image full of joy and laughter.
There you have our best group shots of 2022! Up next: the best artistic photos, featuring the most aesthetic, beautifully shot, perfectly posed images from our most creative photographers.
The story behind this photo: “Kerry and Ian married on Bournemouth Pier to be close to the ocean. Ian’s family had relocated to Spain when he was young and he had spent much of his childhood there and Kerry had also always been a beach baby. The cake, which was made by a friend from work, was covered in churros and looked amazing! The moment was completely spontaneous and really speaks to the kind of fun-loving relationship they have – moments later Ian got his own back by returning the favor and a lot of laughs were had at this wedding.”
Why we shortlisted this photo: We love the fun and spontaneity of this moment, especially the expressions on both the couple’s faces. We also love to see such a unique choice of cake!
The story behind this photo: “I captured this image on the wedding day of Frederick and Georgina in Brickendon Hertfordshire. They had a marquee wedding at home on the 28th of August 2021. This image was captured during bridal prep when one of Georgina’s bridesmaids was having her hair done, sitting in front of a large table mirror, singing out loud very dramatically. It perfectly sums up all the drama and energy of Georgina’s wedding morning.”
Why we shortlisted this photo: The bridesmaid’s expression here is priceless. We love the perspective of looking from behind her head into the mirror to see exactly what she can see.
The story behind this photo: “This was a magical moment when a butterfly landed on my beautiful bride and I was lucky enough to capture it.”
Why we shortlisted this photo: A different kind of candid shot, perfectly captured. We love its stillness and beauty, as the bride turns slightly to look over her shoulder to spot the butterfly.
The story behind this photo: “Victor and Jenny wanted a photo with their best man – but then Jenny’s friend’s son did something super cute off camera. Jenny’s bright smile just captured her happiness on her wedding day.”
Why we shortlisted this photo: We love the contrast between the men’s posed faces, and the bride’s completely candid and expressive reaction to her friend’s son off camera.
There you have our best candid shots of 2022! For more candid (and super cute) moments, check out our next article in this series: kids at weddings.