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61 of the best wedding photos taken in 2018

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27-12-2018 12:00:00 a.m.
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2018 was a year full of great wedding photography. Melissa Ouwehand
  • Every two months, Fearless Awards are given to photographers who have taken exceptional wedding photos.
  • The award recipients are chosen by a panel of experts from Fearless Photographers, an online search platform that helps engaged couples find photographers in their area.
  • Throughout 2018, more than 800 wedding photos were awarded.
  • 61 of the year's best photos showcase everything from couples with their pets to the emotions of loved ones.

Engagement season is upon us, and upcoming weddings are on the minds of many. But before getting into the festivities of the new year, it's worth taking a look back at ceremonies from the past.

Every two months, search platform Fearless Photographers pulls together a panel of experts to award those who took remarkable wedding photos. And throughout 2018, Fearless Awards were given to more than 800 pictures.

The winning photos capture just about every aspect of weddings, from emotional loved ones to partying groomsmen. Out of the hundreds of recipients this year, these 61 photos were some of the best.

Joy is tangible through many of the photos.

Joy is tangible through many of the photos.
The two looked at each other instead of the road ahead of them. Jorik Algra

Surrounded by flowers and a vast countryside, photographer Jorik Algracaught a set of newlyweds driving with no hands on the wheel.

Many of the winning photos were taken in black and white.

Many of the winning photos were taken in black and white.
The people in this photo appear to be a bride and a loved one.Marcin Karpowicz/BDFK Photography

Photographer Marcin Karpowicz captured two wedding attendees as they embraced in a hug.

Photographers weren't afraid to have a little fun this year.

Photographers weren't afraid to have a little fun this year.
The photo makes it appear as though the groom's body is made from a cactus.Hendra Lesmana/Cheese N Click

Photographer Hendra Lesmana took this photo of a bride grinning as her groom posed behind a cactus.

In 2018, animals expressed just as much affection as newlyweds.

In 2018, animals expressed just as much affection as newlyweds.
In this instance, zooming past the engaged couple was worth it. Nat Wongsaroj

While photographing a kissing couple, photographer Nat Wongsarojnoticed that a pair of prairie dogs seemed to be mimicking the humans with a kiss of their own.

One bride was literally swept off her feet, making for a stunning photo.

One bride was literally swept off her feet, making for a stunning photo.
The couple looked ecstatic. Jesus Ochoa

Photographer Jesus Ochoa simultaneously captured a group of pigeons in mid-flight.

Photographers captured tons of intimate moments between couples.

Photographers captured tons of intimate moments between couples.
This photo was taken from below, allowing you to see expressions on both faces.Gera Gallardo/Elefante Photography

This couple, photographed by Gera Gallardo, clutched onto one another during their wedding.

Couples weren't always front and center in wedding photos this year.

Couples weren't always front and center in wedding photos this year.
The couple was perfectly illuminated through the trees. Jesse La Plante

Photographer Jesse La Plante took this image of a starry-night sky, under which a married couple stood with their dog.

Brides didn't mind if their makeup got a little messy.

Brides didn't mind if their makeup got a little messy.
Wedding guests laugh in the background. David Almajano Maestro

Photographer David Almajano Maestro captured a grinning bride showing off a lipstick imprint on her cheek.

The weather helped make some of the greatest wedding photos to win a Fearless Award.

The weather helped make some of the greatest wedding photos to win a Fearless Award.
The two appear to have been drinking Champagne on the beach.Jeff Cooke/Cooked Photography

Wind doesn't always make for ideal photo shoot conditions, but photographer Jeff Cooke made the best of the weather and captured two newlyweds with their hair blowing in the breeze.

Rainy days made for some beautiful photographs.

Rainy days made for some beautiful photographs.
The tender moment resulted in an image that's full of emotion. Ujjwal Vanvari

Photographer Ujjwal Vanvari caught a sentimental moment between a bride and a loved one.

Photographers found beautiful nature scenes this year, even on cloudy days.

Photographers found beautiful nature scenes this year, even on cloudy days.
The second rainbow, which is farthest from the couple, is very faint in color.Arjan Van Der Plaat/The Wedding Story

A groom carrying his bride underneath a double rainbow was photographed by Arjan Van Der Plaat.

Some of this year's winning photos were awarded in three different categories: "Real Moments," "Art & Beauty," and "Fun & Playful."

Some of this year's winning photos were awarded in three different categories:
The photo captures a sweet moment between a bride and a loved one.Paul Woo/Wandering Woo

Photographer Paul Woo won a "Real Moments" Fearless Award for this touching photo.

The year's best wedding photos wouldn't be complete without Champagne.

The year's best wedding photos wouldn't be complete without Champagne.
The bridesmaids appear to have ducked away from the fizzing drink. Amer Nabulsi

Photographer Amer Nabulsi was in the right place at the right time, capturing a bride and her bridesmaids as they popped a bottle of Champagne.

Wedding guests brought tons of humor to this year's winning photos.

Wedding guests brought tons of humor to this year's winning photos.
Those in the background also appear to have been enjoying themselves. Florin Stefan

Awarded a "Fun & Playful" Fearless Award, Florin Stefan photographed a group of wedding attendees as they took shots from the bar.

Some of the sweetest photos were taken in the middle of wedding ceremonies.

Some of the sweetest photos were taken in the middle of wedding ceremonies.
Other wedding attendees appear to have been clapping. Benaissa El Yamani/B-Visuals

As a newlywed couple walked down the aisle, photographer Benaissa El Yamani caught the affectionate moment when a loved one clutched onto the groom's arm.

Small details were the difference between average wedding photos and Fearless Award winners.

Small details were the difference between average wedding photos and Fearless Award winners.
This couple appears to have been leaning in for a hug or kiss.Szymon Pietrzyk/Boutique Photography

Photographer Szymon Pietrzyk saw something others might not have in this picture, and captured a perfectly-timed thumbs up in the background.

Bridesmaids stole the show this year.

Bridesmaids stole the show this year.
Despite getting splashed, the bridesmaids appear to have been having fun.Stephan Keereweer/De Grote Dag

Photographer Stephan Keereweer photographed a bridal party out at sea, where the women laughed as waves splashed onto their boat.

Some award-winning photographs play tricks with the viewer's eyes.

Some award-winning photographs play tricks with the viewer's eyes.
Though you can only see her eyes, the bride appears to be emotional.Shan Ambigaipagan/Digital Plus Photography

Shan Ambigaipagan became a Fearless Award winner for this photo in which a bride looks at a photograph of a loved one.

Humor was also present throughout many of the awarded photographs.

Humor was also present throughout many of the awarded photographs.
The loved one appears to have been sticking his tongue out at the bride.Daniel Lopez Perez

In his award-winning image, photographer Daniel Lopez Perez caught a bride waving at a loved one who was riding in a passing car.

Even farm animals contributed to some of the year's best wedding photos.

Even farm animals contributed to some of the year's best wedding photos.
The bride didn't seem to mind the cow's attention. Jay Cassario/Twisted Oaks Studio

Photographer Jay Cassario showcased a bride being licked by a friendly cow in his "Fun & Playful" award-winning photo.

In 2018, photographers proved that rain doesn't always ruin a wedding.

In 2018, photographers proved that rain doesn't always ruin a wedding.
While one person lifted the bride's skirt, another helped her carry an umbrella.Trent Gillespie

Photographer Trent Gillespie was one of them, photographing a joyful bride being helped by loved ones to walk through the rain.

Bubbles and bright colors made for some of 2018's most vibrant photos.

Bubbles and bright colors made for some of 2018's most vibrant photos.
The bride's pink sneakers matched her colorful bouquet perfectly. Melissa Ouwehand

Photographer Melissa Ouwehand put herself in the middle of the action to catch a bride and groom as they walked down the aisle.

Many award-winning photos captured special moments between newlyweds.

Many award-winning photos captured special moments between newlyweds.
The couple appears to have enjoyed a drink together away from their guests.Valter Antunes/Fotolux

Brides and grooms don't always get a ton of alone time on their wedding day, but photographer Valter Antunes made sure to savor that moment for one couple.

Dogs truly were man's best friend in 2018, especially during weddings.

Dogs truly were man's best friend in 2018, especially during weddings.
The dog wore a suit-like outfit, matching the groomsmen.Richard Clarke/Clarkie Photography

Rather than taking a wide shot of this set of groomsmen, photographer Richard Clarke focused on this appropriately-dressed dog, who was included in the wedding festivities.

Some dogs were dressed up just like their owners.

Some dogs were dressed up just like their owners.
The photo appears to have been taken as the bride was getting ready for her wedding.Giuseppe Genovese

Not only did this dog wear a tutu, but photographer Giuseppe Genovesealso caught the canine sharing a sweet kiss with the bride.

Scenic wedding locations resulted in some of the year's most unique photographs.

Scenic wedding locations resulted in some of the year's most unique photographs.
The bride and groom were at the forefront of the photograph. Antonino Gitto

Photographer Antonino Gitto won a Fearless "Fun & Playful" award for his image of newlyweds and their guests riding an amusement park ride.

Other photo shoot locations perfectly matched the theme of the wedding.

 Other photo shoot locations perfectly matched the theme of the wedding.
The multicolored mural included the phrase "To Be Free."Florent Vidal/Florent Vidal Photography

In his award-winning photograph, Florent Vidal captured the love of one couple as the kissed against a colorful mural.

Every photographer paid close attention to detail.

Every photographer paid close attention to detail.
Emotion is still strong in this photo, despite the two people not being fully visible.Samuel Docker

While a wedding attendee cried against a door, photographer Samuel Docker took a photo of a woman's outstretched arm.

Photographers were able to capture powerful images from far away.

Photographers were able to capture powerful images from far away.
The photo appears to have been taken either at sunset or sunrise. David Hofman

Photographer David Hofman created this stunning photo by focusing on the silhouette of a bride as she stood on top of a mountain.

Other photographers took their best images by zooming in closely on the faces of their subjects.

Other photographers took their best images by zooming in closely on the faces of their subjects.
The photo appears to include a bride and two loved ones. Matei Horvath

This image, taken by photographer Matei Horvath, displays a range of emotions.

Some of the year's best wedding photos focused on traditions.

Some of the year's best wedding photos focused on traditions.
In a Haldi ceremony, the couple getting married are covered in turmeric paste.Ankita Asthana

Photographer Ankita Asthana took this stunning image of a Haldi ceremony. During the pre-wedding event, which is a traditional part of Indian weddings, the bride and groom are covered in a turmeric paste that is said to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.

Throughout 2018, photographers used their work to magnify even the smallest details.

Throughout 2018, photographers used their work to magnify even the smallest details.
The small teardrop leads you to believe that the groom was crying as he read his vows.Keith Claytor/TimeFrozen

In this close-up photo of a groom reading his wedding vows, photographer Keith Claytor captured a small tear drop on the man's hand.

Contrast was key to many of this year's best photos.

Contrast was key to many of this year's best photos.
Many of the award-winning photos were taken from a distance. Aaron Storry

In a stunning image taken by photographer Aaron Storry, a bride and groom are seen dancing in a seemingly empty and still room.

Unique lighting enhanced wedding photography in 2018.

Unique lighting enhanced wedding photography in 2018.
Brownell's photo won a Fearless "Art & Beauty" award. Justin Brownell

Photographer Justin Brownell used challenging lines to his advantage, creating a beautiful pattern throughout his photograph of a bride and groom.

Some of the best photos make it look as though the bride and groom were the only two in the room on first glance.

Some of the best photos make it look as though the bride and groom were the only two in the room on first glance.
This photo depicts the bride and groom kissing in front of their wedding guests.Rino Cordella

Winning a Fearless "Real Moments" award, photographer Rino Cordellafocused on a kiss between newlyweds as their reception took place behind them.

Passing bike riders made one image stand out from others this year.

Passing bike riders made one image stand out from others this year.
The windows also revealed a bright yellow wall, which added some color to the photo.Flavio Alvarenga

While photographing a happy couple, photographer Flavio Alvarengacaptured two perfectly-aligned bike riders as they could be seen passing by through symmetrical windows.

But while color was crucial to some photos, the lack thereof worked perfectly for others.

But while color was crucial to some photos, the lack thereof worked perfectly for others.
Many of the guests in the background appear to have been wearing festive party hats.Nikhol Esteras

In this black-and-white image taken by Nikhol Esteras, an emotional couple can be seen in front of joyful party-goers.

Contrasting colors made wedding photos pop.

Contrasting colors made wedding photos pop.
The bright lights of the carnival ride stood out against the dark night sky.Rianne Hogewoning/Lumi Fotografie

Photographer Rianne Hogewoning took on the challenge of photographing the couple while sitting in a separate carnival-ride car. Despite moving quickly, she was able to capture the newlyweds as they appeared to be flying.

Photographers followed brides and grooms wherever they went, even into the ocean.

Photographers followed brides and grooms wherever they went, even into the ocean.
The bride and groom hugged as the waves crashed around them. Jorge Mercado

While many would be afraid to step into the ocean with an expensive camera, photographer Jorge Mercado jumped right in to capture this stunning image.

Many winners in the "Art & Beauty" category incorporated nature into their photos.

Many winners in the
The couple can be seen at the very edge of the mountain. Miguel Ponte

Photographer Miguel Ponte took photos of one couple as they stood in the middle of a beautiful nature scene, surrounded by large trees and thick fog.

Emotions weren't only shared between brides and grooms on their wedding day.

Emotions weren't only shared between brides and grooms on their wedding day.
The dog wore a bow-tie collar to the wedding. Marga Marti

At one 2018 wedding, photographer Marga Marti was there to capture a touching moment between a groom and his dog.

Photographers found humorous ways to turn inconvenient moments into fond memories.

Photographers found humorous ways to turn inconvenient moments into fond memories.
The bride looked up at her groom and laughed. Fabio Mirulla

At a rainy wedding, photographer Fabio Mirulla took a picture of a groom underneath a mustache-printed umbrella, making it look as though he had bold facial hair.

Photographers captured some great shots of dancing during wedding photos.

Photographers captured some great shots of dancing during wedding photos.
Everyone seemed to be having a great time. Bardt Wauters

In this award-winning photo taken by Bardt Wauters, a groom is seen spinning his bride with one hand while using his other to play with a dog.

One photographer captured an intense moment in front of a beautiful background.

One photographer captured an intense moment in front of a beautiful background.
The guests appear to have ran towards the falling bouquet. Alison Bounce

While most bouquet tosses happen at traditional event halls, photographer Alison Bounce took this image in the middle of a snow-covered field.

Happy tears were present in many of the Fearless Award winners.

Happy tears were present in many of the Fearless Award winners.
The black-and-white photo is full of emotion. Olivier Frechard

Photographed by Olivier Frechard, one groom's tears can be seen streaming down his face and onto his bride's back.

In 2018, dogs attended everything from wedding receptions to dress fittings.

In 2018, dogs attended everything from wedding receptions to dress fittings.
A person's hand is also visible. Junior Barreto

Photographer Junior Barreto was there to catch this dog as it checked out a wedding dress before the ceremony began.

This photo won a Fearless "Real Moments" award.

This photo won a Fearless
While the bride hugged one relative, another loved one held the bride's hand.Carlos Santanatalia

The moving embrace between a bride and two loved ones was captured by photographer Carlos Santanatalia.

Some winning photos gave insight into the careers of newlyweds.

Some winning photos gave insight into the careers of newlyweds.
The pictured bride wore her groom's fireman jacket. Nayara Andrade

In the middle of what appears to have been a rainy day, photographer Nayara Andrade took a stunning photo of a fireman carrying his soon-to-be wife.

Those responsible for giving wedding speeches also made their way into award-winning photos.

Those responsible for giving wedding speeches also made their way into award-winning photos.
The photo focuses on the attendee's drink and speech notes. Logan Westom

In the right place at the right time, photographer Logan Westomcaptured the moment when a wedding attendee spilled a drink in the middle of giving a speech.

Great photographs were made even better by symmetry.

Great photographs were made even better by symmetry.
While the groom fixed a woman's hair, the bride fixed a man's jacket.Dominique Shaw/York Place Studios

This candid moment was captured by photographer Dominique Shaw.

Multiple elements had to come together to create the perfect photo.

Multiple elements had to come together to create the perfect photo.
The photo was made even better due to the beautiful landscape. Robin Goodlad

Photographer Robin Goodlad not only managed to capture a bride's veil perfectly flowing in the wind, but he also caught a man saluting a helicopter.

The winning photos proved why it's important to hire a professional photographer for your wedding.

The winning photos proved why it's important to hire a professional photographer for your wedding.
The road was completely blurred out, leaving the focus solely on the newlyweds.Lauren Brimhall

A wedding guest using their phone likely couldn't capture this bride and groom riding a two-seated bike the same way photographer Lauren Brimhall did.

Some photos captured two touching moments at once.

Some photos captured two touching moments at once.
The bride appears to have been emotional while the guests look cheerful.Donatella Barbera/Tuscany Wedding Photographers

In this closeup photo, photographer Donatella Barbera caught a wedding guest as she admired a bride's ring, while also catching two other guests embracing in a hug and kiss.

Many stunning photos were taken from above.

Many stunning photos were taken from above.
The photographer also captured a wide view of a city. Alex Zyuzikov/Redsphere Studios

Photographer Alex Zyuzikov likely found a high point to take this photo of a bride and groom dancing in an empty street.

Award-winning photographers captured candid moments.

Award-winning photographers captured candid moments.
Both the bride and groom looked ecstatic after getting married. Luigi Rota/Fotorota Studio

Zooming in close on the bride and groom as they exited their wedding ceremony, photographer Luigi Rota caught the couple's reactions to being showered in rice.

Other photographers caught the unexpected moments that couples likely didn't plan for.

Other photographers caught the unexpected moments that couples likely didn't plan for.
The couple laughed as the butterfly sat on the groom's nose. Gabriel Scharis

Butterfly releases are popular at weddings, but, just in case the insects don't fly away, it's important to have a photographer like Gabriel Scharison hand.

Photos like this one prove why timing is key to great photography.

Photos like this one prove why timing is key to great photography.
The guests and bride all looked upwards towards the bouquet.Massimiliano Magliacca/Nabis Photographers

Just before the crowd lunged towards the bride's falling bouquet, photographer Massimiliano Magliacca took a photo of the flowers mid-air, perfectly aligned with a blue strobe light.

Photographers had to place themselves strategically to get amazing photos.

Photographers had to place themselves strategically to get amazing photos.
This photo was likely taken from another room or window. Casian Podarelu

Photographer Casian Podarelu took this image of a bride sitting on a windowsill as her veil billowed in the wind.

Bubbles added some color and texture to many of this year's best photos.

Bubbles added some color and texture to many of this year's best photos.
Two bubbles perfectly aligned with the wedding attendee's eyes.Ralf Czogallik/Eppel Fotografie

In his award-winning photo, photographer Ralf Czogallik focused on a wedding guest who was blowing bubbles.

Even when dogs weren't meant to be included in a photo, they still found their way in.

Even when dogs weren't meant to be included in a photo, they still found their way in.
This shot was perfectly timed. Pasquale Minniti

Rather than zooming in on the embraced newlyweds, photographer Pasquale Minniti instead chose to capture the moment when the couple's dog chased towards them.

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