39 incredible wedding photos that were nominated for awards in 2021

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Shea McGrath.Shea McGrath/Fearless Awards
  • Fearless Awards are given to photographers worldwide who have taken exceptional wedding photos.

  • Fearless Photographers estimates that two out of every 100 photos submitted are selected as winners.

  • The best photos nominated this year show emotional brides, couples with their pets, and more.

Intimate moments between couples are highlighted in this year's nominated photographs.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Nuno Lima.Nuno Lima/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Nuno Lima

So are touching moments between those getting married and their loved ones.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Gloria Ruth.Gloria Ruth/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Gloria Ruth

Some of the photos are vibrant and colorful.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Jorge Romero.Jorge Romero/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Jorge Romero

While others stand out in black and white.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Royd Tauro.Royd Tauro Photography/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Royd Tauro

Stunning views and wide shots make for unique wedding photos.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Robin Goodlad.Robin Goodlad/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Robin Goodlad

The same goes for photos that zoom in on specific details.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Víctor Lax.Víctor Lax/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Víctor Lax

Families are a big part of this year's nominated pictures.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Damion Mower.Damion Mower/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Damion Mower

Some couples honored those before them with photos strung with lights at their weddings.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Jeff Cooke.Jeff Cooke/Cooked Photography/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Jeff Cooke

Others held festive celebrations with loved ones surrounding them.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Tej Nookala.Tej Nookala/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Tej Nookala

Brides and grooms also made sure to honor their loved ones who couldn't attend.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Antonio Palermo.Antonio Palermo/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Antonio Palermo

Pets stole the show at more than a few weddings this year.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Raph Nogal.Raph Nogal/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Raph Nogal

Of course, many couples can't imagine their big days without their four-legged friends.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Sina Frantzen.Sina Frantzen/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Sina Frantzen

Celebratory drinks also played a role.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Jeff Tisman.Jeff Tisman/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Jeff Tisman

Some toasts highlighted the bride and groom on their special day.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Fabio Mirulla.Fabio Mirulla/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Fabio Mirulla

While others were joint celebrations between those getting married and their guests.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Kristian Leven.Kristian Leven/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Kristian Leven

And you can't forget the traditional bouquet toss.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Bruno Mattos.Bruno Mattos/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Bruno Mattos

Photographers captured the event from every angle this year.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Rianne Hogewoning.Rianne Hogewoning/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Rianne Hogewoning

Photographers were around for all the key moments, like when grooms prepared to walk down the aisle.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Fotoinstantes.Fotoinstantes/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Fotoinstantes

They also captured moments of pure joy between brides and their family members.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Marissa Joy.Marissa Joy/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Marissa Joy

Some photos conveyed the pure joy of reception dance floors.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Jos and Tree.Jos & Tree/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Jos and Tree

And others made the most of wedding-day mishaps.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Emil Boczek.Emil Boczek/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Emil Boczek

Some photographers showed the realities of winter weddings.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Shea McGrath.Shea McGrath/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Shea McGrath

Others used natural elements to their advantages.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Dominic Lemoine Photography.Dominic Lemoine Photography/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Dominic Lemoine Photography

Sometimes, photographers even captured brides and grooms taking their own photos.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by John Gillooley.John Gillooley/Fearless Awards

Photographer: John Gillooley

And others used photography in unconventional ways.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Victoria Sprung.Victoria Sprung/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Victoria Sprung

Some of the most eye-catching photos include those that show intimate embraces.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Pedro Vilela.Pedro Vilela/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Pedro Vilela

But a wide range of emotions were on display throughout this year's nominees.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Dan Morris.Dan Morris/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Dan Morris

In some pictures, you can see tears streaming down brides' faces.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Frances Morency.Frances Morency/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Frances Morency

The reactions of wedding attendees were also important.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Jason Vinson.Jason Vinson/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Jason Vinson

But arguably nothing beats photos that show grooms before they see their brides for the first time.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Fábio Santos.Fábio Santos/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Fábio Santos

Sunrises and sunsets added beautiful colors to many of this year's nominated photos.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Arjan Van Der Plaat.Arjan Van Der Plaat/The Wedding Story/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Arjan Van Der Plaat

But many photographers also removed color for striking shots.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Kemran Shiraliev.Kemran Shiraliev/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Kemran Shiraliev

Some photos focus almost entirely on scenery.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Ionut Poptelecan.Ionut Poptelecan/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Ionut Poptelecan

While others bring viewers up close and personal to those who got married.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Mykola Tsap.Mykola Tsap/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Mykola Tsap

Some wedding pictures were taken in unique locations.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Vrouwenhof Fotografie.Vrouwenhof Fotografie/Fearless Photographers

Photographer: Vrouwenhof Fotografie

And others were held in traditional venues.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by PhotoFLEXAS.PhotoFLEXAS/Fearless Awards

Photographer: PhotoFLEXAS

Some photos only had one member of the featured couple.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by David Hofman.David Hofman/Fearless Awards

Photographer: David Hofman

Others made you feel as though the photographed couple were the only people in the world.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Nintin Dangwal.Nintin Dangwal/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Nintin Dangwal

But all the nominated photos have one thing in common: They convey love and the magic of weddings.

A wedding photo nominated for a Fearless Award in 2021.
A nominated photo taken by Trent Gillespie.Trent Gillespie/Fearless Awards

Photographer: Trent Gillespie

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