The Best Picture Show

For the fourth year running, we asked members of the Wedding Photojournalist Association to send us their favorite candid shots. From the thousands that were submitted, we chose the 10 images that most honestly capture the essence of a couple's big day—the tears, the joy, the love, the humor, and the spirit of this momentous occasion. In their own words, the winning photographers explain what made these pictures click.

"I snapped a photo of the bride peeking out from her waiting room at the back of the church, checking out the guests as they arrived for the ceremony. Compositionally, I love how clean this image is. There's very little information—just two fingers, part of a face, an eye, a curtain—but you can discern the anticipation and excitement she's feeling. It also captures the inherent mystery and femininity that surround a bride on her wedding day."