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.

"The bride had warned me about what would be crazy-fun dancing at the reception. Once the music started, everyone ran to the dance floor. The bride's brother was the most animated. This photo captures his intensity and the crowd's enjoyment."

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