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.

"Here in Italy, after the ceremony, the tradition is for wedding guests to throw rice on the couple, sometimes for as long as five minutes, to wish the newlyweds fertility, good luck, and prosperity in their new life. In this photo, a nephew and friend are emptying their rice bags directly onto the heads of the bride and groom, as if to say, 'We'll dump all our good wishes on you!' I love the energy and joy here, and how the couple are huddled together, smiling."

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