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.

"This is an outdoor ceremony in central Russia, and I like the patterns and lines of the photo. The bridal party is wearing blankets and traditional felt boots called valenki to keep warm. The yellow cones they're holding contain wool balls, which were thrown over the newlyweds after the ceremony. The little girl at the center is the ring bearer, and I love her expression—part excitement, part not really understanding what's going on. You don't have to see the faces of the other peo¬ple, because hers says it all."

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