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 Jess Tisman. Jess Tisman/Fearless Awards
Photographer: Jess 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
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