Its almost summer and everyone has probably been invited to at least one wedding. You are probably still trying to get the bits and bobs to make your outfit complete because wedding photos last forever.
In the western world we are used to a certain type of wedding, but wherever you are in the world weddings change.
In order to “promote and celebrate the art of wedding photography from around the globe,” the International Wedding Photographer of the Year (IWP) Awardshave released their list of the best wedding photos from 2017.
Professional wedding photographers from around the world put their best snaps in contention. The 9 categories — Single Capture, From Above, Black & White, Epic Location, Solo Portrait, Dance Floor, Bridal Party, Album, and Couple Portrait.
The International Wedding Photographer of the Year winner receives $3,000 and a range of camera equipment.
Scroll down to see a selection of the 23 most beautiful and intimate award-winning photos which show the reality behind weddings around the world.
Grand Prize Winner & Category Winner, Solo Portrait: Erica Mann captured a double rainbow after a storm in Cougar Creek in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.
Category Winner, Black & White: This bittersweet moment between a father and daughter was captured in at a wedding in Massachusetts, USA.
Category Winner, Couple Portrait: Canadian photographer Jayme Lang somehow managed to convince this couple to lie down in the expensive wedding attire to capture this creative shot.
Runner Up & Category Winner, Single Capture: Photographer Paul Woo said he was ‘secretly bawling behind the camera’ as the son of the bride expressed his emotion seeing his mother come down the aisle.
Category Winner, Epic Location: The couple who Mike Valley captured this shot for said: ‘If we only had a single image to describe this day this would be it.’
Category Winner, From Above: One of the more daring of the pictures on this list photographer Adrian O’Neill said: ‘The actual shot was taken by me standing in the back of the convertible hanging on for dear life, but was so worth it.’
High Score, Black & White: Wedding guest make good use of the open bar in the snap by Donatella Barbera
High Score, Bridal Party: Steve Wise captures these groomsmen taking a well-needed break.
High Score, Bridal Party: This my kind of wedding, David Hofman catches this bridal party thoroughly enjoying themselves.
High Score, Couple Portrait: Martina Lundborg picked the perfect moment to capture this couple under a firework filled night.
High Score, Dance Floor: Lanny Mann captured this bride jumping into a pool at what looks like the best wedding reception ever.
High Score, Epic Location: I doesn’t get more epic than this shot from Donatas Ufo.
High Score, Epic Location: This couple takes the plunge (literally) in this shot by Ropate Kama.
High Score, Epic Location: This long staircase was a perfect place to capture this romantic moment by Gustavo Franco.
High Score, Single Capture: Angela Ruscheinski captured all the emotion during a wedding speech.
High Score, Single Capture: Marlos Kourouniotis captures this bride as she begins the walk to the new chapter of her life.
High Score, Single Capture: Another stunning shot from Angela Ruscheinski who captures this groom struggling to hold himself together.
High School, Single Capture: Adam Browne gets the cork right as it goes flying as a couple jet off on the water to celebrate.