One striking image captures a mother of the bride with cancer having wig fitted as her daughter sheds a tear
Bestowed with both the honour and difficult job of capturing the memories of a bride and groom's big day, wedding photographers are increasingly moving away from calculated snapshots in favour of ones that encapsulate raw emotion.
Paying tribute to those that perfectly capture candid moments, Fearless Photographers – a website that helps you find the best wedding photographers around the world – curates a gallery of the most stunning images every two months, which it also shares on Instagram.
The site’s Fearless Awards are selected by a rotating panel of award-winning wedding photographers and highlight the best in unique and creative image making.
So far this year, the collection features images most of us can relate to, from tender snaps of emotional family and friends to jubilant photographs of the happy couple and little ones wreaking havoc.
One of the most heart-rending images comes from David Clumpner, from Missoula, Montana, who captured the emotional moment a bride comforts her mother while having a wig placed on her head.
The Fearless Award-winning image was also shared on Bored Panda, where a woman came forward to say she was the woman featured in the moving photo.
“Thanks for all the heartfelt comments. I am the woman in the picture,' she wrote.
“It was a rough year to be diagnosed with breast cancer and undergo chemotherapy right before my beautiful daughter's wedding.
“When I was getting ready with the girls in the wedding and they were all there watching me it was just very emotional.”
For every heartening moment that guarantees to put a tear in your eye though, come those that instantly fill you with joy.
From a photo of a bride laughing hysterically while her groom went skinny-dipping in the ocean, which was captured by Pasquale Minniti from Italy, and the shocked expressions of onlookers as a three tier wedding cake topples to the floor to the hilarious moment a young boy drops his trousers to go to the toilet in a bush, the images are unforgettable.
1. Photo by David Clumpner | 2. Photo by Gabriel Scharis | 3. Photo by Erwin Beckers | 4. Photo by Raman El Atiaoui | 5. Photo by Pasquale Minniti | 6. Photo by David Clumpner (as above) | 7. Photo by Claudiu Negrea | 8. Photo by Anthony Phung | 9. Photo by Tori Pintar | 10. Photo by Dimitri Voronov