These 26 Award-Winning Wedding Pictures Will Take Your Breath Away

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When it comes to creatively capturing the perfect photos of their weddings, some couples really go all out.

Whether it's posing underwater in a mermaid-like photoshoot or crossing continents to find the perfect backdrop in Norway, these brides and grooms will stop at nothing to get the most epic pictures on their big days.

In a quest to recognize the talent that goes into creating these stunning images, the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers holds a series of contests that highlight the best wedding photos of the year.

The images are judged on everything from composition and artistic value to their emotional impact, and winners are selected for 20 different photo categories.

If one thing is for sure, all of the winning photos depict a truly special moment presented in a variety of breathtakingly beautiful ways.

1st Place in the Pure Art category (Fall 2014 - New York, NY)

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1st Place in the Pure Art category (Winter 2013 - Paris, France)

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1st Place in the Pure Art category (Spring 2014 - Denver, CO)

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1st Place in Framing The Subject (Summer 2014 - Vigo, Spain)

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1st Place in The Decisive Moment (Summer 2014 - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

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1st Place in Framing The Subject (Winter 2013 - Novorossiysk, Russia)

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1st Place in All About Light (Winter 2013 - Taipei, Taiwan)

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1st Place in Ceremony (Spring 2014 - Zaragoza, Spain)

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1st Place in Family Love (Fall 2014 - Canton, China)

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1st Place in Family Love (Winter 2013 - Boston, MA)

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1st Place in The Decisive Moment (Fall 2014 - Zaragoza, Spain)

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1st Place in Bridal Party Portrait (Fall 2014 - Nanping, China)

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1st Place in Emotional Impact (Spring 2014 - Phoenix, AZ)

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1st Place in Kids Will Be Kids (Spring 2014 -Hong Kong)

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1st Place in Ceremony (Winter 2013 - Frankfurt, Germany)

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1st Place in Reception (Winter 2013 - Ubeda, Spain)

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1st Place in Emotional Impact (Summer 2014 - Jakarta, Indonesia)

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1st Place in Emotional Impact (Fall 2014 - Florence, Italy)

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1st Place in Kids Will Be Kids (Winter 2013 - Cinque Terre, Italy)

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1st Place in Venue Or Location (Spring 2014 - Wiesbaden, Germany)

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1st Place Bridal Party Portrait (Winter 2013 - Prague, Czech Republic)

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1st Place in First Dance (Fall 2014 -  Zwolle, Netherlands)

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1st Place in Engagement Portrait (Summer 2014 - Singapore)

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1st Place in Venue Or Location (Summer 2014 - Cracow, Poland)

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1st Place in Wedding Details (Spring 2014 - Brussels, Belgium)

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1st Place in First Dance (Summer 2014 - Canmore, Alberta)

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Citations: 25 Of The Best Award Winning Wedding Photos Taken In 2014 (Bored Panda)