You’ve secured an ideal venue and are collaborating with a planner who anticipates your every need—and if they’re worth their salt, they’ll likely refer a photographer from this list. Your decor, dress, flowers, and cake can all look perfect on the day of, but it’s the skillful shooting, expert lighting, thoughtful composition, and fly-on-the-wall discretion that will shape your memories as you look back on your wedding photographs in the years to come.
These are the photographers we recommend when asked and those we trust to capture the portraits, moments, and details of life’s most sentimental events. Some of them have shot the most exclusive celebrity weddings; others are the go-tos for the It girl and fashion set. Many of these talents have captured events all over the world; some approaching their work with a documentarian’s eye, while others are all about sheer romance. As for the best of the best, they’re all of the above.
We asked our photographer shortlist to share their points of view, processes, expert advice, and more about their signature styles in their own words. Here, the best wedding photographers in the world—straight from the BAZAAR Bride Rolodex.
Every year, this list aims to recognize the top talent in our industry. The photographers whose images—full of emotion, one-of-a-kind composition, and a general sense of awe—motivate us and, frankly, stop us in our tracks with a collective, woah.
London-native Jacqui Cole now calls Tampa, Florida home, and has been capturing weddings all over the world for over a decade. Her approach is to capture honest moments, with a soft touch—all with her clients’ vision in mind. As such, Cole and her team are there for their clients every step of the way, working closely with planners and venues to make sure every detail is taken into account. “My team and I strive to not only be our clients’ photographers but also their guides throughout the day to ensure they can relax and enjoy their celebrations,” Cole says.
As a couple for almost ten years, Lucas Pouille and Clémence Bertrand celebrated their marriage on September 14, 2019 at Cap d’Antibes. For the occasion, the French tennis player and his partner had gathered their guests in a private villa typical of the French Riviera for a weekend of celebration under the sign of love. From the wedding dress to the ceremony, thinking through the floral decoration and the exceptional guests, review in exclusive images of the wedding of Lucas Pouille and Clémence Bertrand.
Smitten since high school, Jake Parrish offered a promise ring to his girlfriend Shelby Beard while visiting her family’s lake house one evening just before they started college. “Not that our relationship wasn’t already serious, but it meant a lot to see his level of commitment to me. Jake always wanted to finish school before making any plans to get married,” she confides. Once he graduated, Jake proposed to his beloved only two months later…
Francesca and Ahmed met at Ahmed’s family’s beach house in Long Beach Island, NJ in 2011, danced the night away at a local dive bar and have been inseparable ever since. After a quiet, romantic proposal at home, they began planning a destination wedding, bringing the next step in their relationship to another beach further down the coast. The couple fell in love with the Gulf Coast location of The Ritz-Carlton Naples and all it had to offer.
So, on a beautiful spring day, they were wed. Ahmed and his groomsmen added a touch of…
A dreamy Palm Beach destination wedding was the clear choice for Tera and Nick. The couple met in the sixth grade and Tera spent countless family vacations on the island. “Nick also fell in love with the island during his first visit and proposed there too!” says the bride. Because of the special place the couple holds in their hearts for Palm Beach, they and 165 of their closest friends and family made the trip to Florida to celebrate their W-day.
The couple said planning a destination wedding was a breeze thanks to the…
Sometimes life leads us back to certain places. For Eric and Alexandra, that place is Lake Tahoe, California. It was the place both of them grew up visiting, where they spent their first trip together, the place Eric got down on one knee and asked Alexandra to marry him, and, ultimately, the place they chose to host their destination wedding.
“We bonded early on in our relationship over our shared experiences in Lake Tahoe,” says Alexandra. “Because of the significance, it was a clear choice to get married in Lake Tahoe…”
Bride: Shannon Sanders, 37, a director of risk management at Heritage Insurance
Groom: Bruce Lucas, 45, a chairman and CEO at Heritage Insurance
How They Met: At work
Wedding Style: Pretty-in-pink romance was in the air at this glitzy, glamorous soiree filled with dozens of florals
Marcy Sklar, 27, a pediatric nurse manager and George Nissan, 30, a sales account manager met through a mutual friend. Their wedding style consisted of a lush flower wall, crushed white velvet aisle and sequined linens, which lent a glam look to Marcy and George’s black-tie nuptials. To honor their shared Middle Eastern heritage, Marcy and George incorporated Assyrian customs and music throughout their haute hotel “I dos.” “I wore a traditional yalekhta scarf and George carried a kopala cane,” Marcy says of their ceremony attire. The newlyweds gifted guests with colorful scarves before dancing the hora. “They were a hit,” Marcy says. “Everyone danced throughout the night…”
The guest entrance was covered in white lush floral with white roses suspended from the top of the windows to make it look like they were floating! The floral halos were and dripping chandeliers hung over beautifully set tabletops with towering centerpieces. The romantic candlelight set the mood for an elegant evening. As a node to the bride’s Hispanic heritage, a mariachi band played and guests were treated to Hispanic desserts and tasty candy bar! A confetti blast at the end of the father/daughter dance opened up the dance floor and kicked off an incredible evening of celebration…
When Melanie and Adam were assigned to the same table at a training session for their new jobs, there was no way to predict it would end in “I do.” The couple, who hit it off quickly, dated for three years and steadily realized they had found their match. “There were so many little signs along the way,” said Melanie. “But ultimately it came down to the fact that he is my best friend and I knew I wanted to share all of my best days with him.” The couple’s ceremony was simple and elegant. They loved finding a venue where they could hold their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in one place…
Jordan knew from the start that Candace was the one; in fact, he told his dad exactly that on the day they met. “Jordan’s dad called, and he told him he couldn’t talk long because he’d met the woman he was going to marry,” Candace laughs.