If there's one thing we love here at BRIDES, it's a really gorgeous wedding portrait. Each week we bring you five inspiring real wedding stories, all packed with unique details and some of the sweetest love stories we've ever heard. While we can't get enough of the flowers and décor, it's the two people at the heart of each celebration that really draw us in. In honor of the spectacular couples, events, and vendors that we featured in 2016, we went back and gathered up our favorite real weddings moments from the last 12 months.
Choosing our favorite photos from this year's celebrations was no easy feat. After all, we've shared each of our real weddings with you because they featured great ideas and even better photography. In the end, we resurfaced the photos that felt distinctive, unique, and downright beautiful — A.K.A., those portraits that we just couldn't forget.
Just think of Brittney and Kyle, who tied the knot in a spring-inspired celebration that totally spoke of the season, right down to the bride's dress. We'll never get the image of her blue ball gown out of our minds, or how happy her groom looked to see her walk down the aisle.
We traveled to the California desert with Serina and Nevin, ooh-ing and ahh-ing over every single portrait captured at their Palm Springs celebration.
We hit the big city with Patina and David, who wed in a fashionable, southern-meets-city celebration in Long Island City, New York.
We even went to Bali and back thanks to Priscilla and Andree's incredible waterfront wedding.
But there's even more than just those! From beach celebrations and backyard weddings, to modern city nuptials and chic soirées in the French countryside, our real wedding couple's showed us how to make any type of party an incredible one.
Ready to see if your favorite wedding of the year was among our picks? Click through to see the best real wedding portraits of 2016.