Some of the best wedding photos are ones you don't plan. Here, brides share the story behind their most memorable snaps. 

May 12, 2012, 4:03 p.m.

"When Emlen and I were deciding where to celebrate our wedding, we threw out so many ideas. Should we get married by the water? In another country? Maybe somewhere tropical? But in the end, we decided to keep it local and invited friends and family to our Brooklyn neighborhood, Williamsburg. We chose a nearby restaurant for our Quaker ceremony and sat in a circle with our 90 guests, who shared stories and advice on marriage, love, and family. Afterward, when we left the restaurant, everyone cheered, blew noisemakers, and showered us with confetti—it was so festive and fun! But once we were in the car, Emlen and I looked at each other and realized we hadn't planned where to go. So we headed home and went to the bar on the corner—one of our favorites—for a drink. We walked in, Emlen in his suit and me in my wedding dress, covered in confetti; it must have been such a funny sight. I loved that it was spontaneous and a little ridiculous, but mostly, we were grateful to finally share a quiet moment together, just the two of us."

Ayla, married to Emlen in Brooklyn

Browse white wedding bouquets Photo: Charlotte Jenks Lewis

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