Each week we share five incredible weddings, all of which are paced with one truly unique love story and endless amounts of inspiring details. But no matter how beautiful a wedding is in person, it needs one thing to really make a lasting impact: great photography. In honor of the spectacular events and vendors we feature on a regular basis, we gathered up our favorite real wedding moments from the last 12 months.
Looking back on a year's worth of weddings and choosing just 30 photos was no small task. While we loved reliving each and every one of the beautiful celebrations we featured this year, we ultimately chose a selection of photos that felt unique, indicative of a special couple or their wedding style, and — you guessed it — breathtakingly beautiful. From cozy winter weddings and sunny summer affairs to backyard bashes and big city weddings, we chose photos from celebrations of every sort to inspire you and your husband-to-be on your big day.
Some of the weddings we especially loved reliving? BRIDES staffer Nic wed her husband Dave in an intimate bash in New York City. Their romantic portraits, shot by Edward Winter of Readyluck, on the High Line stole our hearts again and again. But we also loved charming, small-town weddings. Lyell Photography documented every special second of Annie and Graem's Woodford County, Kentucky wedding — dreamy golden light and all!
Then there was flower crown-maven Christy (of Crowns by Christy fame) and her husband, Luke, in New Orleans. Dark Roux photographed their flower-filled celebration and highlighted the best of the Big Easy. And we loved looking back on a few destination weddings, too. When Lance swept Ashleigh off her feet — literally — at their blush-hued celebration in the Dominican Republic, Shaun Menary Photography was there to document that joyous moment.
Ready to see if the wedding you loved best topped our list? Click through to see 30 of our favorite wedding photos from 2015.
Photo: Whitney and Igor's romantic vineyard wedding featured stunning views of the Long Island Sound, but this photo, tucked away between trees on the property, feels undeniably intimate and romantic.