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.
Cathleen and Joseph's boho-chic South Carolina wedding was held at one of the dreamiest properties we saw this year. So it's no surprise that their photographer had the chance to capture this magical shot as the couple shared a quiet moment beneath trees dripping with Spanish moss.
The golden fall light at Annie and Graeme's cozy wedding in Woodford County, Kentucky, made every photo undeniably enticing, but this pretty shot of the groom planting a kiss on his new bride's cheek gets us every time.
Actors Amber Stevens and Andrew J. West hosted the ultimate cozy winter wedding in Los Angeles, California. This stunning candlelit portrait feels totally unfussy and relaxed, just like the rest of their cold-weather nuptials.
Megan and Sebastian's vintage-chic Michigan wedding featured the loveliest blooms and views, so when we saw this colorful shot of the groom sneaking a kiss on his bride's temple, the awws were unanimous.
Shannon and Mark invited friends and family to join them for an intimate celebration at the Lane Vineyard in Australia. They kept decorations simple, letting the stunning venue speak for itself, and this photo, framed between two beautiful green trees, proves they totally made the right decision.
Jennifer and Randy's ethereal summer wedding in Santa Barbara, California, felt like it was hosted in a secret garden. This sweet shot of the bride and groom walking along a tree- and lavender-lined pathway feels like something out of a storybook.
Caroline and Rascoe's chic destination wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, featured everything we all love about the Sunshine State. This beautiful portrait spoke to us as pure Florida — with clean lines, tropical greenery, and a pretty blue house in the backdrop.
Big Sur served as the most stunning backdrop for Elyse and Todd's seaside wedding in California. This pretty portrait by the water sums up the style of their day in one shot.
When you're tying the knot in a 12th century church, it's pretty much a necessity that you pause to take portraits in front of the stunning architecture. Olivia and Kyle's beautiful wedding in Portovenere, Italy, is filled with tons of beautiful shots just like this one.
Joette and Justin decided to host their destination wedding in Estes Park, Colorado, since they loved the mountain views, so they had to take advantage of the breathtaking backdrop for some of their portraits.
Natalie and Chris chose Sedona, Arizona, as the backdrop of their stunning September nuptials. And for good reason: Just look at this incredible portrait of the new bride and groom sharing a quiet moment surrounded simply by nature.
Just because Andrea and Adam chose to host an intimate destination wedding in Tuscany, Italy, didn't mean the couple would say "I do" without their beloved pup, Ace, in attendance. The couple made the most of their wedding photos, posing for family portraits with their furry loved one!
Lauren and Alexander's crisp, neutral vineyard wedding in Rutherford, California, was all about celebrating the beauty of their early fall day, so it was only fitting they pose for a few portraits around the expertly manicured property.
Debra and Matt's backyard wedding in Santa Barbara, California, wasn't like most laid-back at-home celebrations. This sweet couple is lucky enough to call the Pacific Ocean their yard, so windblown beach portraits were a wedding day must-have.
New Orleans weddings are famous for the fun Second Line Parade — where the couple and their guests journey from the ceremony to the reception, reveling along the way! So when Christy and Luke planned their nuptials in the Big Easy, they knew they'd honor this tradition. The umbrellas they handed out for guests to use on the slightly rainy walk came in handy again as great props for the bride and groom's solo portraits.
We loved every single aspect of Nic and Dave's ultra-romantic New York City wedding, but we were especially smitten with their sweet portraits. The bride's wide grin and her groom's adoring look make us smile every time!
Colleen and Keith skipped a big wedding in favor of a quiet and romantic elopement in Savannah, Georgia. But even though they wanted to exchange vows in a private ceremony, the couple knew they wanted some epic portraits of their special day, and this beautiful snapshot surely met that expectation.
Blythe and Ford planned a modern-meets-romantic celebration in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, and we love how perfectly this sweet snapshot captures that idea.
With the Boston Public Library as the backdrop for their East-meets-West wedding, it was only fitting that Jean and Nicholas paused for portraits amidst shelves of books and antique lamps!
Jamie and James took advantage of the skyline view at their classic Chicago, Illinois, nuptials. This waterfront portrait showcases the prettiest sites of their hometown.
Asheligh and Lance were so excited after exchanging vows during their destination wedding in the Dominican Republic that the groom couldn't help but sweep his bride off her feet — literally!
Melissa and Dave's wedding in South Carolina was packed with earthy details, so remembering the day with portraits on the lawn (beneath that amazing Spanish Moss, no less!) was a total must.
Rachel and Austin's romantic wedding in Charleston, South Carolina, was inspired by The Notebook. Capturing portraits on the stunning property where the film was shot was a requirement.
Jessica and Tammy's waterside wedding in Boston, Massachusetts, featured plenty of fun color throughout the day. This happy portrait captures the sweet spirit of these beautiful brides.
Although it snowed during Vanessa and Ken's winter wedding in Philadelphia, the couple made the most of the weather and headed outdoors for portraits, landing them this amazing snow-dusted shot.
Brittney and Brian's family-focused wedding in Madison, Virginia, required lots of careful planning — the bride was deployed in Iraq when the couple first started making plans! So once they were reunited for their wedding day, they knew the day would be all about celebrating their love. They captured this intimate kiss while walking across an old wooden bridge.
Alison and William exchanged vows at the Utah State Capitol building in Salt Lake City, so gorgeous photos with the amazing building in the background were totally necessary. They stopped for a kiss in front of the towering venue and the result was absolutely amazing.
When you're hosting your wedding at a chateau in France, like Lilian and Mathias did, the stunning backdrop will turn a pretty portrait into an amazing one.
Lindsay and Mark's romantic and whimsical wedding in Highlands, North Carolina, had plenty of special moments, but their adorable getaway was our favorite. Complete with a vintage car, calligraphed sign, and gilded streamers, these two closed out their day in style.