The 25 Best Real Wedding Moments of 2015
We filled your 2015 with wedding inspiration and ideas galore. Here, some of the moments we love most from the celebrations we featured over the past 12 months.
A Grand Entrance
Michelle, in a statement-making dress, flower crown, and veil, descended the staircase of her D.C. wedding venue for the ceremony, and the 170 guests (and her husband-to-be) couldn't take their eyes off her.
A Perfect Snapshot
The newlyweds couldn't resist hopping into their classic photo booth at their Tennessee reception. And we can't help but love this moment between them.
A Doting Dad
It's evident that Abby's father was so proud of her on her big day—c'mon, just look at him looking at her!
"My dad even came up to put on his tie and get his boutonniere," Abby says. "He was very sweet and told me I looked beautiful. He says that all the time, though. He's such a loving dad. I think he was really excited."
Getting Ready Together
These grooms didn't think twice about getting ready together. "It was one of the only times we weren't surrounded by people the whole weekend and that quiet time was nice," Craig says. "It helped ground us for the ceremony and celebration ahead. Although it got a little stressful when it came to tying the bow ties."
Rose Petals and Smiles
Loved ones showered the couple with red rose petals after their outdoor ceremony. Up next? A picnic reception in the backyard.
A Little Bit of Rain
We've noticed a pattern. First looks always turn out to be some of our go-to photos from a wedding. The emotions are often so raw, we just can't help it. Whitney and Matt braved light rain (and she showed off her awesome fringed dress) for theirs.
The flower girl ran off and cried once the ceremony started because she realized that she and her uncle (the groom) could no longer be married if he went through with the ceremony. "She has since recovered and loves her Auntie Sadie," says the bride, who took the four-year-old for a little "magical dancing adventure" in front of the monument where they twirled away her sorrows.
Sara's best guy friend, Drew, joined the bridal party. "He was the best bridesmaid!" says Sara. "He was especially useful for keeping me covered with an umbrella during that rain. And he was a ton of fun."
Showered from Above
The couple's wedding party was full of surprises—here, the guys, who were grabbing a drink from the hotel bar, decided to grab some petals from the bride and groom's room and showered them from above. "It added a sweet surprise to our portraits," Stacey says.
Tears of Joy
Bride Tiler says she'll never forget how she felt when she and her husband Robbie exchanged vows at their New York City ceremony. But we will never forget the emotion that overcame Robbie when he saw Tiler walk down the aisle. You can't get more genuine than those tears and that look on his face.
Dance With Me
A bride inspired by Disney fairytales gets her princess moment when she ties the knot with a storybook wedding in Italy. And practicing her first dance with her own Prince Charming on the piazza? Just dreamy.
A Private Moment
"Patrick doesn't write too many handwritten notes, but he knows that I'm very sentimental and love that kind of thing," Molly says. "So he wrote the sweetest note, divided between five envelopes, which I read before our first look. I don't know how long it took him to write it, but I started crying after the first sentence."
A Special Guest
At a strong and energetic 91 years old, Jason's grandmother was a special wedding guest—as the only grandparent that the bride and groom have left between their two families. "Family is so important to us," says the bride. "It's something we both value about each other, so to have her there and a part of the wedding was just incredible and so meaningful."
"It was the first time I saw her all day," Graham says of his emotional reaction to Jocelyn's entrance at the ceremony. "I hadn't given any thought to how I would react, and waving just seemed like a fitting way to express my excitement in seeing her."
This reaction is one of our favorites. In all of the weddings we've seen, we can't recall another groom who waved as his bride-to-be approached.
Because We're Happy
After exchanging vows Renee and Matthew Morrison were all smiles, with Pharell's "Happy" providing the soundtrack to their gleeful walk back up the aisle.
The smiles on their faces and the sun glowing behind them, makes this bridal party photo a keeper.
All Together Now
Newly-minted husband and wife, this California couple was all smiles as they walked to their reception site, with their 34 guests in tow. We love an unofficial group portrait, and when you can feel how happy a couple is.
The First Look
"I was so thankful we both decided to make time to have a first look before the ceremony," Kristen recalls. "Our family wasn't crazy about the idea at all, but seeing Jonny in the garden outside of the chapel before the ceremony calmed me down and reminded me why we were doing this, what the day was all about."
Some Time Together
Vanessa and Joe stole away for a few photos together as husband and wife. "As much as we wanted to sit and eat fried chicken with everyone, I was excited to spend some alone time with Joe," Vanessa says.
Help from Dad
Right before walking in, the bride's dad insisted on straightening her train. "It's one of my favorite photos from the day," Lindsay says. It's one of ours too. Kudos to dad for getting down and making sure his little girl was ready to walk down that aisle.
A Kiss on the Hand
Danny couldn't help but seize the moment. We don't blame him.
This couple went back and forth about if they wanted to see each other before the ceremony. In the end, they were happy they chose to do so, and shared an intimate moment before the start of their ceremony.
A Dance to Remember
Everything about this makes us smile. First, we love a good dance moment. Second, there's a dip! Third, he's laying one on her. And lastly, she looks like she's never letting go of him.
The Life of the Party
Dancing all night with loved ones makes for good memories. Dancing with your 92-year-old grandfather even more so. At Molly's North Carolina reception, she did just that. "He had a ball and led everyone in a few of his favorite songs at the reception," she recalls.
The best moments aren't always the happy, romantic ones. Often they are the result of circumstances and coming to terms with what can't be controlled. At this Tennessee soirée, it rained on and off throughout the day, but by the time the reception came around, there was a flash-flood warning. The grass floor of the tent soon turned to mud, but everyone embraced it by rolling up their pants and kicking off their heels. "I loved seeing everyone embrace the spirit of our wedding," Jackie says. "There was a lot of love in the room and we could feel it."