The 30 Best Wedding Photos of 2018
If you're like most brides and grooms, you probably consider photography a top wedding priority. When all is said and done, you'll want to be sure that you'll end up with incredible images of this special day to look back on. The only way to know that will happen is by choosing a photographer whose work you love, value, and trust.
There's no denying that wedding photography is a big investment, but when you find a photographer that captures what you love—be it epic portraiture or beautiful detail shots—you'll know that the price tag is worth it. And while we're certainly obsessed with flat lays and cool big-day details, it's the former that gets us every time. That's why we went through every single wedding we featured in 2018 and pulled out our all-time favorite wedding portraits. While it was fun to take a second glance at each of these unique celebrations, curating one final list was no easy task.
In the end, we challenged ourselves to choose the 30 images that we just couldn't forget from the last 365 days' worth of weddings. Here, you'll find everything from hometown celebrations and destination events to weekend-long bashes and intimate gatherings. And that's exactly where we'll start. You can't tell by looking at this garden snapshot, but Catherine and John's wedding was witnessed by just five guests. The couple ducked away for portraits on the property of their Charleston venue, but spent the rest of the day enjoying their "micro wedding" with just their nearest and dearest.
Don't stop here: Click through to see all of our favorite wedding photos from 2018 here.
Miya and Matthew
"The moments we spent with [our photographer] were so serene and relaxed, giving us a momentary respite from all the action to reflect on and appreciate being husband and wife," bride Miya says of her and Matthew's portrait session. The duo posed for their spectacular snapshots in the formal gardens and meadows of their Michigan wedding venue during sunset.
Rob and Franco
Everything about Rob and Franco's San Diego wedding was picture-perfect, but this adorable portrait (did you notice the grooms' interlocked pointer and pinky fingers?) is one that makes us smile every single time we see it.
Christina and Matt
After first meeting in Charleston during college seven years earlier, Christina and Matt decided to return to South Carolina for their wedding. They celebrated their love at a plantation with a stunning 700-foot dock, so it was only fitting that the pair snuck away for sunset portraits that highlighted the setting.
Niara and Allan
In honor of the pink marble mansion where this couple tied the knot (it's located just 45 minutes north of Atlanta!), Niara and Allen chose bold looks to match. Niara decided on a chic red lip while Allan sported a burgundy tuxedo jacket. Take all of that away, though, and we'd still be obsessed with this love-filled portrait of the bride and groom.
Elle and Raymond
When you're getting married somewhere as steeped in history as Venice, Italy, it would be a crime not to explore the city for portraits. Although Elle and Raymond tied the knot in a venue steeped in history (it was a 15th century palace!), this striking photo was snapped while the couple strolled the city's streets.
Lauren and Christian
When Lauren and Christian started planning their Christmas-themed wedding in Vermont, they probably hoped for snow, but never expected to have their wish come true on such a large scale. On the big day, a flurry began to fall during the bride and groom's first look, and it turned into a full white out by the time they were on their way to the reception in a horse-drawn sleigh. "It was out of this world," the groom remembers. "Like something you would only see on TV, but it was really happening."
Peony and Matthew
There had never been a wedding on this private estate in West Country, United Kingdom, before Peony and Matthew's early summer nuptials. Still, their English garden wedding went off without a hitch, and the property's lush gardens served as the ultimate backdrop for their newlywed portrait session.
Jenna and Alok
As Alok says, he and his wedding planner wife Jenna Lam "were always meant to be together. It just took her a while to realize it." At their colorful wedding in Napa Valley, there was no mistaking this couple's bond, as evidenced by their love-filled portrait session.
Beth and Michael
When 2 Broke Girls
actress Beth Behrs married
alum Michael Gladis, the couple had four must-haves for their wedding: an outdoor wedding surrounded by mountains, wildflowers, and horses. That's why the pair exchanged vows in Victor, Idaho, at a ranch venue that offered epic views of the Rocky Mountains.
Leila and Joel
Tillie and Dalton
Want to know how to get a wedding portrait that's this pretty? Tie the knot somewhere with a helipad! Tillie and Dalton's Malibu, California, venue featured one, and it meant the couple's photos featured the region's sweeping hillsides.
Daphne and Jack
When you tie the knot somewhere as picturesque as Southern Spain, you're practically required to head outdoors for your first look. That's what Daphne and Jack did, and their photographer hid behind a door in order to let the moment unfold organically. "I was overcome with so many different emotions, but I was so inexplicably happy," the groom recalls of the moment.
Kelly and Kelsey
Talk about a seriously cool backdrop! Kelly and Kelsey were married on the ridge of California's Sequoia National Forest, which meant they exchanged vows at the foot of a 2,000-year-old tree. During their portrait session, the areas verdant foliage was on full display.
Margaux and Patrick
Not everything will go as planned on your wedding day, and there's nothing wrong with that. Just look to Margaux and Patrick, who tied the knot in Aspen, Colorado, for proof. They were rowing around their venue's lake in a canoe when their beloved dog, Wally, tried to crash their portrait session. "I laughed, Patrick yelled, and [our videographer] got the whole thing on film," the bride remembers.
Hamida and Charlie
This couple, who first met in high school but didn't become an official item until years later, redefined the idea of puppy love at their Charleston, South Carolina, wedding. Dog lovers Hamida and Charlie made sure their sweet pup was on hand for photos with the bride and groom pre-ceremony.
Kelly and Pete
Sze and Jeffrey
Singapore-based Sze and Jeffrey first bonded over their shared love of travel, so it was only fitting that the pair explore a far-flung destination on their wedding day. The duo chose a venue in Kranidi, Greece, which served as both a stunning and meaningful backdrop for their official wedding portraits.
Vasthy and Mason
A wedding is serious business, but there's something so loveable about a couple who takes the day in stride, as evidenced by Vasthy and Mason. Before their Hudson Valley, New York, ceremony began, the couple snuck away to Rhino Records for a few light-hearted portraits among the vinyl, a nod to their love of music.
Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly
There was no shortage of color at country singers Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly's charming Tennessee wedding, so it was only fitting that the couple be showered in plenty of bright confetti once they were announced husband and wife. The bold paper toss made for some of the best photos of the day.
Jessica and Brian
After ten years together, Jessica and Brian decided to make it official in Briarcliff Manor, New York—after touring 22 other venues, that is. The search was worth it though, as the couple ultimately found their dream space, complete with a stately set of stairs that could be decked out in glowing candlelight for their black-tie reception. For a photo this pretty, we'd say their efforts paid off.
Linda and Robert
While there's nothing wrong with wanting the spotlight to be on you the entire wedding day, some couples prefer to share the attention. Case in point: Linda and Robert say their Goldendoodle, Bear, "was the star of the show for the wedding day." We think their four-legged friend made the photos taken at their Virginia celebration that much sweeter.
Lyndsey and Magellan
After seven years together, it's safe to say Lyndsey and Magellan's Palm Springs wedding was a family affair. As a surprise for her soon-to-be husband, the bride turned up for the couple's first look with a special guest in tow: the couple's son. "She didn't tell me ahead of time that our four-year-old son would be holding her hand, in his little tuxedo. It made me have to grab my knees to stay somewhat upright! Seeing them walking towards me was breathtaking," the groom says of their emotional portrait-turned-family photo session.
Rebecca and Eryck
We don't know what was more eye-catching: the beautiful florals surrounding Rebecca and Eryck or the cliffside views behind them. Regardless of which part of the image you favor most, there's no denying that this snapshot from their Hawaiian wedding was remarkable.
Lauren and Trey
There's a reason Lauren and Trey look so elated in their wedding photos: They worked hard to become a true team ahead of their Texas wedding. "The wedding process is the perfect opportunity to practice marriage," the bride said. "The planning process was a microcosm of what to expect during a marriage and will include unexpected obstacles, difference of opinions, managing joint finances, and more." On the big day, their incredible connection was on display from start to finish.
Daniela and Emmanuel
After a traditional church wedding, Daniela and Emmanuel brought their guests to a Baltimore art museum for the reception. Before joining the party, the bride and groom couldn't help but pause for a few photos at the venue's grand entry, and the stately portrait was well worth the wait.
Tory and Sean
You don't always need an ornate backdrop in order to get portraits that pop. Just take Tory and Sean's photos, with views of a lake and the Adirondack Mountains beyond, for example. The couple's smiles and sweet interlocked hands made this one of our favorite photos of the year.
Taylor and Cameron
When Taylor and Cameron decided to tie the knot in Aspen, Colorado, in September, they figured the weather would be cool, not frosty. On the big day, nature had its own plans and surprised the couple with a fresh snowfall. While the weather meant the couple had to make some last-minute changes to ensure guests comfort, there was a silver lining: They we able to pose for portraits with snow-dusted trees and mountains behind them.
Vivi and Yoga
Before their Western-style ceremony in Bali, Vivi and Yoga took part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, in which the couple serves tea to their elders as a sign of respect and gratitude. After, the pair took a stroll along their venue's pool so that their photographer could document the bride's incredible attire. Just as amazing? The smile on the groom's face as he looks back at his soon-to-be wife.
Rebecca and Clay
If your venue is as stately as this chateau in North Carolina, you'd want to take portraits that highlight the property, too. Rebecca and Clay worked with their photographer to get a few unique snapshots that put both their union and their venue's terraces on full display.