The Best Real Weddings of 2016
The Best Real Weddings of 2016
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The Bride Wore a Purple Wedding Gown And We’re Obsessed!
When we were rounding up the Best of 2016, there was one wedding that every.single.editor immediately wanted to include - this one right here. Just one look at this striking purple gown and you can see why. But the best part? The story and all the details just keep getting better and better and better.
Photography BY Michael and Carina Photography / Floral Design BY La Fleur Du Jour / Wedding Dress BY ModCloth / Groom's Attire BY Jos. A. Bank
The Brides Rocked Unique Rose Gold Wedding Gowns!
Not only did these two brides rock two of the most stylish wedding dresses ever, but every inch of this day was the perfect combination of whimsical and romantic — and, bonus, all in the prettiest shades of pink!
Photography BY Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography
Intimate + Rustic Wedding in the Woods
Trust us when we say you've never seen a DIY wedding done quite this well. From the handmade harvest tables to the wildflower arrangements plucked from the family estate, this sweet day is the definition of a labor of love.
Photography BY Andrew Mark Photography
A Hindu Wedding in the English Countryside
While a Hindu wedding set at an English manor might not seem to be a likely pairing, this couple pulled off their multi-cultural celebration with such elegance and ease, making it a 2016 standout.
Photography BY Taylor & Porter
This Wedding Incorporated SMP’s Favorite Trends of the Year
What do you get when you combine a rich color palette of emerald green, bright white and moody plum with modern, agate accents? A wedding with a major WOW factor!
Photography BY Apryl Ann Photography / Event Planning + Design BY Birds Of A Feather Events / Floral Design BY The Southern Table / Venue BY Nasher Sculpture Center
Romantic + Glamorous Newport Wedding at Rosecliff Mansion
There's glamorous and then there's glamorous. This Newport day, with its show-stopping design and a couple that looks straight out of a Hollywood classic, is definitely the latter.
Photography BY CLY BY MATTHEW / Wedding Dress BY Ines Di Santo / Groom's Attire BY Black Lapel
Classic + Romantic Backyard Wedding in Montana
Did you know that Montana is wedding magic? Just because the setting may be "rustic" doesn't mean it can't be uber elegant and crazy romantic. Greenwood Events choreographed this classic celebration and the all-white bridesmaids? Style points galore.
Photography BY Rebecca Hollis Photography / Wedding Dress BY Galia Lahav / Bridesmaids' Dresses BY Neiman Marcus / Floral Design BY Greenwood Events / Groom's Attire BY Saks Fifth Avenue
They Wed at a Sleeping Beauty-Style Castle!
Our inner princess fell in love with this French château wedding at first sight. With a fairytale setting and details worthy of a princess, this wedding is our very own happily ever after.
Photography BY Greg Finck / Event Design BY Fete in France / Wedding Dress BY Mark Zunino / Venue BY Château de la Bourdaisière / Floral Design BY Sol Y Flor
You’ll Never Believe This Wedding Reception Took Place on a Parking Garage
At first glance, this is your classic southern wedding — a beautiful Monique Lhuillier dress, stunning florals and a charming church ceremony. But upon closer inspection, it's clear it's so much more. Case in point? The fact that Easton Events was able to transform a hotel parking garage into a magical, wedding wonderland.
Photography BY Corbin Gurkin Photography / Event Design & Production BY Easton Events / Floral Design BY Blossoms Events / Bridesmaids' Dresses BY Monique Lhuillier
Spring Al Fresco Wedding in Rancho Santa Fe
When a wedding planner gets engaged, you know her big day is going to be special, especially when said planner calls in some of your favorite vendors including Jose Villa, Amorology and Flowerwild. The result is this to-die-for garden wedding we can't take our eyes off of.
Photography BY Jose Villa Photography / Floral Design BY Flowerwild / Wedding Dress BY Amy Michelson
Summer Al Fresco Wedding in Napa Valley
From start to finish, every detail of this day is absolutely perfect — the ceremony under the oak tree, the mix 'n match bridesmaids dresses, the classic garden-inspired posies, the tented reception, the bride's showstopper ivory and gold Carolina Herrera wedding dress, and the list goes on. But the icing on the cake? Each and every dreamy photograph from KT Merry.
Photography BY KT Merry Photography / Event Planning BY Laurie Arons Special Events / Venue BY Z Modern Estate / Floral Design BY Flowerwild
How One Wedding Blended Two Cultures Seamlessly
Not only was this wedding beautiful but the cultural combination was pure magic. Combining the bride and groom's Arabic and Mexican heritages created one unique and oh so special celebration that we can't stop thinking about.
Photography BY Luna de Mare Photography / Gown BY Ines Di Santo / Floral Design BY Camellia Floral Design
The Ridiculously Cool Wedding We’ve All Been Waiting For
We dubbed this day "the cool girl wedding." It’s one of those celebrations that completely breaks the mold with rich, moody colors, unique design moments (they were married under a teepee!) and a modern boho vibe that’s a TOTAL breath of fresh air. 
Photography BY Ashley Kelemen / Venue BY Colony 29 / Event Planning BY Amorology / Floral Design BY The Dainty Lion Floral Co
Color + Style Combine For This Vibrant Desert Wedding
Is there such a thing as a wedding crush? Because if our racing hearts are any indication, then there absolutely is because we're swooning over this colorful celebration!
Photography BY Elyse Hall Photography / Floral Design BY Atelier de LaFleur / Hair + Makeup BY Heather Van Houten
Shades of Yellow Completely Transform This Chic Wedding Design
Holy color — this chic day wins the award for best color palette of the year. Warm shades of mustard yellow paired with rich midnight blue and all accented with pops of jewel tones? We're uhb-sessed.
Photography BY Jose Villa / Floral Design BY Sarah Winward / Catering BY Paula LeDuc Fine Catering / Venue BY Durham Ranch
700 Guests + 2 Gorgeous Gowns Leave Us Speechless
We're of the opinion that one wedding dress will always be better than two, and once you see this gorgeous bride's gowns, you'll see why!
Photography BY Finch Photo / Venue BY Castleton Farms / Hair + Makeup BY Bangs & Blush / Event Planning BY Castleton Farms
The Ultimate Fall Wedding Designed in Shades of Orange
With just six guests for their intimate wedding, these grooms made certain it was the celebration of a lifetime. With Kate Siegel orchestrating the event and Sylvie Gil capturing the day - it was a true ode to all things autumn.
Photography BY Sylvie Gil Photography / Event Planning BY Kate Siegel Fine Events / Floral Design BY Max Gill
A Totally Chic All-White Wedding
Not one beautiful bride, but two. Simple and stunning, this all-white chic wedding leaves us speechless - and stylishly inspired.
Photography BY Lavender & Twine / Wedding Dress BY Monique Lhuillier
An Incredible Mountain Wedding With 12 Guests
It started with an epic rehearsal dinner. And from there got so much prettier. An intimate guest list, wildly romantic blooms and a sweet boat ride — we're majorly in love.
Photography BY Heather Payne / Floral Design BY Philosophy Flowers
A Wedding That’ll Make You Fall in Love With Yellow
This dreamy day left us in a golden state of mind thanks to a rich, golden palette, the California sunshine and a team of some of the best in the industry, including Kurt Boomer, Lovell Productions, Bows and Arrows, TEAM Hair + Makeup and Joy Proctor!
Photography BY Kurt Boomer / Floral Design BY Bows and Arrows
When You Meet Your Soulmate on the Subway…
What makes Candace and Jean-Paul's wedding so special isn't just that the fashion-designer bride made her own wedding dress. Or that her chef groom planned a menu that would make even the most discerning foodies drool. It started way before that, with the cutest subway meet-cute we've ever heard of.
Photography BY Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography / Photography BY Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography
This Wedding Proves Neutrals Are the New Everything
It was a big year for neutrals and thanks to weddings like this one designed by So Happi Together, we were totally on board. There wasn't a drop of color in sight, but we promise you won't even miss it. 

Photography BY Sally Pinera / Event Design and Planning BY So Happi Together / Venue BY Malibu Rocky Oaks / Florist BY Heavenly Blooms / Rentals BY Premiere Party Rents
Beyond Blooms: This Couple Used Cakes As Their Centerpieces!
The motto of this gorgeous day? "Let them eat cake!" Instead of sharing one main cake, this bride and groom spread the sweet love with a cute confection at every single table!
Photography BY Jacqui Cole Photography / Floral Design BY Inna Olimpiyuk Events / Event Planning BY Bourbon and Blush Events
Talk About Sentimental… See Where This Couple Said “I Do”
If ever there was the epitome of a romantic garden wedding, this day is it. From the sweet garden blooms to the dreamy Napa Valley setting, this day is an absolute dream come true.
Photography BY Jesse Leake / Floral Design BY Kathleen Deery Design / Event Planning BY Alison Events
Al Fresco Garden Wedding in Montecito
Why does this beautiful fête make our list? It’s the wedding day of one of our most beloved photographers, Jen Huang, and it’s chock-full of inspiration and Frenchie love galore!
Photography BY Jose Villa Photography / Wedding Dress BY Custom Design By Sarah Janks / Floral Design BY Poppies & Posies / Floral Design BY Poppies And Posies
Elegant Seaside Wedding with a Pop of Orange
What sets this seaside wedding apart from the rest? It's not just that the bride is one of Laurie Arons' very own. Or that the day full of gorgeous details. It's all the sweet moments, from the sunset portrait session to the couple's grandmothers acting as "flower girls" and so much more!
Photography BY Joel Serrato / Calligraphy BY Curlicue Designs / Stationery BY Pitbulls And Posies
Thailand Destination Wedding
Imagine the dreamiest destination wedding escape, and that's exactly what you'll find in this Thailand "I do." Scenery, florals, photography...this wedding day is the whole package.
Photography BY Ryan Ray Photography / Floral Design BY Bows + Arrows / Venue BY Samujana / Event Coordination BY Luxury Events Phuket / Event Design BY Joy Proctor Design
This Wedding Would Make Cinderella Jealous
For any girl who has ever dreamed of a Cinderella-style wedding, this day is your new happy place. Princess-style ballgown? Check. Castle-inspired venue? Check. Drool-worthy wedding bling? Check. Dreamy prince at the end of the aisle? Double check.
Photography BY KT Merry Photography / Wedding Dress BY Oscar De La Renta / Wedding Dress BY Peter Langner
A Modern Take on the Backyard Wedding
At home backyard weddings don't have to be boring — case in point, this fresh and floral-filled celebration. Oh and icing on the cake? A gorgeous Vera Wang gown.
Photography BY Lacie Hansen / Floral Design BY Studio Mondine / Event Planning BY One Big Fish Events
Chic Backyard Farm Wedding in Washington
There is a reason we just can't get enough of beautiful blush - and this wedding captured by the talented O'Malley Photographers shows us why. It's a gem from every angle and has us dreaming of summer celebrations like no other.
Photography BY O'Malley Photographers / Floral Design BY Flora Nova / Event Planning + Design BY VOWS Wedding & Event Planning
Boho Chic Ojai, CA Wedding
Feather-infused floral design was an emerging trend of the year, and this couple embraced it with open arms. Their boho chic wedding day feels a bit like stepping into the coolest Anthropologie store and we loved every inch of it.
Photography BY Tec Petaja / Floral Design BY Moon Canyon / Wedding Dress BY Oscar De La Renta
SMP Blogger Bride ‘Dressed by Jess’ Wedding Reveal
We've got a special place in our SMP hearts for our Blogger Brides and it's weddings like this one that showcase exactly why. Jess Galfo's epic celebration - and this jaw dropping dress - was an instant Best Of win right from the start.
Photography BY Love & Light Photographs / Wedding Dress BY Mark Zunino
The Barn Wedding Given a Completely Modern Look
We've seen our fair share of barn weddings... but none quite as fresh as this one. With not a bit of burlap in site, this modern gray and white wedding is giving our Pinterest boards plenty to pin and inspire.
Photography BY Michelle Beller / Floral Design BY TOAST Santa Barbara / Coordination BY Details Event Planning
Whimsical Summer Wedding at Lake Tahoe
If you thought rustic weddings couldn't come with a punch of color, think again because the prettiest shades of berry set the scene for this Lake Tahoe beauty photographed by Ryan Ray.
Photography BY Ryan Ray Photography / Bridesmaids' Dresses BY Watters / Floral Design BY BandB Designs / Wedding Dress BY Inbal Dror / Wedding Venue BY Ehrman Mansion / Groom's Suit BY Abbeydale / Venue BY Ehrman Mansion / Event Planning + Design BY Elise Events
A Modern Wedding with a French Fry Bar = Total Goals
The cool wedding. Often strived for, not always achieved. But oh, this one hit it out of the park. From the chic invites to a FRENCH FRY BAR, this celebration scored over and over again.
Photography BY Rebecca Yale Photography / Invitations BY Minted
Pink, Gold, Confetti, Sparkles. Bring on the Girly Wedding Dream.
If there was one wedding in 2016 that really defines SMP, it would be this one. It's a mashup of all things girly with no shortage of pink, gold and glitter styled in the most seamless fashion.
Photography BY Sophie Epton Photography / Floral Design BY Bristol Lane Florals / Wedding Dress BY Reem Acra
A Fashion Pro Ties the Knot And the Style Game is On Point
Fashion statements were the name of the game for this al fresco lovefest. The bride showed off her personal style in the hot pink Christian Dior pumps and that sense of classic pretty carried throughout the entire day.
Photography BY Vasia Photography / Floral Design BY JL Designs & Events / Venue BY Saddlerock Ranch
Downtown L.A. Wedding with Rooftop Views
This wedding is sleek and chic modern to a T. And then of course, there's the Los Angeles skyline and MUST-SEE dress. Thanks to Ruth Eileen Photography for capturing this gem.
Photography BY Ruth Eileen Photography / Wedding Dress BY Atelier By Dawn
Peonies, Paper Parasols & A White Horse. This Wedding is a Fairytale IRL
Floating paper parasols. A chic high-low dress. Buckets of peonies. Yup, this wedding has it all and more. When you combine a fairytale vision with gorgeous pics from Peter & Veronika, the results are destined to be magical.
Photography BY Peter & Veronika / Venue BY Mas Notre Dame / Coordination BY Julie Mautner of Provence Post Travel
A Modern Wedding Planned in 3 Months!
Any couple that plans a wedding in 3 months deserves a medal, in our book. But the fact that these two managed to plan a knockout modern affair is why it landed on our Best of the Year list.
Photography BY Sawyer Baird / Floral Design BY Adaptation Floral Design / Coordination BY Peachy Keen Planners / Venue BY JCT Kitchen + Bar / Groom's Attire BY Sid & Mashburn / Wedding Dress BY Leanne Marshall