The Best + Most Beautiful Real Weddings of 2017
December 9, 2017
Let's be honest here, 2017 was a little rough. But through the many ups and downs of the past year, we could always count on your real weddings to prove there's still love, beauty and goodness in the world. From the most magical, intimate affairs to big celebrations overflowing with love, these 25 gorgeous days (in no particular order) filled our days with endless joy!

A Wedding Filled with Whimsy and a Stunning Butterfly Release


Every single moment of this Southern California wedding is literal perfection, which should come as no surprise seeing as the bride is the founder of Flutter Magazine. From the flirty wedding dress to the whimsical florals to the sweet butterfly release, this big day couldn't be any more gorgeous!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Event Planning + Design: Joy Proctor Design

A Lush Floral Aisle Adds Beautiful Whimsy to this Coastal Wedding


Jaw-dropping. Show-stopping. Breathtaking. No matter which adjective you choose to describe this colorful wedding, words simply can't do this beauty justice. The colors, the setting, the florals — it's enough to make you believe in magic!

Photography: Michael Radford Photography | Event Planning + Design: Twine Events

Intimate Amalfi Coast Wedding with a Fireworks Finish


Our love affair with this destination wedding all started with a dress. This beautiful Paolo Sebastian gown, to be exact. Then came the stunning florals, whimsical color palette and a fireworks finish, and we were totally and completely smitten!

Photography: Jemma Keech | Event Planning + Design: Joy Proctor Design

Romantic Wedding Built for Two in Paso Robles


At first glance, this romantic day looked too good to be true. The flowers were too pretty. The setting was too stunning. And the couple was too beautiful. But, upon closer examination, we realized that this day is 100 percent real and more incredible than we can even begin to put into words.

Photography: Lacie Hansen | Event Planning + Design: Bash Please

Magical Elegance is a Pool Filled with Coral Peonies


"Magical elegance" was this couple's inspiration for their wedding and they most certainly hit the nail on the head. Combining the classic beauty of the Bedford Post Inn with moments of brilliance like a pool dotted with coral peonies and bright blooms, this celebration planned toes the line between cozy, relaxed and wildly gorgeous.

Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Event Planning: Eventavli

These Globetrotters Picked the Most Magical Spot to Say "I Do"


With hues of white, cream, Champagne, blush and gray, this tropical island paradise (complete with the most stunning views) transformed into a soft, whimsical and romantic garden wedding. Chandeliers, flowing fabric and lots of candlelight complete the enchanting illusion!

Photography: Greg Finck | Event Planning + Design: Bali Exclusive

From the Fashion to the Ceremony Spot, this Wedding is Pure Magic


The phrase "enchanted forest" was created to describe this ceremony spot nestled between the trees. And it's just part of what lands this Australian wedding on our best of list. The bride's two custom wedding dresses and a classic, tented reception complete this magical day.

Photography: Katie Grant Photography | Event Design: The Romance Crew

This Wedding is the Prettiest Ode to All Things Blue


The beauty of this Virginia day is all in the details. Case in point? The charming bowtie bar, French lavender sachets, vintage blue glassware, the calligraphy macarons — it's enough to make your heart swell!

Photography: Ryan Ray Photography | Event Planning + Design: Jacin Fitzgerald Events

In Terms of Gorgeous, This Napa Valley Wedding Takes the Cake


Our jaws literally dropped when we first saw this Napa Valley wedding — just look at that ceiling! The most stunning combination of modern and romantic, this day instantly became a favorite as soon as we saw it.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Event Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events

A Wedding in the Woods with Nods to the Bride's Equestrian Roots


With an all-star team of vendors (Joel Serrato, Elysium Productions, Laurie Arons, Mindy Rice and more), it's no surprise that this gorgeous day made our list. From a grand, magnolia tree lined entrance to the most delicious culinary delights, and special nods to the Bride's equestrian roots, this wedding is one for the books.

Photography: Joel Serrato Films + Photographs | Event Planning + Design: Laurie Arons Special Events

This Happily Ever After Started at the Gym


Get ready to pin each and every gorgeous detail from this winery wedding! The luxe velvet ribbon wrapped around the beautiful bride's bouquet, the reception under the the oak trees, the Irish traditions, and so much more, we can't help but wish this wedding was our own!

Photography: Lacie Hansen | Event Planning + Design: Jill & Co. Events

A Glamorous Destination Affair with Stunning Views of the Amalfi Coast


Surrounded by just 24 of their closest friends and family, this bride and groom chose to marry in one of the most picturesque spots on earth: the historic Villa Cimbrone, an 11th Century Manor on the Amalfi Coast, in Ravello, Italy. Playing up the venue's gorgeous architecture, the bride designed a day overflowing with sophistication, elegance and romance!

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Planning: Honey & Cinnamon | Event Design: Ebb & Flow Events

Elegant Santa Ynez Celebration Infused with the Prettiest French Blue


Trust us, this Sunstone Villa wedding is understated elegance at its very finest. In a color palette of French blue, creme, gold and taupe, the details of this day — the bride's Samuelle Couture wedding dress, the organic florals, the clean design — shine unlike anything we've ever seen.

Photography: Kurt Boomer | Event Planning + Design: Joy Proctor Design

Kicking Off an Elegant Backyard Style Wedding With a Welcome Bubbly Bar


Give us two dashingly handsome (and oh-so-in-love) grooms and a gorgeous golden retriever pup, and we're happy campers. Add in a welcome bubbly bar, a simple but stunning ceremony and a clean al fresco reception, and you've got the makings of one gorgeous day!

Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Event Planning + Design: Alfred House Productions

Putting a Gorgeous Twist on Classic Red, White and Blue


Chances are when you think of "red, white and blue," you're greeted by mental images of American flags and the Fourth of July. This South Carolina affair is about to change all of that. The perfect mix of classic charm and modern whimsy, this colorful day's spot on the Best Real Weddings of 2017 list was an absolute no-brainer.

Photography: Tec Petaja | Event Design: Calder Clark Designs

Modern Indian Wedding Inspired by a European Garden


We called it last February — this Rhode Island wedding is one of this year's best. It's a day that combines two distinct Indian cultures paired with the bride's personal taste for European charm...and does it all with elegance and grace.

Photography: Twah Dougherty | Event Design: Erin Braun Design

This Just Might Be the Prettiest Ceremony Spot You'll Ever Lay Eyes On


Go ahead, pinch yourself, because we promise this Phuket wedding is real, even if it looks straight out of a dream. Held on a rooftop with views of the water and surrounding beauty, the ceremony feels as if it's taking place above the clouds. And it just gets better from there!

Photography: Vasia Photography | Event Planning: The Bridal Planner Thailand

Sage Advice From This Insanely Artistic Bride


One look at this Santa Barbara wedding, and you'll instantly understand why it's one of the year's best. The whimsical color palette, the insanely gorgeous florals and all those Southern California vibes, it's enough to make your heart skip a beat!

Photography: Michael Radford Photography | Event Planning: Twine Events

A Fall Wedding in Texas With Secret Garden Style


If you're planning a fall wedding and on the hunt for inspiration, look no further than this stunning Texas fête! From the seriously gorgeous ceremony arch to the enchanting garden reception, we'll be forever swooning over this day!

Photography: Charla Storey Photography | Event Planning + Styling: Birds Of A Feather Events

Peek Into a Football Player + Model's Mountaintop Wedding


Set atop a gorgeous mountain overlooking Washington, this wedding not only has views for days but also details that highlight natural, unabashed beauty. From a neutral, elegant color palette to greenery infused florals and a couple that's equal parts former NFL star and Entrepreneur/ model, there's not an inch of this celebration that isn't absolutely breathtaking.

Photography: Sally Pinera | Event Planning, Coordination, Design + Floral Design: Kaleb Norman James

An English Estate Wedding Anchored In Minimalist Design


With a blog dedicated to all things simple living and Scandinavian-inspired design, this bride definitely had a vision for her wedding day: elegant but also relaxed and informal. With a design rooted in minimalism, muted colors such as white and gray, and ultra-romantic blooms designed by Ruby & The Wolf, she achieved just that, and it was breathtaking!

Photography: Taylor & Porter

The Cutest French Café Wedding Ever


This bride and groom met at a restaurant, so it was only fitting that their big day take place at one, too. That's where the gorgeous Colette Grand Café came in. With a sunny outdoor pavilion and interior decorated in classic French style, it was the perfect backdrop for a day filled with stunning details — from the bride's beautiful dress to the sweet florals.

Photography: ARTIESE Studios | Event Planning: Lexington And Co Events

This Whitewashed Barn Guarantees a Picture Perfect Wedding


The original plan for this gorgeous Texas wedding included an outdoor ceremony, but rain forced them into Plan B: an indoor ceremony and reception at The White Sparrow. And selfishly, we're so glad it did, because against the blank slate of the white barn, every gorgeous detail popped.

Photography: Tenth + Grace

A Bali Wedding for Surf Lovers


If every beach wedding looked this gorgeous, the world would be a better, if not prettier, place. In love with sunshine and surf, this Australian couple chose to host an intimate Bali destination wedding full of stunning florals, golden sunlight and panoramic views that will take your breath away.

Photography: Angga Permana | Event Planning: CHER ANGE Weddings & Events

All That Glitters is Gold with This Ballroom Wedding


From the stunning architecture of the Mission Inn to the gorgeous gold and gray color palette that touches everything (including the Brides golden Marchesa gown), this wedding is a feast for the eyes. Add in a bride who works as a floral designer, and you're truly in for a treat.

Photography: Sposto Photography

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE REAL WEDDING OF THE YEAR?


Introducing the first annual Style Me Pretty Reader's Choice! This year, we want to know which of these gorgeous days made your heart skip a beat! To vote, simply click on the title of your favorite real wedding and click on the heart icon. We'll crown the winning day on January 2nd!