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I hope you all had wonderful Christmases, belles!

As much as we’ve loved recapping some of our favorite details from 2017 real weddings (dresses, bouquets, bridesmaid looks, ceremonies, sweets, and details), this final post has our heart. Please enjoy fifteen of the most magical wedding moments we caught a glimpse of this past year – may they inspire you to seek the joy in your own wedding planning and wedding days!

Louise popping some bubbly with her best gals (photo by Hunter Ryan)

Ellie and her sweet mama getting ready (photo by Elisa Bricker)

Lindsey putting on her gown for the first time (photo by Amy Arrington)

Cathleen getting a kiss from her ring bearer (photo by Mike Cassimatis)

Isabelle riding to the church with her parents (photo by Ashley Seawell)

Lynnsey and her daddy waiting to walk down the aisle (photo by Mark Williams Studio)

Rachel meeting her groom at the altar (photo by Cassidy Carson)

Marci and Ross praying over their new marriage (photo by Taylor Dane)

Taryn and Chris beaming with excitement post-ceremony (photo by Kristin Sweeting)

Ashley and Aaron all smiles after their ceremony (photo by Feather & Twine)

Tom taking his new bride for a swing (photo by Jen Fariello)

Morgan and Scott celebrating their new marriage (photo by Caroline Jurgensen)

Hannah and Ryan dipping on the dance floor (photo by Rebekah Senter)

Katie and Cameron jamming out with friends (photo by Hannah Mayson)

Weinjie and Futhum making a triumphant exit (photo by Elle Golden)

Elisa Bricker is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Paolo reply

    Loving these moments! Indeed really magical.

  2. avatar Tiffany reply

    Awwww so wonderful to see Louise poppin bubbly shared !! Thank you so much – she was truly such a sweet sweet bride!! Blessings to 2018!! – Cody&Tiff

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The best images tell stories, and they make you feel something. It has been our enormous privilege to see and share so many breathtaking images over the past five years, and we’re delighted to review a selection of our favorites today. Selection, because we just couldn’t narrow this category down to ten…

From Nicole: This one gives me warm fuzzies. I am most looking forward to spending quality time with my sister before the ceremony for her own big day, and always think of this image when I imagine it. I love this one, too! Photo by Rylee Hitchner from Holly + Chase’s wedding.

Lara loves this one so much she made it a full-page image in V5. I love the hint of a smile you can just see at the edge of the frame, and all that glorious tulle. Photo by Lauren Larsen from Hailey + Rhet’s wedding (here and here).

From Kristin: This image of our own Emily Thomas took my breath away when I saw it for the first time. I think she looks magical. The light and the way the veil is flowing make for an unforgettable moment. She is the nicest, guys. Photo by Tanja Lippert from my wedding (here and here).

From Marissa: There is just something about this image that makes my heart sing! I remember sitting in the office in Chapel Hill and Lara showing me this shoot for the first time, and I just couldn’t get over this image. Photo by Amelia Lyon from this editorial.

Marissa also loved this capture, calling it powerful and touching. Photo by Cassidy Brooke from Natalie + Shobie’s wedding.

We published this wedding and image around the same time I hired Tanja for my own wedding, and I remember getting giddy every time I looked at. She is amazing, y’all! Photo by Tanja Lippert from Paige + Adam’s wedding (here and here).

From Marissa: “I love how this image represents everything that the South is about: family, friends, food, and the tradition of sharing life together.” Photo by Joey + Jessica from this editorial.

It doesn’t matter how many times I see this image, the utter joy on this father’s face never gets old. For me, it sums up so much of what a wedding day is about. Photo by Robyn Van Dyke from Ali + Austin’s wedding.

I still think that the images from Katharine’s wedding are some of the most beautiful and timeless we’ve ever published. The anticipation captured in these two is so memorable for me. Photos by Bryan Johnson from Katharine + Kyle’s wedding (here, here, and here).

From Lara: “This shot captured my heart. There is such a quiet intimacy between the newlyweds as they enjoy their glowing reception.” Another photo by Bryan Johnson, from Catherine + Ben’s wedding (here and here).

This one is a favorite of Lara and Marissa. The joy, energy, and movement is contagious! Photo by Jonathan Canlas from Annie + Jimmy’s wedding (here and here).

Finally, Nicole described this photo as “what all celebrations should look like,” and I tend to agree. Photo by The Nichols from Stacy + Adam’s wedding.

Belles, do you have a photo that sticks out in your mind from over the years? We’d love for you to share!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Teared up at that precious father-daughter image, and if I have a picture someday that is even close to as spectacular as that second to last one by Jonathan Canlas, that is the only wedding picture I’ll need!

  2. avatar Kathryn reply

    These are fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  3. avatar Kathryn reply

    These are fabulous! Thanks for sharing! The one of Emily with her veil floating is one of my favorites.

  4. avatar Allyson reply

    Emily, your photo in your wedding dress and veil, is one of my all time favorites. It’s so timeless, and knowing the meaning behind your veil makes it even more special. Even though we can’t see your face, the image conveys so much beauty and joy, I love it!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Y’all are so sweet!! Thank you so much! It’s a favorite of mine, too :)

  5. avatar Kat reply

    I love so many of your beautiful images but have always been partial to Katharine’s! (Maybe it’s the shared name thing?!) I adored the classic style of her wedding; it’s very opposite my own, yet I’m so drawn to it! Plus, what Kyle had to say as his wedding advice to others is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read :)

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