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The 15 Best Real Weddings of 2015

From mountain lodges to city rooftops, our picks for the top 15 weddings of the year included classic cars, surprise performances and customized high-tops.
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by Stephanie Cain
stephanie cain the knot real weddings expert
Stephanie Cain
Real Weddings Expert
  • Stephanie Cain is a freelance journalist who contributes to major lifestyle brands.
  • Stephanie is a journalist and content strategist in the lifestyle space.
  • Stephanie created print and digital content for The Knot as a Real Weddings Editor.

With styles ranging from classic to contemporary, boho to tech, 2015 offered plenty of jaw-dropping details and stunning wedding venues. What really gave us a lasting impression was just how innovative couples can be when it comes to personalizing their wedding, like a first dance to a Turkish song or quilted fabric photo booth backdrop. As one bride told us about her big day: "Personal touches help you remember your own unique and special love." With that in mind, here are our picks for the best weddings of the year.

Best Collegiate Wedding

georgia college southern wedding
Milanes Photography

Aimee and Larry said "I do" in an antebellum-style hall of Agnes Scott College, giving the entire Southern-themed wedding a bit more charm. Using a unique double-X arrangement for the reception tables, the couple made a traditional space appear contemporary, and kept it personal with porch swings and Lowcountry cuisine, like Charlestonian she-crab soup.

From the Album: A Romantic, Glam Wedding at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia

Best Classic Wedding

antique car downtown chicago wedding
Jose Villa

The antique Rolls-Royce says it all: Alex and Brian's wedding was one classy affair. Voluminous pastel blooms and crystal chandeliers transformed Alex's parents' backyard into a dreamy wedding venue, complete with a pastry tent stocked with the couple's favorite Chicago treats. "It was so special to say 'I do' in a place that already had so many wonderful memories."

From the Album: A Classic Wedding at a Private Residence in Barrington Hills, Illinois

Best Preppy Wedding

garden preppy wedding reception
Aaron Delesie

Inspired by Father of the Bride and the preppy patterns of designer Lilly Pulitzer, Alyssa and Jason threw a garden wedding at Alyssa's family's home. Hanging garlands and cheerful hues of hydrangeas set the mood, and the couple even filled the pool with rose petals and floating candles. It became one giant centerpiece once the sun set!

From the Album: A Preppy, Lilly Pulitzer-Inspired Wedding at a Private Residence in Atherton, California

Best Color Palette Wedding

modern glam wedding invitation
Milou + Olin Photography

Bart and Ozzie landed on a color scheme of navy and gold because it was the perfect representation of their rustic-meets-modern style. "Bart is a to-the-point-kind of guy, and I'm all about over the top!" Ozzie says. "We had to 'manly' glam it up. It was the perfect mix of both our worlds." Contrasting gold accents with wood tables and brushstrokes of gold on the navy cake were a few ways the couple injected personality in the winery estate. Oh, and did we mention the life-size poster of Beyonce?

From the Album: A Bright, Blue and Gold Wedding at Viansa in Sonoma, California

Best Theme Wedding

unique custom wedding escort cards
Brandon Kidd Photography

Carlie and Nate often hear from friends that they're "cut from the same cloth." Naturally, that phrase inspired their entire wedding, which included fabric motifs in bold colors. Guests found their seats via gold tailoring scissors, and a quilt made by a friend took the place of a guest book, with friends and family writing messages on it.

From the Album: A Chic, Themed Wedding at L'Auberge Del Mar in Del Mar, California

Best Formal Rustic Wedding

rustic moss floral centerpiece
Carrie Patterson

An organic color scheme of green and white, along with rustic wood details, highlighted the beauty of the western surroundings at Hallie and Zee's September wedding. The couple, who met in Jackson Hole, sought to show their guests just how amazing their piece of Wyoming is, and even strategically placed the tent on the golf course venue's 13th hole to guarantee the best vistas. "I don't think a better view of the Tetons exists," Hallie says.

From the Album: A Formal, Rustic Wedding at Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club in Jackson, Wyoming

Best Ranch Wedding

texas ranch wedding party
Karlisch Studio

Jessica and John went all out Texas for their laid-back affair, incorporating a biscuit truck, pie station and sparkler exit into the wedding day. Pantone's color of 2015, Marsala, made an appearance in the bride's bouquet, an ode to the November date. Despite having wedding industry titans as her planning crew, Jessica insisted on DIY-ing some of the details herself!

From the Album: A Fall Wedding at Willow Creek Ranch in Clerburne, Texas

Best Party Wedding

wedding after party confetti
VUE Photography

Kelly and Matthew had one goal for their wedding day: to continuously surprise and delight their guests. Mission accomplished. Custom airbrushed trucker hats, Nike sneakers for the after-party, black lights on the dance floor and famous Atlanta food truck The Varsity all made this wedding one memorable shindig. Good thing the couple stocked the goodie bags with Blowfish hangover remedies!

From the Album: An Over-The-Top Wedding at the Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta, Georgia

Best Winter Wedding

utah mountain winter wedding
Chudleigh Weddings

Since Andy proposed to Kristin while skiing in Utah, the couple knew a winter wedding at a ski resort would be the unique wedding they hoped to throw. The couple welcomed guests with a popcorn bar and showing of Aspen Extreme in Sundance's historic screening room, where movies are shown during the film festival. On the wedding day, wildly unkempt bunches of flowers and tall taper candles warmed the wood-paneled room of the lodge, where the couple married in front of a stone fireplace.

From the Album: A Winter Wedding at Sundance Mountain Resort in Sundance, Utah

Best Metallic Wedding

pink champagne wedding drink
Abby Jiu Photography

Even the cake shimmered at Lauren and Daniel's glamorous March spring wedding. Using textured linens, gold flatware, gold-rimmed chargers and white peonies, the couple made a mostly white color scheme look anything but boring. Add to that the gold "cheers" drink stirrers in pink champagne!

From the Album: A Chic Metallic Wedding at the Hay-Adams in Washington, DC

Best Cultural Wedding

destination resort indian wedding
Our Labor of Love

Nonstop entertainment was the theme for Melanie and Neeraj's multiday Indian wedding celebration in the Caribbean. "We wanted this to not just be a wedding but a life experience for everyone who attended," Melanie says of the countless outfit changes, fireworks and dance performances. The reception even turned into an impromptu pool party, with guests jumping into the infinity pool fully clothed in suits, gowns and saris.

From the Album: An Extravagant, Glamorous Indian Wedding at Amanyara in Turks and Caicos

Best Destination Wedding

dominican republic beach wedding ceremony
Ryan Ray Photography

Seeking an adventure for their friends and family, Michelle and Geoff jetted to the Dominican Republic for a weekend destination wedding filled with fun activities. The weekend commenced with an elaborate welcome dinner and culminated with a bonfire on the beach, complete with fire dancers and live music. "Looking out over the ocean as our friends danced with pure joy was a surreal experience," Michelle says.

Best Tech Wedding

california vineyard wedding reception
Jasmine Star Photography

Every moment of Samantha and Taylor's wedding day was captured on video from all angles and altitudes, thanks to a high-tech drone. And that's not all: A robot bartender poured drinks, groomsmen rocked 3-D-printed cuff links, and a smartphone charging station for guests catapulted this wedding into the future. Did we mention they're The Knot Dream Wedding 2015 couple too?

Best At-Home Wedding

bohemian organic floral centerpiece
Heather Waraksa

Lounges with antique sofas, Moroccan rugs, lanterns, woven ottomans and a Hookah pipe set the mood for Sarah and Paul's bohemian wedding at Sarah's family's home. Planner Xochitl Gonzalez drew inspiration from the contemporary architecture of the house as well as the couple's "Stevie-Nicks-meets-Bauhaus" vibe to transform the tented space into an earthy, Shavuot-inspired affair, with exotic splashes of North African flavor.

From the Album: An Elegant, Bohemian Wedding at a Private Residence in Greenwich, Connecticut

Best Intimate Wedding

nyc rooftop garden wedding
Caroline Tran Photography

An intimate guest list (just 26!) allowed Yoyo and Christopher to pull off some pretty cool details for their rooftop wedding overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Guests gave toasts to the couple instead of gifts, and Yoyo didn't wear makeup or heels. Christopher even got to eat his favorite food: burgers. "It felt like the most luxurious, effortless, low-key dinner party we'd ever thrown," Yoyo says.

From the Album: A Stunning, Intimate Wedding at 620 Loft and Garden in New York City

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