BOW awards: the best bridesmaid dress looks of 2014

Gorgeous purple jewel toned strapless bridesmaid dress idea

Candi Coffman Photography

As we wrap up the year, I’ve been looking back on the best wedding trends of 2014 (like this post on the best wedding dresses of 2014). Because there was so many great new and unique wedding trends that cropped up in 2014, I’ll be wrapping up each type of trend with the BOW (best of wedding) awards. Cute, right?

Today, let’s take a look back at the best bridesmaid dress looks of 2014. This was a big year for unique for unique bridesmaid style, with the bridal party stepping out in surprising colors, unexpected combinations, and LOTS of sparkle. Keep a wary eye on these chic looks, brides! Which trend will inspire your bridesmaid look in 2015?

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An Intimate Shipwrecked Elopement By Kristen Booth Photography

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With the weather being so cold and rainy lately and Christmas right around the corner, it is so much fun to dream about a lovely beach wedding! Marissa and Brian’s small shipwrecked beach elopement is definitely one for the books! It has so many gorgeous rustic shipwrecked details, and the small easy going feeling of the elopement will definitely make you wish for a small wedding!

From Kristen Booth, the photographer: “This wedding was the ultimate of intimate weddings. I loved the vision behind it. Marissa and Brian wanted to feel carefree on their wedding day. They didn’t want to worry about schedules and how much time they could spend with their guests. They just wanted a beautiful landscape to say “I do” and a fun celebration with those closest to them, and they definitely got their wish! Their elopement was shipwrecked themed and took place in La Jolla. I fell in love with Brian and Marissa in the short time I got to know them. They are a perfect pair and it didn’t take long to see that. Their love story started, when they began dating and Brian told Marissa, ‘I don’t want to waste my time, or yours, and I want to date to find the woman to spend the rest of my life with. If you think that can be you, stick around.’  This romance turned into a 4 year relationship 3 of which were spent long distance, but they made it work. Marissa says this is because they define love as a choice. She went on to tell me this: ‘We know not every day is going to be like the honeymoon, but we understand we have to make each other fall in love again every single day. After spending 3 out of our 4 years together in a long distance relationship, we have had to learn that first hand. We know love isn’t 50-50, because if one person isn’t giving their all then the relationship is not 100% met. We both have to give 100% everyday, especially in long distance.’ I love that, I love how they love each other. I love how this day was the perfect celebration of exactly that, true, deep, and unconditional love.”

This lovely elopement is definitely a real life fairy tale, making Kristen Booth the perfect photographer for this event! Check out more of this stunning fairy tale shipwrecked elopement, I am sure it will have you wishing for an intimate affair just like it!

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The most romantic wedding photos of 2014

Is this the most romantic wedding photo of 2014? It might be! Love this roundup of utterly romantic wedding photos in 2014

Bradford Martens

 How is 2014 almost at a close? It’s always bittersweet to kiss another year goodbye, especially when it’s one that is as awesome as 2014. This was a big year in weddings! We’re talking tons of landmark celebrity weddings, a (rightly deserved) new love of long-sleeved wedding dresses, and more. One of my favorite parts of looking back on a year is seeing the amazing, unique, candid and romantic real wedding moments that occurred throughout the year.

Whether it’s a stolen moment before the wedding ceremony or a fun and surprising shot during the reception, wedding photography was truly at its finest this year. There are so many gorgeous and romantic wedding photos in 2014 that it’s hard to do a roundup of just the top photos! But since it’s my job, I slogged through the hundreds of thousands of gorgeous wedding photos out there to pick the top romantic moments that were lucky enough to be captured on film.

Read on to see more of this year’s most heart-melting and utterly romantic wedding photos! I’m swooning already….

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A preppy navy and white beach wedding by J Paul Massman Photography

A preppy navy and white beach wedding. Love the ceremony decor!

Sure, Christmas is just a week away…but that doesn’t mean you can’t dream of the beach! I mean, that’s exactly what I start to pine for when I’m getting pelted with rain and bundling up in layer after layer of bulky knits. So come on a journey with me today to a gorgeous beach wedding on the sun-dappled beaches of Florida! It really doesn’t get any better than this.

Jen and Matt were married on Santa Rosa beach in Florida, on a ceremony that took place right next to the gorgeous ocean. With a stunning ceremony backdrop, a super fun reception and a gorgeous strapless lace dress, this wedding is your perfect does of paradise! To top it all off, the preppy navy and white color scheme gives the celebration a fresh decor look that I can’t get enough of. With every moment captured beautifully by J Paul Massman Photography, this is one pretty preppy navy and white beach wedding you don’t want to miss out on!

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