24 stunning photos of weddings from around the world that will inspire your big day

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24 stunning photos of weddings from around the world that will inspire your big day
A side by side of two winners of the 2021 Belief Awards. A bride and groom dance at Disneyland Paris on the left, while a couple sits at their Halloween-themed wedding on the right.
The winners of the 2021 Belief Awards were just announced. Rashpal Photography/Luke Lambertson/Belief Awards
  • The annual Belief Awards honor wedding planners, coordinators, and designers from around the world.

  • The winners of the 14th edition of the awards were just announced.

  • They include a Halloween-themed minimony, a Disneyland Paris reception, and a Viking-inspired event.

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The 2021 winners weren't afraid to get creative with their weddings.

A couple stand on icy terrain in traditional Viking attire.
Lena Hansen of Nordic Adventure Weddings planned the nuptials. Elena Belevantseva/Belief Awards

Lena Hansen of Nordic Adventure Weddings planned Magdalena Maria Elisabeth Schmid and Adam Christian Bunbury's Viking-themed elopement in Denmark.

They said their vows at The Viking Hall in Lejre, Denmark, and wore custom-made Viking ensembles from Sokol Workshop. Only Schmid and Bunbury attended the intimate ceremony.

Elena Belevantseva photographed the unique nuptials.

Some of the nuptials stood out with dramatic scenery.

A groom twirls a bride surrounded by fog in front of Cinderella's castle at Disneyland Paris.
The wedding was planned by Arun Bablani of Vivaah Weddings. Rashpal Photography/Belief Awards

Varun and Anisha got married at Disneyland Paris, making their wedding feel like a real-life fairy tale.

The couple worked with Disneyland Paris to blend their traditional Indian celebration with the feel of a Disney wedding.

Arun Bablani of Vivaah Weddings planned the event, while Rashpal Photography documented the celebrations.

Planners helped their clients showcase their cultures with their wedding celebrations.

A bride and groom walk between a group of men dressed in traditional Guatemalan garb.
Fenny Torres planned the couple's wedding. David Gallegos/Belief Awards

Mónica Gordillo and Esteban Mendoza wanted their Guatemalan heritage to be a big part of their wedding day, which is why their planner Fenny Torres incorporated elements like a traditional deer dance parade that nodded to ancient Guatemalan hunting traditions into their celebration.

They said their vows at Hotel Convento Santa Catalina Martir in Antigua, Guatemala.

David Gallegos photographed the bright and joyful wedding.

The couples were ready to commit to each other forever, rain or shine.

A groom dips and kisses a bride while two bridesmaids cheer.
Barbara Colombo of Sinfonia Wedding planned the couple's wedding. Alessandro D'Elia/Belief Awards

Paige and Logan Soya had a destination wedding at Torre La Cerniola in Erchie, Italy, tying the knot in front of expansive views of the sea.

The Soyas went forward with their outdoor ceremony even though it rained.

Barbara Colombo of Sinfonia Wedding planned the day, which was photographed by Alessandro D'Elia.

The winning weddings showed the beauty of communal celebration.

Two women cry as they hug a bride.
Ana César de Almeida of Pop Up Weddings Portugal planned the wedding. Nuno Lopes Photography/Belief Awards

Ana César de Almeida of Pop Up Weddings Portugal planned Roselyn Silva and Blackson Afonso's vow renewal at La Distillerie in Lisbon, Portugal.

Everything about the celebration was intimate and emotional, as a hug between Silva and two of her friends after the renewal ceremony highlighted.

Nuno Lopes Photography documented the special day.

Some wedding planners used greenery to elevate the standout weddings.

A bride and groom embrace in a green house.
Cristina Salazar planned the wedding. Raw Shoots/Belief Awards

Ana Lucia and Jose David picked Villa Blanca, a cloud forest hotel and nature reserve, as the venue for their destination wedding in Costa Rica, as it offers a protected habitat for a variety of plants.

The natural setting added to the romantic feel of the wedding, which had just 50 attendees.

Cristina Salazar planned the day, and Raw Shoots photographed it.

Tradition was at the forefront of many of the award-winning celebrations.

A bride and groom lean together while groomsmen dressed as Charros cover them with sombreros.
Badel Gomez Nechar planned the wedding. Cuartoazul Wedding/Belief Awards

Nadia Martínez and Jeff Sabido's wedding at Hacienda San Diego Cutz in Mexico combined tradition and their own style.

The groom wore a Charro suit typically worn by Mexican cowboys, while the bride wore a more modern dress. The wedding also featured a Mariachi band and a performance by Yucatán dancers.

Cuartoazul Wedding photographed the special day, which Badel Gomez Nechar planned.

Other newlyweds embraced modernity with their weddings.

A bride and groom kneel in the sand as dancers perform for them under sparkling lights.
Gwenaelle Grosset planned the wedding. Beatatum Tulum Photographer/Belief Awards

Gwenaelle Grosset helped Laura and Greg pull off their wedding at Taboo in Tulum, Mexico, which featured everything from a cosmic ceremony with a shaman to a barefoot dance party.

Beatatum Tulum Photographer took pictures of the one-of-a-kind day.

The planners helped couples find stunning locations for their weddings.

A bride and groom hold hands as they walk through a cobblestone street in Rome, Italy.
Just Amore Weddings by Anna K. planned the wedding. Vd Image Photography/Belief Awards

Melissa Abu Karam & Alexandre Toutounji let the streets of Rome create ambiance for their wedding, which Anna K. of Just Amore Weddings planned.

The scenic city played into the couple's travel-themed wedding.

Vd Image Photography captured the wedding.

Other couples chose their wedding venues because of their emotional significance.

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Guadalupe Alvarez and Valeria Velez of Penzi Weddings planned the event. Brett Butterstein Photography/Belief Awards

Texas couple Corey and Jordan chose to have their wedding in San Miguel, Mexico, as they fell in love when attending a different wedding in the area.

Their wedding, which was photographed by Brett Butterstein Photography, took place at Casa Hyder.

Guadalupe Alvarez and Valeria Velez of Penzi Weddings planned the 60-person affair.

Some newlyweds took to the water for their weddings.

A bride and groom laugh on a boat on Lake Como.
Veronica Frasca planned the wedding. Barney Walters/Belief Awards

Karen Fan and Joseph Walton's wedding venue, Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como, could only be reached by boat, giving them the opportunity to take scenic photos on the water on their wedding day.

Veronica Frasca planned the nuptials, which were photographed by Barney Walters.

The planners weren't afraid to take on themed weddings.

A bride and groom sit at a table in front of an archway that reads "Til Death" on it.
Sarah Day planned the wedding. Luke Lambertson/Belief Awards

Jessica and William Graydon got married on Halloween 2020 at Juliette Chapel with just 13 attendees.

The Graydons' planner Sarah Day helped the couple embrace the moody feel of the holiday with touches like a "to the tomb and back" casket ring box and a "til death" neon sign above the sweetheart table. Jessica even wore a black dress to the wedding.

Luke Lambertson documented the day.

The perfect venue made the theme of some of the weddings more obvious.

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Karin Badea of Karin Events planned the wedding. 602 Photography/Belief Awards

For instance, Sijin and Paul Alexandrescu had a Gothic-themed wedding, and their venue, Bran Castle in Romania, set the tone for the event right away.

The bride's corset-top gown helped create the mood as well.

Karin Badea of Karin Events brought the couple's Gothic vision to life. 602 Photography photographed the nuptials.

For other weddings, the details made the theme clear.

A groom feeds a bride a bit of cake in front of trees. Their cake with a "Mario"-themed topper sits on a table in front of them.
Valessa Sahashi planned the wedding. Sergio Echazu/Belief Awards

Valessa Sahashi helped Andrea Viscafe & Arturo Vivian pull off their "Mario"-inspired wedding in La Paz, Bolivia, in a subtle fashion.

The couple walked into the reception to the "Mario" theme song, and their cake topper was Mario and Princess Peach.

Sergio Echazu photographed the festive wedding.

They also managed to make beautiful weddings happen amid the pandemic.

A bride and groom walk between their bridal party as they throw flower petals.
Darlene Medeiros planned the wedding. Fran Cunha/Belief Awards

Darlene Medeiros turned Gabriel and Carollyne Galvão Pereira's wedding at Chácara Mata Nativa Eventos in Brazil into a drive-in event to keep attendees safe amid the pandemic.

The bridal party gave the couple a feeling of normalcy by throwing flower petals for them as they left their ceremony.

Fran Cunha captured the unique wedding.

The winning planners helped couples incorporate personalized elements into their weddings.

Two brides hold hands as they leave their wedding ceremony.
David Toquero planned the wedding. Ramon Gutierrez/Belief Awards

Izetl Solis and Daniela Castillejos asked their guests to tie ribbons symbolizing their best wishes to a lasso so they could use it for a ritual during the ceremony.

The couple walked out of the ceremony at Jardin Maja wearing the lasso together, bonding them as one.

David Toquero planned the event, and Ramon Gutierrez photographed the day.

Family played a big role in the award-winning nuptials.

A boy stands between his parents as they tie ribbons around their wrists for their vow renewal.
Rui Mota Pinto planned the wedding. Lucho Vargas/Belief Awards

Rui Mota Pinto planned Alexandra Cardoso and Ricardo Fresco's 10-year vow renewal at Quinta do Torneiro in Lisbon, Portugal.

Their son, who was born the same year they got married, played an active role in their ceremony, helping them celebrate their marriage.

Lucho Vargas photographed the wedding.

The planners made intimate elopements feel grand.

A bride and groom hold hands and look at each other with the Eiffel Tower behind them.
Virginie Mention of Ceremonize planned the wedding. Elena Usacheva/Belief Awards

Virginie Mention of Ceremonize turned Nicole and Clayton's elopement into a Parisian experience they could never forget.

They said their vows in front of the Notre Dame, and Elena Usacheva took photos of them in front of the Eiffel Tower.

The couple even took a dinner cruise down the Seine to celebrate.

The little moments made the weddings special.

The lower half of a bride's body is visible walking down a set of stairs as her father looks up at her from a lower floor.
Diana Sciarrillo planned the wedding. Maria Fleischman/Belief Awards

Maria Fleischman captured a moment of anticipation on Manuel and Érica Saenz's wedding day.

As Érica walked down the stairs before her ceremony at Casa Santo Domingo in Antigua, Guatemala, Fleischman snapped a photo of her father waiting to see his daughter.

Diana Sciarrillo planned the wedding.

The couples from the winning weddings were just happy to be together.

A bride and groom stand together on their wedding day. The bride raises her bouquet in triumph while the groom smiles.
Donna Palimeri planned the wedding. Vicky Bekiaridou/Belief Awards

UK couple Angela and David Galley renewed their vows in the Greek town where they first went on a trip together.

They wrote their own vows for the ceremony, making it even more special.

Donna Palimeri planned the wedding at Aloni Kefalonia, and Vicky Bekiaridou photographed the day.

Happy coincidences took some of the weddings to the next level.

A bride and groom embrace with a rainbow behind them.
Jenny Polonsky planned the wedding. Eduard Serra/Belief Awards

Eduard Serra snapped a photo of Alexandra and Alex Weber in front of a stunning rainbow on their wedding day.

The couple got married at Hotel Panamonte in Boquete, Panama, with 35 guests.

Jenny Polonsky planned the wedding, helping the Webers curate a creative menu that included roasted marshmallows.

Carefully planned weddings allowed couples to enjoy their days to the fullest.

A black and white photo of a woman jumping over a rope in a party dress as people look on.
Maricarmen Arias planned the wedding. Ildefonso Gutiérrez/Belief Awards

Erika & Isaías López's wedding featured live performers instead of a DJ, which brought fun and spontaneity to their wedding reception at La Bartola in Querétaro, Mexico.

The performers got the guests to interact with them, as this shot of a bridesmaid jumping rope, taken by Ildefonso Gutiérrez highlights.

Maricarmen Arias was the wedding planner.

The wedding planner's vision often set the tone for the winning nuptials.

A bride and groom embrace in front of a grand staircase. The bride's veil sweeps upwards dramatically.
Rui Mota Pinto planned the wedding. Lucho Vargas/Belief Awards

Rui Mota Pinto planned Rita and Fuyi's destination wedding in Portugal around the theme of Cherry Blossoms, which symbolize love and delicacy.

The wedding took place at Quinta do Casal Branco, which served as the perfect backdrop for Lucho Vargas to take stunning photographs.

All of the winning weddings were unforgettable events for the newlyweds.

A groom helps a bride walk up a set of stairs next to an extravagant garden and home.
Teresa Perdigão planned the wedding. D10 Photo/Belief Awards

The Marquês de Fronteira Palace was the grand wedding venue of Raquel and Derek Templeton's dreams.

Teresa Perdigão of Something Borrowed helped them make the rest of their destination wedding in Portugal feel just as elegant, letting the beauty of the castle take center stage.

D10 Photo captured the day.

You can see more photos from the 14th edition of the Belief Awards here.

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