The ones who already got married can confirm this: having a good wedding planner makes all the difference when it comes to reliving your stress and managing tasks for the “big day”. Luckily, there are countless professionals who can help you with that around the world– but what if you could hire an awarded and certified wedding planner? That is not only possible but also pretty easy to find – the Belief Wedding Planners, an international community for top professionals in the industry, selects twice a year the best weddings around the world. And the results are utterly inspiring!
The Belief Awards unveils a carefully-chosen collection of top-class weddings around the world. On the 10th edition, more than 500 entries, from 26 counties, were received – it was the biggest edition so far. 27 wedding planners, from 19 countries (5 continents – Asia, Europe, South America, North America and Africa), made it to the final cut.
“We are now celebrating the 10th edition of the Belief Awards in grand style. The results show for itself how diverse and strong is BWP and its members. We have weddings from South Africa all the way to Iceland. People can get inspired by beautiful photos and clever ideas, this was only possible because of a teamwork between the planners, photographers and all vendors involved. I’m honored to have the participation of so many people from different parts of the world and to celebrate their talent through the Belief Awards”, says Giovana Duailibe, executive director of Belief Wedding Planners.
All the submissions from Belief Awards were judged by a panel of experienced and acclaimed judges: Rosa Ornelas, from Zankyou Weddings, Thaisa Dalmut, editor of Mariée Weddings, and the photographer Facundo Santana, from Argentina.
Categories and winners
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The Belief Awards is not only a collection of gorgeous images – there are also pretty good stories behind each one of the winning weddings. Meet the categories, the winners and check it out how weddings are celebrated around the world:
Concept – Features great wedding experiences
Vigdís Bjork Segatta: a couple from the USA decided to have an outdoor wedding in Iceland and they do not regret it for a second. “From the delightful food to the charming accommodations and breathtaking setting, our group of 42 had an experience of a lifetime”, they say.
Serena Ranieri: the bride and the groom dreamed to get married in a venue close to the coast, possibly a masseria which is a typical building that you can find in the Apulian countryside. So the wedding planner decided to keep the local lifestyle as the theme of this wedding. Every element and decoration we put reflect the authentic soul of this land.
Judy Amado: for this wedding, the bride wanted a wedding with cherry blossoms. However, in Panama, these flowers are not cultivated nor imported. So the team designed the wedding decor with fresh orchids.
Rui Mota Pinto: the concept of this wedding was called “Prohibition Swing”. IT had a little bit of the elegance of the 1920s and the ideal of the Great Gatsby, mixed with the intense rhythm that the 1920s brought and the seduction with the liberation of the woman of this era.
Mary Cushen: this wedding was based on the couple’s love for the outdoors (especially the bride). Having an outdoor ceremony was key, no matter what the weather was like. The biggest challenge was dealing with the English weather. The rain was pouring and thunderstorms filled the air for most of the afternoon. But they managed to do it with some help of the groom’s friends.
Destination Wedding – Explores beautiful destinations and places all over the world
Vigdís Bjork Segatta: Adam and Valerie traveled all the way from Australia to Iceland to get married. They wanted to have their ceremony next to some waterfalls and a visit a place glacier backdrop for some photos.
Valentina Lombardi: the couple has been together since teenagers and they have been guest to a wedding we planned for bride’s cousin on another Lake in Italy. This is how they decided to have a big destination wedding on Lake Maggiore.
Francesca Casamento: Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, has stolen the heart of Nealle and Lucia with the sea, the beautiful landscapes and sunsets that the island offers.
Guadalupe Alvarez: Adrienne’s father is from Guadalajara. It meant a lot to have their wedding in Mexico and have her family there. Adrienne fell in love with San Miguel the first time she visited with her family years ago. After a lot of searching in the US, once the couple landed on Mexico it was quickly decided.
Pilu Delgado: the couple wanted to take pictures in a very memorable spot for them. This spot is the “Mirador de San Nicolás” and la Alhambra, in Granada. It was the first trip they took together and that was a real challenge as it is two hours away from Murcia (where their wedding took place). It was such an important part for them that they went there after the party in the early morning.
Cultural Wedding – Presents elements of a wedding ceremony or reception from their cultural backgrounds
Rachael Roe: the couple had a traditional Maya Shaman to officiate their wedding. The ceremony started with the blowing of a conch shell, and the couple was invited to the sacred space. They used the directional elements, as well as traditional burning of copal incense and ancient Mayan blessings.
Sandra Santoro: the wedding included the tea ceremony the day before (Chinese origins of the bride) followed by a red rehearsal dinner with a view over Florence monuments.
Guadalupe Alvarez: this was a Persian wedding in Mexico, and their traditions were very important. The ceremony had a Persian Sofregh Aghd with very romantic colors and lots of flowers. For the rehearsal dinner, there was a Palestine tradition of the Dabka group that played during the wedding parade and dinner.
Karishma Manwani: this was a traditional Gujarati wedding, with a lot of rituals like the seven vows, the Baraat (a grand entrance with family and friends) and Koda Kodi (a game the couple plays once they are married).
Special Photo – Created by a unique and impactful moment, detail or design
Meghan Cox: the bride, Irina, was looking for a romantic style with a touch of glamour, set on the rooftops with coastal and rainforest views. The venues were a big factor to achieve her vision.
Ruby Rodríguez: the awarded photo shows their “First Touch” before a beach wedding ceremony in Playa Paraíso.
Donna Palimeri: Melissani cave is a beautiful underground lake the couple had visited on their first trip to the island of Kefalonia together and they were keen to capture the romantic atmosphere of the lake. The boat rower sang opera as the sun came out and lit the water surrounding the boat.
Alessia Santa: this beautiful image from an Italian wedding got awarded in the Special Photo category.
Paula Abreu: this Mexican wedding was awarded in the Special Photo category.
Black + White Photography – Special moment using light and contrast
Brigitte Kater: this winning picture was taken during the wedding reception. The bride, Virginie, was so happy that both of her disabled grandmothers came to her wedding. It certainly shows Virginie’s tenderness.
Daniela Lopera: this amazing wedding in Colombia got awarded in the Black + White category.
Anna Laudanska: one of the most known traditions of the Greek Orthodox ceremony is tossing rice at the end of the ceremony, as a wish for fertility and stability in the newly wedded couple. Anthony, the groom, was obviously prepared for that tradition. So, he stood up to protect his wife from the rice throwing! Such a fun moment as Anthony was introduced to the Greek customs.
Kirti Samant: the awarded photo shows the Mangal Snanam, a ritual of a holy bath conducted as part of the pre-wedding ceremony in India.
Rui Mota Pinto: this photo was taken after the session alone with the bride and groom. The bride’s grandmother was sitting with some relatives. The wheelchair was next to her and a light was coming from the window in contrast to the dark scenery. The photographer caught a tender moment of affection between the bride and her grandmother.
Pilu Delgado: The couple wanted to take a walk after the ceremony to be by themselves and really enjoy the moment. They walked over the city of Murcia, and as a newlywed couple, showed off their love to everyone in the middle of the Cathedral plaza.
About Belief Wedding Planners
Belief Wedding Planners is an international community for wedding planners. “We work daily to bring to our members a safe and active place so they can learn, share and build long-lasting connections without the hustle to be a lonely entrepreneur”, states Giovana Duailibe.
The Belief Awards is one of the most cherished programs of Belief Wedding Planners. It is a huge opportunity to spread their talent worldwide and show all the importance of having a wedding planner part of the couple’s wedding.
Congratulations to all the winners of the 10th edition of the Belief Awards!