Top 10 Most Popular Real Weddings of 2021

Romantic Backyard Micro Wedding
photography: Heirlume Photography

It’s time for our favorite round-up of the year — the most popular real weddings featured on Green Wedding Shoes in 2021! We travel from the desert to backyards, from rooftops to national parks, from South Africa to the middle of Texas. There are stunning details and simple moments, trending fashions and the fashions that started the trends.

These are the weddings that were viewed the most, liked the most on social and had the most visits by the GWS readers. And so, without further ado, we present YOUR favorite real weddings of the year!

10: Stunning Rhinestone Booties Walking Down the Aisle at this Joshua Tree Wedding

joshua tree wedding with a surprise dance party

photography: Lex and the Lotus Photography // venue: Skyhouse Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree, California // event design + planning: Desert Rose Wedding Co // florals: Cactus Flower

From the mirrored venue to the bride’s sparkly booties, this whole wedding plays out like a disco ball in the desert! And speaking of disco — the surprise dance party that happened down the aisle was a TikTok fave!
(PS: You’re following us on TikTok, riiiight?!)

Tenth top Wedding of 2021

9: Cliffside Elopement in Big Sur with a Stunning Bridal Halo

Beach Cliffside Elopement

photography: Tessa Tadlock // florals: Rogue & Fox Floral Co // wedding dress: Rue De Seine

The pure JOY of this elopement is alive and real! We love how they were unapologetically themselves from the details to the fashion. The theme of the day was adventure and to them, nothing was more adventurous than eloping cliffside!

Ninth top wedding of 2021

8: This Couple Had Yosemite To Themselves For Their Misty, Fall Elopement!

Yosemite Autocamp Elopement

photography: Anni Graham // event design + planning: Mae&Co Creative // wedding dress: Rue de Seine

Imagine rolling up to one of Yosemite’s most popular scenic locations…and it’s totally empty. Talk about magic! This dreamy elopement was as private and stunning as can be.

Eighth Top Wedding of 2021

7: “MOHO” Joshua Tree Wedding Under 10,000 Twinkle Lights

moho joshua tree wedding with couple under fairy lights

photography: Jorge Macias Photo // venue: The Ruin Venue, Pioneer Town, California // event design + planning: Fawn Events // florals: Joy of Bloom Florals // wedding dress: Lover’s Society // lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting

Golden hour, thousands of twinkling lights, and all the magical desert vibes. Don’t even get us started on her dress! Everything together added up to the definition of modern bohemian.

Seventh Top Wedding of 2021

6: A Live Streamed Backyard Wedding in Los Angeles With a Rust + Sky Blue Color Palette

Romantic Backyard Micro Wedding

photography: Heirlume Photography // event design: Pop the Champagne Events // planning: Backyard Wedding Collective // florals: Best Day Ever Florals

These two planned a backyard wedding complete with livestreaming at the top of the year. His parents’ sudden illness made them realize that they wanted to waste no time in getting married and the resulting day was full of beauty and love.

Sixth Top Wedding of 2021

5: This Bride Wore An Emerald Green Dress to Her Boho-Chic South Africa Wedding

bride in green wedding dress

photography: Hugo Coelho // venue, event design + planning: Emily Moon River // florals: Pippa’s Flowers & Co // wedding dress: Vesselina Pentcheva Bunce

A moment of silence for the DRESS. Inspired by Kiera Knightley’s iconic green dress in Atonement, the ethereal look was a showstopper among stunning scenery and decor.

Fifth Top Wedding of 2021

4: This Bride Rocked a Chic Jumpsuit at Her Disco-Meets-Boho Wedding

White Jumpsuit Wedding Attire

photography: Madison Katlin Photography // venue: Private Property, Salado, Texas // planning: The Simply Elegant Group // florals: Wildly Cultivated Florals // wedding jumpsuit: Rime Arodaky

Their wedding was the perfect example of what happens when you blend laid-back bohemian details with fun and funky disco-inspired decor. Plus, how much do you love that jumpsuit?

Fourth Top Wedding of 2021

3: These Leading Ladies Rocked Custom Bridesmaid Dresses at This Disco Ball Filled Bash

bridesmaids in purple dresses

photography: AshGabes Photography // venue: La Quinta Resort // planning + event design: Details, Darling // florals: Layered Vintage // wedding dress: Berta ‘Napoli’ // custom bridesmaids dresses: Rebecca Bunker, Design Director for We Are HAH

Can you feel the FUN in these colors? The bride’s friend designed custom bridesmaid dresses that popped like bubblegum amongst the tropical-desert setting. And don’t miss the fun disco ball decor at the reception!

Third Top Wedding of 2021

2: The Bachelor’s Ben Higgins + Jessica Clarke’s Stunning Nashville Wedding

Ben Higgins and Jessica Clarke wedding

photography: Jordan Voth// venue: The Estate at Cherokee Dock // panning: Fête Nashville Luxury Weddings // florals: The Enchanted Florist // wedding dress: Anne Barge

Yes, she carried a bouquet of roses but no, they weren’t red! This was a Bachelor Nation wedding full of dreamy details, so much joy, and a few recognizable guests.

Second Top Wedding of 2021

1: The Bride Wore a Mini Wedding Dress with Sleeves for this Romantic City Elopement

Downtown Rooftop Elopement

photography: Halle Morgan // florals: Bloom Shakalaka // wedding dress: Odylyne The Ceremony – The Mini Caspian

Following suit to last year’s most popular wedding, our number one wedding this year was paired down and utterly magical in its simplicity. No big receptions, no fancy ceremonies, and only one treasured guest — the couple’s dog! This fashionable city elopement kicked off some of 2021’s most popular trends on GWS, from mini wedding dresses to bridal sunnies. It’s proof that it doesn’t take much to make a splash!

Number One wedding of 2021

Honorable Mention: These Iceland Wedding Photos at an Active Volcano are UNREAL

Iceland Volcano Elopement

photography: Maggie Grace Photography // location: The Fagradalsfjall Volcano, Grindavik, Iceland // planning: The Greatest Adventure Weddings & Elopements // florals: Rusted Vase Floral Co // wedding dress: Sarah Seven

Technically not an actual wedding ceremony, but we just HAD to include this one as an honorable mention! When the pandemic changed their destination wedding plans, these two pivoted for a wedding at home. But a chance to travel to Iceland — and finding their photographer friend was visiting at the same time — turned into wedding photos at the base of an active volcano! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that made for some truly incredible memories.

Fiery Wedding Photos