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Belief Awards: See The Best Weddings Around The World

Belief Awards reaches its 14th edition with breathtaking images. Due to the pandemics, it accepted entries from all times.

Do you imagine getting married in Disneyland Paris? What about doing a Viking elopement in Denmark? How would you feel about a drive-in wedding during the pandemics? The 14th edition of the Belief Awards, an international contest for wedding planners and creators worldwide, revealed the best weddings around the world.

There were 1288 entries from 31 countries in this edition, and the judging panel selected only 64 weddings. Two categories had public voting: Big Weddings and Mini Weddings. More than 18000 votes from 48 different countries were submitted.

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“After a hard year for the wedding industry, the biggest challenge was to find an alternative for people to take part, especially because they didn't have weddings neither in 2020 and most of them are starting again only now. With that in mind, we created a whole original version of the Belief Awards, where the wedding creators could submit events from any year. The concept of this edition was Timeless Weddings, and for the first time, we had 10 categories for judges to choose their favorite weddings”, says Giovana Duailibe, CEO and founder of Belief Wedding Creators.

In this edition, some wedding creators submitted photos of celebrations that happened during the pandemics - and they show theirs struggles with downsizing the weddings, making last-minute changes, replacing vendors who got Covid-19, planning a drive-in ceremony, and wearing masks.

The Belief Awards is an inclusive and diverse contest. “More than ever, we saw a high-quality variety of weddings from worldwide, which brings to people hope and inspiration”, says Giovana Duailibe.

See all the winners here!

We have chosen some of our favorite winners, you can check them out here.

A Fairy-Tale Wedding in Disneyland Paris

This couple with Indian roots decided to get married in Disneyland Paris and the wedding planner Arun Bablani of Vivaah Weddings was the one in charge of organizing it. The wedding lasted 3 days, and they catered food from London to make it happen.

This Disneyland wedding made world headlines right from its Proposal, which is trending as ‘Crop Circle Proposal’ all across online media and social media on the web. The groom took his fiancée for a helicopter ride and surprised her with a ‘Will You Marry Me?’ sign created purely out of crop circles. They then landed over the fields and spent an entire day there celebrating their proposal.

This was a true fairy tale wedding. The night took a magical turn as the civil ceremony took place right in front of the Disney Castle at the stroke of midnight with a customized Princess Fountain show and a special fairy tale entrance for the Bride and Groom. While the groom walked out of the castle amidst a fanfare of traditional trumpets, the bride arrived in her Cinderella chariot. The Mayor of Main Street Disneyland called out the vows and formalized the wedding.


Wedding planner: Arun Bablani - Vivaah Weddings

Photographer: Rashpal Photography

Category of the Belief Awards: Destination wedding

Location:  Disneyland Paris

Date: 09/06/2019

Cosmic Wedding Ceremony With a Powerful Shaman

The wedding planner Gwenaelle Grosset planned this destination “barefoot” wedding in Tulum, Mexico. It included lots of local traditions like prehispanic dancers and a cosmic ceremony with a Shaman.

The atmosphere, the neon sign, the lights, and all-white flowers on tables at Taboo made this day special. The “grand-finale” was the moment with Pre Hispanic Dancers. It was a  bohemian party wedding with pre-Hispanic touch. The white flowers for the tables and the colorful canopy made a perfect match. The prehispanic dancers at the middle of the dancing have been wow!


Wedding planner/creator: Gwenaelle Grosset

Photographer: Beatatum Tulum Photographer

Category of the Belief Awards: Destination Wedding

Ceremony Venue: Taboo

Reception venue: Taboo

Cinematography: Beatatum Tulum Photographer

Catering: Taboo

Officiant: Carlos Rojo

Floral design: Mon Amour Flower Design

Bouquet: Mon Amour Flower Design

Stationery: DWT ( name tags and menus)

Dress: Rue de Seine

Bridal shoes: Vince Camuto

Bridal jewelry and/or accessories: Chanel

Hair and Makeup: Zoe Elizabeth MakeuP

Groom’s shoes: JM Weston

Groom’s suit was LANVIN 

DJ: Own DJ's Friends.

The DJs were: M.O.S, Blossom Culture, and Disco Bunnies

Bar: Taboo

Rentals: Aquadecorentals - K&T - Zatarah

Photobooth: Aquadecorentals

Lighting: Aquadecorentals & SOundCity

Reception entertainment: Musik Entertainmentmx

Date: 02/29/2019

 

A Travel-Themed Wedding in the Vatican City

The couple’s dream was to get married in Vatican City. Anna K. Frem organized their ceremony in the stunning 16th-century baroque church of Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri, situated inside the walls of the Vatican City. Melissa and Alexandre were in love with Rome, its majestic architecture, food, and mild weather. They wanted a whole Roman affair starting with the choice of the venues for their event.

Their dream was to get married in Vatican city. So they chose to celebrate their ceremony in the stunning 16th-century baroque church of Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri situated inside the walls of the Vatican City. The wedding reception took place in the majestic Villa Dino located in the heart of Rome's most important archeological parks worldwide - the Ancient Appian Park. Melissa and Alexandre were fun and laid-back couple. But they were obsessed with details and meticulously worked out their wedding timeline like a Movie script. Their wedding was a mixture of formal moments and theatrical ones with a hint of humor and a lot of Italian touches: a folk trio for the cocktail, an interlude of opera during the dinner, a gelato cart, the famous"confettata"- typical Italian sweet table- and their entrance to the wedding reception in pureRoman style. We had the bride and groom take place on an elegant litter escorted by an army of gladiators and vestals along the majestic alley lined with a monumental Roman colonnade to the absolute ravishment of the guests.


Wedding Planner/Creator: Just Amore Weddings by Anna K. Frem

Photographer: Vdimage Photography

Category of the Belief Awards: Black+White

Ceremony Venue: Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri -Vatican City

Reception Venue: Villa Dino

Cinematography: Vdimage Photography

Catering: Nicolai Ricevimenti

Floral Design and Bouquet: I Tulipani Floral Design

Cake: Nicolai Ricevimenti

Invitations: Just Amore Weddings by Anna K.

Dress: Atelier Miryam Pieralisi

Makeup: Sergio Valente

Hair: Sergio Valente

Groom’s Attire: Cerimonia Collection Pal Zileri

Band: Adika Pongo

Favors: Just Amore Weddings By Anna K.

Transportation: Ghisu Autonoleggio

Date: 08/08/2015

Drive-in Wedding During the Pandemic

This wedding was adapted to the drive-in style because of the pandemic. The wedding planner Darlene Medeiros says it was a huge challenge to deal with several changes due to local decrees and to explain to the guests how it would work.

They had to adapt the wedding to the drive-in style because of the pandemic. The decor and color palette was very romantic. It was a huge challenge to deal with several changes due to restrictions, the expectation of the decrees of the region.

While the couple was leaving the ceremony, they made a hallway with the bridesmaids and groomsmen and gave them rose petals to toss. Everyone was thrilled with the ceremony and all the excitement that happened during the celebration. After facing so many difficulties and the uncertainty of the pandemics, the bride and groom were ecstatic at the end, especially the groom.


Wedding Planner: Darlene Medeiros

Photographer: Fran Cunha

Category of the Belief Awards: It’s all about love

Ceremony Venue: Chácara Mata Nativa Eventos

Cinematography: Umpar Films

Catering: Eliane Faria Buffet

Officiant: Pastor Sandro

Floral design: Cynthia Ayres

Bouquet: Cynthia Ayres

Cake: Ju Paiff Patisserie

Dress: Veridiane Noivas

Makeup: Regina Rocha

Hair: Regina Rocha

Groom’s Attire: Séculos Alfaiataria

Dessert: Ju Paiff

Lighting: Briluz Varal de Luzes

Date: 01/31/2021

An Elopement Wedding in Paris

Paris is always a good idea! The wedding planner Virginie Mention planned an intimate celebration for the couple, where they could enjoy the local cuisine, the nice monuments, and the French art de vivre.

Paris is a beautiful city and made for the perfect picturesque backdrop to make the day even more romantic. They wanted to organize their ceremony in front of Notre Dame de Paris for the beauty of the monument.


Wedding Planner/Creator: Virginie Mention - Ceremonize

Photographer: Elena Usacheva

Category of the Belief Awards: Destination wedding

Reception Venue: Yacht de Paris

Catering: Lenotre

Officiant: Aude Abadie Celebrant in Paris

Makeup: Charles Gillman 

Hair: Pia Paysant

Transportation: Carrosse d'or

Date:09/12/2018

 

An Intimate Wedding During the Pandemic

This wedding in Panama happened during the pandemic, and the couple wanted something small yet breathtaking. However, the Covid-19 has brought many challenges that the wedding planner Jenny Polonsky was able to overcome.

"We wanted something small yet breathtaking. Also, since we were in the middle of a pandemic with very strict mobilization rules, we thought it would be a nice break from all the crises to have a destination wedding. We chose Boquete for its charm and because the venue (hotel Panamonte) is something out of a fairy tale book; the owner of the Panamonte hotel (ChefCharlie Collins) is a very dear friend of ours, too." Bride and groom.

The thematic inspiration for the wedding was Boquete (aka the highlands of Panama). Boquete is a town known for its specialty coffee, flowers, and chilly weather.

Andrés Cortes arranged the outdoor ceremony as a wildflower garden, with a unique and eclectic seating arrangement including sofas and various assortments of chairs.


Wedding Planner/Creator: Jenny Polonsky

Photographer: Eduard Serra

Category of the Belief Awards: Destination Wedding

Ceremony Venue: Hotel Panamonte

Cinematography: Sunrise Media

Catering: Charlie Collins

Floral Design: Andres Cortes

Bouquet: Andres Cortes

Cake: Charlie Collins

Invitations: Jenny Perez Lee

Bridal Jewelry: Family Heirlooms

DJ: Truenos y Relámpagos

Bar: Hotel Panamonte

Rentals: Pompa / Carlos Mastelari

Dessert: Charlie Collins

Lighting: Andres Cortes

Reception Entertainment: Truenos y Relámpagos

Favors: Jenny Polonsky Luxury Events

Date: 12/19/2020

 

Destination Wedding in Lake Como

Lake Como is for sure one of the most romantic places to get married. It offers wonderful views and the possibility to reach the wedding venues by boat. The wedding planner Veronica Frasca planned this three-day destination wedding, which included a Chinese Tea ceremony.

The joyful personality of the couple is clearly represented by the colorful decorations they chose for their wedding. They had very colorful flowers and cute DIY fans for guests on each seat at the ceremony. It was also a nice joke with the surname of the bride. They then chose to have an ice cream cart to offer delicious ice cream after the ceremony. Ice cream is very Italian style, and the cart was a vintage one. This made the hot summer afternoon much more pleasant for all guests.

They wanted a joyful and colorful wedding. Focus, indeed, was on a setup with lively colors like coral, peach, blush, orange, cream, and gold. Big gold vintage vases full of David Austin roses, hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, dahlias, hypericum, and carnations were used as centerpieces, with candles all around. Being it a destination wedding, it was natural to have “TRAVEL” as a wedding theme. They indeed had boarding card-style invitations, postcards of places they had visited as table names, and luggage tags as escort cards/favors. Their own table, of course, was called Lake Como. A nice panel then collected some photos of their travels and their life together.


Wedding Planner/Creator: Veronica Frasca

Photographer: Barney Walters

Category of the Belief Awards: Destination Wedding

Ceremony Venue: Villa del Balbianello

Reception Venue: Lido di Lenno

Floral Design: Figli dei fiori

Invitations: Etsy

Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk

Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Bridal Jewelry and Accessories: Kate Spade

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Two Birds

Groom’s Attire: Thom Sweeney 

Groomsmen’s Attire: Next

Band: ASAP

Lighting and Entertainment: Blunotte Eventi

Date:  07/18/2016

Romantic and Elegant Wedding in Portugal

The bride always imagined a romantic and elegant setting for her wedding in Portugal. The Marquês de Fronteira palace proved to be the perfect place to celebrate it, and the wedding planner Teresa Perdigão created a decor that matched the venue’s grandeur.

The team focused on coordinating the decor in a way that matched the Palace's grandeur, without becoming too formal and also including some Portuguese elements, such as the tiles gifted to the guests, which are definitely a unique detail of the Palace terrace. Also, Raquel is a Fine Art History graduate who loves everything that lives and breathes art, she was certainly able to find that in the Palácio Marquês de Fronteira.


Wedding Planner/Creator: Teresa Perdigão - Something Borrowed

Photographer: D10 Photo

Category of the Belief Awards: Destination Wedding

Ceremony Venue: Palácio Marquês de Fronteira

Cinematography: Vanessa & Ivo

Catering: Casa do Marquês

Officiant: Church Wedding

Floral Design: Martins Alves

Cake: Casa do Marquês

Invitations: Minted

Stationery: A mix of Etsy and Photoshop

Date: 06/01/2019

A Wedding Full of Flowers and Tin Stars

This wedding, planned by Guadalupe Alvarez and Meegan Cardenas, won the WOW Decor category with a celebration full of flowers and the traditional tin stars of San Miguel de Allende. The color palette was gold, blue, and lavender.

The bride wanted lots and lots of flowers and the traditional tin stars of San Miguel in gold, you can see their personality in each detail from the welcome boxes to the place cards, the wedding is so special because we love the couple and CC their mother.

Tina wanted stars everywhere on the top and on the dance floor, the color palette was gold, blue, and lavender, the inspiration was the bride and her mother that are so nice.


Wedding planner/creator: Guadalupe Alvarez/ Meegan Cardenas - Penzi Weddings

Photographer: Kirsten Kilpatric

Category of the Belief Awards: Wow Decor

Ceremony Venue: Casa Cien

Reception Venue: Villas Xido

Cinematography: Chris Hunt Video

Catering: Penzi bodas

Officiant: Theresa Coats Garza

Floral Design: Angelica de Solache/Meengan Cardenas

Bouquet: Angelica de Solache

Cake: Panio

Invitations: Pink Champagne designs

Dress: Mira Zwillinger and David Peck

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: custom Fame and Partners

Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux

Date: 12/19/2019

Blossom Wedding: A Ceremony in the Pandemic

The cherry blossom is the symbol of love, renewal, and hope. Since this couple met in Japan, and due to the pandemics, the wedding planner Rui Mota Pinto created a concept inspired by the meaning of this tree: enjoy life intensely. 

Cherry Blossom or Sakura is the Symbol of love, renewal, and hope. The cherry blossom comes into the world only once a year and for a very short period. For that reason, it has become an icon of the evaluation of life, an invitation to contemplation and stillness.


Wedding Planner/Creator: Rui Mota Pinto Wedding creator & Planner

Photographer: Lucho Vargas

Category of the Belief Awards: Destination wedding

Catering: Restaurante Varanda do Parque

Bouquet: Kefro Flores by Sandra Nogueira

Cake: Celestes & Companhia

Invitations: Love Lab

Makeup: Zé Dior

Hair: Cila Barros Academia Cabelos

Band: Gustavo Teixeira Simple Piano Bar

Lighting: Top Eventos

Date: 08/09/2020

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