ESSENCE Bridal Bliss Awards: These Weddings Packed the Most Wow This Year!

Dresses and cakes and kisses, oh my! It's time for the annual Bridal Bliss Awards. We've chosen the most impressive wedding details of 2015. And the winners are...

Charli Penn Dec, 02, 2015

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Dresses and cakes and kisses, oh my! We've chosen the wedding details with the most "wow" this year. See the winners!

2 of 39 Dwayne Watkins Photography

Bliss looks great on Lamar and his lovely bride Kamilah. Their destination wedding photographs were absolutely fantastic! See more here.

3 of 39 Kirill Karetin

Lovely bride Dunnie's bridal updo was absolutely everything. Don't you agree? See her big day here.

4 of 39 Keith Cephus Photography

From the smoky eyes to the red lip, lovely bride Renice's wedding day makeup was flawless. Go girl! See her wedding day with husband Ronte here.

5 of 39 Munroe Photography

This photo shoot was totally worth the intermission. Wouldn't you agree? See more from Charnetta and Nick's wedding day here.

6 of 39 Creative Silence

“Looking into Danaka's eyes made me feel humbled,” said groom Demetrice. “I was still in shock that anyone would choose to marry me with all of my flaws. She looked past the parts of me that were not perfect and still said yes. When I looked into her eyes, I saw myself and knew I was made better because of her.” We're still moved by this moment! See their big day here.

7 of 39 TwoTwenty

Newlyeds Mahko and Carl were dressed to impressed on their big day and we took notice. See their "I dos" here.

8 of 39 Elle Danielle

When Danielle married Ademola she posed to perfection for the big day. #Yassssssss See more from their wedding day!

9 of 39 Courtney Dellafiora

What bride wouldn't want to say "I do" to her prince among a bed of candles? We're still swooning! See Ashley and Melvin's New Orleans wedding day here.

10 of 39 Ross Oscar Knight

Caleb and Cymnathia's "first look" stole our hearts. See their wedding day!

11 of 39 Courtney Dellafiora

As newlyweds Ashley and Melvin swayed to the sounds of “You and I (Nobody in the World)” they made first dance magic. See their moment here.

12 of 39 Elle Danielle

Daedrea and Chris' reception centerpieces were jaw-droppingly beautiful. To call them "lavish" just feels like an understatement. See their glam wedding day here!

13 of 39 Justine DeMutiis Photography

Best man John Legend introduced newlyweds Hassan and Walkitria then sang live for their first dance song. Wow! See more here.

14 of 39 Two Twenty

Introducing dapper groom Carl's nephews Tino, Spencer and Nyasha. Could they be any cuter? They won! See more from the wedding here.

15 of 39 Falcon Griffith of Chellise Michael Photography

For her secret garden theme wedding, bride Joslyn chose this spectacular bouquet. We can't get enough. See more here!

16 of 39 Cendino Temé Photography

Khambrel and Erica's destination wedding bliss was super contagious. We were still nuts about this nuzzle months after featuring their big day. See their wedding here.

17 of 39 Kristin La Voie Photography

Darilyn's unique wedding gown was stunning from all angles and a true show stopper. See more of Darilyn and Terrance's wedding day here.

18 of 39 Kirill Karetin

To find out which bride dazzled in these gorgeous heels on her big day, click here.

19 of 39 Christin Shoots People

A couple that dances together, stays together. Christiana and Obi's first dance looks like it was one to be remembered. We love, love, love it! See their wedding day here.

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Shakira and Daryl met in high school while on a college tour, made their love last through their college years and married right after graduation. This is young love at its finest. See their wedding here.

21 of 39 Christin Shoots People

Christiana nailed the dress picks for her lovely ladies. From the cut to the color, the look was perfection. See her wedding here.

22 of 39 Keith Cephus Photography

Okay, ladies! You won. See more from this wedding here.

23 of 39 Tomayia Colvin Photography

A father-daughter dance to remember. H danced with his daughter after dancing with her mom on his big day. We can't stop staring at this precious photo. See more here.

24 of 39 Creative Silence

Danaka's lush bouquet kept us talking this year. Kudos to her florist's magical eye. See more of her wedding here.

25 of 39 Keith Cephus Photography

Renice and Ronte's first dance was magical, and so was her dress swap. It was reception gown perfection. See more here.

26 of 39 Cendino Temé Photography

Angel and her girls sure knew their poses. We see those shoes, ladies! Go team! See Angel and Nate's wedding here.

27 of 39 The Studio B Photography

Now this is how you party at your wedding! See more from Jessica and Chris' wedding here.

28 of 39 Cendino Temé Photography

Anika and Daryl's Florida wedding style blew us away. See their wedding day.

29 of 39 From Parris With Love

Shaun and Thysha's nieces served as their bridal party and they were just the cutest! See their wedding here.

30 of 39 Sobitart Photography

Hollis and Roderick could not stop smiling on their wedding day and their matching glow kept us grinning too. See their wedding here.

31 of 39 Ross Oscar Knight

Brandi's jewelry complemented her bridal look beautifully. We're in love with those earrings! See her wedding here.

32 of 39 Ross Oscar Knight

Proud groom Robert was so thrilled with his new marital status he practically two-stepped down the aisle and right into our hearts. See Brandi and Robert's wedding day here.

33 of 39 From Parris With Love

“Thysha is a fun Black woman who is confident, honest and aspires to be better,” says her new husband Shaun. Her bold and beautiful gown choice makes even more sense now. See their wedding here.

34 of 39 The Amber Studio

The blue suits for groom Lincoln and his guys were instant hits in our book. See their wedding day.

35 of 39 Justin Ifill-Forbes Photography

Tamika's one-of-a-kind black and white wedding ball gown was unforgettable. Two thumbs up! See her wedding here.

36 of 39 The Amber Studio

Baranda and Lincoln chose this bold and lovely color combo for their intimate at-home wedding day. See more photos here.

37 of 39 Falcon Griffith of Chellise Michael Photography

Guestbook perfection! Kudos to Joslyn and Shannon for this vintage idea we love. See more of their unique NYC big day here.

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The treats spread at Dunnie and Ibrahim's lavish wedding were Just divine! See more of their grand affair here.

39 of 39 Courtney Dellafiora

Bride Ashley chose a grand groom's cake for a true sports fan, her husband Melvin. Well, done! See their wedding day here.


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