Since we still can’t get over Jim Parsons' adorable wedding to boyfriend of 14 years Todd Spiewak last month and since June is LGBTQ Pride month, we rounded up some truly heartwarming and tear-jerking images of same-sex couples on their big day. And we promise—these picture-perfect photos will hit you straight in the heart.
We may still have a long way to go in marriage equality, but there’s no denying that we have also made some serious strides—a victory for love, same-sex weddings are currently legally recognized in 22 countries. The Netherlands was the first to turn the tide, passing a law for same-sex marriage in 2001, and the United States is the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage in its historic Supreme Court ruling (a landmark decision we’re still applauding two years later—not that we’d ever stop).
Getting married is undeniably one emotional and celebratory affair—but to be able tie the knot with the love of your life after being denied the right to do so and believing it was something you’d never be able to do? Now that is a whole different kind of celebration, bringing a new meaning to a monumental milestone. And for each and every photo below, there’s no missing that exact feeling etched across every couple’s face. As these brides and brides and grooms and grooms show, at the end of the big day, we’re all the same: two people dedicating their love and support for the rest of their lives together.
From jubilant depictions of love and laughter to the sweet feelings of pride and the most tender of moments, these images are filled with life. Bring on the feels—because these couples prove that love is love.