The moment a bride and groom first lay eyes on each other makes for an unforgettable photo, whether they rendezvous before the ceremony or first glance at each other from opposites ends of the aisle.

What's more romantic than when a bride and groom see each other for the very first time on their wedding day? If you've ever seen a snapshot of a teary couple joyfully embracing each other before heading down the aisle, you'll agree that there isn't much. Along with bridal party photos and candid reception shots, a first look photo should be on every wedding day photography shot list. And whether the couple sneaks a peek at each other before the ceremony or gets their first glance from the other end of the aisle, the soon-to-be newlyweds' reactions are always priceless. But don't just take our word for it: Click through to see some of our favorite photos that capture the very moment a couple realizes the monumental step they're about to take. We browsed through our real wedding galleries to find the most joyful, romantic, and spontaneous first look wedding pictures that radiated happiness.

Cupid's arrow struck Anna and Akshay (pictured left) on their first date—a date arranged through the online cherub OkCupid.com. "We felt incredibly lucky," the bride says. Nearly three years later, as the couple lounged in New York City's Fort Greene Park, Akshay popped the question. "The funny part was that we had tickets to see King Lear at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a couple of hours—so we had to go, and that is the least celebratory play ever!" Anna exclaims. "We got to go out for champagne afterward, though."

Not long after, they wed in a colorful interfaith ceremony at the Bronx Zoo.

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Photo: Oh, Darling! Photography