34 Heartwarming Wedding Ceremony Moments That Will Make You Feel All the Things

These emotional photos will melt your heart

Updated 01/25/19

Photo by Seth and Kaiti

Wedding receptions may be rife with fun and excitement, but it’s the ceremony that serves as the heartbeat of the big day. The first kiss, the reading of the vows, the exchanging of the wedding rings, the confetti toss—there’s nothing like these tender moments to evoke all the feels. A wedding may spill with emotion from beginning to end, but the feelings reach peak levels in a wedding ceremony—it doesn’t get more real than when you’re literally promising to spend the rest of your life with someone.

And when those emotions are captured unfiltered on camera, what could be more priceless?

We’ve scoured the wedding ceremony universe to find some of the best captures of these swoon-worthy, tear-inducing, and heartfelt moments. Scroll down to see true love at its finest—we promise each one will hit you straight in the heart as much as they’ll excite you and heighten your anticipation for your own turn at the altar.

Seriously, what melts your heart more than a crying groom? Not much, we think, but there are a few close seconds—a bride’s emotional reading of her vows or her reaction to hearing her partner’s vows, the significance of slipping the wedding rings on each finger, the timeless beauty of religious ceremonies, and those intimate touches, coveted looks, and in between moments you just can’t put into words.

And while we love the sweet and tender moments, we also love the joyful—like a burst of laughter at the altar, the elation of the newlyweds following the first kiss, or that “just married” look they have etched across their faces as they exit the aisle hand-in-hand.

We’ve gathered it all—from excitement and joy to the heartfelt and compassionate, there’s some serious wedding ceremony magic right here that promises to tug on your heartstrings.

Photo by Adventure Instead - Elopement Photographers & Guides

When you both just can’t hold back your tears...

Photo by Samuel Docker Photography

That feeling when you just tied the knot! These two show that it doesn’t get any better than this.

Photo by Cloud Catcher Studio

Sam and David just can’t let go of each other—and we adore every bit of their sweet embrace.

Photo by Bastian Najich

We love a bride and groom who know how to have a good time. This elated pair is basking in that just-married glow.

Photo by Trenholm Photo

Serious couple goals right here: a romantic kiss while being swept off your feet.

Photo by Braden Young Photo

Presenting the newlyweds—this couple is seriously ready for their happily ever after.

Photo by Adventure Instead - Elopement Photographers & Guides

From tears to laughter, this vow reading in an intimate elopement is full of all the feels.

Photo by Lauren Nicole Photography

This couple used their best friend as their officiant; he collected letters from their loved ones and read them during their elopement as a sweet surprise, and the tears started to fall.

Photo by Cambria Shelley Photography

How sweet is love’s first newlywed kiss? A warm embrace by both bride and groom make it all the more passionate.

Photo by Cody & Allison Photography

Double hand-holding topped with a tender kiss? This groom doesn’t want to let his bride go.

Photo by Tyler Branch Photography

That heartfelt moment when you’re trying to find the words to express your love...

Photo by Seth and Kaiti

Nothing makes our hearts melt like a groom shedding a few tears.

Photo by Levi Tijerna

A bride’s tears are equally moving. When captured in black and white, the emotion is immediately made timeless.

Photo by Lev Kuperman Photography

Religious ceremonies never fail to create the most intimate and sacred of moments.

Photo by Maciej Suwalowski

The minute it becomes real: when you exchange rings. And a gorgeous cliff background doesn’t hurt when it comes to making the moment all the more magical, either!

Photo by Melissa Mills

We’re all about the fist pump when it says, “I’m the luckiest guy in the world for getting married to this girl.”

Photo by The Image is Found

Did you know rain on your wedding day is supposed to bring good luck? It looks like chivalry isn’t dead—this bride certainly has one dashing gent!

Photo by Perry Vaile

A second kiss for good measure on the way out the door is always the right call—at least everyone but the adorable flower girl on the right thinks so!

Photo by BJ Matthews

There’s something magically romantic about a rose petal toss as bride and groom make their exit down the aisle.

Photo by Jonathan Gipaya

That moment when dad gives away his little girl to one sweet groom...all the feels right here.

Phil Chester

That feeling when you literally become connected...

Photo by Cody & Allison Photography

We can’t get enough of the palpable joy and smiles behind this first kiss, making for such a beautifully raw moment.

Photo by Suzuran Photography

Ceremonies aren’t always serious—infectious laughter epitomizes the love between this couple.

Photo by Maddy Shoots Photography

Find someone who looks at you the way this handsome groom looks at his beautiful new wife.

Photo by James Simmons Photography

When you high-five your best friend because you’ve got the girl...

Photo by Eric-Rene Penoy

How fun is this couple and their ceremony exit? A human tunnel creates a sense of togetherness between newlyweds and guests.

Photo by All Bliss Photography

Raining confetti, passionate embrace, stunning Greek isle backdrop—has anyone seen a first kiss as grand as this one?

Photo by Sean Cook Prints

This is a picture of paradise—both in the tropical beach setting and the pure happiness and excitement etched across the bride and groom’s faces.

Photo by Tyler Branch Photography

That sole tear says it all—vows that tug at the heartstrings and will never be forgotten.

Photo by Eric-Rene Penoy

How adorable are these two? This high-five over (literally) tying the knot evokes elation that is more than contagious.

Photo by The September Company

Post-vow tears at their finest. Emotional grooms get us every time.

Photo by Lauren Fair Photography

With hands held high and happy faces, this makes for the perfect just-married shot!

Photo by Julia Kaptelova Photography

We’re all for an epic first kiss, but there’s something so sweet about this couple's intimate moment.

Photo by Chris and Ruth

Gold confetti showers and euphoric expressions make for the ultimate exit after a heartwarming ceremony.

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