The first kiss, exchanging vows, the confetti toss — there’s nothing like these tender moments to evoke all the feels. And while the party vibe of a wedding reception certainly has its fun and excitement, and the wedding as a whole spills with emotion from beginning to end, it’s the richness and rawness of the wedding ceremony that elicits those fresh emotions. After all, the ceremony is the heartbeat of the big day. The second act that follows is merely a celebration of the love and union of the first act. And when those emotions are captured unfiltered on camera, well, what could be more priceless?
With so much of today’s wedding photography focusing on stunning bridal portraits, creative décor, and stylish gowns, we decided to devote some attention to these swoon worthy and tear inducing moments. Scroll down to see true love at its finest—we’ve fallen in love with each of these moments, and we know you will, too. These stunning emotional photographs will get you even more excited for your own ceremony (as if that’s even possible!)—even if you’re a little bit nervous, they promise to 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—like the elation of bride and groom exiting the aisle hand-in-hand, a bride’s emotional reading of her vows or her reaction to hearing her groom’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.
We’ve gathered it all—from excitement and joy to the heartfelt and compassionate, there’s some serious wedding magic right here that promises to tug on your heartstrings.