50 Emotional Mother-Daughter (And Son!) Moments

...in honor of Mother's Day.

Mother kissing daughter's cheek

Photo by Joey Willis

Your wedding day is all about you, but Mother's Day is definitely all about mom. We're celebrating Mother's Day by spotlighting some of our favorite wedding photos with mom. Seriously, they're practically guaranteed to bring the tears!

Whether she's the mother of the bride or mother of the groom, the day her child gets married is a major moment in a woman's life. And just as the couple is filled with a range of emotions—everything from excitement, nerves, and sheer joy—their mom is feeling the same. From classic getting ready moments to silly, sweet dances, we found 50 mother-of-the-bride photos and mother-of-the-groom photos that perfectly illustrate the bond between a mom and her child on their big day.

In preparation for your own wedding day, take note of all the sweet ways to capture the special memories you and your own mother will undoubtedly share when you tie the knot. You can even share these wedding photos with your photographer, so he or she can use them as inspiration on the big day.

Grab your tissues and scroll down to see all of our favorite MOB and MOG moments—and don't forget to call/hug your mom this weekend!

bride with mom
Photo by Tony Wodarck 

This joyous bride went dress shopping with her mom and future mother-in-law, admitting that she didn't know this sheath dress was "the one" until they were both speechless at the salon.

bride getting ready
Photo by Jennifer Emerling 

Expecting brides, be sure to your soon-to-be mom status by capturing some sweet portraits before the ceremony. Extra points for including mom in the mulit-generational moment, as this bride did.

ring exchange
Photo by J. Olson Weddings

Want to include a loved one in your ceremony? Ask your mother (or grandmother!) to marry you, as this couple did when they asked the bride's ninety-five-year-old grandmother to be their officiant.

bride getting dressed
Photo by Hannah Costello

This bride counts getting ready with her mother (and sister!) as one of her favorite parts of the day. They listened to a "Sunday Morning" playlist, talked about the big day—and, finally, helped bride Margaret into the dress they'd selected together.

mother-son dance
Photo by Lance Nicoll

How sweet is this mother-son dance that this couple shared with their mothers at their New Orleans wedding?! They selected "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack for the special moment.

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Photo by Ross Harvey

At this romantic wedding in Provence, the couple made sure to pose for a special photo with the bride's grandmother at cocktail hour. It looks like she dressed for a special occasion!

Bride and mother dance during reception
Kelly Anne Berry

Sure, sure, you may have just gotten a partner in life—but your mom will always be your partner on the dance floor! This mother-daughter duo did just that.

bride and mother of the bride
Chris and Ruth Photography

Make like this gorgeous bride and share a special moment with mom ahead of the ceremony. (Just try not to cry off your mascara!)

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Photo by Laurken Kendall

At this stunning wedding in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, the bride's mother walked her down the aisle as a Spanish guitarist played “And I Love Her” by The Beatles. "She had me when she was just a kid herself and we have truly grown up together," Myriah says. "It was so important and symbolic for me that she held my hand down the aisle and gave me away to Charlie."

bride with mom
Corbin Gurkin

Here, mother of the bride (and Oscar-nominated actress!) Glenn Close shares an emotional moment with her daughter, Annie Starke.

mother son wedding dance
Jenny Haas

Be sure to take a look at our favorite mother-son dance songs to ensure the same mile-wide smiles as this groom and his mom!

bride and mother of bride
Hannah Costello

Give mom some love on your wedding day! How sweet is this mother-daughter duo?!

Bride and mother of bride
Jana Williams Photography

As if you didn't think you could smile (or cry!) more on your big day, a special wedding gift courtesy of your mother is bound to do the trick. Here, this bride smiles as she opens her day-of treat.

intimate california wedding, family zipping brides dress
Photo by Ryan Ray 

This glowing bride admits that she knew her Galia Lahav gown was "the one" when she FaceTimed her daughter and granddaughters while dress shopping—and they immediately started crying!

Bride and mother entering cermeony
Pedro Vilela

Your mom has held your hand through it all, so what could make more sense than taking this walk down the aisle hand-in-hand, as this bride did?

bride getting dressed
Photo by Raquel Reis

At this glamorous New York City wedding, the bride let her mother and bridesmaid shine in equally statement metallic gowns.

groom with mother
Golden Hour Studios

This groom got a hug from mom when he entered his early-fall wedding ceremony in the Hamptons.

The bride gets dressed for her wedding.
Photo by Edward Winter for READYLUCK

At this vibrant wedding at Cedar Lakes Estate, the bride honored her mother's heritage in the color of her sari. “Yellow is the color traditionally worn by brides with a Telugu background from South India,” explains bride Maanasa, who wore a buttercup-hued Kanjivaram silk sari. 

Bride with mother of bride
A Heart String

Your mother has always been your personal hype woman. She'll, of course, be taking her job very seriously on your wedding day, as this mother did at her daughter's wedding in Brooklyn, New York.

couple with grandmother
Photo by Kindred Wedding Storytellers 

This couple wanted their wedding to celebrate their family and community, so they included loved ones in every part of their wedding ceremony. Here, they're shown with their ninety-seven-year-old grandmother.

couple with flower girls
Photo by Tony Wodarck

At this California wedding, the bride included her groom's two daughters by reciting vows to her soon-to-be stepdaughters during the ceremony. There wasn't a dry eye in the house!

The bride gets into her wedding dress
 Photo by Hannah Pickle

While serious moments are important on your wedding day, so are the silly ones! Make like this bride and share a few laughs with mom as you get ready.

The bride and her mother
 Photo by Samm Blake

During this tea ceremony, bride Cindy wore a traditional qipao dress, which she and her mother had traveled to Shanghai to shop for. There, they worked with a tailor who created the bride’s bespoke dress from fabric embroidered with peonies, an auspicious flower in Chinese culture that’s said to bring good fortune.

Lela Rose wedding dress
Photo by Wild Heart Visuals

This bride's mother helped her slip into a long-sleeved gown before walking down the aisle. She looked equally as chic in a deep navy hue.

bride and mother of the bride
Yessica Cruz

Make like this bride who knows a kiss from mom is well worth the smeared makeup.

Groom with Mother of the Groom
Rebecca Yale Photography

Don't forget his mom, too. This is a proud mama if we ever saw one!

Bride and groom dancing with mother
Olivia Rae James

Mom just gained a daughter or son in law; obviously that calls for a spin on the dance floor, as this couple proved at their tented wedding in Charleston!

The bride and her mother
 Photo by Melissa Marshall

When gifting robes to your 'maids, don't forget to include your mothers. We love this MOB's botanical-inspired wrap!

bride and parents
Photo by Heather Kincaid  

Bride Stephanie was escorted down the aisle by both her mother at her wedding in Bel Air, California.

Bride and her mother

While this bride was all smiles with her mother on the big day, she has another piece of advice: “Take your dad shopping with you!” advises the bride. “He’ll tell you that you look beautiful no matter what.” 

Couple with dog
Photo by Jenny Fu  

Dog moms, feel free to include your little one in the celebration. At this wedding in the New York Catskills, the couple's pooch even wore a cable-knit sweater to match the rest of the bridal party.

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Photo by Chelsea Kindrachuk

This bride included her two sons at her outdoor vows in Canada. “Having our sons made us realize what was really important, which is why we stripped away so many of the wedding traditions,” says Sheenah.

bride getting ready
Jules Bower

You know mom will go to great lengths to ensure her daughter has the perfect wedding day.

bride with parents
Photo by Sarah Falugo

At this romantic wedding, a string quartet played a rendition of “Latch” by Disclosure for Ali’s entrance alongside her mother and father. 

mother of the bride pink dress
Amy and Stuart Photography

Having your mom walk you down the aisle is a sweet spin on tradition. Here, the bride's mother escorted her before her uncle officiated the ceremony.

bride and maid of honor hugging
Dacia Pierson of Eager Hearts Photography

No matter how old you are, sometimes you just need a hug from mom—as this duo reminds us.

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Photo by Trent Bailey Photography

At this wedding, the newlyweds included both their mothers and fathers in their cake cutting. “Our wedding date was both of our parents’ 45th anniversaries,” says Claire. "We invited them up to help us cut our chocolate and vanilla cake, and the band played ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’ by Blood, Sweat and Tears, which was my parents’ first dance song at their wedding.” 

mother of the bride zipping wedding dress
Carlie Statsky

There's no better person to help you slip on that wedding dress than your mother.

Bride with mother of the bride
Rachel May Photography

A quick kiss from mom is the last thing you'll need before walking down the aisle.

ceremony in home
Kate Headley

In a room full of people, you know your mother always has eyes on you.

Mother of the Groom and Groom
Kelly Giarrocco

How sweet is this intimate moment between mother and son in the midst of a busy cocktail hour?

Bride and Her Mother
Pat Furey Photography

There’s nothing better than a heartwarming hug from mom.

Mother of the Groom and Groom
Cody & Alison Photography

This goofy moment makes our hearts melt!

Mother of the Bride and Bride
Cody & Alison Photography

This pair knows how to make getting ready fun.

Mother of the Bride and Bride
Kelly Giarrocco

That moment when mom walks you down the aisle.

Bride and Her Mother
Amber Vickery

A sweet, tender moment between mother and daughter.

Groom and His Mother
Dylan Howell Photography

As these two show, there’s nothing quite as sweet as the mother-son dance.

Bride and Her Mother
Pat Furey Photography

The look on this mother’s face as her daughter glams up says everything.

Bride and Her Mother
Shannon Moffit Photography

A good luck hug from my mom is just what the bride needs before walking down the aisle.

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