39 Emotional Mother-Daughter (And Son!) Moments

In honor of Mother's Day, we found the most loving moments captured between brides, grooms, and their moms

Updated 05/12/19

Photo by Dacia Pierson of Eager Hearts Photography

Your wedding day is all about you, but Mother's Day is definitely all about mom. We're celebrating Mother's Day by spotlighting our favorite mother of the bride photos (and mother of the groom photos!), and their practically guaranteed to bring the tears! (Seriously, be sure to have some Kleenex nearby...)

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 39 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 mother of the bride and groom moments! And don't forget to call/hug your mom this weekend!

Bride and mother dance during reception
Photo by 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!

bride and mother of the bride
Photo by Chris and Ruth Photography

Share a special moment with mom ahead of the ceremony. (Just try not to cry off your mascara!)

bride with mom
Photo by 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
Photo by 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
Photo by Hannah Costello

Give mom some love on your wedding day!

Bride and mother of bride
Photo by 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.

Bride and mother entering cermeony
Photo by 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?

mother son dance
Photo by Mademoiselle Fiona

There'll be no surprise here if there is not a dry eye in the house during the mother-son dance.

groom with mother
Photo by Golden Hour Studios

This groom got a hug from mom when he entered the ceremony.

Bride with mother of bride
Photo by 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!

bride and mother of the bride
Photo by Yessica Cruz

A kiss from mom is well worth the smeared makeup.

Groom with Mother of the Groom
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

A proud mama if we ever saw one!

Bride and groom dancing with mother
Photo by Olivia Rae James

Mom just gained a daughter or son in law; obviously that calls for a spin on the dance floor!

bride getting ready
Photo by Jules Bower

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

mother of the bride pink dress
Photo by Amy and Stuart Photography

Having your mom walk you down aisle is a sweet spin on tradition.

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

No matter how old you are, sometimes you just need a hug from mom.

mother of the bride zipping wedding dress
Photo by Carlie Statsky

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

bride in Hayley Paige
Photo by Sanaz Photography

Let your mother work her magic and handle those last-minute finishing touches.

Bride with mother of the bride
Photo by Rachel May Photography

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

ceremony in home
Photo by Kate Headley

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

Photo by Kelly Giarrocco

We think these two are ready for reception time!

Photo by Kelly Giarrocco

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

Photo by Shannon Moffit Photography

You can’t beat these two wide grins. We’re loving all the happiness here!

Photo by Pat Furey Photography

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

Photo by Angie Diaz Photography

Leave it to mom to put the finishing touches on your wedding look.

Photo by Cody & Alison Photography

This goofy moment makes our hearts melt!

Photo by Cody & Alison Photography

This pair knows how to make getting ready fun.

Photo by Katherine Joy

That beautiful feeling when mom passes along a touching gift.

Photo by Kelly Giarrocco

That moment when mom walks you down the aisle.

Photo by Corbin Gurkin Photography

No matter how old you are, mom is always there to help you get ready.

Photo by Amber Vickery

A sweet, tender moment between mother and daughter.

Photo by Dylan Howell Photography

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

Photo by Kylee Yee

Pure adoration, right here.

Photo by AGPCollective

So. Many. Emotions. These two are trying to hold back the tears.

Photo by Dandelion Productions

We’re loving this post-ceremony embrace full of joy!

Photo by Pat Furey Photography

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

Photo by Arden Photography

Can we get in on the joke? There’s nothing like that unspoken bond between mother and daughter.

Photo by Shannon Moffit Photography

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

Photo by Kelly Giarrocco

An eskimo kiss for the win! We can’t get enough of this cute capture.

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