60 LGBTQ+ Wedding Photos That Will Give You All the Feels

Love is love.

Two brides holding hands and posing in front of a piano, bride on the left holding up her bouquet and smiling

Photo by Chi-Chi Ari Love

We may still have a long way to go in marriage equality, but there’s no denying that we have made some serious strides. A victory for love, same-sex weddings are currently legally recognized in 29 countries and territories. The Netherlands was the first to turn the tide, passing a law for same-sex marriage in 2001, and the United States was the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage in its historic Supreme Court ruling (a landmark decision we’re still applauding years later—not that we’d ever stop).

Getting married is undeniably an emotional and celebratory affair, but to be able to tie the knot with the love of your life after being denied the right to do so? Now that brings a whole new meaning to the monumental milestone. For each and every photo from the LGBTQ+ weddings below, there’s no missing the pride and happiness etched across each newlywed's face. As these couples show, at the end of the big day, we're all the same: Marriage means two people vowing to love and support one another for the rest of their lives together, regardless of their gender.

From jubilant depictions of love and laughter to more tender moments and sweet feelings of pride, these 60 wedding photos are filled with such palpable emotion you'll be reaching for tissues.

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A Wildly Unique NOLA Celebration

Two grooms kissing on their wedding day in New Orleans with a parade in the background

Photo by Trevor Mark Photography

“One of the key reasons we chose New Orleans was so we could have a second line parade,” says this couple, who wed in a wildly unique celebration in NOLA. “And it did not disappoint! Parading through the streets surrounded by family and friends was so surreal.” The couple’s grand marshal even rode a pink pegasus unicorn bike with a bubble machine.

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A Sweet Forehead Kiss

Bride kissing her brides forehead while they stand on a city street

Photo by Tara Beth Photography

This forehead kiss on a Brooklyn street is so romantic. You can practically feel the love radiating off this photo.

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A Sweet First Look

Bride kissing her wife on the cheek

Photo by Lauren Jonas

Even though this couple spent the afternoon exploring Charleston, South Carolina, and getting ready together with family and friends, they still decided to do an official first look. To pull it off, they separated just before to put on their wedding day looks and surprise one another. So sweet!

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A Meaningful Wedding Location

Two brides share a kiss along the water with NYC skyline in the background

Photo by Tanhya Kae Photography

"Brooklyn is our home,” explains Lilla Goettler of she and Katie Hathaway's wedding location. “When we started dating, Katie lived in Gowanus, and we’ve never lived far from there since," Lilla says. After Katie proposed at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood in December 2017, the couple, naturally, decided to host their nuptials nearby.

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A Walk Down the Aisle Together

Newlywed grooms crying and holding hands

Photo by Lance Nicoll

Garrett Pinder and Peter Testori married on the steps of a historic home in New Orleans, after falling in love with the city on a trip together. "We walked down the aisle together, which was a really special moment," says Peter. The couple wrote their own vows, setting a word count to keep them the same length. Garrett used quotes from some of his favorite authors while Peter infused stories of their relationship along with hidden meaning that only Garrett would understand. 

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Sharing an Umbrella

Two grooms holding hands and sharing an umbrella

Photo by Dos Mas En La Mesa

When Christopher Van Es and Zachary Huey met in February 2013 through the running club Front Runners, there was some debate over who was chasing who—literally! About five years later, Chris proposed to Zach at the Palacio de Cristal in Retiro Park in Madrid. “Zach had previously lived in the city, and we’d been back together several times,” Chris says. “I selected the location to symbolically bridge the past with the present and future.” Naturally, they chose to wed in Spain as well.

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Saying "I Do" Exactly One Year Later

Two grooms getting married in a courtroom

Photo by Dacia Pierson of Eager Hearts Photography

After meeting on OkCupid back in 2009, Dan Koday and Yves Yakoubyan said "I do" at Weehawken Town Hall on December 26, 2018—exactly one year from the day Dan proposed in Paris. "Weehawken has the most adorable courtroom in the town hall," Dan says. "Even better: It's right near our house!" The mayor of Weehawken happened to be in town the day after Christmas, so he performed the couple's ceremony.

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A Personalized Outdoor Ceremony

Bride putting a wedding ring on her bride's finger at their wedding

Photo by Nato Tuke

Meaghan Garland and Kiyomi McCloskey wrote their own vows for their New Jersey wedding, with Meaghan’s including a piece about how their relationship symbolized the yin-yang relationship. She said, "Similar to the yin-yang, though opposite in nature, its components are complementary: Neither is superior, and one cannot exist without the other. The key to this existence and to our marriage is balanced energy."

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A Sunrise Ceremony

Two grooms sharing a kiss at their wedding

Photo by Ryan Horban

“The ceremony was held in the morning with the rising sun glinting off the mountains, which created a magical setting,” says Jeremy Woolf says of exchanging vows with Christopher Slye at 9 a.m. “We chose a morning ceremony to celebrate our favorite time of day. It is a special and spiritual time for us, when we like to enjoy nature and quiet conversation.”

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A Gorgeous Hawaiian Wedding

Two grooms kissing on their wedding day

Photo by Melia Lucida

"We both decided to write our own vows, which was one of the best decisions we made throughout our wedding experience," groom Ross said of his gorgeous Hawaiian wedding to Noa. "The writing process was a fantastic moment to reflect on our relationship and realize why we want to spend the rest of our lives together."

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A First Kiss in the Desert Sun

Two brides kissing at their wedding in the desert

Photo by Meg Brooke Photography

This Mesa, Arizona, wedding is just breathtaking, and how sweet is this first kiss? We love their boho-inspired altar that blends perfectly with the natural elements of the desert.

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A Gender-Neutral Episcopalian Ceremony

Two brides standing before their officiant at an outdoor wedding

Photo by Brooke Boyd Photo + Film

For their Charleston, South Carolina, wedding, Emily Lambert and Emerson Hemperley took elements of an Episcopalian ceremony, made it gender-neutral, and added personal readings. "We worked closely with our officiant to create a ceremony that felt like us," Emily says. "The best part was the reading of Lin Manuel Miranda's poem 'Love Is Love Is Love.'"

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A Celebration 17 Years in the Making

Two grooms kissing their son's forehead

Photo by Yervant Photography

Jarrad and Michael Duggan-Tierney have a chance encounter in Tasmania in 2001 to thank for the start of their romance. Since then, Jarrad and Michael have celebrated plenty of life milestones together, even welcoming a son, Reid, in 2010. But it wasn't until 2018 that the famous dads—known as "the real dads of Melbourne"—got engaged. For their wedding, the couple landed on a May 11, 2019, date, giving them plenty of time to plan a celebration that was more than 17 years in the making.

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Tears of Joy While Surrounded by Family

Two grooms exiting their wedding ceremony

Photo by Belathée Photography 

Family was central to this couple's Arizona ceremony: Jason and Philip's sisters, Dana (Jason's sister) and Jennifer (Philip's sister), officiated the proceedings and their grandparents, who were unable to travel, watched on FaceTime. After, the newlyweds walked up the aisle to a ukelele cover of “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. “We were crying, our sisters who officiated were crying, and pretty much everyone in the audience was crying tears of joy,” Jason says.

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A Heartfelt First Dance

Two brides having their first dance

Photo by Towards the Moon

For their first dance, brides Chelsey and Alyssa chose "You & Me” by Dave Matthews Band. “I totally lost it,” said Chelsey of when the tune began to play. “When that song first came out in 2009, Alyssa and I used to dance to it all the time, alone at home. Our relationship was still very much a secret. I never thought then that someday we’d be able to be dancing, in front of everyone we know, at our wedding.”

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A Touching First-Look Photo

A bride tapping her bride's shoulder, who is facing the other way, for a first look shot
Photo by Emma Weiss Photo

Here comes the bride (well, one of them). First-look photos never fail to bring a tear to our eye.

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A Jungle-Inspired Wedding

Two grooms exiting their wedding ceremony at a tropical outdoor wedding

Photo by Sara Lobla

Reflecting on his jungle-inspired wedding in Barcelona to his love, Ale, groom Oscar said, "It seems like anything that isn't a 'traditional' wedding is imperfect, but the truth is that love is perfect even if it's different than what you're used to." How heartwarming is that!

It seems like anything that isn't a 'traditional' wedding is imperfect, but the truth is that love is perfect even if it's different than what you're used to.

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Pure Joy at a Sedona Wedding

Two brides embracing and holding up their bouquets on a rock in Sedona

Photo by Katie Edwards Photography

The joy these brides felt at their Sedona wedding is positively contagious. There's nothing like a breathtaking landscape for an awesome photo op.

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Stylish Campground Nuptials

Two grooms smiling, walking and holding hands outdoors

Photo by Kate Headley

We still can't get over how stylish these guys looked at their campground nuptials. Who says you have to wear a plain, solid-colored suit on your wedding day?

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Beautiful Brides Tearing Up

Two brides standing at the altar, one wiping away a tear

Photo by Thierry Joubert

These beautiful brides couldn't help tearing up when they laid eyes on one another at their romantic ceremony in the South of France. Not to mention, their gowns are as chic as they come.

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Happy Tears During Emotional Vows

Bride wiping away a tear on other bride's face while they say their vows
Photo by Aimlee Photography

Just like this tearful bride (crying happy tears, of course), these clearly emotional vows have us reaching for the tissues. The city skyline in the background adds to the dramatic moment.

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A Sunny Spanish Countryside Wedding

Two brides with their arms around each other walking through the sunny Spanish countryside

Photo by Thierry Joubert

Have you ever seen brides so cool? For their nuptials, cofounders of London-based interior design firm Sella Concept, Gayle Noonan and Tatjana von Stein, headed to the Spanish countryside and threw a party we wish we were invited to.

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A Group Father-Daughter Dance

A father holding two brides for a dance

Photo by Henry + Mac

At their warehouse wedding in Portland, Maine, both brides took a spin on the dance floor with their dads to "My Girl" by the Temptations. "We danced with our own dads, then danced with our fathers-in-law toward the end of the song," said bride Allison. "Our families have been so supportive of our relationship since day one, and we were so lucky to have them by our sides on our wedding day."

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A Beautiful Maui Ceremony

Two grooms holding hands and facing each other at the wedding altar

Photo by Angie Diaz Photography

These grooms celebrated their wedding in beautiful Maui, where the newlyweds and guests were treated to an amazing sight: multiple humpback whales breached out in the ocean after the "I dos." We love how the palm tree and surfboards serve as a makeshift altar.

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A Scenic Wedding After Two Proposals

Two brides holding bouquets and kissing outdoors

Photo by Kristin Sweeting Photography

Before these two brides celebrated their wedding in Colorado, Roz proposed to Lauren while camping at Cathedral Lake near Aspen. About six months later, Lauren decided that it was her turn to pop the question. She and Roz were at their favorite neighborhood bar in Denver, sitting outside and enjoying a drink. "I'd convinced the gas station across the street to put 'Roz, Marry Me' on their sign—it took her forever to notice," said Lauren with a laugh.

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A Sweet Mountaintop Moment

A bride kissing another bride on the forehead

Photo by Beatrice Howell

My Yen proposed to Gracie by putting together a book full of pictures and memories from their four years together. “On the last page was a picture of the ring and the question, ‘Will you marry me?’" said Gracie. "It was perfect."

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A Tender Embrace

Two brides hugging each other

Photo by Phil Chester

This embrace captures so much love in one tender moment. The forest trees in the background make it seem like a scene from a fairy tale.

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A Candid Moment Between Grooms

Groom standing with his arms around his groom, who is sitting, at a wedding reception

Photo by Aaron and Whitney Photography

A candid moment between these grooms embodies everything we love about weddings: food, friends, laughter, and love. The library setting adds to the romance.

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A Surprise Wedding at a Vineyard

Two grooms kissing each other

Photo by Sylvie Gil Photography

These grooms surprised all of their guests with a trip to a California vineyard for their jubilant wedding. Who doesn't love wine and romance?

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A Sweet Moment at a Rustic Wedding

Two brides sitting in rustic chairs outside a glamping tent, holding hands and smiling
Photo by Mackenzie Neville

If this isn't the definition of happiness, we don't know what is. Country artist Shelly Fairchild and her bride Deborah DeLoach chose a glamping site in Colorado for their intimate, bohemian wedding, where just the two of them, plus their dog and photographer/officiant, were present.

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A Spontaneous Moment During the Recessional

Two brides walking down the aisle during wedding recessional

Photo by JAYLim Studio

The look on these brides' faces is priceless—pure joy! After they proposed to one another four months apart, they planned their minimalist beach wedding in the Hamptons, where they tied the knot on a spring day in May.

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A Celebratory Kiss

Two grooms sharing their first kiss as newlyweds with bubbles floating around them

Photo by Mae & Minh Photography

This rooftop wedding was bursting with just as much color and life as the grooms tying the knot. We love the pink sash symbolizing their union!

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A Groundbreaking Celebration

A gay Hindu couple at their wedding inside a temple while guests throw red petals in the air

Photo by Charmi Peña Photography

We love how celebratory this photo is. When Aditya Madiraju and Amit Shah decided to have their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple, they didn't know just how much of an effect it would have on the LGBTQ community. But when their wedding photos ended up going viral, they realized just how groundbreaking their celebration was.

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Mrs. and Mrs. Jackets

Two brides standing on a city street, facing away, wearing matching green bomber jackets with "Mrs. Rozell" embroidered on the back

Photo by Alicia Swedenborg

Mrs. and Mrs. jackets for the win! These stylish city brides pull off matching bombers so well.

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An Adorable Getting-Ready Moment

One groom adjusting the other groom's tuxedo on their wedding day

Photo by The Nichols

These grooms opted to get ready for their wedding together—and we're so glad they did. How sweet is this photo?

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A First Dance as Husbands

Two grooms having their first dance

Photo by Golden Hour Studios

So much love for these grooms during their first dance as husband and husband. Just imagine how romantic it was with Amy Winehouse’s cover of “No Greater Love" playing in the background!

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A Perfect Family Photo

Two grooms kissing and holding a white French bulldog on a leash

Photo by Agaton Strom

Now, this is a wedding-day family photo for the books. We love the idea of incorporating your dog into your wedding and portraits.

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The Moment Following "I Do"

Two brides embracing at Scottish wedding
Photo by The Kitcheners

There’s nothing quite as euphoric as the moment after saying “I do” and that first married kiss. Kaylee and Karyln incorporated a few Scottish rites and read hand-written vows, making this moment all the more joyful.

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A Joyful Candid

Two brides smiling and holding hands outside under string lights
Photo by River West Photography

What a picture-perfect moment. Between these brides' awesome wedding-day attire and their joyful expressions, we're head-over-heels for this stunning snapshot.

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A Tender First Look in Glowing Sunlight

Two brides smiling and embracing each other candidly outside with the sun shining through the trees
Photo by Adam Riley Photography

Both of these dresses may be beautifully dazzling, but it’s nowhere near as bright as the look on both of these brides’ faces. Glowing sunlight helps capture this tender first look.

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Stepping Out of City Hall

Two brides holding hands and exiting City Hall
Photo by Studio XIII Photography

If the elated looks on their faces say anything, it’s that stepping out of city hall has never felt so triumphant. We love the beautiful yet understated gowns they chose for their courthouse vows.

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Adorableness at the Sweetheart Table

Two grooms toasting at their wedding reception table
Photo by Clean Plate Pictures

Seriously, what’s cuter than this? These two grooms put the “sweetheart” in sweetheart table.

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A Glamorous Duo

Two brides in sheath wedding dresses holding hands and looking at one another, holding pink bouquets
Photo by Kristin la Voie Photography

Find someone who looks at you the way this glamorous duo gazes into one another’s eyes. Not to mention, those draping gowns and matching bouquets are just gorgeous!

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A First Kiss Between Grooms

Two grooms sharing their first kiss at an indoor wedding ceremony
Photo by Enchanted Brides Photography

Captured: the newlyweds' first kiss. We bet these grooms wanted to press pause on this soulful moment.

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A Giggly Pair After Their Vows

Groom hugging his groom from the side while they both smile
Photo by Carla Penoncelli

Serious cuteness overload with this giggly pair! They're already putting the vows of to have and to hold to good use.

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An Intimate Stroll

Two grooms in blue suits holding hands and walking down the street
Photo by Anagram Photo

An intimate stroll away from the crowd gave Ryan and Johnny some privacy to bask in newlywed happiness. Plus, it provided the perfect opportunity for a shot of their dapper duds.

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A Moment Between Two Timeless Brides

Two brides in dresses holding and facing each other
Photo by The Melideos

We’re not crying—you are. There’s no denying the compassion and love between these two timeless brides.

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A Post-Ceremony High-Five

Two brides high-fiving after their wedding

Photo by Clarkie Photography

We bet we know what these two brides were saying as they high-fived post-nuptials: "We did it!" We love the fall florals these brides spotlighted at their Los Angeles wedding.

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A Chic Couple Sharing a Sweet Moment

Two brides kissing in a vineyard
Photo by Studio XIII Photography

How chic is this pair? We love the silk cowl back and the crisp pantsuit. The real spotlight, though, is their sweet love in this magical moment.

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A Swoonworthy First Kiss

Two brides sharing their first kiss as newlyweds
Photo by Cassie Castellaw Photography

This "you may now kiss the bride" moment between two beautiful brides has us swooning. We love the gorgeous florals in the background that coordinate with one bride's corsage.

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A Perfect Confetti Toss Shot

Two grooms exiting their ceremony while guests toss confetti
Photo by Claire Penn

A walk out of the chapel has never looked so celebratory. Jubilant and proud, Anthony and Nicholas nailed the confetti toss as much as they nailed their amazing tweed suits.

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A Moment That Radiates Autumn (and Love)

Two brides holding hands and walking through the woods
Photo by Neil Thomas Douglas

These two autumnal beauties radiate love. A stroll through the woods provides the perfect setting for some great photos.

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Taking a Break Together

Two grooms laying on a hammock and facing each other
Photo by Rouxby

The way these two are looking at each other as they lounge out on a hammock gives us all the feels. So, too, does their sharp and spiffy bow ties and crisp white linen shirts, emitting old Hollywood glamour and romance.

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A Romantic Walk Among Greenery

Two brides standing outside and kissing each other
Photo by Lavender + Twine

Hand holding and sweet kisses—the perfect romantic walk for two. This lush and dreamy outdoor setting is an unbeatable backdrop.

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Flashing Their Bling

Two brides holding up their hands to show off their wedding rings

Photo by Chi-Chi Ari Love

Due to COVID-19, this totally cool couple chose to take their vows solo at a Brooklyn home while zooming with their loved ones, but that didn't take away from the romance. We love this shot of them showing off their rings together.

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Breaking the Glass Together

Two grooms stomping glass together at a Jewish wedding

Photo by Logan Cole Photography

We love this shot of two grooms breaking the glass together at their Jewish wedding—an inclusive take on an age-old tradition. The Palm Springs greenery in the background enhances the celebratory moment.

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A Bike Ride Through the English Countryside

Two groom high-fiving while they ride bikes through the English countryside

Photo by Richard Skins Photography

We're so glad someone captured this adorable moment between two grooms as they leisurely bike through the English countryside. The Oxfordshire location is more than just beautiful, though; it's also symbolic. Londoners Nathan and Chris went on their first getaway there in 2015 and returned for their nuptials years later on the exact same weekend.

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A Gorgeous Sparkler Exit

Two brides kissing during a sparkler wedding exit

Photo by Red Apple Tree Photography

We love sparkler exits! This drama-filled moment between two newlywed brides at their South Carolina wedding was the perfect photo op.

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A Statement-Making Portrait

Two brides smiling and holding hands, with one bride's "Love wins" tattoo exposed

Photo by Gloria Goode Photography

We know you're probably focused on the sheer love and happiness on these brides' faces as they gaze into each other's eyes, but this romantic shot also makes a statement. Notice one bride's "Love Wins" tattoo. We absolutely love that!

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Making Music Together

Two grooms playing tambourines at their wedding while guests watch and play along

Photo by Allan Zepeda Photography

This whimsical couple shook tambourines while their guests followed along at their Miami Beach wedding. We love this unique wedding idea!

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