While any time of year is the perfect time to celebrate LGBTQ+ love, June marks LGBTQ+ Pride month and we're honoring the occasion with some truly heartwarming and tear-jerking same-sex wedding photos that are positively bursting with love. And we promise—these super stunning snapshots will hit you straight in the feels.
We may still have a long way to go in marriage equality, but there’s no denying that we have also made some serious strides. A victory for love, same-sex weddings are currently legally recognized in 30 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 is 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 one 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 is a whole different kind of celebration, bringing a new meaning to the monumental milestone. And for each and every photo from the LGBTQ+ weddings below, there’s no missing that exact feeling etched across every couple’s face. As these couples show, at the end of the big day, we’re all the same: Two people dedicating their love and support for the rest of their lives together. LGBT+ weddings are simply just weddings, after all.
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.
From jubilant depictions of love and laughter to the more tender moments and the sweet feelings of pride, these same-sex wedding photos are filled with such palpable emotion you'll be reaching for the Kleenex. Bring on the happy tears—because these 50 couples prove that love is love.
“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. “The parade ended in giant dance party outside the reception venue,” the grooms add.
Even though this couple spent the afternoon exploring Charleston 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!
"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, began looking for a wedding venue nearby. "We wanted to share Brooklyn with our family and friends," Lilla says.
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.
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! “Suffice it to say we bonded over our mutual competitiveness, shared employment working for former President Barack Obama, and a common love for exploration and adventure," Chris says. 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.
After meeting on OKCupid back in 2009, Dan Koday and Yves Yakoubyan said "I do" at Weehawkan 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. "Apparently he loves doing weddings," Dan says.
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, it’s components are complementary: neither is superior, and one cannot exist without the other. The key to this existence & to our marriage is balanced energy. Together you and I will live in harmony because we have found each other. You’re the yin to my yang. Let us always remember, we are not meant to be perfect, we are meant to be whole.”
“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.”
For their Charleston 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. It's a love sonnet to his wife, is written about LGBT rights, and is an ode to marriage and partnership. When our friend got to that iconic line, there wasn't a dry eye anywhere."
Jarrad and Michael Duggan-Tierney have a chance meeting 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, with Jarrad filling a room with balloons covered in images of their 17 years together. 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.
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.
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."
Between the gorgeous florals and beautiful brides, this is a "You may now kiss the bride" moment that has us swooning.
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.”
Just like this tearful bride (crying happy tears, of course), these clearly emotional vows have us reaching for the tissues, too.
The joy these brides clearly felt at their Sedona wedding is positively contagious.
"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."
These beautiful brides couldn't help tearing up when they laid eyes on one another at their romantic ceremony in the south of France.
Here comes the bride (well, one of them). First look photos never fail to bring a tear to our eye.
Have you ever seen brides so cool? For their nuptials, co-founders 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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
Two proposals are better than one. Before these two brides celebrated their wedding in Colorado, Roz proposed to Lauren while camping at Cathedral Lake near Aspen. "It was so beautiful with the snow covering everything around us, and I knew that was my chance to propose."
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.
This embrace captures so much love in one tender moment.
These grooms surprised all of their guests with a trip to a vineyard for their jubilant wedding.
If this isn't the definition of happiness, we don't know what is.
A candid moment between these grooms embodies everything we love about weddings in general.
"We did it!"
This rooftop wedding was bursting with just as much color and life as the grooms tying the knot.
We still can't get over how stylish these guys looked at their campground nuptials.
Mrs. and Mrs. jackets for the win.
These grooms opted to get ready for their wedding together—and we're so glad they did. How sweet is this photo?
So much love for these grooms during their first dance as husband and husband.
A wedding-day family photo for the books.
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.
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.
If the elated looks on their faces say anything, it’s that stepping out of City Hall has never felt so triumphant.
Seriously, what’s cuter than Eskimo kisses? These two grooms put the “sweetheart” in sweetheart table.
Find someone who looks at you the way this glamorous duo gazes into one another’s eyes.
An intimate stroll away from the crowd gave Ryan and Johnny some privacy to bask in newlywed happiness—and provided the opportunity for a great shot of their dapper duds.
We’re not crying—you are. There’s no denying the compassion and love between these two timeless brides.
Captured: the newlyweds' first kiss. We bet these grooms wanted to press pause on this soulful moment.
How chic is this pair with their silk cowl back and crisp pantsuit? The real spotlight, though, is their sweet love in this magical moment.
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.
These two autumnal beauties radiate love.
The way these two are looking at each other gives us all the feels. So, too, does their sharp and spiffy bowties and crisp white linen shirts, emitting Old Hollywood glamour and romance.
Serious cuteness overload with this giggly pair, already putting the vows of to have and to hold to good use.
Hand holding and sweet kisses—the perfect romantic walk for two in a dreamy outdoor setting.