10 Most Emotional Wedding Photos

Hi, loves + Happy Friday! Today, we’re talking about emotional wedding photos: those real, tear-jerking candid moments captured on film. While planning your wedding, one thing remains certain: your day will be packed full of emotionally-charged, fleeting moments in time. Today, we want you to take a moment to put down the peonies, step away from the mason jars, and put all your stress on hold. Remind yourself why you’re getting married in the first place: love.

My wedding was three years ago, but I remember the details like it was yesterday. My sister woke me up early that morning with a super enthusiastic, “Happy Wedding Day, Bride! Wake up… the big day is here!” (Seriously, best MOH in the history of ever.) I remember my mom and sister helping me get ready, putting on my veil (my mom’s, worn on her own wedding day), and peeking through windows in anticipation as family and friends gathered. I remember my dad seeing me in my gown for the first time, our father-daughter chat before Canon in D began, and seeing my groom at the end of the aisle once the doors opened. Pure magic. These significant moments made my wedding day extra special, and your moments will be unique, too. Make sure you take time out to enjoy them. (Also, make sure your photographer is ready to capture those candid shots – I’m glad ours did!) Today, we’ve gathered up ten of the most emotional wedding photos. We hope it helps you create your own list of must-have wedding photos and remind you of what’s truly important. So, without further adieu, let’s begin…

10 Most Emotional Wedding Photos

1. The Bride Gets Teary Eyed

In this shot, the bride is teary as she recites her vows. I love how you can see the bridesmaids in the background.

10 most emotional wedding photos - #1. bride gets teary eyed at ceremony (photo by julie harris)

photo by julie harris photography

2. Father of the Bride

This photo is hands-down one of my favorites ever. It’s so real… the dad sees his daughter for the first time in her gown and is speechless.

emotional wedding photos

photo by anne almasy via wpja

3. Bride Gets Emotional During Ceremony

I adore how this bride is wiping her tears but her smile says it all. Those are pure tears of joy.

emotional wedding photos

photo by lakshal perera via mywedding.com

4. Mother of the Bride Sees Daughter

This is one shot every bride should have. The bride’s mom is seeing her for the first time in her gown… such a happy moment.

emotional wedding photos - mother of the bride and daughter

photo by vic pellicier via brides.com

5. Father Gives Away Bride to Groom

Wow, there’s so much going on in this photograph. The bride and her father just walked down the aisle, he’s handing her off to the groom, and he has a sweet, endearing look in his eyes; the groom is teary-eyed himself. What a great shot.

must have wedding photo

photo by caroline and ben photography

6. Mother Sees Bride from Window

This doesn’t happen often, but this image literally gave me chills. What an amazing visual: the bride’s mother sees her daughter through the window and you can see the reflection in the window. Amazing.

emotional wedding photos - mother sees bride from window

photo by rich janniello of ciro photography via wpja

7. Couple’s First Look

This is one first look image that shows the couple’s emotions, the redness of happy tears, and then laughter from crying. What a sweet moment.

first look wedding photo

photo by simply bloom photography

8. Bridesmaids

I love when bridesmaids tear up during the ceremony… it’s such a testament for the love they share for the couple.

bridesmaids crying at ceremony

photo by ruby yeo photography via bridal musings

9. Groom Cries as Bride Walks Down Aisle

The groom isn’t afraid to get emotional as his bride walks down the aisle to meet him. You can even see a single tear rolling down his cheek. I love this photograph.

groom cries as bride walks down the aisle

photo by sarah maren

10. Bridesmaids + Bride Crying in Car

The bridesmaids share such a special bond on the wedding day and this photograph says it all. I’m going to assume they were doing what many bridal parties do on the wedding day: talk about how excited they are, then get all emotional about how they’re best friends, then laughing because they don’t want to get all worked up. So sweet.

bridesmaids and bride crying in car

photo by florent vidal photography via polka dot bride

Which one is your favorite?

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  • MaryKay Duke

    I have a couple very emotional wedding pictures from my daughter’s wedding July 14, 2012….that just might beat out any of these so if you have a part 2 let me know and I will submit them.

  • http://sandandstarfish.com Stephanie

    My father passed away when I was younger so the fathers and mothers seeing their daughter for the first time, gets me every time.
    But I was very fortunate to have someone just as special walk me down the aisle… my little brother. I still have the image of him seeing me for the first time and the tears he had rolling down his face. My photographer captured it as well and it makes me tear up every time!

    What a wonderful collection you’ve put together. I’m not off to go through my own pictures and shed more tears!

    • http://emmalinebride.com Emma@EmmalineBride


      That’s so touching… thanks for sharing it with us. I’m sorry your father passed away at a young age; what a great little brother you have to make the moment special for you. Isn’t it wonderful how photographers can capture that moment so perfectly?

      Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by! I’m glad you liked the collection!

      Emmaline Bride

    • http://www.facebook.com/cassandrasavino Cassandra Ann

      I know exactly what you mean. My father also passed away, and each time I go to a wedding and see the father giving the bride away, and the father-daughter dance I doubly tear up, some for the beauty, and some for myself since I know I’ll never have this joy fro myself. Unfortunately my brother has also passed, so I’m not sure what i’ll do if my time ever comes. I would so like to the picture you’re describing though, it sounds so wonderful. :)

  • http://www.annadelores.com/blog Emily @ Anna Delores Photography

    I LOVE emotional wedding photos! These special moments are so magnificent when captured by the photographer. And I LOVE when the groom cries! I was just in a wedding last week where all the bridesmaids (myself included) cried, and we got started because we saw the groom crying! I love it. It’s my favorite moment at a wedding and I always watch the groom at any wedding to see his reaction to his bride.

  • http://emmalinebride.com Emma@EmmalineBride

    @Elaine: Glad you liked it! The dad in casual wear is my favorite, too. ;)

    @Desiree: I know, right? I had to keep kleenex nearby as I wrote this…

    Thank you both for stopping by!


  • http://emmalinebride.com Emma@EmmalineBride


    It is absolutely one of the most endearing wedding photos ever. We’re so happy to share it with our readers. Thank you for stopping by-


  • http://www.thegoodness.com Geoff Bardot

    Thanks for sharing the photo of me with a tear running down my cheek. That one is my favorite moments of our wedding and love the memories that it brings back!

  • http://www.desireedawnevents.com Desiree

    omigosh – seriously!!!?!?!? Are you serious right now? balling like a baby over here. how beautiful are these images. i love weddings.

  • Elaine

    I’m sitting here with tears coming down my cheeks. Powerful photos any bride and groom hope to capture.
    Tough to pick a favorite. I love the bridesmaid with the bride in the car anticipating the day ahead. Can’t beat the dad in his casual wear seeing his daughter ready to wed. Love today’s feature!