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200+ Emotional Wedding Moments

Posted: 08/21/2013 1:21 pm

By: Stefania Sainato

You've put a lot of thought into all of the major ceremony and reception decisions — who will be your officiant, which song you'll dance to first, what you'll serve for dinner and display as décor — but oftentimes, the most unforgettable moments are unscripted.

The build-up to the ceremony can be especially emotional. We've compiled some amazing photos that convey everything a bride and groom may be feeling before they walk down the aisle, from extreme giddiness to bittersweet nostalgia to paralyzing nerves.

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  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    The morning of the wedding can get a little chaotic, especially when you&#39;re surrounded by family members, bridesmaids, photographers, and a beauty prep team, and everyone&#39;s peppering you with questions or hugging you every chance they get. Even if you&#39;re calm and collected, it&#39;s still a nice idea to take a few minutes to gather your thoughts and let the delicious realization sink in that yes, you&#39;re getting married today! <br /><br /> Stop to admire your veil, smell the flowers in your bouquet, or pray with your nearest and dearest, like these couples did. You can also start your morning off right with <a href="http://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/from-dumbbells-to-wedding-bells/wedding-morning-breakfast" target="_hplink"><strong>the perfect wedding-day breakfast</strong></a>&nbsp;and upbeat <a href="http://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/bridal-buzz/music-monday-wedding-morning-playlist%20" target="_hplink"><strong>pre-wedding music</strong></a>.<br /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.joymariephoto.com/" target="_hplink">Joy Marie Photography</a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <strong><a href="http://jeansmithphotography.com" target="_hplink">Jean Smith</a></strong></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <em><span style="font-size:10px;">Photo Credit: <strong><a href="http://blog.thebecker.com" target="_hplink">The Becker</a></strong></span></em>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <strong><a href="http://www.amberdavisphotography.com" target="_hplink">Amber Davis Photography</a></strong></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.shawnahinkel.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Shawna Hinkel Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.mlejaynephotography.com/index2.php?ver=v1" target="_hplink"><strong>Mle Jayne Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/bmp" target="_hplink"><strong>Belle Momenti Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.iangrantphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Ian Grant Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.jaynebphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Jayne B. Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.kimberlychau.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Kimberly Chau Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://ashfallmixedmedia.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Ashfall Mixed Media</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://orangephotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Orange Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://lorenrouthierphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Loren Routhier Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.michaelkaalphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Michael Kaal Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://brycecoveyphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Bryce Covey Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.brendonpinolaphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Brendon Pinola Wedding Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.openfieldphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>openField Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://ctysonphotography.com/" target="_hplink"><strong>C. Tyson Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://cmcdadephotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Claudia McDade Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://harwellphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Harwell Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://orangephotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Orange Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://rickyrestiano.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Ricky Restiano</strong></a></em></span>

  • A Moment of Quiet Introspection

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.joymariephoto.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Joy Marie Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    Go ahead, get it all out of your system. Laugh until your sides hurt, indulge in some good-natured ribbing and act silly with your bridal party. Yes, even in a fancy white dress. Just pretend there isn&#39;t an entire camera crew watching, OK? In fact, goofing off can lead to some <a href="http://www.bridalguide.com/planning/bridal-party-photos" target="_hplink"><strong>unique bridal party photos</strong></a>.<br /><br /> Kidding around is a great stress reliever, and in some cultures, pre-wedding antics are actually a tradition. For example, one Chinese wedding custom is that the groom must come to the bride&#39;s house and bring her to the ceremony. But before he and his groomsmen are allowed to enter, the bridesmaids must present them with a series of crazy, funny, or humiliating challenges to prove his worthiness; this is referred to as &quot;crashing the gate.&quot; <a href="http://www.bridalguide.com/planning/wedding-ceremony-traditions/wedding-traditions-from-around-the-world" target="_hplink"><strong>Check out more fascinating wedding traditions from around the world.</strong></a><br /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://evermore-photography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Evermore Photography</strong></a></em></span><br /><br />

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://evermore-photography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Evermore Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://evermore-photography.com/" target="_hplink">Evermore Photography</a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://hofferphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Hoffer Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://evermore-photography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Evermore Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://evermore-photography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Evermore Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://harberphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Gabriel Haber Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.abbyfoxphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Abby Fox Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.juliankanz.com/blog" target="_hplink"><strong>Julian Kanz</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.alyssawilcoxphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Alyssa Wilcox Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.juliankanz.com/blog/" target="_hplink"><strong>Julian Kanz</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.annabellacharlesblog.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Annabella Charles</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://lennonphoto.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Lennon Photo</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://ashfallmixedmedia.com/" target="_hplink"><strong>Ashfall Mixed Media</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.megansmall.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Megan Small Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://brethurston.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Bre Thurston Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://mercedesmorgan.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Mercedes Morgan Photographers</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://ctysonphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>C. Tyson Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.miltonphotography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Milton Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.pickerillcreativeblog.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Pickerill Creative</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.cinematicbydavidm.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Cinematic by David M.</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.carliestatsky.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Carlie Statsky Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.twoonephotography.com/" target="_hplink"><strong>Two One Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.tricialaponte.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Tricia LaPonte Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://evermore-photography.com" target="_hplink"><strong>Evermore Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://zoerainphotography.com/about/" target="_hplink"><strong>Zoe Rain</strong></a> for <a href="http://jkoephoto.com/" target="_hplink"><strong>JKoe Photography</strong></a></em></span>

  • Goofing Off!

    <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <strong><a href="http://evermore-photography.com" target="_hplink">Evermore Photography</a></strong></em></span>

  • Spelling Out How Much You Love Them

    Make your spouse-to-be feel loved and appreciated by telling (or showing) them just how lucky you feel to spend the rest of your life with them.<br /><br /> Here are a few suggestions to spark your creativity: Write a series of love letters to be opened on meaningful occasions in the future, like your first fight and your first wedding anniversary; jot down a sweet note each day in the month leading up to the wedding, similar to advent calendars around Easter; plaster the inside of his car with a hundred Post-It notes, each with a different reason why you love him; record a video message before you get into your gown and text it to him; give him a meaningful gift that he&#39;ll never guess is coming...the opportunities are endless. Check out <a href="http://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/from-dianes-desk/preston-bailey-valentines-day" target="_hplink"><strong>more ways to make your wedding romantic</strong></a>.<br /><br /> Don&#39;t forget to <a href="http://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/real-brides-speak-out/wedding-thanks" target="_hplink"><strong>thank family members and friends</strong></a>&nbsp;for all of their support, too, even if someone couldn&#39;t make it to the wedding.&nbsp;<br /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.nancycohn.com/" target="_hplink">Nancy Cohn</a>&nbsp;</em></span>

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