50 Sweet Mother-Daughter Moments

On your wedding day, it’s the little things — getting ready with your mom, walking with her down the aisle, or sharing a memorable dance — that turn an ordinary wedding into an unforgettable experience. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are our favorite mother-daughter photos!

By: 
Mary Gillen

  • Getting Ready

    Getting Ready

    This southern mama and her daughter share a special moment after putting on the veil. 

    Photo Credit: Scott Hopkins Photography on Southern Weddings via Lover.ly

  • Getting Ready

    Getting Ready

    Nothing but smiles in the bridal suite.

    Photo Credit: Alyse French Photography on Southern Weddings via Lover.ly

  • Getting Ready

    Getting Ready

    Our real bride blogger Lisa's favorite wedding memories include her mom, from spending those morning hours together getting their makeup done to finding a last-minute reception dress for mom. "On the morning of my wedding, she decided that she didn’t want to wear the same dress she wore to my actual ceremony, because she thought it was too stuffy. We raced through the dress department and found a swingy, light blue party dress that was a perfect fit for a fiesta.”

    Photo Credit: Unveiled Wedding Photography 

  • Getting Ready

    Getting Ready

    This bride’s young daughter looks in amazement at her pretty wedding hairstyle.

    Photo Credit: Kathleen Hertel Photography

  • Getting Ready

    Getting Ready

    An angelic bride leaves her mom awestruck.

    Photo Credit: Kate Murphy Photography 

  • Getting Ready

    Getting Ready

    Concerned that your dress won’t fit? Don’t worry, Mom is a wonder with a zipper.

    Photo Credit: Photo Love Photography

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  • Getting Ready

    Getting Ready

    This bride’s mother had some fun with her outfit choice and chose a bold red blazer and black feathered hat. 

    Photo Credit: Matthew Mead on Polka Dot Bride via Lover.ly

  • Something Borrowed

    Something Borrowed

    The only thing better than wearing your mom’s earrings on your special day is capturing a photo of her putting them on you.

    Photo Credit: Landon Jacob Productions on Southern Weddings via Lover.ly

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    A sweet moment between a bride and her little girl.

    Photo Credit: S.C. Photography on S.C. Photography via Lover.ly

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    An ecstatic mother and daughter literally jump for joy that the big day has finally arrived!

    Photo Credit: Joy Marie Photographers 

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    This mother and father couldn’t be happier to see their little girl marry the man of her dreams.

    Photo Credit: Robin Jolin 

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    The sheer excitement on this bride’s face is priceless.

    Photo Credit: Peach Blossom Photography on Southern Weddings via Lover.ly

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  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    A mother getting choked up at the sight of her beautiful daughter.

    Photo Credit: Natalie Franke Photography on Southern Weddings via Lover.ly

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    We love how mom's vibrant dress is perfectly coordinated with the color scheme of the wedding. 

    Photo Credit: Life's Highlights

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    A mother and daughter put their heads together to create an adorable photo.

    Photo Credit: Wren Photography 

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    Don’t be afraid to cry — emotional moments make the best pictures!

    Photo Credit: Fotowerks Custom Photography

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    We can’t help but smile when looking at this photo.

    Photo Credit: Landon Jacob Productions on Southern Weddings via Lover.ly

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    A must-have photo showcasing both of your engagement rings.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Ray Photography 

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  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    Such an adorable family portrait!

    Photo Credit: Boro Creative Visions Photography on Oh Lovely Day via Lover.ly

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    Part of bride Jackie’s touching vows were dedicated to her new stepdaughter. She said, “I promise to be an example to Sarah and our family of what a good wife, friend, mother and woman should be.” How sweet!

    Photo Credit: Rose Street Studio 

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    The raw emotion in this photo brings tears to our eyes.

    Photo Credit: Elisa B. Photography on Southern Weddings via Lover.ly 

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    A unity sand ceremony including your kids is a fantastic way to represent the blending together of two families.

    Photo Credit: Photo Love Photography 

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    The couple’s daughter, Willow, was a flower girl. “The most important thing to us was involving our friends and family,” says Birdie. “Our little girl, Willow, was smiling as she was pulled down the aisle in a wagon — and that brought tears to my eyes.”

    Photo Credit: Andrejka Photography 

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    This touching photo would convince any bride to share the “first look” with her mother.

    Photo Credit: Ali Siart Photography 

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  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    Capture the last few moments of motherly advice on the way to the ceremony.

    Photo Credit: Tinywater Photography on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    No grass stains on Mama’s watch!

    Photo Credit: Abby Jiu on Snippet and Ink via Lover.ly

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    A dreamy beach backdrop makes for a beautiful mother daughter photo.

    Photo Credit: Braedon Photography on Inspired By This via Lover.ly

  • Precious Moment

    Precious Moment

    A moment of quiet prayer between a mother and daughter.

    Photo Credit: Paul Von Rieter on Grey Likes Weddings via Lover.ly

  • Like mother, like daughter

    Like mother, like daughter

    This mother-daughter duo flash the same subtle but glowing smile. 

    Photo Credit: Lauren Larsen on Southern Weddings via Lover.ly

  • Walk Down the Aisle

    Walk Down the Aisle

    The bride's mom walked her down the aisle as Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl" played.

    Photo Credit: Brent Lukey on Polka Dot Bride via Lover.ly

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  • Walk Down the Aisle

    Walk Down the Aisle

    This mother gazes adoringly at her stunning daughter.

    Photo Credit: Justin Beck Photography

  • Walk Down the Asile

    Walk Down the Asile

    Everything about this rustic-chic wedding screams family, from the two open doors in the aisle to the bride having both her parents give her away.

    Photo Credit: Wren Photography 

  • Walk Down the Aisle

    Walk Down the Aisle

    This mother-of-the-bride couldn’t be happier to be walking her daughter down the aisle.

    Photo Credit: ZADesignz 

  • Walk Down the Aisle

    Walk Down the Aisle

    Mother and daughter stroll hand-in-hand to the ceremony.

    Photo Credit: Jonas Peterson on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly

  • Walk Down the Aisle

    Walk Down the Aisle

    Add a unique touch and give mom a miniature version of your bouquet!

    Photo Credit: Rachel Pearlman Photography 

  • Warm Embrace

    Warm Embrace

    A sweet kiss on the forehead before walking down the aisle.

    Photo Credit: EMinDee Images 

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  • Warm Embrace

    Warm Embrace

    A kiss for the blushing bride that’s doubly sweet!

    Photo Credit: Two One Photography 

  • Warm Embrace

    Warm Embrace

    A bride plants a big smooch on her elated mother’s cheek.

    Photo Credit: Matt Andrews Photography 

  • Warm Embrace

    Warm Embrace

    This mother can’t hold back the tears as she embraces her daughter.

    Photo Credit: Jordan Quinn Photography 

  • Warm Embrace

    Warm Embrace

    This MOB is squeezing her daughter so tight, it looks like she never wants to let go.

    Photo Credit: Ryan Flynn Photography 

  • Warm Embrace

    Warm Embrace

    Eskimo kisses in the bridal suite equal a picture-perfect moment.  

    Photo Credit: Hailey Erickson 

  • Celebrating Culture

    Celebrating Culture

    The bride's mother beams with pride that her daughter decided to share her cultural traditions with her guests. 

    Photo Credit: Thomas Marlow on Maharani Weddings via Lover.ly

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  • Celebrating Culture

    Celebrating Culture

    Borrow this Hindu tradition and give your mom and dad seats of honor. 

    Photo Credit: Cory Ryan Photography

  • Celebrating Culture

    Celebrating Culture

    A hysterical photo of a mom being hoisted in the air during the Hora.

    Photo Credit: Scobey Photography on Southern Weddings on Lover.ly 

  • Don

    Don't Forget Grandma!

    A radiant bride looks on as her new husband shares a dance with her lovable grandmother. 

    Photo Credit: Choco Studio 

  • Sweet Gesture

    Sweet Gesture

    Say a special thank you to mom by gushing about how amazing she is in front of all of your guests. And instead of tossing your bouquet, give it to the most important woman in your life.

    Photo Credit: Angel Canary Photography 

  • Sweet Gesture

    Sweet Gesture

    Sewn into bride Vanessa’s dress was a piece of her mother’s wedding dress, hand stitched with Vanessa and Andrew’s names and wedding date.

    Photo Credit: Dominique Bader on Snippet and Ink via Lover.ly

  • Sweet Gesture

    Sweet Gesture

    Mom grins from ear-to-ear as the bride concentrates on making her corsage look perfect. 

    Photo Credit: Diane Askew Photography 

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  • Sweet Gesture

    Sweet Gesture

    This adorable couple shared one last kiss with their moms before walking down the aisle as husband and wife.

    Photo Credit: Jeremy Beasley

  • Mother-Daughter Dance

    Mother-Daughter Dance

    Pure joy is radiating from this mother-daughter duo as they take a spin around the dance floor.

    Photo Credit: Jared Wilson Photography