41 Sweet Moments from Same-Sex Weddings
Here at Martha Stewart Weddings, we've come across tons of celebrations, and the sweet and memorable snippets from each never cease to warm our hearts. Wedding after wedding, one thing remains abundantly clear—love is love, no matter the couple and each partner's identity. The following slideshow—featuring some of our favorite moments from same-sex weddings—provides all of the proof that you need.
The joyful nuptials ahead are bound to make you smile, and might even get the waterworks flowing. After witnessing the emotion in each, you'll have a hard time not getting choked up. They're also great sources of inspiration to aid you in planning your own wedding, since they're full of meaningful ideas that we recommend couples include in their events, too.
From first looks to first dances, walks down the aisle to reception getaways, and adorably-executed traditions to the making of unique memories, this gallery has it all. The couples define cute, and the weddings define special. We've even featured quotes from some of the spouses, to give more insight into the elements of their weddings that we've spotlighted.
If you're getting married and you're looking for muses, use these images to help you prepare a shot list, and to decide what to incorporate into your big day. If you're just a sucker for romance, you've also come to the right place. These photos are bound to pull at your heart strings. Whatever the case, get inspired by and celebrate the beautiful relationships that are pictured.
This groom couldn't help but smile with excitement as he and his future spouse got dressed for their wedding.
Walk to Remember
Go ahead and schedule some alone time together. These brides held hands as they took an intimate stroll, for example.
Love Up Close
These brides touched noses as they soaked in the meaning of their big day.
Showered with Love
Guests at this wedding showered the grooms with confetti, which made for a fun photo opportunity.
Honor your roots, whatever they may be, like these two who participated in a Jewish dancing tradition.
Another example of incorporating customs? Jumping the broom, like these joyful brides did.
These two decided to put on stylish shades for a portrait together.
Laughing It Off
What do you do when your mic keeps malfunctioning as you're reciting your vows? Laugh it off with the love of your life.
How endearing is this sweet snapshot of two grooms celebrating their special occasion?
Jumping for Joy
This couple couldn't contain their enthusiasm about tying the knot.
Coordinating outfits aren't expected, but these grooms definitely pulled them off.
"We were both so immediately complimentary of one another and it was one of the first moments that day when it became so real, that we were getting married," one of these brides shared, regarding her first look.
This pair ruled the dance floor as their guests cheered them on.
Looks of Love
The expressions of these grooms said it all as they were photographed on their wedding day.
Bring on the Romance
Gorgeous lighting was the cherry on top of this romantic portrait.
We love how the groom on the left is looking at his new husband in this image.
Extend your aisle time with another kiss as you exit the ceremony, just like these happy grooms did.
Happily Ever After
These two flashed smiles as they held each other close while preparing to leave their celebration.
A caring kiss on the cheek is always an adorable moment.
We can't help but grin at this enthusiastic pair, who put their hands in the air to represent their happiness.
Soaking It In
This photograph of two new husbands exudes emotion.
Kick off the party with a special reception entrance, just like these brides did.
These brides chose to wear colorful clothes on their big day, an outward representation of their internal cheer.
When Sparks Fly
These delighted grooms lit up the night as they exited their wedding, with both their smiles and their sparklers.
"I Now Pronounce You"
Grinning with joy, these grooms threw their hands in the air after sharing their first married kiss.
These brides had their Ural motorcycle decorated for their big day. They then sat shotgun in the bike's sidecar while a friend drove them to their ceremony. The ultra-cool ride was such a special part of the celebration that the couple's artist friend drew them riding in it for the wedding's logo.
This couple spent the whole day bonding, starting with getting ready. "Frankly, I think we got ready together because I needed the support," explained one of the grooms. "I was so nervous, and I'm pretty much useless without Nathan. I would have showed up half-dressed, wearing the wrong shoes, or something." How's that for better together?
On the morning of their big day, this lucky couple traversed Tuscany in an old Fiat, taking an array of pre-wedding portraits."We felt like models on a photo shoot—it was so much fun!" said one of the grooms.
During their wedding ceremony, these grooms exchanged personalized vows and their friend read from the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision "Goodridge v. the Department of Public Health" in which the country made its first decision to entitle same-sex couples to marriage.
This couple's special wedding was the first same-sex marriage performed in their township courthouse.
These grooms escorted each other down the aisle. "When I walked down to the beach, I was blown away with how beautiful everything had been arranged," said one of the grooms. "It was exactly how we wanted it to be."
These newlyweds took to the dance floor to a version of "Same Love" by Macklemore and Mary Lambert that was recorded by a high school friend.
These grooms held their celebration on Martha Stewart's property (she's the aunt of one of them).
The grooms at this wedding danced to Barbra Streisand's "Here's to Life" for their first spin as newlyweds. One groom inscribed the other's ring with the song's lyrics: "To life, to love, to you."
Dream Come True
David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" played as this couple danced together for the first time as newlyweds. Then everyone joined in. "People who never dance, danced at our wedding," one of the brides recalled. "I feel like that sort of says it all."
Grooms Getting Ready
"We did everything together, including getting ready," said one of these grooms. "We knew we'd miss out on the moment of tying each other's ties if we didn't."
After their wedding came to a close, these two brides beamed as they left together, ready to take on their honeymoon.