32 Utterly Romantic Wedding-Day Kisses
More than just a sweet big-day tradition, a newlywed couple's first kiss both symbolizes a spiritual bond and "seals the deal"—you're officially married. As for the second, third, and fourth kisses? Well, can you blame them for being overcome with affection at this momentous celebration? These small, authentic moments of love and adoration all deserve to be captured on camera. If you and your fiancé aren't big on public displays of affection, however, you might feel slightly nervous about your first married kiss—it's a common reality for many brides and grooms, since it's not often that your relationship is the center of attention (much less the reason for an entire event).
Before you let those butterflies get the best of you, remember that you should do what feels natural to you and your partner. If you aren't the showy-type, don't force any over-the-top gestures—that classic first-kiss dip isn't mandatory. After all, being uncomfortable doesn't usually make for awe-inspiring, emotional photos. Still nervous? It might help to have a plan in place if you're set on capturing this once-in-a-lifetime moment. Ahead of your big day, ask your wedding planner or photographer for some coaching (they've witnessed hundreds of wedding kisses, so they'll have invaluable insight). They'll likely suggest ways to play-up the moment with confetti (like this stunning shot of country singer Kasey Musgraves and her husband, Ruston Kelly) or sparklers. In the end, having guests focus on holding a small firework might take some of the attention off you, while simultaneously staging the photo you'll cherish forever.
Above all else, don't overthink it. Any photographer will tell you that actually enjoying your wedding day—and especially your first married kiss—often results in the best candid photos. Ahead, we've compiled our favorite first kisses exchanged by couples following their vows. Whether staged or completely candid, these newlyweds can't contain their joy—and it shows.
Tuscan Sunset Send-Off
Blue Smoke Snapshot
Event designer Julie Guinta of Rye Workshop asked these grooms to kiss under blue smoke bombs that matched their traditional Indian attire.
Vintage Record Store
The smile on this bride's face when her groom kissed her in Rhino Records, the vintage locale that served as their portrait backdrop, spoke to the emotions they felt on their big day.
Candid Farm Shoot
This sweet couple paused their tour of Lone Hawk Farm's grassy meadow to share this picturesque embrace and kiss.
These two puckered up with puppies in hand—they couldn't resist sharing their portrait session with their fluffy friends.
A peck on the head left this bride smiling ear-to-ear while posing for wedding portraits.
This couple shared a kiss in the same destination they traveled when they first started dating: the hills of Southern Spain.
The cocktail hour portion of this wedding kicked off with the bride giving the groom a sweet peck on the cheek.
After exchanging personal vows during their combined Hindu, Jewish, and non-denominational ceremony, these newlyweds officiated their matrimony with a kiss.
Surrounded by lush greenery and an array of pastel-colored florals by Suryo Decor, this groom took a private, magical moment to kiss his bride.
First Look Kiss
Overwhelmed with emotion, this duo's first wedding-day kiss happened during their first look.
Luxury Tent Location
During the recessional, this bride celebrated her newlywed status by kissing her wife's hand; "Show Me Love" by Big Wild played in the background, which made the moment that much more meaningful.
This duo embraced at their table-for-two. Being slightly separated from their 140 guests allowed them to talk, laugh, and kiss freely.
Picturesque Floral Arch
Once the officiant declared, "You may now kiss the bride," this couple lovingly embraced under a romantic floral arch by Splendid Wedding Company.
While enjoying their wedding's scenic mountain backdrop, this groom gently kissed his bride's head.
This groom had been planning to romantically dip his bride for their first kiss as husband and wife since the moment he proposed.
After their first look, this couple strolled around their ranch venue's property for their playful, kiss-filled portraits.
Guests treated these newlyweds to a sparkler send-off. The couple paused for a kiss before heading to the after-party.
Rose Petal Confetti
During their first embrace as husbands, guests showered these grooms with rose petals.
This bride and groom kissed in front of all their guests for this planned portrait. The goal of the photo was to capture each attendee's candid love for the couple.
Floral Wooded Alter
During their romantic ceremony, these newlyweds embraced under a wooded altar decorated with florals by Cue the Champagne.
Romantic Rainy Day
This bride and groom enjoyed numerous kisses on their romantic, rainy wedding day. The couple even got ready together, so they could kiss whenever they wished.
After exchanging self-penned vows and following up with a pinky swear kiss, this couple embraced to signify their special promise to each other.
Giddy and Affectionate
Before heading to the reception, this groom happily laid one on his beautiful bride’s cheek.
This groom swept his bride into his arms before kissing her in the doorway of their inn venue.
Before cruising off to the Vietnamese riverside on a vintage motorbike, this couple shared a quick peck.
Lake Como Villa
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s first kiss as man and wife was so romantic, the pair wasn’t even distracted by the villa’s astounding view of Lake Como.