Touching Father-Daughter Moments to Capture at Your Wedding

Make sure your photographer takes photos of these special times.

Though you will likely have portraits with members of your family, including your dad, candid shots are where the memories of the day really shine.

Photo: Jennings King Photography

Happy Father's Day! Many dads and daughters have special relationships that are wonderfully sentimental, which is why the relationship between bride and father are often highlighted through wedding traditions – along with reasons related to long-standing traditions. Even as more women choose not to call the moment when their father walks them down the aisle to their future spouse as being “given away,” it is often still meaningful for brides to be walked down the aisle by their fathers.

Though you will likely have portraits with members of your family, including your dad, candid shots are where the memories of the day really shine. If you want to capture your special relationship with your father on the wedding day, make sure your photographer knows to keep an eye out for touching moments between you and the man who raised you. In addition to the walk down the aisle, the father-daughter dance is typically an excellent time to capture these beautiful and sentimental instances and more and more brides are having a "first look" with their dad to get his reaction to seeing his daughter in a wedding dress for the first time.

Below are some of our favorite photos of fathers of the bride with their daughters, all from real weddings featured on Click the link below each photo to see more from the celebrations! 

sentimental father daughter moment while getting ready for wedding day
Photo by Jodee Debes Photography; Bridal Salon: The White Dress; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: Outdoor Ceremony & Reception with Bright Color Palette at LA Ranch

bride with father of bride for walk down aisle morning weddingbr>Photo by Elizabeth Messina; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; From Real Wedding: Ethereal Garden-Inspired Morning Ceremony & Alfresco Brunch

Father of bride kissing bride on head before wedding ceremony
Photo by Brian Leahy Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: Oceanfront Interfaith Wedding Ceremony with Classic White Details

Bride in Oleg Cassini wedding dress dancing with father of bride at wedding outdoor reception
Photo by Ahava Studios; From Real Wedding: Organic Hillside DIY Wedding with Navy & Gold Tones in Northern California

Father of bride smiling and laughing during father daughter dance at wedding
Photo by Shaun Menary Photography; Bridal Salon: Mark Ingram Atelier; From Real Wedding: Modern Black and White Wedding with Southern Traditions in Dallas, Texas

Bride hugging father during father daughter dance
Photo by Michael Bambino & Co.; From Real Wedding: Whimsical Open Air Secret Garden Wedding with Soft Spring Hues

Black and white photo of bride dancing with father of bride father daughter dance
Photo by Embrace Life Photography; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden; Planning & Design by Linda Howard Events; From Real Wedding: Elegant California Wedding with Sophisticated Décor

Bride with tiara hugging father of bride during father daughter dance
Photo by Carasco Photography; From Real Wedding: City Wedding at Chicago Planetarium with Purple & Yellow Color Palette

Touching photo of bride dancing with father at wedding reception
Photo by Jana Williams Photography; From Real Wedding: Ivory, Gold & Blush Lakefront New Hampshire Wedding

Nigerian wedding traditions garb father daughter dance
Photo by Carasco Photography; From Real Wedding: Church Ceremony with Nigerian Traditions & Chic Ballroom Reception

Sweet moment of bride with father of bride during father daughter dance
Photo by Jennefer Wilson Photography; From Real Wedding: Gorgeous Dallas Wedding with Outdoor Ceremony & Ballroom Reception

Bride's "First Look" with Father
Photo by Anastasiia Photography; Bridal Stylist: Belle Manjong of BBelle Style; From Real Wedding: Interfaith Wedding with Purple + Emerald Color Palette in Florida

Bride and Father in Horse-Drawn Carriage
Photo by Parker J. Pfister Photographer; From Real Wedding: Gorgeous Alfresco Ceremony & Tented Reception at a Luxurious Estate

Bride Smiling with Father on Walk Down Aisle
Photo by Branco Prata; From Real Wedding: LA Dodgers' Kiké Hernandez & Mariana Vicente's Puerto Rico Wedding

Sweet Photo of Father-Daughter Dance
Photo by Callaway Gable; Planning & Design by Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events, Inc; From Real Wedding: Luxury Desert Wedding at Groom's Family Vacation Home in La Quinta, California

Father-Daughter "First Look"
Photo by Brandon Kidd Photography; Bridal Salon: The White Dress; From Real Wedding: Sophisticated Soirée with Luxurious Floral Décor in California

Bridal Procession with Father of the Bride
Photo by Terri Baskin Photography; Bridal Salon: Wedding Atelier; From Real Wedding: Sophisticated Wedding with Personalized Floral Aisle Runner in Washington, DC

Bride Wiping Father's Tears During Dance
Photo by Richard Anthony Photography; From Real Wedding: A Traditional Church Ceremony + Vibrant Ballroom Reception

Bride Escorted Down the Aisle
Photo by Duke Images; Planning & Design by International Event Company; From Real Wedding: Luxury Fall Wedding with Warm Color Palette in Beverly Hills

Bride's First Look with Father
Photo by Joey Kennedy Photography; Planning & Design by A Charming Fête; From Real Wedding: Luxe Black, White & Red New Year's Eve Wedding at a Cathedral