It’s Almost Mother’s Day! Let’s All Weep At These Photos of Philly Brides & Their Beautiful Mamas


As you might imagine, I see a lot of wedding photos, basically—well, no, literally—five days a week every week, but despite that, I am happy to report that I can still get choked up at the loveliest of them. (Yay for not being desensitized!)

Among the ones that inevitably get me the most with each wedding I see are the parent ones. Pretty much any beautifully captured moment between a mom or dad and their about-to-get-hitched-kid, whether it’s joyful or touching, can bring a tear—and most of the time, I don’t even know these people!

So we figured with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, today was as good a day as any to gaze upon some pics of mothers and daughters, if for no other reason than a wedding day is such a special day in the relationship between a girl and her mom. Enjoy this roundup from some talented local photogs—and look forward to the day when you’ll have some shots like these of you and your mama.

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Jessie’s mother wishing her well before her wedding at the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster. Photo by Hoffer Photography.

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Bride Josie and her mom at her parents’ home in South Philly, just before her wedding. Photo by Andrew Graham Todes Photography.

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Judith’s mom Mindy dries a few of her tears before she walks down the aisle, as featured in our Picture of the Week. Photo by Asya Photography.

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Heather and her mother at the Wayne Hotel. Photo by Peach Pear Plum Photography.

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Mother of the bride Cynthia gives her daughter Donielle a big hug as Donielle prepares for her wedding day at Normandy Farms.  Photo by Rebecca Barger.

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Abby and her mom take a moment before she walks down the aisle to remember the bride’s late father, as featured in our Picture of the Week. Photo by Ashley Bartoletti.

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Little Anna helps her mom Genna get ready for her Big Day, as featured in our Picture of the Week. Photo by Philip Gabriel Photography.

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Delilah’s mother and sister break out in to a happy dance after getting a first look at her in her dress. Photo by Melissa Kelly.

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During her wedding day preparations at the Four Seasons, bride Amy pauses for a moment with her mom, Harriet and grandmother Marsha. Photo by Rebecca Barger.

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Molly’s mom walking her down the aisle. Photo by Hoffer Photography.

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Tina and her mom Rose at the Hotel Monaco the morning of Tina’s wedding. Photo by M2 Photo.

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Erica and her mother Marcy at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. Photo by Philip Gabriel Photography.

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Lauren’s mother looks at her as she prepares for her wedding at the Loews Hotel. Photo by Hoffer Photography.

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Pia and her mother at the family farm where Pia got married that day. Photo by Peach Pear Plum Photography.

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Mother of the bride Flossie smiles at her daughter Elizabeth as she helps place her veil during Elizabeth’s wedding day preparation at The Omni. Photo by Rebecca Barger.

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