Despite the narrative that 2016 was an overall terrible year, love was certainly in the air, and we have the smooches and the pictures to prove it. From romantic first kisses as a married couple to passionate smooches on the beach, these are the best kisses we’ve featured this past year that confirm love is all we need.
Oh, how we love the way these glowing brides hold on tight to each other for an emotional kiss after their wedding. At the time of their ceremony, same-sex marriage wasn’t legal nationwide, so the brides traveled to a neighboring state to tie the knot. | Photography by Andrea Bibeault: A Wedding Photojournalist
On Justin and Jen’s first date, Justin knew they had just shared their last first kiss, and as evidenced by this kiss, their passion hasn’t dwindled since. They married in an intimate ceremony on the exact beach where they fell in love. | Photography by Vitor Lindo Photo + Video
Just as the officiant declared them man and wife, a gust of wind swept Clarissa’s veil into the air as she kissed Tim for an epic first kiss as a married couple. | Photography by Pepper Nix Photography
If this isn’t the most romantic, sparkler-lined sendoff we’ve seen, then we don’t know what is. Paul and Ryan sealed their wedding night with a steamy kiss. | Photography by Logan Walker Photography
A fiery sunset blazed in the sky after Emily and Bret said “I do” on the beach as waves rippled in the background, creating the perfect backdrop for this romantic smooch. | Photography by Limelight Photography
Underneath draping greenery and hanging chandeliers, Alex and Jason kissed after they said “I do” at one of the most romantic, sought-after locations on the beautiful island of Maui. | Photography by Anna Kim Photography
These dapper grooms in matching tuxes stole a heartwarming kiss after trading rings during their ceremony. Because they wear the same ring size, they now each wear the ring the other wore during their two-year engagement. | Photography by Michael Novo Photography