A bride and groom’s first dance is a wonderful moment at any wedding. There’s nothing like seeing all eyes on the couple as they move across the dance floor for the first time as husband and wife. But, it can be nerve-wracking for the couple. Check out this roundup of my best first dance photos to see amazing couples who totally owned the dance floor!

Let’s start with Allison and Paul, from their wedding at L’Auberge Del Mar. These two get the party started with a choreographed number that plays perfectly into Allison’s vintage look!

The best first dance photos are often those I don’t expect! Moments before their first dance at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, Jamie picks up Amanda and twirls her. I love her expression, the raised hand, the adoring guests, and the pop of the strobe behind them.

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous chandelier over the dance floor! Emily and Justin (left) do a wonderful spin at Great Marsh Estate. Jen and Dave (right) soak in the last light at their Laughton Estate wedding.

I love first dance photos that capture a bride’s expression of wonderment! Here are Courtney and Chris from their destination wedding in Lake Almanor.

The first dance is a truly personal thing. Some couples opt for something unscripted, like Jen and Ryan at their Ritz-Carlton Bacara wedding. Some couples choose a more conservative approach, like Katina and Rod at the La Jolla Woman’s Club.

Speaking of unscripted, one of my favorite first dance photos is from Joe and Steve’s Calamigos Ranch wedding. Their number featured a choreographed lip-sync and an ensemble of hired dancers.

And anytime you can do your first dance under the sky, it’s a bonus!

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