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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Our Engagement Photos



During our Christmas trip, Alex and I were incredibly lucky to meet photographer Max Wanger and his beautiful girlfriend Margaux in Los Angeles. We played in a park, with a giant pink balloon, and, somewhat bizarrely, on a trampoline at musician Mark Mothersbaugh's house. (Their friend was housesitting for him.) Max just sent us the photos, and we are absolutely thrilled; I have probably looked through them a thousand times. See many more on Max's website. Thank you so much, Max!

P.S. Plus, the photos that first made us fall in love with Max on Smitten.

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joy said...

SO gorgeous! LOVE the balloon!!

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

adorable!!! he is amazing and so are you two!

Anthonia said...

These pictures are so lovely and capture your relationship and how in love you and Alex are! Excitement!

I have a question: are engagement photos the norm? Do you send them out as part of your save the date reminders?

marionpauline said...

how perfect! this reminds me i have to get my engagement pictures taken!lets hope i can find a photographer as talented as yours!

The City Sage said...

Just stunning Jo. Thanks so much for sharing these with us! I love the sense of playful spontaneity and the dreamy quality of the colors. What a talented photographer Max is!

Leigh said...

Gorgeous, radiant Joanna! These photos are perfection. I loved Max's photography already, but seeing what he has achieved in these photos of you and Alex really shows him taking it to the next level. You two look so delightfully, dreamily, sweetly in love. Congratulations!!!

clarisssssa said...

gasp! they're lovely!

abigail said...

beautiful.

DESIGN DIG said...

These are like magic! They are so beautiful Joanna! You and Alex are glowing!

Soon, Then said...

Wow, you are so lucky! These are spectacular! I love everything about them...

grace said...

Fantastic!

lottie said...

those are some of the most gorgeous shots i've ever seen. really, they're so cool.

Mrs.French said...

so perfect I had to share.
xo t

Loris said...

These are adorable! I love them. & I love Max's photography; lucky you!

Casey Lewis said...

Oh my goodness, those are INCREDIBLE! Just beyond wonderful.

Heidi Jo said...

I LOVE THEM. You guys are beautiful together and I adore the love and joy in each photo.

Benita said...

Ab fab! You are soooooo cute together :)

Lauren said...

I adore these engagement pictures! They're so fun and full of life. Not to mention, they're not the boring posed typical kind. They're perfect!

Lucy & Madi said...

These could be the most beautiful engagement pics I have ever seen. Love the balloon!

Char said...

inspired composition and evidence the subject inspired the photographer. the essence of love shines through in the magical colors and processing.

Miss Jo said...

lucky lady! your photographs are great, what a great photographer! I love that you guys are just doing random stuff, I do have to say I hate super staged engagement photos ie. people standing in front of a tree hehehehe! I can't wait to see the wedding photos IF these are just the engagement photos!

Helen said...

How adorable! I love the last one especially

Cheryl said...

These are so beautiful. Wow. If your engagement pictures looks this wonderful, WHAT will your wedding pictures look like! xx

Anonymous said...

those are beautiful! i love the balloon (and mark mothersbaugh...)

Every Picture Tells a Story said...

oh my goodness, those are just so amazing and gorgeous! you guys look great!
i want to be engaged now just so i can get pictures like those! haha

littlecumulus said...

wonderful - such a nice mix of classy and whimsical.

Lola Is Beauty said...

I'm the least enthusiastic person about anything weddingy but these are so cute and you two are so sweet together! I can imagine your grandchildren looking through these...

Red Flashlight said...

Sweeeeet! I especially like the photo of you holding hands while legs are crossed in opposite directions. Sort of a "we can disagree and still be friends" picture. Very cool.

Caitlin said...

these are so beautiful, you guys are adorable! (and how lucky to have such talented friends!)

evon♥ said...

I reallly really love your engagement photosss!! It's gorgeous! Now, I can't wait for your wedding photos!! :)

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you so, so much, everyone! we are really really excited. max is so amazing.

Joanna Goddard said...

anthonia, i don't think engagement photos are the norm anymore--they used to be, i think, in traditional weddings, but people are getting them less and less. it's more of a way to try out your potential wedding photographer to see if you work well together, i think. personally, we're going to use one as our save-the-date, probably as a postcard or something. i hope this helps! love, joanna xo

Design Mom said...

So fantastic. Yay you! The photos are just wonderful.

Mandi said...

Oh I think they are just wonderful! I especially adore the balloon photos.

coco+kelley said...

joanna, these are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! the colors are fabulous and the pink balloon! love!! can't wait to see more :) he captured you perfectly.

Michelle Brunner said...

I'm in love with these pictures! What a wonderful keepsake for you to have for years to come! The balloon is so whimsical and fun...love the slide also:)

naomi megan. said...

joanna,
these are lovely! all of them. again, we're so happy for you!!

love,
naomi

colormekatie said...

oh my goodness, these are fantastic.

the photo third from the bottom.. Alex looks like a stud!!

Heather said...

SUCH a fabulous idea to use one on the save the dates. the balloons, the mood, and esp the ones of you guys snuggled up are just utterly romantic! what a wonderful way to capture this time in your lives.

i posted a link on my wedding blog, including my favorite pics.
http://idotimestwo.blogspot.com/

congrats again!
heather

Not your goddess said...

Such lovely photos, I can just imagine you guys looking at them many years from now and getting a warm and fuzzy feeling!

nole said...

These are lovely! And I'm so glad to see that you're working with Max, I loved the photos from his previous wedding. Oh, and you two are adorable together!

Kwana said...

I'm speechless. They are so beautiful!!

kaitlyn sullivan said...

amazing shots & your balloon shots are to die for. those, i'm sure, will be cherished for a long long time to come. congrats!

Maggie May said...

lovely, and you are a wonderful couple :)

Mary said...

so so gorgeous! why can't all wedding/engagement pics be that beautiful?

cindy : quaint said...

they are all so wonderful, i especially love the fourth photo!

katy cavell said...

those are amazing. what a talented photographer. congratulations!

all you need is love said...

these are so amazing!

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chelsea said...

Love these, Joanna! He's one of my very favorite photographers!! Congrats.. these are just beautiful.

Fabulously40 said...

Finally! Something fresh and original. Its wonderful to see unique pictures. Its not the same old bland scenery every couple uses. Congrats!

catherine said...

Ohh my goodness!! so adorable!

secret, fragile skies said...

Your photos are so full of happiness they make me think of this from Pablo Neruda:
"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
So I love you because I know no other way"
Congratulations!

Jessie Cacciola said...

they look so effortless, and crazy-gorgeous! :)

much luck to you both for 2009. xo

Pine & Lord said...

Wow! They remind me of those Givenchy ads with the white balloon from a few seasons ago...

And Mark Mothersbaugh's house? Cool!

Leigh said...

I just saw these on Leigh's page and am blown away. These are seriously the most precious photos ever!!! I am in love with them.

CONGRATS you two!!

Jackie said...

gorgeous photos! sure wish max had been my wedding photographer back in 1991. yikes. what was he even doing then? for all your balloon-loving readers, here's url for my recent post about hunting for red balloons:

http://absolutelynotmartha.blogspot.com/2008/12/hunt-for-red-balloon.html

best wishes to both of you and happy new year! xo

Snotty McSnotterson said...

These are the kind of engagement photos I hope to have someday--very romantic and whimsical, just pieces of you guys. Not overdone at all, like most engagement photos, which seem to be leading up to those awful "hand on hand with rings" photos. Congratulations again, and you both look gorgeous!

Brittney said...

Oh Joanna, these are so wonderful. Yay!

Lisa Golightly said...

So, s beautiful. The colors are really magical. The smog even looks gorgeous!

trupeach said...

oh, so gorgeous and dreamy!
what a lovely pair.

amric1409 said...

Those are stunning photo's! I love the one where he's kissing your forehead.

discourseanddesign said...

You guys are ADORABLE...love all of the photos and know that you will treasure these for many years to come!

Congrats again!

EliseBlaha said...

oh man. those are all just perfect and stunning.

how lucky and lovely you both are.

...love Maegan said...

These are adorable ...but one question: what is everyone's fascination with balloons right now?


Adorable photos though. Congrats again and again.

Making it Lovely said...

They are perfect! You both look so happy.

{michelle} said...

I love the balloon!! Such a great shoot, you guys make a lovely couple.

Courtney said...

best photos EVER! These are so beautiful and what a keepsake!

Joanna said...

If your love and life with Alex is half as vibrant and altogether awesome as these photos seem to suggest, I'd say you have a very happy, fulfilling life ahead of you. Congratulations to you both!

Inga said...

I don't say this very often but you look lovely together. The photos are very truthful and I think depict your great relationship quite well!
Good luck in love!

Jane Flanagan said...

Amazing! I can't stop looking at them and I can't pick a favourite. They're all perfection. As are you two!

FancyPants-design said...

Wow!! These are the best engagement photos I have EVER seen!! So imaginative ..romantic yet not cheesy at all..very cool!

eshu said...

some of the very best engagement photos i've ever seen... congratulations once again!

karina Manghi said...

Divine photos!!!

pve design said...

I can feel the love.

thealchemist said...

absolutely beautiful!!! congratulations ♥

Sarah said...

absolutely beautiful, how can anyone ever ask for more...

Joslyn said...

absolutely stunning! and how cool that you got to frolic at mark mothersbaugh's house.
xo

Mishka said...

These are absolutely the most adorable photos ever. You two look sooo happy! Congrats!

Desiree Fawn said...

These are just excellent!!

sarah marie. said...

these are gorgeous.

Karla said...

These are absolutely beautiful!!!!
im in love with all of the photos you guys look TOO adorable.
Can't wait for your wedding photos
aww!

sarah said...

so perfect. you two look so lovely.

erica said...

i am still in 'vacation mode' (i.e. not blogging), but i just wanted to pop in to say that these photographs are so lovely and touching...i love the washed out colors, the hazy southern california lighting, everything!

we never did engagement photographs, but these make me wish i had. too bad i don't live in SoCal anymore!

paisley peacock said...

wow- those are incredible! so original...can't wait to see the wedding pictures ;)

Emily said...

Those are amazing and such fun engagement photos.

bellefantaisie.net said...

wow those are amazing, the colours are just beautiful!
x

Sara Bradshaw said...

Jo they are gorgeous - the lighting is fab (almost looks like Holga pics). And adore the giant pink balloon. Congrats again x

Kat said...

Simple. Sweet. Romantic. Lovely. :)

I *Heart* You said...

there are no words my gorgeous friend!! simply beautiful and so full of love and light. xo

Pocket Full of Peonies said...

Breathtaking. Truly.

Melissa said...

These photographs are beautiful, I love the pink balloon :)

Rachel said...

Those couldn't be better. LOVE.

Enchanted Royals said...

beautiful and inspiring. congratulations!

Jeannie said...

The photos look great; you guys look great!

Joyce said...

Love is in the air! These photos are great- you can see the love and magic between you both. Simply beautiful!!

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you SO much, everyone. i am really touched, and i'm sure max is happy to hear your kind words. and meghan, haha, i know, balloons are the thing! :)

J Cosmo Newbery said...

You look great. Beautiful photographs.

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Wow!!! These really move me to tears. Now he's going to have to do your wedding, too...

Jessica said...

Jo...these are fabulous! I really, really love them.

a print a day said...

absolutely PERFECT! congrats again dear joanna!

nichole said...

GORGEOUS! Congrats!

Anna said...

Add my voice to the chorus: LOVE THEM. (So I'm the loud singer in the back...sorry!) Makes me fall in love with my husband in that newly engaged way all over again.

jess gonacha said...

they are AMAZING, joanna!!! oh my goodness!

Sheri said...

love these, joanna. especially the park bench ones and the close and nuzzly ones. nice...

katiecrackernuts said...

So many comments. They are beautiful photos made more so by the fact yours and your beau's beauty shines through.

Megan said...

Wow, what fab photos! They really capture a sense of your "twoness" and show your individuality as well. The imagery is really fresh and whimsical, what's not to love?

shabby girl said...

So darned cute!
Isn't falling in love and being in love just the most fun thing EVER????

Gina Italia said...

Nobody does engagement photos anymore! Leave it to you and Alex to not only get them, but have the classiest of all...You foxes!

Graziella said...

lovely photos Joanna! beautiful....

riki said...

Joanna, WOW!! Just saw these photos on Leigh's blog & had to come over and say WOW!! I'm blown away!! I've never seen anything like them - you both look positively exquisite & so in love. I know you'll treasure them (and each other) forever. Huge congratulations & love!

Tania said...

These are amazing! They should be part of a stills video to Sinatra's "I've Got the World on a String." Lucky girl.

Bree said...

Absolutely beautiful. You've got amazing memories captured uniquely here. Cool.

Danette said...

Hey! You were in my hood!! I was thinking those pics look like they were taken in my park and then it looks like you were at The Getty and then I go down to the end and, sure enough, I was right.

We live just on the other side of that park. My girls love playing in "the jungle" with the waterfall and all.

Next time you come 'round send me a line and you can come by for a cup of tea.

PS The pics are lovely.

jms said...

Those are fantastic. I love the lighting and the unique composition, but most of all, I LOVE the balloon... what a wonderful touch of whimsy. (And I don't know you at all, but you look like a very cute couple!)

Anna said...

absolutely dreamy! so elegant, so beautiful! Lots of happiness to you two from here in Kansas!

Lydia said...

WOW! I will definitely keep these photos in mind when I get engaged! SO so wonderful.

artgirl68 said...

Hi, I don't know you personally but saw one of your balloon photos on my dear friend, Chrissy's Facebook page and simply had to see the rest. Tell Max he's fantastic. Makes me want to get engaged all over again! Thanks for sharing with incurable romantics!

Fernanda Floret said...

Just perfect!

abby said...

oh my . . . look at you two! so exciting and wonderful. thank you for sharing these.

Sarah Von said...

Lovely lovely lovely. You two are one good looking couple!

leya said...

those are so perfect. wow.

Roberta Jane said...

These are amazing... I especially love the last one with the balloon and rose-colored sky! Congrats on your engagement!

Trixy Tran said...

These photos are amazing - you're so lucky! I've seen Max Wanger's photos before and they're just gorgeous. Aww, I hope I'm as lucky as you one day!

Stephanie said...

You guys are too adorable! Such beautiful & charming pictures. You two look so sweet & in love. Congratulations!

Joanna said...

Beautiful images! Congrats, from one Joanna to another ;-)

A Quartzy Life said...

Stunnning! Linked you at my blog (http://aquartzylife.blogspot.com/2009/01/lovely-lovely-lovely.html) for the day... these are beautiful, and *c*o*n*g*r*a*t*s to you both!!

hello gorgeous said...

Without a doubt, the best engagement photos I have ever seen. Can't wait for the wedding! You are an adorable couple.

trishiekoh said...

Beautiful photos...you two make such a cute couple. Congrats!

hello gorgeous said...

Can't wait for the wedding photos, that is. Sounded like I was going to crash your wedding. :-)

lillie said...

lovely lovely lovely. he captures each moment with just the right composition--and you two are too cute!

vanessa said...

wow, he captured the essence of your love and happiness in a really beautiful way. plus he did it in my backyard! :)

i do floral design and events and i am soo giving out max's name to my bridal clients. thanks for sharing and congratulations!!

trendinsights said...

OMY! The pictures are awesome! Congrats!!!

SofaChip.com said...

Gorgeous photos. I love the one of you guys and your shoes on the bench, especially. You look like a very cute couple - which I hope is true of most couples, but def. with you guys!

Underfunded Heiress said...

What a cute couple you are. I love the pictures. Aren't trips the best presents?!

Heather from the bar said...

These are THE best engagement photos I have ever seen. And the only ones that have ever made me feel regretful for not getting them done. Love them!

Annabelle said...

oh wow! what amazing, unique and creative photos!! congratulations on your engagement again, you both look so lovely and smitten!

wouldn't it be lovely if you both created a "gallery wall" in your place with all these pics?

karey m. said...

oh. my. god.

saw these on doubleh-vay and then bliss...now here...am STILL covered in chills.

wow. perfection.

Stacy said...

joanna the photos are beautiful. You and alex look adorable!

please sir said...

Wow these photos are truly amazing!

Deb said...

I know I already commented on your maaaaarvelously exquisite photos on facebook, but I just wanted to add: you played on a trampoline at mark mothersbaugh's house?! AMAZING!!

.vanessa said...

WOW I LOVEEEE THEMM!!!! so pretty, the colours are amazing! very nice job!

Pip said...

Wow! Gorgeous. I particularly love the top one.

amy said...

you two are lovely x

Andi said...

Awh how sweet are those!!! you guys look adorable and so in love! thanx for sharing :)

melly said...

i cannot believe you both just set out to take some photos and these were the results?! it's amazing, it's so sweet, it's raw pure heartwarming, it's love. oh Joanna!

KATLIN said...

I love them, the color, angles... great job Max!!

Marigail said...

You two are eye candy, heart candy. Glorious photographs.

CJ said...

So, so lovely.

thevintagechair said...

Jo, these turned out magnificently! You two are just so adorable!

adorninc said...

Well now I want to get engaged! Those are fabulously beautiful photos. Congratulations!

barb. said...

amazing, both of you! new year must be happy now!a

ButtonsMagee said...

Those photos are perfection! That balloon was a stroke of genius.

Susannah said...

Joanna, these are gorgeous! i think the first 3 are my faves :)

cake. said...

holy GEEZE!! these are simply remarkable! congratulations!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

perfectly so LOVELY! Romance is certainly in the air....

cassaundra said...

gosh these photos really turned out amazing ... you both look so beautiful and in love!

Krysthopher said...

Oooohh, these photos are so sweet!!! congratulations!! =)

Miss.Adventure said...

So cute! Congratulations!

Amanda said...

My parents got engagement photos and I've always loved them; they look so happy and smoochy--just like the two of you. Yay.

And I have to know what's going down with the trampoline outfit; is it a jumper? It's so very adorable and perfect for hopping about in. Hop, hop, hop.

the sassy kathy said...

how adorable! i really like the one of you two on the bench. and seriously, the pink balloon is fabulous!

Rachel said...

Insanely fun! I think these are the best engagement pics I've ever seen.

leptitpapillon said...

Waahh!! Pretty blog!!
I discovered your blog thanks to:
Creature Comforts
Happy 2009!

rachel said...

wonderful photos! :)

Ima Ventriloquist said...

Oh my, these are absolutely lovely and fun! What an amazing photographer and what a sweet couple. Congratulations! xo

Allegra said...

just breathtaking. absolutely breathtaking!

Shelby said...

Really fun photos! You guys go so well together! All the best to you both.

Tina said...

simply beautiful...I love the muted tones. something to be treasured forever!

Erica said...

Jo -- have a wonderful '09. Thanks for being so great.

And yes, tremendously cute photos.

bandelle said...

Could you guys be any cuter?! And Max is an incredible photographer too.

x Kylie

PauletteINK said...

Your pictures are delicious! Just beautiful... Congratulations on your engagement. :)

Juste said...

wonderful photos! and you both look so beautiful!!

Heidi said...

I absolutely love love love your engagement photos. They are so simple, but adorable.

sara said...

these are so so so adorable and sweet and beautiful! i love them so much, especially the first. i dont think the two of you could be any cuter!
congratulations <33

Valerie said...

Who knew a pink balloon could add so much? I also love the yellow ginkgo leaves! These are amazing!

Kasey said...

oh dear, those are beyond fabulous...

girllovesclothes said...

just found your wonderful blog, and i'm hooked!

Christine said...

Wow these are outstanding! I'm in LOOOVE! Props to Max, and to the two of you for being such amazing models!

Brittany said...

Am loving the balloon and lovely pics. :D

Carla and Matt said...

D A R L I N G! the one where the balloon is in front of Alex's face and you are smiling and looking giddy is perfect. Congrats!

The Lil Bee said...

How sweet!! Love the kissing ones:)

So Haute said...

Congrats on your engagement!!! These are seriously the best engagement photos I've seen...so cute!

cheryl.andrey said...

I cannot believe you got to jump on Mark Mothersbaugh's trampoline! That's just wonderful, just like these pictures!

Gabbi said...

So romantic... Congratulations!

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daydream lily said...

adore! these are amazing. you look like such a beautiful couple.
congrats on the engagements.

Maddy said...

Oh my goodness, these are amazing! You look so gorgeous and happy, congratulations!!

Zana Fauzi said...

Joanna, the pictures (and both you & Alex) are so lovely! *swoon*

Rachel said...

These photos are so freaking amazing I'm going to jump off a bridge.

clareassiral said...

wow. the photos are gorgeous, easily pass off as an editorial spread. congratulations! you guys look so in love.

hmstrjam said...

bellisimo!

nkp said...

Those photos are insanely fantastic! The love and happiness between the two of you shines through and through. Congratulations!

Nicole Marie said...

absolutely adorable!!!
best engagement pictures ever!! you will have these forever!!

Megan said...

these are amazing! absolutely adorable!!!!

Old Glutton said...

Those are freakin' spectacular.

automatism said...

Perfect and lovely!

Lori

lisbeth said...

Such beautiful pictures!! They are adorable... I am a tad bit jealous.. hahahaha :)

Ten Thousand Only said...

love.

Anonymous said...

these pictures are so artsy fartsy, i love it...

very very cute.

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