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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wedding: The Ceremony, Part One

Now, for the best part: the ceremony! Here, Alex and his lovely mother Joyce are getting ready to walk down the aisle. Alex was all nerves, and told me afterwards that he didn't remember a thing about walking down the aisle. Not a thing! Alex was filled with both jitters and excitement. He kept saying, "It's a potent brew, it's a potent brew."
Meanwhile, my dad and I were one floor up. Suddenly, at the very last minute, just moments before walking down the aisle, I realized that I'd left my bouquet on a table upstairs. My dad -- in true 007 style -- raced up the stairs, two at a time, went into the bridal suite, found the bouquet, and ran back down....
...Then, completely calm and unfazed, he took my arm and gracefully led me down the aisle. It made me think of all the times my dad has helped me and been my hero during my childhood and adult life, and it made me tear up (again).
At this moment, my uncle, who officiated our ceremony, had just asked, "Who gives this woman to marry this man?" And my dad answered, "She comes of her own accord, with the full support of her mother and me." I loved how feminist and independent that sounded, while still honoring tradition and family. (It was my mom's idea.) Although it did, as you can see, make me laugh a little in the moment. And I love Alex's expression here!!!
Then I kissed my dad and took Alexei's hands.
One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was when we took a moment to thank our mothers for all that they've done for us and gave each of them a pink English rose. My mom started crying, which was so sweet...
...and Alex's mom looked so happy!

Next up: The readings...

(My dad's English morning suit from Baldwin. Rose petals from Flyboy Naturals)

(Photos by Max Wanger)

93 comments:

seesaw designs said...

so beautiful - love all the little details of the story!

Juana @ SweetVisualAids said...

Simply lovely, thank you for sharing in so much detail the events :)
Looking forward for the next set of events :D

everythinggardens said...

oh, how sweet it all looked! and how cozy and warm that room seems... i love hearing your story!

maggie said...

your hair looks perfect when you are kissing your dad's cheek, i like that it is sort of beehived in the back...or whateve you would call that look. it is truly beautiful!

Monica from Hola!design said...

how beautiful! I love Alex's expressions!

Saskia said...

Gorgeous photos. It's the emotion that exudes from them which is so wonderful! I can't wait to see more.

Saskia x

Deanna said...

Ugh, I've got tears in my eyes. You can feel all the love in the room just from the photos. I love how excited Alex looks in all the shots. So funny how boys get during sentimental moments. Congrats twelve times over!

Anne said...

I love how your story continues to be fun, inspiring and touching to read. "It's a potent brew" -I think I have a little groom-crush! ;)

tfh. said...

Joanna, these photos are absolutely incredible. I have a lump in my throat and have tears welling in my eyes! There's so much love!

Sal said...

These photos are just astonishing, lady! And I'm loving the play-by-play of the whole wedding ...

Bluebelle said...

Oh I love reading the story of your day! And I really like how you did the giving away bit - very classy and imaginative!

christina kober said...

oh my gosh, I have tears welling in my eyes. I love your account of all the little details.

The photo of you and your dad at the top of the stairs is great! And the "giving the bride away" is always my favorite part of weddings.

Liz said...

the setting is so romantic and intimate, with the candles and the rose petals-- I love it!! Keep it coming!

Grace said...

It's gorgeous, Joanna.
My eyes are also misty over here.
:]

How beautiful.
Max Wanger caught the best moments, as usual!

<3 Grace.

Nicole said...

Such loveliness! Thank you so very much for sharing. I secretly fear blogger is going to crash and we'll miss something. I shouldn't panic so much...

Hey, what's the story behind Alexei's pocket square? Looks neat!

Amanda said...

Thanks so much for sharing these! Your dress was so beautiful!

vanessa joie said...

I've teared up at every single one of your wedding posts. And I love your dad's response about giving you away. So sweet and respectful.

lillie said...

Wow, every detail is so so lovely. You are glowing!

Marianne from France said...

You looked gorgeous ! Absolutely stunning !

Joanna Goddard said...

nicole, you are sweet :) alex's pocket square and his shirt were both from Lord Willy's, a British-inspired men's shop in Manhattan. xoxo

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you for all these sweet comments!

jordan said...

Totally made me bawl :)

Caroline Royce said...

I got a little teared up myself :)

Tasha said...

I just came across your blog. Congratulations on your wedding! You look gorgeous! The place where you got married looks stunning, and your wedding dress is beautiful!

Cafe Fashionista said...

I love how you described everything that was said, and every minute detail. I felt as if I was there watching the two of you exchange vows. And you look like a Princess - glowing and lovely! :)

Regan said...

simply stunning!!!!

2 By Design said...

Joanna, you two look so in love, I can practically feel happiness radiating from you both! I adore what you did for your mothers. Such a lovely sentiment and gesture! Oh, and you DEFINITELY chose the right dress :) It's gorgeous!

Elysa said...

just perfection.

CopyStrands said...

The photos are beautiful, congratulations girl!

internet therapy said...

Thanks for sharing all your intimate details - it's like we are there. You definitely made the right choice on the dress - you look AMAZING in it! Congrats!

The Fab Miss B said...

So joyful! Loving this slow unspooling of the details! It's such fun.

A Day That is Dessert said...

I'm teary - thank you for sharing these intimate details of your wedding!

Amber said...

a few things.
a) i teared up reading about your dad coming to the rescue.
b) you were made for that dress and it was made for you.
c) your mother is gorgeous!
d) what a dreamy, romantic room!

Joanna said...

1. You look STUNNING.

2. I love how your dad gave you away. So classy and modern.

3. I am so NOT the girl who tears up and gets sappy at weddings, but I am actually tearing up over here in California!

stephanie said...

just gorgeous!! every bit of it, love your flowers and your hair looks so whimsical!

Habbala said...

Oh, these pictures are breathe taking. My best friend is getting married next summer, and your description of your dad giving you away made me cry. So beautiful. I forwarded it to her, cause she'll love it too!

Missy said...

beautiful pictures!

Missy
For all things fashion:
http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

A Life More Fabulous said...

Joanna - this is just lovely, lovely! So happy for you! xx

nath said...

oh my goodness (have i said that already?!) this is so beautifully romantic and it's making me tear up, and that's crazy cos i don't know you.

you sound as though you have a great relationship with your pa. oh, and that makes me think of my dismal relationship with mine. you're very lucky.

magical bountiful wonderful! bravo!

Blue Is Bleu said...

That's so beautiful! I love what your dad said :) And my husband remembers nothing of our ceremony... plus he was swaying from side to side and I kept rubbing his hands, whispering that it's okay, it's only just us :)

August29thAlso said...

congratulations... it all looks so lovely! I got married the same day and time as you in NYC and have loved following your wedding story. I also love the fact that you haven't mentioned the hurricane that swept through the city that weekend! xx

My Castle in Spain said...

You all look fabulous! and your mom's idea is wonderful. Los and lots of happiness to you !

Maryellen said...

So far your wedding story is perfect. You both look so happy.

:)

ERIN LOECHNER said...

ok could your parents be ANY cuter? i can not even handle this... :)

Daisy said...

I always find it really emotional when I see photos of the Dad walking the bride down the aisle- they always look so proud and it's just so lovely.

The ceremony looks perfect- as is your dress! x

plaisirs simples said...

ummm...i'm crying...that's all i have to say..

besswess said...

Looks like a romantic and lovely time!

ABOUT RAENOVATE said...

your hair looks AMAZING!

Dori´s place said...

Que guapos los novios! I would say it in english: Both of you look lovely!

Best regards from a fan from Spain

Diana Elizabeth said...

these pictures are beautiful. you two make such a lovely couple! i can't wait to see more :) thanks for sharing!

Joanna Goddard said...

these comments are so sweet. i'm really blushing :) and August29thAlso, how fun that you got married on the same day (and i love your username!!!) yes, haha, was such bad weather -- but that's good luck, right? :)

Caroline said...

Such lovely readings!

I love the keyhole back of your dress...

porter hovey said...

These are just too wonderful, J! It really makes me cry and giggle in excitement all over again. What a wonderful night!!

Annette said...

oh my.
I can't believe I started to cry when I saw these.
It reminded me of my own wedding, and we all know how moving those moments are.

congrats again!

Carol said...

So sweet and beautiful!

The Cottage Cheese said...

Aw, these are so lovely that I teared up a bit. I absolutely love the pictures of you with your father. It reminds me how happy I was to have my father walk me down the isle (he was so ill just a week before the wedding, I didn't even know if he would be able to be there).

giao {kiss my spatula} said...

i'm tearing up reading the part about your dad walking you down the isle...and his 007 run to fetch your bouquet - as my dad is my hero too and i felt those same thoughts walking down the isle. not to mention, that is the SWEETEST shot of you and your dad!!

Molly Jean said...

best dad giveaway line EVER

Nahl said...

CONGRATULATIONS again!!!
I love this: "She comes of her own accord, with the full support of her mother and me."

Carissa said...

love the one of you walking down the aisle with your dad. your dress looks gorgeous from the back and I love all the petals and candles lining the walkway.

Simply Mel said...

My favorite is the one of you and your dad walking down the aisle - priceless!

kayla j. said...

you look gooorgeous in the third from the bottom.

Courtney said...

Your wedding has me all emotional!

I love what your father said (it gave me goosebumps) and I love how you included the mothers (it brought tears to my eyes).

Such a touching addition.

Chessa! said...

you're making me cry today! :) your dad sounds like mine...I wrote about him today too since today's his birthday. and these photos are incredible.

Li ♥ said...

Hey there! Congrats on your wedding! Its absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your most "once in a life time' special day! My mom's is also Joyce, which, I might add, is an unusual name here in South Africa! Thanks again for sharing! Have the most, absolutely, fabulous love life together!! xoxo

jean goddard said...

I am re-living that amazing day and so lucky to have such a truly lovely daughter - and, now, son-in-law!

Margaret - Owl and Pussycat Vintage said...

Love how you handled the "Who gives this woman?" Brilliant.

I'm so enjoying this recap! I know I'm hardly the first one to say this, but you have excellent taste.

captain kk said...

oh i love this post. sounds like you both created a truly beautiful day to cherish. who doesn't love a wedding?!

ColourOfAbsence said...

oh joanna! you looked so beautiful in that dress! i'm so glad you picked the j crew gown :) congrats again on a wonderful day to-remember!

K. Carlos said...

Soo beautiful! Thanks Joanna! You give so much inspiration! -- Kris

Zenkichi said...

you're making me cry... congratulations to you and your family! as i read i feel like i'm slowly watching a short film...

AnastasiaC said...

lots of happy emotions captured - beautiful Joanna!!!
Your mother in law looks like a lovely woman!

Adriana said...

ooooh, the part about your Dad as your hero got me! I love how well your photographer captured the moments, Alex's expression IS priceless, and I love how you're hunched into a giggle...so cute!

monica said...

i think i just started crying...

Laura. said...

oh my gosh, i'm loving these posts, but this is my absolute favorite! your dad saving the bouquet, his words (those ARE good words, good job mom!), alex's expression, your beautiful mothers. aw, good day, good day.

Amelia M said...

You can add me to the list of people who cried whilst reading that! The part about your father really touched me. You looked truly beautiful too.

anabela / fieldguided said...

Goosebumps!

August29thAlso said...

that's what they say, darling... we were up at the cloisters and it was so beautiful in the fog. wonder how many other weddings there were lighting up the city that night? anyway, congratulations, you look happy beyond words and i wish you many many glorious anniversaries to come!

marie said...

i´ve started to read your blog when i saw somewhere your photos from your engagement. They made me tear up! So cute, so perfect. Since that day I´ve shared, here from Brazil, your expectations and hope to all to be great. Today when I read my feeds, and saw the "The cerimony" title, i've instant thought: "OMG! They did it!"

read the sweets moments made me tear up. thats beautiful that you would share your moments with all the world! I'm thankful for that, this faraway. Because I can see true love still exists, perfect cerimonies also!

Congratulations to you both and, from all my heart, i wish you the best!

Louis Duke said...

These photographs are absolutely beautiful!! Max is a genious!! Your wedding was surely beautiful.

Kristine said...

I am all weepy after reading your lovely posts and seeing all the beautiful pictures. Absolutely beautiful and so full of love! Congratulations!

Kaijuu said...

I have no words for how beautiful and inspiring these posts have been. Congratulations and a million thanks for sharing with us. I wish you both the most beautiful of blessings.

Teresa @ good-grace said...

oh my gosh... this is just so sweet!! all of it! And the photo's to go along with it... so, so moving and beautiful. (I love how your uncle began the introduction, and your father being the hero again, and the "giving away" of the bride - priceless - along with Alex's expression. I just love the details. Thanks for sharing them with us. :)

Kristen said...

oh, I love what you guys decided on saying when asked "who gives this woman?". amazing!

Anonymous said...

oh, Jo, you look so beautiful and so happy. i am so happy for you! i've been reading your blog for years, this brings tears to my eyes!

marta said...

i absolutely love that you are so lovely and open and fun and celebratory that you're sharing your special sacred day with us. i love weddings and these magic moments are simply stunning. i can just imagine your father running up the stairs..

oh how beautiful you are. a perfect pair, i'm sure. happy day to you and thank you for sharing all the deets with them. we are gobbling them up. xo.

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