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Monday, October 12, 2009

Wedding: First look

Now onto the first look! Alex and I decided to see each other before our ceremony, so that we could take some photos beforehand. So our photographer Max kindly arranged a "first look," where Alex stood with his back to the door, and I came downstairs to see him. As soon as I peeked in the doorway, and saw my sweet, sweet husband-to-be all dressed up and waiting for me, I became overwhelmed with emotion and got choked up. I knew he must be nervous (my heart was pounding!), and he looked so sweet and charming that my heart just broke. Then Max told Alex he could turn around, and we saw each other for the first time, dressed in our wedding attire. It was so romantic and intimate, and the perfect way to start the wedding festivities together. xo

(My bouquet was arranged by my dear friend Abbey, who is such a talent; it was a simple bunch of delphiniums tied with pink ribbons. My dress and shoes were from J. Crew. Alex's pink-and-white tie was from the amazing FieldGuided on etsy; she even mailed us fabric swatches to make sure the pink was just right.)

(Photos by Max Wanger)

160 comments:

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

that first picture of alex with his back to the camera gave me goosebumps...and you look positively gorgeous. thank you so much for sharing!

kyracross said...

beautiful - stunning. again, can't wait to see more :)

tfh. said...

OMG Joanna...I am so choked up right now! And I haven't even seen the actual ceremony photos!!! You made a GORGEOUS bride!

riki said...

Tears!!

Anastasia said...

Just lovely, Jo. It's so fantastic to finally see the photos and share in all your wedded excitement!

Hooray!

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you so much! oh my goodness, it was such an exciting moment, it still makes me giddy to see the photos :)

Vivian said...

Ah, Joanna.... you are the most gorgeous bride... seriously, you are just so beautiful, glowing, and happy.

cde said...

You two are just adorable! And those curtains you're hiding behind? Wow!

Razvan said...

These are awesome, can't wait to see more!

Slices of Beauty... said...

Lovely, lovely idea this was!

Esti said...

sweet pictures. I'm sure I would have cried in the same situation. I like your glowing smile.

pretty shiny things said...

gorgeous! this photography is excellent — can't wait for more. {and i love your hair!}

tiffany zajas said...

Oh wow...these photos are beautiful. You look gorgeous, Joanna! Thanks so much for sharing these with us. :)

Style and Inspiration said...

What a cute idea! You two are such a lovely couple. I can't wait to see more pictures!

J said...

Oh, just gorgeous!
Looks like such a lovely day!!

The Cottage Cheese said...

You look gorgeous - both of you! And you are just beaming. Love these pictures, you are so sweet for sharing them with us!

alicia abood said...

ah! misty-eyed and chills-filled here at my computer. you guys are so handsome together. and you can absolutely feel the nerves/jitters/excitement in each photo. max is such an incredible talent, and both of you are the perfect subjects. xo.

Lexie said...

these are so beautiful! i LOVE your bouquet especially ... just simple and sweet!

trine said...

you guys ! i sit here with tears in my eyes. you're so sweet

caroline duke said...

BEAUTIFUL, joanna! congratulations, you two!

erin said...

so very sweet. you both look so very happy, not to mention gorgeous!

Soon, Then said...

What a sweet moment!

. Phydeaux . Phydelle . said...

I'm such a softie - all teared up! So lovely, thank you for sharing!

The Fab Miss B said...

Perfection! Congratulations to you both.

roysie said...

Thanks for sharing. You look radiant! Wow, I can't wait to see the rest!

Carol said...

So sweet! Nick and I plan on doing the "first look" too! Can't wait for more pictures! you look lovely!

nath said...

oh my goodness. what a moment that must've been. i want to see and hear some more, these last two posts have been wonderful.

Jen said...

love these! so sweet. can't wait to see more. max did a great job with the first look set up :)

Sal said...

Utterly adorable, Joanna! And the arranged first look is so smart - we did the same thing and it made the photos go much smoother. I love you peeking through those gorgeous drapes!

Joanna said...

Your giddy? I feel giddy just looking at these photos! You look so lovely!

oh, hello friend. said...

ohmigoodness, i cannot WAIT to see the rest of the photos! these few are so lovely! :) you look gorgeous!

xo. danni

Ariel said...

ooooh my goodness! you looked so beautiful in your wedding dress! this is such a sweet moment to have captured. i can't wait till you show us the rest!!!

i also love alex's glasses. i wish i knew what brand they were.

Courtney said...

Max is amazing: he was able to capture the anticipation, giddiness, and goose bumps of this special moment. I’ve never seen a “first look” documented this well.

Your wedding dress and bouquet are fantastic; you look gorgeous.

Congratulations, again, Jo! I can’t wait to see more.

Chantelle {fat mum slim} said...

Be still my romantic heart!

That is the sweetest idea ever. You are both such a lovely couple.

You both look beautiful... and the light in the photos is stunning. x

Joanna Goddard said...

ariel, his glasses were from selima, a glasses shop in soho (new york city) that we love. xoxo

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you for all these sweet comments! i am so touched. :)

Elysa said...

you guys should be in a j. crew ad! stunning and touching photos. can't wait to see more. oh and the invite was absolutely adorable and unique. perfect.

cheers! and happy marital bliss:)

Antonio Barros said...

You look gorgeous!! The pictures are adorable!!!

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Katie said...

you look so lovely Joanna! The first look was one of my favorite moments of our wedding day, and the pictures are so electric!
I love how you can feel the anticipation, love and excitement!

Stephanie said...

Oh man, too, too sweet. You guys look electric with happiness. I've never heard of doing this - what a great idea.

wide open spaces said...

!!!

stunning.

Vanessa said...

Stunning bride, handsome groom, gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing these!

Frau said...

Wow you both look gorgeous! So happy for you.

Ashley said...

OMG! So adorable! Max is the Bees Knees, and I can't wait for him to shoot my wedding in July! Congrats! Can't wait to see more of your stunning photos! You and Alex are easy on the eyes... keep 'em coming!!

reckless daughter said...

ridiculously adorable! what great photos to have!!!

L E A H said...

your dress, your hair, perfection! what a fantastic location too.. love all the textures and the dark curtains and leather furniture. very classy.

Alice Bucaille said...

very sweet pictures.
Looooove the dress

Anne said...

Hooray for the beautiful couple (and for the extremely talented photographer)!

Haddock said...

Have captured those special expressions

Jill Turner said...

So lovely. I love how he captured the emotions of the moment! :)

I bet you just can't stop looking at them all!

Juana @ SweetVisualAids said...

You look gorgeous, the moment was really well captured :) simply beautiful!

Kristen said...

thank you for sharing :) such a sweet moment, and I'm glad you had such an amazing photographer there to catch it!

Laura. said...

aw, i love these! the two views from the curtains are WONDERFUL. and YOU look amazing. that dress looks great on you.

Shannon Eileen of ** Happiness Is...** said...

I LOVE the first look!! That is my favorite things at weddings. I'm so happy that it was captured on film. You two are just so adorable.

Robert Petril Jr said...

Simply gorgeous!

anna kim said...

i simply cannot wait for the rest of the pictures. these pictures are too marvelous for words. i am so happy for you and your hubby, alex. congrats!!

Julia said...

Wow, how beautiful! The pictures just tell how intimate and moving that moment was! Congratulations!

Julie said...

Oh, these are so lovely! I am still debating whether or not to take pictures before my own wedding ceremony, and these beautiful photos make me think it would be a very good idea!

Anna said...

oh joanna i am so excited!! i have been waiting to get a peak of your wonderful wedding!!

such a perfectly beautiful moment! so happy for you both & can't wait to see more!

xo-

Magchunk said...

Wonderful! I LOVE your dress!

One of my best friends from high school was married yesterday and we all spied on their first look that was outside. I think it's become a really touching part of the wedding day (as a relatively new "tradition")

Leigh said...

Aww heart melting!! I love how you decided to capture the before moments.. Extremely happy for you too! This photos are perfect.

Melissa Blake said...

I love how Max captured the first look. And your hair is so beautiful!! :)

Catherine said...

Aaaaaaaamazing, all just completely perfect. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it, and will be stealing the gorgeous extra-long bouquet ribbon idea, so sweet!

Anmy said...

You look gorgeous in that dress. I've been eyeing it on the jcrew website for the longest time and you pull it off so so so well. Congratulations. :)

Chessa! said...

don't you just love love?! you look so beautiful and timeless. you both look so happy. my husband and I saw each other before the wedding as well. it was great to spend that time together alone before going before all our friends and famil. I adore the photos and cannot wait to see more. thank you for sharing!

sweet fine day/Jenna said...

aw, I just choked up. You both look so beautiful!! Love these photos.

Dennise said...

How lovely! What a wonderful idea to arrange to see each other beforehand and to make it such an intimate and beautiful moment. More Joanna, more! :)

Hello Lindello said...

You both are glowing. How romantic. Makes me miss my wedding day. Im so happy for you both.

erica said...

i am so glad you went with that dress, it's like it was made for you!

i can't wait to see the rest of the photos!

It's All Good said...

what a strapping man you got there Jo, what is it with men in suits? I just melt...

the bride is pretty cute to I guess... =)

Chelsea said...

so sweet!!

Cinnamon said...

You look so pretty! And I love your bouquet. It's completely lovely. I think the pictures are so sweet, I got a bit emotional!

Thanks for sharing your intimate moments with us!

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Grace said...

I love it! These pictures are so ridiculously adorable :)

Capree said...

Oh, Joanna! You look absolutely radiant!! I'm so happy for you guys! Can't wait to see the rest of the wedding!

Sarah said...

OMG this looks amazing! Max did a wonderful job and you both look so handsome!

mart and lu said...

you wedding pictures are lovely so far...you certainly had a talented photographer!

Deanna said...

Stunning. I remember seeing my husband for the first time, so glad I got to relive that moment through your photos. 50 years to you and Alex (at least!).

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

The peep through the brocade curtains is wonderful.

♥ JB said...

<3

can't wait to see more!

Liz said...

Even I lost my breath when looking at these! What a special moment. So exciting. You look so gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing these photos with us!! Can't wait to see more!

Naurnie said...

so beautiful! can't wait to see the rest!

Anonymous said...

You both look so excited and wonderful. You are completely stunning and adorable at the same time!

jean goddard said...

Oh, happy day!

Becky said...

Oh I love them - can't wait to see more!

Alison Hodges said...

Lovely, simple, and very romantic - I especially love the bouquet!

Pinecone Camp said...

What magical images! You both look so happy and adorable. Your photographer captured you beautifully.
x

Brigitte Dionne said...

this is just too cute for words!
and i love the curtains
and the first photo looks like this Armani ad from a Vogue magazine!

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pam@pixelimpress said...

oh, how cute are you! the photog captured the precise moment. i remember that "first looksy" all too well. it's makes your heart thump. pam

Meghan said...

What an exciting moment Max captured. You look so so happy!! And so so beautiful!

stephanie said...

Holy crap you guys are cute. I love these photos.

Rachael said...

You look so sweetly shy in that last one. Just lovely. And great choice on the dress...it's perfect on you!

Michelle said...

Awww! You totally pulled at my heart strings with this one. SO INCREDIBLE.

Oblio and Arrow said...

Aww! My husband and I also did a first meeting before the wedding arranged by my photographer. It was the best decision we could have made! That is SUCH an intimate and emotional moment I was so glad to share it in total provacy (other than the photographer) and get my tears and nervousness out of the way before having to walk down the aisle with everyone watching. By the time the ceremony started all the nervousness was gone and I was able to just be happy and excited!! My hubby even made a cd of our most meaningful songs and played it while I sneaked up on him out in the garden! I'm so glad you all did the same!!

Thao said...

You are SO gorgeous, Joanna--you and Alex make me melt. Can't wait to see the rest of the photos.

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you for these lovely comments! and rachael, i was feeling very shy, it was funny how that works! :)

Alicia said...

what an amazing moment to capture! Beautiful!

Heidi said...

You could not be more beautiful, I say, as I type through my tears. And the shot above of your man chasing you with an umbrella . . . I'm choking back some serious emotion here, and we're perfect strangers. Unreal!

Erin said...

WOW!!!!!!! GORGE.

dawn said...

so gorgeous and lovely!!! thank you for sharing :)

abigail said...

gorgeous! just gorgeous.

Blue Is Bleu said...

I love these pictures! You look so beautiful in your gown... and Alex is very charming indeed!

melissa ryan said...

my heart just skipped~

Maryellen said...

How sweet and romantic.

anotherfishinthesea said...

so gorgeous! thanks for sharing! and congratulations!!

Meghan said...

Oh Joanna, you are simply stunning! You look so happy - congrats!!!

Nancy said...

So sweet. How beautifully he captured your first eyefulls of each other!

And the delphiniums. Pitch perfect.

Carissa said...

oh my goodness. so beautiful! what great photos of your "first look"! you look absolutely stunning and I love your simple bouquet with pink ribbons. perfect!!

jenn said...

ohh my goodness joanna :] that's the sweetest thing ever! your dress is gorgeous and you two are gorgeous and i love it :] those photos are so classic and beautiful, they will be perfect to look back on when you have kids and stuff.

Amy said...

The first look is such a cute idea! Your wedding photos are great. Love the location too

Blair said...

AW! So precious and adorable. You two are too cute and I cannot wait to see more! Congrats again. xx

Munted kowhai said...

this is absolutely precious. i agree, i love the photo of your man with his back to the camera. there is immense anticipation and emotion insinuated.

danacordovadesign said...

Wow, congrats!!! What a gorgeous affair. Beautiful blending of old-world style and modernity. I LOVE it!

Erin said...

Oh that is so romantic! You look absolutely stunning. Congratulations!!!

Alexandra said...

this is so tender. you two make such a gorgeous couple!

Sallie Ann said...

They take my breath away. Such a heart-imprint!

Kami said...

sooo sweet! You are going to treasure these pictures.

Teresa @ good-grace said...

omg... you are a stunning bride!! And of course, Alex is a handsome gentleman, isn't he!? (your flowers are lovely!)

vanessa joie said...

You look like you stepped out of an old Hollywood movie. I can't wait to see more photos.

RepYeu said...

i love love LOOOOOVE the bouquet. So simple yet sophisticated and beauuuutiful, just like you! You made a goooorgeous bride! =)
Can't wait for the rest of the pictures!

la la Lovely said...

Pure glamour gorgeousness! Congratulations!!!!!!
xx Trina

JBeaudetStudios said...

I almost missed this post! Your dress is gorgeous! So glamorous! These photo capture such a special moment, I almost teared up!

Joanna Goddard said...

oh my goodness, thank you! your comments are so sweet, i am so touched and don't know what to say! :)

the southern hostess said...

How adorable are you two?! Love it.

Simply Mel said...

I love that you guys did this personal meeting prior to the ceremony! Gorgeous BRIDE and GROOM!

Logan said...

joanna, these are SO sweet. i love the pure love in your eyes, thank you for sharing.

eunice said...

this is the sweetest idea ever...you look absolutely gorgeous!

Adriana said...

I'm soo glad I'm still checking up on my favourite blogs while on holiday this week..Joanna, you are so adorable! You look the perfect mixture of excited and nervous, I'm loving the peek-a-boo photo of you in the curtains. You and Alex look very suited, gorgeous couple, yay! congrats!

Muffin said...

I love the dress! :)

Erica said...

Stunning bride :-D
May i know the flowers used for your bouguet please .

Sammi said...

Jo you look stunning as always. Your dress is amazing.

monica said...

i love the idea of seeing each other before the ceremony...

Denise Fasanello said...

you look so pretty, so sweet. lovely

Labour of Love said...

jo...what a magical moment...these shots captured such beauty between the 2 of you...sweet + precious moments to treasure for eternity...what a handsome couple! congratulations on your new adventures together...(ps. ♥ both of your smiling eyes)xoxo jo (unfortunately i currently had to close down my blog due to stalker issues...mustering up courage to reopen...)

please sir said...

Adorable! You guys look amazing...congrats again!

Brandie said...

You look gorgeous! I love your bouquet ... so pretty!

un bel oiseau said...

this is so wonderful and meaningful. i am getting so tired of having all my friends get married and the sole focus is the expensive dress, the ring, the gifts-- and i never hear anything about how much they love their spouse-- which should be the point of the wedding.

thanks for reminding us :)

congrats again,
Clarice

Mrs.French said...

I am tearing up a bit...this is so beautiful and your description takes my breath away. oh and I have to mention those photos! your max is my idol! xo t

Ali said...

Oh Joanna, you are just lovely.

And as much as I love the tradition of the groom not being allowed to see the bride before the actual wedding, I think this was a very acceptable exception!

A wedding is supposed to be about the individual couple (oxymoron?) and that's exactly what you did by doing this. I love it.

lynette said...

Oh I just love the first two. They are so mysterious and happy :) Beautiful!

Amanda said...

Such a cute idea! I love your bouquet :)

The Lil Bee said...

I adore first-look photographs. They are so special...and these are truly a joy because you can see how happy and excited you both are!

Also, I can't believe Abbey arranged that bouquet...she really is so talented. I think her 52 weeks of bouquet arranging made for some great practice for your wedding!

thoughtful day said...

so beautiful joanna and alex! congrats again, your wedding is so pretty and heartfelt and happy. i love the part of you each thanking your moms. i love that.

Dreamy Vintage said...

I think I just said "awww.." out loud. I should stop reading this blog during coffee break.. LOL

{this is glamorous} said...

so happy to have a few moments to catch up on your wedding photos -- what a stunning day it must have been! adored the venue and you looked amazing!

congratulations to both of you and wishing you many, many wonderful adventures together!

xo

Cathi said...

those are gorgeous photos! :)

rachel / Red Lips Vintage said...

i got choked up just reading this! i love weddings

alice said...

you&Alex are the sweetest thing!I want to get married to my giorgione asap!!!!

Amy@OldSweetSong said...

This is so sweet and such a great idea. Lovely photos!

Alexandra Rae said...

That is so beautifully romantic! You two will be happy forever. I'm a lot older and wiser (well maybe not) than you are and I can tell a true love couple. Congratulations one finding him and to him for finding you.

Love the bedtime stories. Just wait 'til you have that baby to bond over!

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oh my goodness, it was such an exciting moment. I think you have most beautiful bride. You must give her some unique gift like jewelry as woman really loves jewelry. Can I help you in choosing lovely ring foe her.

Carolin said...

Such a great idea to see each other before the ceremony without all the people around.
So intimate. Your are so amazing!

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