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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wedding: The Reception

Finally, the reception. First, our guests had cocktails and hors devours in the Reading Room, which was filled with leather club chairs and a giant fireplace--and the ceiling looked like it was straight out of Versailles! Alex was so enamored of the aesthetic that he now wants our apartment to look like a dimly lit social club.
Then we headed upstairs for dinner. We wanted to create a relaxed vibe (and keep the budget reasonable), so we served a Mediterranean buffet--including lamb kabobs, grilled vegetables, cheesy pasta with vodka sauce, and caprese salad--and we didn't do assigned seating. Miraculously, people all ended up sitting with their good friends, and the tables worked out perfectly. (Whew!) Alex and I fall into the small category of People Who Don't Like Cake, so we served homemade cookies for dessert, made by my mom and the fabulous Perl Girl Baking Co. (P.S. Can you spot the two fascinators in the photo above? So cute!)
During dinner, our friends and siblings gave toasts. Alex's friend Brad talked about their early days in New York (where they shared a miniature apartment with a stalker across the hall), Alex's sister Lesley wrote a beautiful poem, my sister Lucy spoke about love and imagination, and Alex's brother Scott gave a funny toast full of California slang (including the line, "Dude, you totally scored.") But the big twist of the evening came when my little brother Nick gave his entire toast in a pitch-perfect New Zealand accent. No joke! The crowd was on fire!
Next up was a slideshow by our beloved friend Jason. He put together baby photos, family snapshots...and embarrassing pictures of us in junior high. He had stalked our friends and relatives all summer to get anecdotes about our lives (e.g., Alex's imaginary friend, Steve), and he wrote a cheeky speech to go along with the photos. It was hilarious, touching and wonderful.
After dinner, we moved into the next room for dancing. Our good friend Maz was our DJ, and we played the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror" for our first dance. (Runners up were "I Don't Wanna" by Patsy Cline and "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" by Elvis.) We had taken a fox trot class over the summer, but suddenly got nervous, and just danced like 7th graders. Luckily, the audience didn't seem to mind.
And then everyone danced the night away. The star of the show was our redheaded flower girl, Grace, who had so many cool moves! (Click on the photo to enlarge, if you'd like; she's ridiculously cute.)

Next up: The favors and the brunch, and that's it! Thank you so much for indulging me :) xoxo

(Photos by Max Wanger)

100 comments: Maegan said...

awe, yay. It all looks amazing, Joanna! The wedding, reception, all the photos ...just perfect! You look beautiful ...I hope you both are just beyond excited!

RobbieLee at Chickiedee said...

What fabulous photos! Thanks for sharing!

Ana Alegria said...

You were so gorgeous!!
Everithing looks so perfect and sweet... :)

Caroline no. said...

So cosy and classic looking. I love the light, too.

Ana Alegria said...

You were so gorgeous!!
Everything looks so perfect and sweet... :)

wide open spaces said...

LOVE. Really, it's love. Just posted your 1st reading over on my blog. I keep wanting to burst into tears thinking about it. My husband was pretty moved when I read it to him last night, as well.

olivia rae said...

it looks so fun and wonderful! the most important thing about a wedding is the feeling from the guests... my parents always talk about how genuinely happy everyone was at their wedding because they were perfect for each other, and you can tell your guests feel the same way. everyone looks ecstatic for you and alex! beautiful beautiful wedding!

Ellen said...

These pictures are fabulous Joanna, congratulations! It is so clear in looking at the pictures that your wedding was filled with love - what more can a bride ask for? You & Simon both looked stunning and SO happy! Best of luck to you both and thanks so much for sharing your beautiful day with all of us!

Anonymous said...

a new zealand accent, LOL, your brother sounds insane... in a good way.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo,
I found your blog through a Spanish blogger, and your wedding was just amazing. You look great, and above all, HAPPY, and the decor, the details... just perfect.
Congratulations, I'll be reading your blog from now on.
And as we say in Spain ¡Qué vivan los novios!" (Kind of "Long life to the just married!")

kati said...

for indulging you? thank YOU so much for indulging US! these photos and all the details are just wonderful. i love your velvet underground song. i'll be sad when all these posts are over :)

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

so much favorite parts:

1. the fact that alex had a stalker (and an imaginary friend)
2. your brother's new zealand accent and
3. that you danced like 7th graders since you were nervous.

Michelle said...

wow the photographer took some amazing pictures. they captured every moment!i love the pic of you and your hubby dancing! it looks like you guys had a fabulous time and so much fun! congrats

Geez Louise♥ said...

This my first comment on how beautiful ya'lls wedding was! Amazing! I have to say it was completely gorgeous from the invatations to the cutesy flower girl! at my cousins wedding my 2 year old busted out his dance moves and he too was the life of the party, children never cease to amaze me with their innocence.

Hope your having a fantab day!

Rachel Dangerfield said...

I'm so sad these beautiful recaps are almost done! They've been brightening my day so much during a tough dreary week.

I'm so glad you and Alex found each other. And I'm so happy to be sharing in the love. I bet your guests went home absolutely floating :)

Joanna Goddard said...

Geez Louise, so cute!!!!!!

leni said...

i cant get over how amazingly beautiful your wedding was! plus, i think you and alex are ADORABLE!!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, emily, and the craziest part was that their stalker was an old DUDE! he would always try to hang out with them, and he would call at 2 in the morning and hang up. it sounded so creepy!!!!

Lyndsy said...

Your first dance picture is gorgeous and totally made me sigh! Congratulations!

Blue Is Bleu said...

I love the relaxed vibe at your wedding! My sister almost did the embarrassing pics thing but was afraid I'd kill her... I wish she had! It'd have been hilarious hehe :)

...Seyma... said...

looks like fairy tales.. looks like the stories in the movies.. sooo lovely and cute..

jessica quadra said...

i felt compelled (again) to tell you how much i (among several others, i'm certain) am enjoying your recap! i'm sad it's almost over! and i love the bit about dancing like 7th graders.

Brittany said...

Joanna, I'm in love with your wedding! Such a cool and elegant aesthetic. I love that you danced like 7th graders too. Your wedding just seems like what a wedding should be: a celebration with your dearest family and friends.

Amanda said...

Looks like it was a wonderful night! I'm really enjoying these!

Vintage+Chic said...

Felicidades desde España!!

Anonymous said...

I usually follow you on smitten but i'm here to look at your beautiful pictures. seriously, i can just feel the love from these pictures. it looks like you had a simple and elegant ceremony. I can only hope that one day i can find a man to share such a beautiful experience like yours.

Alicia said...

Gorgeous, just gorgeous! You are so blessed and you truly deserve it, as does Alex. I feel like I know you

Congratulations...and they lived happily ever after :-)

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

these are stunning photos wow. love the pics of the grandparents.

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Lauren K said...

Dear goodness! Joanna your wedding (and you as bride) exude perfection! Thanks for sharing the lovely day and Max's stunning photographs with us!

Annabelle said...

Oh Jo - perfect, perfect, perfect. Your wedding seemed so "effortlessly" fabulous (but we all know how much hard work you put in to create that perfect atmosphere!)

I'm so happy for you both; what a lovely beginning :-)

Taylor K said...

thanks for sharing! the photos are awesome. I'm living for the fascinators. :)

Beach Vintage said...

These fabulous photos really take you there. Wonderful.

Joanna said...
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Joanna said...

These pictures are amazing. Everything looks so elegant. Congrats!!

Chelsea said...

Did you end up dancing? I remember you mentioning on Glamour that you were nervous for that part (me too!)

Anna said...

it looks like such a dashing time. everything sounds perfect!

Kwil said...

These are fabulous wedding shots! Everything looks gorgeous.

Sonia said...

oh...this is absolutely wonderful. So happy, so stylish and so full of emotion.
Congratulations and all the best for the two of you.

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Pure delight. I love the honeyed quality to the air that the photographer has created here.

alishaneva said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time! The pictures are so beautiful - and you look so happy!

rachel said...

wow. your wedding really was great and fun and perfect and spectacular. thanks for the details

michelle woo said...

Joanna, you are such a joy! Your wedding is so personal and fitting. I'm sure you could have gone a million different ways, but you seem to have kept everything relatively basic, yet so meaningful. I'm inspired!

Bamboo said...

I just stumbled on your blog today and must say what a GORGEOUS wedding! I am excited reading everything about your special day as I am getting married this Saturday. I hope to have a wonderful experience to write about. Looks like you had the time of your life.

Brigitte said...

Okay, now you're just making me jealous ;D

Deb Oh said...

Oh Joanna, it's like a fairy-tale! You look absolutely radiant.

Becky said...

I'll say it again - my favorite thing about these pictures is the joy on everyone's face! You, Alex, your parents, your guests - you can just feel the love!

Cakelaw said...

Just gorgeous!! All of it. Thanks for sharing.

miss.c said...

Hi Jo I absolutely love your wedding details! I just wana say that your personalities come through in everything and yet are not overdone as to detract from the importance of the event. Also Im a kiwi from NZ and find it amusing that you enjoy our accent. I wish you both the best for the future :)

Emom said...

You must be two very special people for your friends to have done so many very cool things...smiles.

Carissa said...

I love seeing all these photos and hearing you tell the story of your day. and I totally adore that photo of you and alex watching the slideshow, your arms around each other. too cute!!

lou said...

hi joanna,

having VU's i'll be your mirror as first dance is one of the best first dance song ideas EVARRR. congrats!

natalie said...

i remember being the flower girl at my uncle's wedding. i was seven years old, and danced more than anyone!

Same New Story said...

what a ridiculously gorgeous wedding!! congrats again!

Ann said...

your pictures are SO gorgeous! what a beautiful beautiful wedding, wow! I've been following your blog for a good while now, and I am just so happy for you, even though we're not actual friends. Alex looks so very handsome, and that picture of him standing in front of your dad just cracks me up hahah he's so adorable there, so funny.
Congratulations again, and i wish you all the best with your lives as husband and wife! =)
GAH! Just looking at these pics just make me want to get married now!

the southern hostess said...

What a perfect day! So beautiful

allisonia said...

oh I have loved all these photos from your wedding! They are all so beautiful, and you can tell how happy you and Alex are :)
Congratulations and all the best!!

Ita said...

Ohhh... you and Alex looked so happy in those beautiful pictures, so happy for you too and wish you all the best in your marriage life :)

Sara Christine said...

I don't usually cry at weddings, but reading through the blog posts of yours, I am tearing up. So, so beautiful, Joanna. A million billion congrats, and many happy years to come!

Sarah said...

Joanna your wedding looks like it was amazing!! Every little piece. I gotta say, I am intrigued about Nick's NZ accent. Has he been here or did he get tips from FOTC?

Joanna Goddard said...

sarah, it was hilarious that he did his toast in a different accent -- so random and absurdist and he did it all as if nothing out of the ordinary was going on; alex said it was andy kaufman-esque. i guess he chose new zealand because for some reason, he can pull it off. he doesn't watch flight of the concords, maybe he has some new zealand friends? i don't know, haha--it was just so funny :)

caroline duke said...

is your flower girl doing the charleston!? adorable girl & beautiful photos. i want to get married right this second.

v said...

It all sounds so amazing and beautiful! The photos are so wonderful!! Congratulations!!! Xo

Jill Wignall said...

These pictures are beautiful. They seem to capture a real feeling of fun and happiness at your wedding. I love that picture of you and your brother, especially after reading that he was doing a NZ accent! What a clever and funny thing to do - It instantly takes the pressure off him and has everyone laughing.

mama bear said...

Congratulations Joanna! You looked beautiful and your photos are stunning.x

Aaron (with a real NZ accent) said...

Crikey Joanna, what can I say, your wedding looks like a real corker, the pictures are amazing, everyone is having such a choice time, over here we would say your brother sounds a bit of a dag (good saying), Congratulations from Kiwi land on your wonderful day :)

I better rattle my dags. Cheerio


Lauren said...

your wedding looked so amazing... the colors were beautiful and you all look so happy! congrats!


Dream Sequins said...

Not doing assigned seating = bliss. And people may not enjoy the buffet idea, but I'm a fan! I call seconds ;) Congratulations, BTW. Love these wedding photos.

Chessa! said...

everything looks so wonderful. I love the lighting, the feeling, everything. and I love that you didn't do assigned seating...

Inty swetha said...

i love your laugh!! it looks so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Joanna - I'm writing from Singapore (somewhere in Asia). I've been reading your blog for the longest time and of course, this includes reading about all your wedding dilemmas, choices, preferences.
I'm so glad that everything fits so beautifully at the end of the day (or rather, the beginning of your journey). Almost choked with tears looking at the photos Max took. You make me want to bring him to Singapore for my upcoming wedding! :)
Congratulations and I wish you both all the best. Keep writing!

Love, Ivy

L E A H said...


i really love the fact that each part of the reception was taken place in a different room

Emily L. said...

"Thank you so much for indulging me"... hahaha! =D Indulging you?! I think we have been waiting to see these for what feels like forever. THANK YOU for indulging US!

Looks like you had the most memorable amazing day. So happy for you!

Truly Smitten said...

What an amazing wedding! You are so beautiful!~

reckless daughter said...

this looks and sounds like an amazing event! I'm so happy for you!

PS: great song!!

selina said...

What a great wedding! Congratulations!

PS: the flower girl reminded me of little miss sunshine.

Estelle said...

Love all the photos and stories from you wedding. Thank so much for sharing them with us. And I LOVE that your brother did his speech with a New Zealsnd accent. That's one of the greatest wedding reception stories ever.

Jaeve + Things said...

So many lovely photos! I'm loving it!

cassy diane said...

you had great music at your wedding! sounds like everything was awesome

Teresa @ good-grace said...

Oh, perfection! Such a gorgeous couple... and a beautiful event.

Cait said...

Can I just say that this looks like the perfect wedding?! Thanks for sharing. A wedding is not in my near future, but I hope to use your ideas someday. On a sappy note this makes me hopeful for my perfect man and happily ever after.

Anonymous said...

"hors-d'oeuvres" madame! "hors-d'oeuvres"!! :)

molly said...

now that you're expecting and it feels like i'ts "all about baby", i think it would be fun to revisit all these photos. the love and excitement here is palpable!

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I absolutely ADORE these photos...the color and the lighting is just perfect and adds such warmth to the wedding which looked just lovely! You can definitely see the joy in both of you!! Thanks for sharing!

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