Wedding Albums: Joanna Goddard Shares Her Personal Pics With Us

We've never been the type of women to blow our savings on wedding, buy a tulle volcano of a gown, or get all Bridezilla on our bridal party... but that doesn't mean we can't plan a mean wedding.
We've thrown and attended some of the most thoughtful, remarkable, picture-perfect, hey-look-everyone's-laugh/crying weddings you've ever seen, as a matter of fact. So, we thought it was high time that we shared the joy. First up in our crop of R29 friends sharing their personal pics is Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo, whose Manhattan nuptials was definitely one for the books. Click through as Joanna walks through her big day, and the moments that made it super-special (plus, a few genius tips, of course!).
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"Alex and I wanted to see each other and connect before the ceremony, so our photographer arranged a first look. We were both so nervous! I remember really hoping that he'd think I looked pretty. It was so, so wonderful and touching to have this private moment together before everything kicked off."

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"We're not very religious, so my uncle Hamish married us. He got ordained online (!) and gave a funny, personal ceremony, including my late grandfather's wise advice on love and marriage."
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"Our guests were mostly grown-ups, but our flower girl was just five-years-old with a shock of red hair. She took her role incredibly seriously. All day, she followed me around and looked at me like I was a princess. It was so sweet."

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"I wanted my dad to walk me down the aisle, but I didn't love the old-fashioned tradition of having him 'give me away.' So my mom came up with a great solution. When my uncle asked, 'Who gives this woman to take this man?' my father answered, 'She comes of her own accord, with the full support of her mother and me.' I really loved that line."

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"We had six groomsmen and six bridesmaids. Instead of choosing a bridesmaid's dress, I just asked my friends to wear navy, so they could wear their favorite style. Alex gave his groomsmen blue seersucker ties from Etsy."

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"As a way to honor our moms, we gave them each a pink rose to thank them (in a very small way) for everything they've done for us."

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"The kiss! The ceremony felt so amazing and climactic!"

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"We walked back down the aisle to the song, 'Be My Baby' by the Ronettes. The song is energetic and exciting and helped get the party started. I was trying to smile but couldn't help blubbering."

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"We stole another quiet moment immediately after the ceremony. It felt good to have these little private times throughout the day."

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"Then we entered the cocktail hour and were announced as husband and wife. (What a thrill!) My dress and shoes were from J.Crew, and Alex wore a pink tie and gray suit."

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"We got married at the Down Town Association in Manhattan. It was surprisingly affordable, even though the rooms were epic. The library, where we served cocktails, had beautiful fireplaces, leather sofas, and a ceiling that looked straight out of Versailles."

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"Also, a friendly lion."

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"We had a buffet Italian dinner (think: lots of cheesy pasta) and our friends and relatives gave toasts. My brother gave his entire speech in a New Zealand accent, which was totally improvised. So random and hilarious."

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"Dinner was followed by dancing. Our friend was the DJ, and our first dance was to 'I'll Be Your Mirror' by the Velvet Underground. We also decorated the rooms with dozens of tea candles."

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"Finally, for favors, we put out a basket of holographic glasses that make all points of light (think: headlights, streetlamps) look like hearts. We wanted people to have a romantic walk home through Manhattan after such a blissful day. See more photos here."

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