Wedding: Program

We were lucky enough to nab the super talented Anna Bond of Rifle Design for our programs. She was wonderful to work with, and we adored her hand-painted illustration of a ship on the waves. She even drew my dress exactly like it was, as well as Alex’s beard and glasses! At the bottom, we included a romantic quote from one of our favorite novels, The History of Love. A program was put on each guest’s chair (and, later, on our fridge).

Click the photo to enlarge, if you’d like. xo

Update: Anne, a reader, asked if Alex had seen this program before the wedding (and therefore my dress style), and yes! He did! Oops! We laughed about it when it happened, because I had been so careful to keep my wedding dress a secret from him…and then I just handed him a drawing of it. :)

(Program by Anna Bond; photo by Max Wanger)

  1. “Once upon a time, there was a boy. He lived in a village that no longer exists, in a house that no longer exists, on the edge of a field that no longer exists, where everything was discovered, and everything was possible. A stick could be a sword, a pebble could be a diamond, a tree, a castle. Once upon a time, there was a boy who lived in a house across the field, from a girl who no longer exists. They made up a thousand games. She was queen and he was king. In the autumn light, her hair shone like a crown. They collected the world in small handfuls, and when the sky grew dark, and they parted with leaves in their hair.

    Once upon a time, there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
    ― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

    joana thanks for sharing such a nice article.
    thanks a lot for giving info about history of love. and God bless nicole karuss

  2. This is really good and very simple. Just wanted to ask where can I find the creator of this wedding program wording? If there are samples that would be great. I really loved it and I was planning to have, not exactly the same but more like a new theme based on my preference.

  3. Classic! that’s what I think about this wedding program.

  4. This is one of the most unique wedding program I’ve seen, and it looks wonderful. I love the art work in it.

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  6. I know this is a bit late to comment on, but I have been home sick the last two days stuck in bed, and therefore catching up on my favorite blogs’ archives. History of Love is one of my favorite books and that quote seems to fit your relationship perfectly. Thank you for sharing your life with us, the world is better with a positive influence like yours!

  7. Beautiful couple..It looks like you people made a great program for wedding. Are searching for wedding jewelry. I highly recommend you my site for jewelry. Seriously, Here you will find out antique pieces of jewelry.

  8. You were married on my parent’s 30th wedding anniversary!! That is so nifty!!

  9. they would be such cute business cards.

  10. this quote too, Joanna. you’re killing me. I love flowers and food and music but at the end of the day…it’s the words that break my heart.

    (also loved : she comes of her own accord. though I would have been cracking up as well!)

  11. So funny that he saw the sketch of your dress! However, although it was adorable, it couldn’t spoil the effect of the real thing! xoxoxo

  12. awww it’s such a accurate drawing of Alex! I get the feeling that the groom tends to get left out of the details when it comes to weddings (heehee) so this was a really nice touch.

  13. wow, she did a wonderful job.. so detailed, so cute!

  14. These are so sweet, I love the little details and the “History of Love” quote

  15. So sweet: personalized, unique, and lovely. Just as it should be.

  16. oh wow i love the program and the history of love quote you used.

  17. blue12rain — that is such a brilliant idea!!! i love that. you must be so excited for saturday!!!!!

  18. the quote on your program is one of my all-time favorite quotes! amazing book and the quote just fits perfectly! congratulations and you looked beautiful!

  19. OMG. I am IN LOVE with your wedding program (um, never thought I would ever write that sentence). The Nicole Kraus touch is perfect and so YOU.

    And I am getting a secret kick out of seeing my own name and birthday on there, too. ;-)

  20. I love how creative the programs and invitations are! Such a good idea to have them done by hand…or at least look like they are! Love it!

  21. Joanna – I adore the fact that you put the History of Love quote on your program. That is one of my all-time favorite books! xoxo

  22. the programs are so gorgeous… I just love the nautical /british theme. So unique!

    That quote is amazing, an amazing book too! Love it all!

  23. omg i love this so much. so so so much!

  24. so far i am loving every single detail of your wedding!!! it’s so well thought out…and so YOU ;p i love this program – Alex’s beard and glasses are the cutest!

  25. honestly, the most perfect program I have ever seen…xo t

  26. Such a wonderful program! I’m getting married on Saturday and our centerpieces are stacks of books with a frame sitting on top. In each frame is a hand stamped paper I made with one of our favorite authors/books and a quote from them. The quote you used is in one of our frames too! I love it. Your wedding pictures, thus far, just radiate with your personality, which I think is exactly how a wedding should feel.

  27. The program is amazing and I love that you added that quote. I almost forgot I had read History of Love until I realized the quote seemed super familiar…and adorable.

  28. kim, you should totally get in touch with anna bond, she’s amazing!!!!

  29. claire, we should!!! :) and carly, thank you, so sweet :)

  30. Those look absolutely magical! It really seems like you had the perfect wedding.

  31. that is super cute! love the little drawings of you two! and the quote at the bottom. just lovely.

  32. You had a fabulous program for sure.

  33. History of Love is one of my favorite books as well and I’ve never found anyone else who’s read it! We should have a book club.

  34. Every detail of your wedding is so lovely. I can’t wait to see more!

  35. Now THIS I love. And anything with a Nicole Krauss quote gets extra love. I’d totally frame that if I were a guest at your wedding :)

  36. Those little drawings of you and Alex are too much!

  37. So fun and cute!

  38. Oh my Dear Jo: I live in Venezuela, and your blog makes me feel closer to what I call home, New York. And let me tell you, I cried when I saw your wedding pics, you look like a doll, so beautiful. God bless your marriage and let all the heavenly gifts grace upon you and your handsome hubby!!!! Congratulations!!!!

  39. Aw – this is so, so sweet! I love the handmade feel of it, the little image of the two of you and your lovely quote. Perfect!

  40. i love that everything feels as though it was made especially for you two. and having that sweet quote was such a good idea.

  41. that quote is so sweet! beautiful illustration! we are all loving your wedding!

  42. so great! i love the theme & the quote, that’s such a good book!

    congratulations again!

  43. These are totally beautiful. I love the ship.

  44. I am REALLY loving the
    whole Nautical theme!!

  45. she did an amazing job. love the the typography and especially the little drawing of you and alex. so sweet.

  46. Wow, what a lovely program….love that quote!

  47. the romance of it all is infectious!

  48. What a beautiful program! But… since you are pictured in your wedding dress (including that lovely flower in your hair)… did Alex see this before the wedding? Did you not tell him it was exactly how you would look? I’m intrigued!

  49. oh my, that program is the sweetest! I just love Anna’s work! what an amazing memento to have from your day.

  50. Very sweet and fitting with how you’ve described your wedding. The colours and text are wonderful!

  51. Melissa says...

    This is simply lovely, Joanna! I love the quote!

  52. i’m enamored with your wedding. thanks for sharing it. history of love is one of my very favorite books. i got chills seeing that quote on your program.

  53. Simply lovely!

  54. I love this! All of your wedding – from the photos to the program design – was so original, which I love! :)

  55. Your programs are so beautiful and creative…i love the drawing of you and alex! I can’t wait to see more pictures of your lovely wedding!

  56. ok, i actually GASPED when i saw the program photo! it’s beyond amazing.


    ps: i adore that book, too

  57. love your theme — everything is so perfect and anna’s work is amazing-hopefully i can use her for my own wedding stationary!

  58. Wow you did it so perfect! I love it

  59. Anonymous says...

    I love the theme to your wedding – the boats, etc. This is the most personal, touching program I have ever seen! I love that in the pictures you like like you will when the ceremony starts.

  60. seriously loving your programs. xx

  61. Beautiful!!!

  62. Love them! So unique and beautiful!