Last week, Joanna posted this darling photo of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and it sent me searching for more pics of the famous Hollywood couple.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward wed January 29, 1958 in Las Vegas, and there are so many delightful photos of them together that seem to explain how they stayed happily married for 50 years.

Joanne: Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat…

I imagine if you’re reading Snippet & Ink, you love flowers and invitations and all the lovely details that go into a wedding. But if you’re anything like me, you’re even more inspired by what could only be described as true love. Sweet, romantic, silly, mundane love. Eating popcorn together and snuggling up with a cup of tea…

I adore these two – look at the way he looks at her!

This? This is the reason there are weddings.

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  1. Jess

    I loved this post Kathryn. Thank you for brightening up my otherwise mundane and foggy Tuesday morning :)

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  2. J

    I <3 this. I'm getting married Saturday and it was so nice to see these pics.

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  3. maiko

    i totally just teared up at work over this… love it!

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  4. Alison

    Okay, too amazing to believe <3 LOVE them goofing around in the sunbonnet pics <3

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  5. Rachael

    This is one of the most inspirational posts ever. From they way they are together and the love the exude in their photographs, to their style. Love everything. This would make great inspiration for an engagement shoot, or how to wear your hair for the big day…or any day for that matter (especially if you have short hair like me). Thanks for the amazing post!

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  6. Erin

    Kathryn, thanks for making my heart melt a little this morning! I needed that. xo Erin

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  7. Kate

    I love this! I saw the post on A Cup of Jo, and I was curious about them but didn’t look them up. These photos are so beautiful and I love that you reminded us that true love is why we get to marvel at the prettiness of weddings. Great post!

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  8. joanna goddard

    i love love love this post. amazing. so beautiful.

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  9. Cynthia G.

    Love! This is love. You can just tell can’t you? The first picture is what showed up on my feed (the trombone) and I thought of my wonderful man and his Saxophone and how I always interrupt him cause he’s so dang cute when he plays. Then I scrolled down and fell in love with the similarities that silly, true love, resonates in the heart of those who are truly in love as well. Beautiful, great find!!!

    xoxo Cynthia

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  10. Kate

    You just made me cry. In such a good way. I just want to drive to my husband’s office and give him a huge hug and a kiss.

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  11. Jess

    Thank you for posting this! I just got married a few weeks ago and in the sea of divorces and unhappy marriages it’s so refreshing to see a couple that loved each other and weren’t afraid to be silly with one another.

    Such an inspiration!

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  12. Ashley B

    Love them! My husband and I took inspiration from their wedding vows when we were writing our own. Love the last line.

    “Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage: The little things are the big things. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding room for the things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.”

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  13. Shana

    Very inspirational! I want this in my life! :)

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  14. Lisa

    This just made my morning. I am getting married in 10 days and it just reminded me of the most important reason why- LOVE!

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  15. Jessica

    More of this, please! I love wedding inspiration as much as the next person but marriage/ relationship inspiration is always a nice reminder as to why we are taking these vows in the first place. The wedding is one day but marriage is a lifetime.

    Ashley B. – I love their wedding vows. It rings so, so true. Thanks for posting them!

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  16. Nicole

    I absolutely love this post! I’ve been following yours and many other wedding blogs for quite some time and sometimes I’m a little jaded by the way we focus on weddings. This is inspiring and a wonderful reminder of why I love wedding blogs in the first place.

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  17. Chancy

    I love looking at all your wedding posts, but this was by far my favorite post that you’ve ever done. Le sigh.

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  18. Tara K.

    Perfect. Thanks for sharing this!

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  19. jean kallina

    Love it, shared it, and they loved it.
    Perfect!

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  20. Mary Herrington - Forever & Ever Events

    I adore this post! Thank you so much for compiling all of these photos in one place! I have always loved photos of Paul Newman looking at Joanne Woodward. Pure love and respect in his eyes!

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  21. Meg

    Love. This.

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  22. andee

    Love this so hard! Made me cry a little.

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  23. Sacha

    My sister-in-law and brother-in-law read a section of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward’s wedding vows at our wedding (three weeks ago!).

    They are such fitting and meaningful words to live by in any relationship, and these photos are proof that they lived them everyday!

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  24. Sarah @ Designsgood

    I love their story. Thank you so much for this touching post.

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  25. andi hatch

    Delightful. And, oh, he is just such a handsome man.

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  26. Stacey

    i’m getting married next week and i LOVED looking through these memories! i can only hope that i am so happy with my husband!

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  27. Dandi Snatch

    I love the pictures, he was a rare gentlemen among the Hollywood Set.

    But, I can’t help but feel bad for his first wife, whom he left after a decade of marriage.

    I guess second time is the charm!

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  28. fianceesarehumanstoo.

    This just made me tear up big time. Their faces express such emotions of love and it just gets better as they get older!

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  29. Peter

    Beautiful.

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  30. Ellz

    My husband just sent me a link to this page with the caption “thinking of you.” It made me cry. Thanks for reminding us what love looks like.

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  31. Paige

    Love this! Absolutely perfect. Thank you for posting these!

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  32. robyn

    love love love. i think my john looks a little tiny bit like paul newman – kind of one of the many things that attracted me to him. here’s to hoping i can say we were married for 50 years… ;)

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  33. robyn

    love love love. i kinda think my john looks a little tiny bit like paul – kinda one of the many things that attracted me to him at first. here’s to hoping we can say we were married for 50 years… ;)

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  34. Kelli {Here's To You , . . Weddings and Events}

    It’s so nice to see pictures of true love! Thanks for sharing this special post!

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  35. Charin Kent

    this post made my day, thanks for the sharin the love :)

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  36. Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie

    These photos are such a treat!!!

    xo

    http://www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

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  37. Lainey

    This post made me cry. They’re such an inspirational, not to mention, dreamboat couple. Love everything about them, and their love. So exquisite.

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  38. Gaby - Cap Classique

    Love this post so much. It gave me the biggest warm feeling. What a couple.

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  39. UH

    It’s such a delight to see happy couples like this. It makes me happy and it’s definitely an inspiration! Thanks :)

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  40. Stephanie @ Little Wed Hen

    It’s lovely to see a post reflecting on a marriage rather than focusing on a wedding. Thank you for this.

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  41. Natalie

    They seem just as much in love in the older pictures as the wedding ones. Thanks for the lovely post!

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  42. Kate

    Love this. LOVE this. Thank you.

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  43. Jenningsandgates

    Those are great photos. Especially because they are taken over many years. I saw a post not too long ago at thegracefulwife.blogspot.com that shows lots and lots of pictures of Kate Middleton smiling at William. On the blog, the writer says something about how she first noticed during the wedding that every time William looked at Kate, she smiled. I look forward to seeing what their pictures look like in 30 years. I hope she is still smiling at him.

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  44. Regan

    I adore this post and all things Paul Newman… Thank you for reminding us all what a marriage is all about!

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  45. Linsey

    Cool Hand Luke, indeed.

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  46. victoria

    Love, Love, Love! A picture really is worth a 1,000 words. xo

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  47. Rosalind Grace

    These are beautiful, I looked at the first photo a few times the other day – I love the look on mrs Newman’s face :-) contentment

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  48. Ramona

    completely amazing!!!

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  49. Ashley K. G.

    This is, BY FAR, one of my favorite posts to date! Fantastic job Kathryn!! There’s nothing like being in love, and loving every moment of it :)

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  50. Shal

    Ahh….I absolutely ADORED this post! What a true blessing to find a partner who will MAKE true love happen, with you and for you!

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  51. mariana

    absolutely beautiful..

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  52. Gina

    When asked about infidelity, Paul Newman said, “Why go out for a hamburger when you have steak at home?”

    Love that quote! I hope someone says that about me someday!

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  53. Savanna

    Amen, sistah. Love ‘em.

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  54. Esther

    A truly beautiful post. Thank you!

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  55. Mrs. Châtelaine in Paris

    Wow I love is the energy and the fact that they’re just having so much fun together. Thanks for posting these, so inspiring and makes me smile to think that my Hubby and I might look the same together too. 50 years of happiness await :-)

    xox Mrs. Châtelaine in Paris

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  56. Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel

    oh my. these photos are amazing. they make me so excited to document the growth of my marriage. what a lovely couple.

    thanks for the collection!

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  57. Taylor

    I have always respected Paul Newman because of his adoration of his wife. There’s no doubt in my mind that that couple embodies everything that true love is. But, it’s easy to say sexiness wears thin when you are married to a man who ages well and never loses his looks ;)

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  58. allie

    This made me weep. It’s so, so cute but I don’t think I’ll ever have a relationship like that.

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  59. Kate Holt

    a great reminder….that love is the base of it all.
    thanks for posting kathryn.

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  60. Brandi

    This was a perfect reminder of why it is worth waiting for your prince charming!

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  61. Cleo

    Love, love, love this!!

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  62. chandra ~ oh lovely day

    although marriage is hard for everyone, it is wonderful to see a couple who makes it last, work, and are truly in love. I’ve always loved these two & their love story. thanks for sharing!

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  63. Louise

    Yep. Love weddings, but it is true love that makes me tear up at them. These two have long been models for me to aspire to in relationship…and I think I’ve got some of that now. Thanks for this wonderful set of photos and thoughts.

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  64. Sandy

    Thank you so much for this lovely and thoughtful post. Paul Newman is my absolute favorite actor. “Cat on a hot tin roof”is a must see. His beautiful and enduring love affair with his wife is something most of us dream about. Thank you again for posting this.

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  65. Brandon Wright

    This is why I love you and your BLOG Kathryn!!! You are real! And this is totally what being a wedding photographer is all about. I love details and beautiful portraits but that is peripheral to what is central… The love share by two individuals that joins them together… That’s what a wedding is about! Individuality of personalities joined in unity of marriage! Thank you for reminding us all! And thanks God for couples like Joanne and Paul!!! :)

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  66. jonahliza

    this is one of the sweetest posts, ever. thank you for this and all the darling shots <3

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  67. Jami

    I love her quote about beauty fading and laughter being what’s important. But lord– his beauty hardly faded at all, if even!

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  68. ArticulateArt

    Very sweet photos… especially the ones with the way he looks at her!

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  69. Erin

    True love!

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  70. Larry Green

    Paul was one of my favorite all-time actors. Nowadays I see him on the bottle of my salad dressing.

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  71. L

    These photos are lovely. Love this couple. Paul was/is the best! :)

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  72. Maria @ Cheeky Pink Tulip

    This is absolutely, positively one of the most terrific things I’ve ever seen. They are so cute together!

    Maria xx
    cheekypinktulip

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  73. Helene

    They were a beautiful couple..arent too many in Hollywood like them

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  74. Haley

    Wow…what love, what energy, what passion! This is a couple that truly see each other, and I hope one day that I am so lucky. Thanks for the post!

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  75. Meg Manion Silliker

    i have always admired this beautiful couple. and living close to them in CT – catching glimpses was always a treat.

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  76. Ali Rodriguez

    Ohhhh I love this! Such a great post, lovely reminder to treasure what you have.

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  77. Heather

    Oh how sweet!!! They have always been my favorite couple, and their love an inspiration. Thank you so much for this post! It is so heartwarming. Love your blog, too!

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  78. Cherisse

    Awww this is so romantic! Great post!

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  79. Gabriella D

    aw, this is too sweet. true and pure love. they are very lucky to have found each other.

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  80. Eliza Jane

    These pictures made my heart melt. I seriously got choked up.

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  81. Faith

    This is what makes me believe in marriage and in love. It is possible and it can last a lifetime.

    ~F

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  82. Maya

    Amazing. Possibly one the the most beautiful couples ever.

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  83. Manding

    this is making me want to weep.

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  84. therese

    Amazing post. thank you for researching this and posting it. it’s so inspiring.

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  85. RAINE

    Love is not a Fairytale
    But, the journey of a lifetime
    That begins with great dreams
    Followed by the aspirations of the two people
    Willing to work together as a a TEAM
    Laughing & Playing thier way
    To thier own HAPPILY EVER AFTER

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  86. Tina Z

    My husband and I used their vows for our wedding three years ago! He passed away a week after. We’re from CT and got married there, Newman and Woodward were longtime residents of the state. We were also inspired for the same reasons in this post.

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  87. dhebe

    marriage does not make this happen . . . these are 2 souls connected on a special level, and what a special level it is! beautiful . . .

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  88. Jen

    This post made me so happy, thank you for the smiles!

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  89. Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet

    Sigh. So lovely, so loving.

    Although, I imagine being married to someone who looks like Paul Newman couldn’t be too hard ;-)

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  90. mo

    this is REMARKABLE. thank you for posting*

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  91. Annie

    Marriage is awsome I’ve always admire a Hollywood couple who believes in a marriage and makes it last. My husband was my first and only after 30+ years. He is with the lord. But, few have what Paul and Joanne had. I did Thank you for those Love picture.

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  92. Patty

    Paul Newman has always been one of my favorite all time actors. These photos and the love and commitment they illustrate only reinforce those feelings. Thanks so much for sharing them.

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  93. L. Snyder

    Joanne is such a fortunate woman, he grew more attractive as the years past.
    Paul was quite a wonder.

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  95. Maria

    I was such a fan of these two for 50 yrs. until I read the bio of Paul last week. YIKES! There may have been some exaggerations but certainly not all of it. I had no idea he was bisexual “And enjoyed it! ” He was a cruel and abusive father, especially to his son who committed suicide. His son was also gay.
    I was filled with sorrow and disappointment over the double life he led. And Joanne actually worked at breaking up his marriage to Jackie Whitt. Paul and Joanne lived together for yrs. while he was still married. He deserted his children and they never forgave him. He was such a terrible alcoholic he was probably unaware of it. He is no hero of mine, anymore.
    Apparently, most all the great stars we loved were bi. Humphrey Bogart,, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Marlon Brando (being the worst) Sal Mineo, Brandon DeWilde, James Dean was lovers with Newman for years, up until he was killed. On and on…….Spencer Tracy was also gay and a terrible alcoholic until it killed him. Hepburn being a dyke was his beard.
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