There are few places on earth that I love more than the library. Before I had kids I would spend hours there, poring over books. When I finally headed for the exit, my book bag would weigh more than a small child.
Two kids later, my library book bag still weighs as much as a small child, but now the bag is full of kids’ books. I do miss reading – and I do miss solitary time spent at the library.
Given my love for the library, it’s no wonder that I love weddings with a library or book theme.
Here are a few that recently caught my eye:
Amazing! I LOVE this setting in an orange grove. How perfect for a small wedding! Photos by Jessica Claire.
The talented Anne Ruthmann shot this black and white photo at the Detroit Public Library.
Library wedding reception shot at the George Peabody Library in Baltimore by D. Bryant.
Boston Public Library wedding photographed by Lisa Rigby.
Wedding in New York library shot by Zlatko Batistich.
Book centerpieces and table numbers. Photos by Jenny Liu.
Book themed engagement shots by Adrienne Gunde.
Country chic wedding with books and baby’s breath bouquet.
Library card generator. Fun, fun, fun!
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Photos Two – Four: Dunn Photography
Jocelyn, 35 and Peter, 33
Wedding Date: June 19th, 2010
Number of Guests: 35
Wedding Cost: $15,000 (approx.) (there were additional costs to relocate the wedding at the last minute)
Wedding Ceremony Location: OMNI Hotel
Wedding Reception Location: OMNI Hotel
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
Pete’s mother was fighting palliative breast cancer and was told by her oncologist that she most likely would not live to our original wedding date. We moved the wedding to a date and location that would allow her to attend the wedding. It was a hard decision to make, but we never doubted our decision. Pete’s mom did attend the wedding, but passed away four months later.
What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
Dealing with vendors from a remote location, and putting together the entire wedding in 5 weeks.
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
No, because we decided to throw a small, intimate family wedding, then have a larger reception at a later date.
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family?
No, our friends were very understanding when we explained we were changing the ceremony to be a small family affair. To be sure all of our friends and family were able to celebrate with us, we threw a larger reception after we came home from our honeymoon.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
An outdoor wedding on a beautiful sunny day, Pete’s mother attending, Jocelyn’s grandmother attended (the only living grandparent of the couple), having our nieces and nephews as the flowergirls and ring bearers.
What were the highlights of the reception?
The bride’s parents passing their engraved toasting cup to the couple, with the couple’s wedding date also engraved in it. A brief but touching groom-mother dance. All of the guests talking and sharing stories until well after midnight.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
Both the bride and the groom were able to have genuine, intimate conversations with each guest before the night was over.
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Don’t think that the reception on the wedding day must be the only reception. If you’re thinking about it, do it; you’re able to spend your money in a more meaningful way on each of your guests, rather than trying to stretch dollars in order to cover a large group.
Location: Omni Hotel Detroit
Officiant: Rev. Dr. Laurie Grieg
Photographer: Kip Beelman Photography (Seattle, WA)
Dress: Victoria Bridal (Seattle, WA)
Bride’s Ring: Borshiems’ Jewelers
Groom’s Ring: Avant Garde Titanium
Flowers: Wesley Berry Flowers
By Darin (The Huzz)
Do you see an intimate wedding in your future? Maybe in 2011 or 2012?
Here’s my list of wedding planning essentials for the upcoming nuptials.
1. Bride and groom committed to spending the rest of their lives together. Simple enough right? About 50% get it wrong. Here’s hoping you’re in the “get it right” population.
2. Bride and groom who have sorted out whether or not they want children. Tied to #1, but trust me, part of that 50% failure rate on marriage includes not having this sorted out beforehand.
3. Marriage license.
4. Officiant who can perform marriage.
7. Loved ones and close friends whom the bride and groom would like to be a part of their marriage ceremony and post-ceremony celebration, if applicable.
8. A bag of real money. No plastic. No line of credit. No “mom and dad’s home equity that’s losing equity by the day” line of credit. Real M-O-N-E-Y. How much goes in the bag depends on the list you create in step 9. Do NOT base it on the “Average Cost of a Wedding” number that you see in mainstream media.
9. A list. Or two. Or three. On this list should be the “stuff” that YOU want to include as part of YOUR wedding. This item can be extremely simple or really complicated. To create this list you might include you and your future spouse only, but not necessarily. If your parents or future in laws are helping to foot the bill you’ll probably end up including them in the decision making process as well.
10. Stones. Big ones. Not only for the groom, but the bride as well. You’ll need the stones to keep your wedding true to what your vision is. The internet has given you so many options and “experts” to guide you through this manufactured wedding maze. It’s easy to end up on a much different path than where you started. That isn’t always a bad thing. Just remember to take a good, hard look at where you are going. Does it feel right? If not, re-group.
We got married in 2001. I’m here to tell you from the other side of the fence, with 10 years of happy marriage and a family that’s grown from the two of us, to now four, that the best thing you can do is stay true to yourselves and make your crazy list of wedding essentials your OWN list and not the list that the industry wants you to fret over as you pump bags of money into its hungry industrial complex belly.
Which brings me to the last thing on the list:
11. Stay inspired. These real weddings will help you do just that.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to stash some money away for the future? You can! Forget the panini maker, espresso machine and fancy dishes. Think stocks.
Simply open an account at WeddingFutures.com and select your stocks. Your guests can choose from your list of stocks and pay via Paypal or credit card.
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WeddingFutures.com provides the registry and collects the funds. (They charge 5% commission.) The funds are transferred to your brokerage account to be purchased by your brokerage firm. You can use any bank or brokerage firm. When your wedding day finally arrives, the gifts are transferred to your account.
“Couples can register for gifts that feather their financial nest and set the foundation for a solid financial future, “ says Nguyen. “Gift givers can be confident that their WeddingFutures.com gift – unlike a pricey coffee-maker, which will break or become obsolete — will always be needed, wanted and put to good use.”
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