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A DIY Bookish Bride: 1 Year Later

If you caught my IMM from Sunday and didn’t listen to it on mute (I don’t blame you), you may have heard that my one-year wedding anniversary was on Monday. My husband and I are always joking around about how the wedding  never happened… the whole day passed so quickly! And now here we are at the one year mark. Being that I just put my professional pictures on Facebook for people to see, I did a mini-recap on my Disney blog about all the “magical” touches we had at our wedding, and I couldn’t leave RBR out because books were a huge part of our wedding too.

My husband and I met in the Fall of 2003 when he was editor-in-chief of the college newspaper and I was an eager freshman who wanted to write for the paper. Sounds like the beginning of a young adult story, right? I had a boyfriend. He had a girlfriend. But he was cute. (And apparently he thought I was cute too.) But then we may have kind of got into a fight. Or well, maybe I yelled at him. Because after I slaved over my articles like they were going to affect my GPA, none of the articles got into the paper. (Which I found out later, was not his fault.) Well, long story short. Our college was forced to close because of debt. James graduated. I transferred and then we rekindled our “friendship” on Myspace (oh the days of that distraction!) and the rest is history.

The point of this cliffnotes version of our relationship is to say we were both English majors and writers. Hence, even though our tastes are extremely different, books are very important to us — which is why we wanted to make them a huge part of our wedding decor. Here’s are a few of the inspiration photos I found early in planning:

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After much back and forth email discussion with Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted (she’s amazing!), I was able to come up with some similar but alternate ways to use books in the decor. James and I took books from our own collection, bought used books, and also had many crates of books donated to us from friends. And we ended up with this:

This is actually the centerpiece we had at our main table. (We sat with our wedding party at lucky 13.) I bought those birds at Michael’s. (I liked that they had crowns. James’ last name is King.) On alternate tables, I used lace or twine to wrap up the books. I photocopied pages from our favorite books and used them as a background for the table number. (This took some time to practice on the printer. I printed the number directly on top of the photocopied page.)

On other tables, the centerpieces looked like:

See? On the opposite side of the frame (they were under $2 each from IKEA) we stuck in pictures from our engagement shoot. At the end of the night, that was what our guests were able to take home. (Not the books.) The “flowers” were a labor of love by my bridesmaids. Coffee-filter flowers. (Honestly, they saved us a lot of money but the time and effort… I will never [and neither will my friends + sister] get that back.)

I did love our escort cards. I ordered library cards from Etsy, shrunk them on my computer, and copied them. My best friend/total genius made the pocket out of gray cardstock, we had a logo designed by the awesome Katie from Rocket Ink, and printed them on labels and it all came together. I ordered a Letter stamp from Etsy and my patient husband stamped everyone’s names (EVERYONE’S) individually on the cards.

I also bought so many postcards of libraries from eBay. Like so many. I bought cards of libraries from all over New York and New Jersey, and then from a bunch of states we had visited together. This would be an example of things I did not end up using in our wedding decor. There was no space. But I did use a postcard of the library in Southampton, NY (where our college was) on the cover of our ceremony program.

This fun little book snuck into the decor as well!

There you have it! Here are a few shots of us from the actual wedding:

Happy Thursday all! Thanks for reliving my bookish wedding with me!

Professional photos by Photo Pink NYC.

July 11, 2013 - 12:30 am

Being Married to a Reader: Gazing Lovingly at... Books, Estelle - […] → I buy more books than he does. → I read all different times a day, and he only reads at night. → He hates reading on his iPad. I quite like my Nook. → I take it super personally when he turns on his side to read in bed. (It’s silly, I know.) → Our bookshelves are mostly filled with my books. → He’s not a fan of YA. (Don’t faint, people.) But The Phantom Tollbooth is one of his favorites. → You can ask Alexa and Rachel. He is very good at keeping busy when I’m on a book shopping spree. → When we visit new towns, we really like to find a new local bookstore to check out. (Geeky!) → Ignoring is love when you are both reading on a beach. Just a tip. → Probably my favorite fact of all? Our book-themed wedding! […]

March 5, 2013 - 9:02 am

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June 14, 2012 - 11:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I loved your wedding – the photos and the decorations are gorgeous. I’m definitely inspired about how I’m doing mine, since I’m adamant about incorporating books and stories into our wedding 🙂

March 21, 2012 - 9:14 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Aww… I just stumbled across this while looking for a review! I love your pictures — you’re just beautiful in all of them! My husband and I had a book themed wedding as well (I should post some pics from ours as well) as we met in a bookstore =) We made books for our centrepieces which, like your coffee filter flowers, looked awesome, but took SO MUCH time and energy! Thanks so much for sharing this with us all!

March 13, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Lauren Elise - This was fun seeing these pictures again Estelle! This year has flown by. You are too sweet to mention me. It was so fun chatting and helping you before your big day. I was so glad to be helpful. You and James are such a cute couple and I wish you both all the best in year two and in the many more to come after that.

March 10, 2012 - 1:51 am

Jasmine Rose - That is so cool! My husband and I just got married in December and I’m really sad we never thought to incorporate books into the decor. We both love books and reading, but it just never occurred to me. Your wedding was gorgeous. Congrats on 1 year :]

March 9, 2012 - 7:38 am

April Books & Wine - I love those table frame centerpieces with the excerpts and photos, that’s so pretty!

ALSO? the due date cards.

What a gorgeous wedding.

Happy one year anniversary, Estelle. 🙂

March 8, 2012 - 5:21 pm

Anna - 1) OMG my husband and I met at our college paper too! I was news editor and he was a photog. Love that.
2) We had those IKEA frames for our centerpieces too — worked out perfectly.
3) You are gorge.

March 8, 2012 - 3:56 pm

VeganYANerds - Congratulations on your one year anniversary, Estelle! And thanks for sharing the photos with us, I love that you were able to incorporate your loves of books into your wedding, what a fantastic idea! I particularly love the library cards!

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