We’ve been a bit gaga for library and book-inspired wedding details and engagement sessions lately – and with good reason! From book pages to library card files, they make the perfect accessory for any wedding. Lauren and David were married in Maryland at the Enoch Pratt Central Library in downtown Baltimore, so they chose to embrace the literary theme with vintage book centerpieces and library card place cards, all with stunning results. Meghan Lynn provided the beautiful images from the day, so take a look!
From Lauren: We wanted our wedding to be classic without being stuffy. We love the outdoors and spend as much time outside as much as possible. However, weather in May in Maryland is not always the most cooperative, so our vision was to bring the feeling of a lovely spring day into the beautiful space of the Enoch Pratt Central Library. Our color palette – canary yellow, pewter gray, and spring green – helped us create a fresh, happy, playful feeling.
My veil was made by my grandmother, and I am excited to pass it along to my sister and cousins to wear as a family heirloom.
There was no doubt that we would hold our wedding in Baltimore – we are definitely city people and especially love showing off the hidden corners to family and friends from out of town. However, we’ve been to many of weddings in the city, and wanted a unique venue. We stumbled across the Enoch Pratt Library while walking around Mount Vernon one day, and inquired on the spot if we could hold a wedding reception there. Many of our local guests had never been inside the library, so we were thrilled to find such a beautiful, special space.
Like any couple, we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of the two of us, and we personalized it as much as possible. We were married by both a Lutheran pastor and a Catholic priest, to reflect both of our religious upbringings.
We loved the urban backdrop of our wedding photos. After we were done with the photos with our family and wedding party, the two of us walked a few blocks to Howard Street, where there was a temporary installation of amazing murals by local artists. They were a vibrant backdrop that resulted in some unconventional – and fun – photos.
We decorated the reception space with live trees, which we’ve since planted in a nearby park in honor of our marriage. Our venue, an historic, active library, also helped to shape our vision. We incorporated vintage books into the centerpieces and used personalized library book cards as place cards. We even used the circulation desk in the middle of the room as the bar!
We incorporated a lot of DIY projects into our day, and it was amazing to see everything come together. Our guests had a great time at our DIY photo booth, and with the help of family members, I made 14 types of cookies in the days before the wedding for a homemade cookie bar. My brother, who is in the Navy, found out a week before the wedding that he was being deployed and was unable to attend. Thankfully, we were able to Skype with him during the reception and he joined us virtually the whole time.
At one point, we realized that nearly every one of our guests was on the dance floor with us. It was incredible to be surrounded by all of our favorite people, and that’s a memory that will always stick with us.
Dave wore bicycle road-sign cufflinks, which were perfect for him – he’s a traffic engineer and we both love to bike.Our programs, DIY save-the-dates, and cake topper also brought in our shared love of triathlons, though we’ve yet to do one on a tandem bike!
Dave is a huge fan of the New York Mets, so I surprised him with a groom’s cake in the shape of a Mets hat. The groom’s cake also featured models of our dog and cat, too – we loved having them as part of the day.
Lauren’s advice for engaged couples in the Baltimore and Washington, DC area:
No matter how much you plan, something will go wrong during your day, but it probably won’t matter. We had planned to have our cocktail hour in Mount Vernon Park, adding the touch of outdoors that we both love so much. However, the weather was iffy and we moved it into the Poe Room of the library at the last minute. Though we were a little disappointed, the space is so beautiful that none of our guests knew the difference.
The following Baltimore wedding vendors contributed to Lauren and David’s wedding:
Ceremony Location: Christ Lutheran Church
Reception Venue: Enoch Pratt Library
Photography: Meghan Lynn Photography
Catering: Atlantic Caterers
Floral Design: DaVinci Florist
Bride’s Attire: Casablanca
Groom’s Attire: Macy’s
Centerpiece Flowers: Potomac Wholesale Florist
Cake and Groom’s Cake: Sugarbakers Cakes
Music: St. Charles Quartet
DJ: Crow Entertainment
Transportation: LaFleur Limousine
Photo Credits: Meghan Lynn Photography
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