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Charming, Classic Library Wedding in Boston

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 26, 2012

Blair & Jon

September 15

Boston, Massachusetts 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

When searching for a venue, there were two things we looked for: location and character. The library had both. Situated in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay area, the Boston Public Library is literally across the street from five hotels, 10 minutes from the airport and surrounded by amenities. Since many of our guests were coming from out of town, we loved the idea that they wouldn’t have to worry about transportation or logistics for the wedding.

In spite of its central location, the Boston Public Library also has this incredibly unique quality. The moment I walked in for the first time, I was blown away by the colors, architecture and sheer scale of the building. I loved that the venue spoke for itself rather than needing to be “dressed up.” Additionally, I had always wanted to be married outside, and the library’s courtyard made that possible. I could go on forever! It is honestly the most magical place in the entire world!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The welcome bags and maps for out-of-town guests
2. The lighting! Both inside and outside, the lighting made the entire day feel like a fairy tale.
3. My dress! (I had a complete love affair with it!)

3. If you could offer one piece of advice to other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

If your wedding is on a Saturday, pretend it is on Thursday of that week. Even if you have to stay up all night Wednesday, try to have everything done by Thursday (place-cards, welcome baskets, programs, etc). This way, you can actually ENJOY the wedding weekend and get some sleep the two nights before the big day! I can’t tell you how amazing it was to be DONE by Thursday when my guests started arriving.

4. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about. 

I was dancing with Jon and all of our friends and suddenly one of the flower girls ran up and handed something to me. I looked down and realized it was a Skittle from the candy bar that was set up for guests at the base of the stairs. “Eat it!” she said. So, I did. I can’t tell you how strange/funny it was to be on the dance floor at our wedding, wearing a wedding dress and eating a Skittle. I can’t get that memory out of my head.

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Tasteful, Historic Library Wedding in Minnesota

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 16, 2012

Erica & Dan

June 9

St. Paul, Minnesota

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The amazing architecture, high ceilings and floor to ceiling bookshelves immediately sold us on the James J. Hill Library. I knew from the moment I saw it, I had to get married there.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our flowers were incredibly gorgeous and were exactly what I wanted.
2. Personal touches that went with the library theme from a dictionary guest book to old library card drawers that contained our name cards (all of which I could not have done without the help of my Mom!)
3. Our photographer set-up a photo booth with props, which was the hit of the reception!

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.

Dan and I picked three songs to start our ceremony: first, for my grandma and our parents; second, for our groomsmen and bridesmaids; last, for my dad and I. When the first song started, I was so overcome with emotion that I almost couldn’t breathe, but as the songs transitioned, and I walked down the aisle with my dad, I knew that the day was going to be even better than I could have hoped for (and it was)!

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Lovely, Library-Themed Wedding in Indiana

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 29, 2012

Bethany & Heston 

July 28

Indianapolis, Indiana 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The books. It sounds a little silly, but it was a perfect combination of Heston and I. He loves all kinds of literature, and I love the history and elegance that the stories and the venue represent. It seemed like a fitting place for the next chapter in our own adventure.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The cake: I had no idea it would turn out so classic and beautiful. It was even more than I had imagined, and it tied into the décor better than planned.
2. The pieces of Heston and I that were tied into the crossword, programs and table numbers. We made each table themed as one of our favorite books, incorporated a crossword with facts about us, and used a “He says/She says” section in our programs.
3. The love and support of all of our family members and friends.

3. If you could offer one piece of advice to other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Pick one thing that is the most important to you and focus on it instead of the million other details. For example, the one special thing for me was having Heston there in person. It may sound obvious, but in reality, he only received his visa three hours before his flight to the U.S., arriving in the country a couple of weeks before the wedding. The last minute decisions on the flowers or décor (we made major adjustments the week of) became very easy. That, and take a honeymoon. I went straight back to work after the wedding, but quickly found that you need some time to relax and enjoy each other’s company after the craziness. Don’t be the wife that falls asleep midway through dinner weeks after the wedding.

4. Give us the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.

My favorite moment was when we were announced as Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman. All of our family and friends cheered, and it was sheer bliss. At that moment, I felt the weight of Heston’s visa, the long distance relationship and the wedding planning all fall away. I think that even years from now it will be one of those things that I can reflect back on and remember vividly.

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