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Bookworm Bliss

Oakleigh and Raf are book-loving scientists – she’s from Shepherdstown, West Virginia and he’s from the Dominican Republic. They wanted to combine their passion for literature and their family cultures in a unique wedding celebration that would stay within their researchers’ paychecks budget.  There was so much detail in the reception décor that I decided these pictures needed their own blog space! Enjoy these images by the ladies at The Honest Love (

We came up with a library-esque vibe in the old barn complete with a “bookcase” made by installing wallpaper on panels that screwed into the barn posts.

That awesome chandelier? Oakleigh sent her uncle a picture of the lighting in the New York City Public Library and he created this stunning focal point for the reception.

Family and friends donated books (over 400 of them!) and scoured thrift stores for the mixed metal objects used in the table centerpieces. We used pages cut from an old encyclopedia for place mats. The day after the wedding all the books were packed and picked up by a charity that will reuse them.

We repurposed seeded eucalyptus garland from another wedding (I love how generous my brides are!) and spraypainted it in soft metallic tones of pewter, gold and copper.

Table numbering included chapter quotes from favorite volumes, English on one side and Spanish on the other.

 The wedding cake from the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery ( was accented with paper flowers from vintage books.

And their First Look? The Shepherdstown Public Library for these bookworms, of course! More from this sweet day to be posted soon! 

Oakleigh and Raf's First Look


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