A Wedding Designed with Books: Annie + Will

bride and groom

Annie + Will met in graduate school, and books have always played an important role in their lives, so it only felt natural to have them as a part of their wedding too! I love how their awesome wedding planner (Melissa from Bash, Please) helped them turn all their bookish wedding ideas into reality. Melissa created a very cool structure with hanging books which they used for their ceremony backdrop – so super rad! Annie gathered a bunch of books from her own collection and instead of a traditional guestbook, their family and friends wrote notes to them on bookmarks and stuck them in the books. Also, before the ceremony, they took photos at one of their favorite study spots, the LA Central Library (seen above). They are also big fans of the show Friday Night Lights, and so “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” kind of became the motto for their wedding day. Before the ceremony, the entire wedding party huddled up just like the Dylan Panthers. Big thanks to Sarah Yates of Birds of a Feather for the photos and congrats to Annie + Will!

vintage invitation

Since we both study American history, we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding as well. Our invitations were modeled after late nineteenth- century advertisements. For our table numbers, we used (scanned) pages from a nineteenth-century American dictionary. We also served our guests Fish House Punch, a delicious rum-based drink that was George Washington’s favorite.


orange bouquet

first look

Our first look was one of those things we thought might be corny, but was actually incredibly awesome and sweet. Even though our wedding party, photographer, and videographer were all standing by, it felt like it was just us.

first look


wedding party

bride and groom

bride and groom

confetti bag

Processional: Don’t Tremble – the Low Anthem

Recessional: To Go Home – M. Ward

First Dance: Believer – Ben Kweller

pleated book decor

marvimon wedding

pleated book decor

bride and groom

bride and groom

book wedding decor

chalk menu

cocktail hour

book page table number

orange centerpieces

kraft paper story

signature drink


marvimon wedding

Our wedding was amazing, but it was not perfect. Chances are, yours won’t be either. The more you can accept that some things won’t go exactly as planned, and that that’s ok, the more you’ll just be able to relax and really enjoy yourself on the actual day.

Make sure you like your photographer (and not just their photos)! We’re two introverted people who aren’t exactly comfortable in front of a camera but Sarah Yates is such a warm, joyful person. She put us at ease right away and didn’t force us to do any awkward wedding poses.

photography: Sarah Yates of Birds of a Feather // venue: Marvimon // event design + planning: Melissa of Bash, Please // floral design: Bash, Please // wedding dress: Lela Rose // hairpiece: Twigs and Honey // shoes: Miu Miu // bridesmaid dresses: Kate Spade // hair + makeup: Fiore Beauty // groom suit: J Crew // cinematography: Son of Sharkpig // invitations: Spoon and Sailor // other paper goods: Bash, Please // catering: Heirloom LA // cake: Platine // music: The Flashdance

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  1. Such a gorgeous wedding! Those flowers, the venue, that food — everything looks so great!

  2. Great details that truly reflects the personalities of the bride and groom. Great photography as well. Love it!

  3. what a beautiful theme! love the book decorations!

  4. I love, love, love the idea of having a book theme wedding.

  5. I was at this wedding and it was more breathtaking in person! Annie and Will are beautiful people inside and out and you can see it in these photos! Great post!

  6. I love everything about this but especially that book backdrop. Very cool.

  7. Oh my gosh that bouquet! Stunning. Warm colors and you’ve got to love the poppies!

  8. The theme of book in the wedding is very beautifully express…Simply Stunning!!!

  9. What a beautiful theme! I love the menu!

  10. So many gorgeous details! The texture of the brides dress and her bouquet are gorgeous. Love the navy color scheme for their attendants, especially the gingham dress shirts for the guys :)

  11. Their book theme is portrayed so well with being so creative and inspiring. The hanging book backdrop is absolutely amazing and the bride’s gown is so unique and pretty. I really enjoyed viewing this wedding!

  12. Love the book theme and the incredible wedding arch! Beautiful wedding.

  13. I love the hanging book decor! Can you share how those were made or the artist that put those together? I think it’s brilliant!


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