Calling all book and word lovers! Today's wedding is filled with all sorts of beautiful, rustic details involving books that perfectly complement the farm setting. I love the DIY book arch Catie and Nick were married under. And how fun are all of the Scrabble tile details?! I'm especially smitten with their darling cake… make sure you check it out! Enjoy this darling bibliophile wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Catie + Nick
June 25, 2016
Falls Creek, Pennsylvania | Corbinview Farms
What was your budget?
We spent about $5,600 in total.
Bride’s attire: $300
Groom’s attire: $200
Flowers:$200 (ordered in bulk online and arranged ourselves for tables, mother of groom made all bouquets out of paper flowers)
Gifts for wedding party: $200
Decorations and supplies: $100
Beer, wine, and liquor for bar: $300
Printing and Postage of Invites: $100
Ceremony Musician: $150
How many guests did you have?
We had about 100 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We both have an affinity for reading – our noses are constantly in books. Or on a kindle, at least. ☺ We wanted it to be like a literary garden party – like a party at Jay Gatsby’s house (from The Great Gatsby), but with our own personal flair.
In addition to our mutual love of reading, we both love playing Scrabble together. It’s our favorite game. We both have tattoos of Scrabble tiles with each other’s’ initials (Nick has a C on his neck for Catie, I have an N on my wrist for Nick). So that is why we incorporated the Scrabble elements on the tables and the cupcakes/cake, and the old books in decorations and our arch of books we were married in front of. The books we got from our local library, who was having an annual book sale. At the end of the week, they let us take the books they didn’t sell for a small donation.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
Almost all of the decorations were made by my now mother-in-law. We hot glued book pages to mason jars to make lanterns, we hot glued jute and twine to wine bottles to make vases, she made wreaths out of burlap and coat hanger wire, and she even handmade all the boutonnieres and bouquets out of paper flowers! The flowers were all made out of book pages… and everyone had a good laugh at reading excerpts from the book in their flowers. (It was a $1 smut book… we didn’t want to rip up a good one!)
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
DIY’ed decorations and borrowed old jars, wine bottles, etc. from friends and family. I also ordered my dress from Modcloth. I didn’t have the traditional experience where I took all my bridesmaids and women family members to see me try on dresses… but it ended up being perfect and saving a lot of money!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Enlist help! Don’t be afraid to ask around for anything you might need. It takes a village, and chances are there will be someone waiting in the wings that will be thrilled to help you.
What was your biggest splurge?
I would say the big three were the catering, the venue, and the photography! We knew we wanted great food, so we got one of our favorite restaurants to go on dates at to cater. They make all of their pasta homemade… so we knew it was going to be delicious! The venue was perfect for us. The event coordinator at Corbinview Farms, Sue Bullington, helped us every step of the way and was so accommodating. They let us dig holes to put in anchors for our book arch/trellis, and make other alterations too! And, of course, our amazing photographer Allisha, to capture the memories from the day. I couldn’t have asked for better!
What was your favorite detail?
Definitely our trellis/arch of books. It took the father of the groom, the groom, and his sister to get all the books drilled and then set on a PVC pipe frame. While it might not look like that many, there were 200 books on that arch! The book arch made for beautiful pictures and an even more beautiful ceremony experience.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Definitely sneaking out to get portraits at the ‘golden hour’ before sunset. After the ceremony, I felt like I spent the entire time checking on all the guests and making sure everyone else was taken care of and was having fun. It was so nice just to take a few minutes for Nick and I to chat and sneak away from the craziness, and the pictures turned out great!
Photography: Allisha Linnea Photography • Venue: Corbinview Farms • Flowers: FiftyFlowers.com • Day-of Coordinator: Sue Bullington from Corbinview Farms • Favors: DIY • Catering: Luigi’s Ristorante • Bakery: Family Friend • DJ: Where It’s At DJ Service • Ceremony Musicians: Samantha Sears • Hair Stylist: Mother of the Groom Makeup Artist: Myself! • Wedding Gown Designer: Chi Chi London • Bridal Shop: Modcloth • Shoes: Betsey Johnson “something blue” collection (similar) • Groom’s Attire: Gentleman’s Emporium
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