The romance is straight out of a Jane Austen novel but the plot is all their own. Whitney Brown and Adam Cooke, avid Anglophiles, met during a British Studies course at the University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 2005. Last October, the couple exchanged vows in Bates Hall at the Boston Public Library with dinner afterward in the Abbey Room. It was the perfect setting for this book-loving pair for many reasons: Adam brought Whitney there during her first visit to Boston, their romance began in a library and nowhere else had similar “history and grandeur”. Adam is from Cambridge and although Whitney grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, she went to law school in Boston. After years on opposite coasts while Adam attended Stanford Law School and Whitney began her law career in Boston, both settled in Washington D.C. Multiple trips to Boston and super-human efforts by Whitney’s Texas-based mother coordinating with all the vendors culminated in a creative and highly-personal wedding at the venue of Whitney’s dreams.
“We wanted it to feel like a really elegant dinner party,” says Whitney.
According to Eliza Rafferty, event producer for A Catered Affair, the couple achieved that goal in spades. “It was one of the most beautiful events I’ve seen at the BPL,” says Eliza. “They knew exactly what they wanted and put so much thought and their own personalities into it. It was very intimate and very elegant.”
The literary theme was depicted in unique details. Tucked into both the bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets were paper roses made from the pages of their favorite novels. The mothers and grandmothers carried small bouquets of paper roses derived from vintage cookbooks and the table numbers featured quotations from favorite books of the couple.
The florist incorporated vintage books into the centerpieces and added vintage library card catalog drawers to the dessert table presentation. Postcards of book covers of Adam and Whitney’s favorite classic Penguin books served as seating cards.
One of the happiest surprises on the actual day was how much the guests appreciated the theme. “I thought people would be so caught up socializing that they wouldn’t notice the details, but they really paid attention to them,” says Whitney. “Everyone had a great time.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sarah Bastille
VENUE: Boston Public Library
FLOWERS:Table & Tulip
CAKE: Enchanted Wedding Cakes
CATERING & DESSERT BAR: The Catered AffairBRIDAL GOWN: Vera Wang through Vera Wang Boston
GROOM’S ATTIRE: Brooks Brothers
HAIR & MAKEUP: Chantal Ambroise
INVITATIONS: Carrot & Stick
ENTERTAINMENT: Woodvale String Quartet
REHEARSAL DINNER: Upstairs on the Square
**This real wedding was seen in the 2012-2013 Southern New England Weddings Destination Edition.