A wedding celebrating a shared love of words
So many of you getting married may have met while studying, whether at school or at university. That means that you have so many things in common from those good old days that you’d love to include in your wedding day (check out our Back to School wedding inspiration for ideas).
Couple Sean and Michelle studied English as part of their degrees and would often spend afternoons reading together. Michelle, a poetry lover, once told Sean that her favourite pieces was Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29. And so the story went…
“In November 2009, we took a weekend trip to Cape Cod. While walking the beach, Sean proposed at the end of a rock jetty. It was a crisp fall day and the most beautiful setting for a proposal. Even better, Sean had memorized Sonnet 29 and recited it to me.
“We spent the rest of the day calling family and friends then shared a nice dinner out. As we started planning the wedding. We decided to make Sonnet 29, and literature in general, the theme of our wedding. We were looking to make it romantic and vintage with elements of nature.”
They found the perfect venue in Lord Thompson Manor, and thanks to the beautiful location, were inspired to go for Gatsby-esque tuxes and a vintage-inspired bridal look (including birdcage veil). A fur stole completed the look.
“Our invitations were in the form of a book and featured an oak tree on the cover. Each table at the reception was numbered with a Shakespearean Sonnet, printed in script writing on aged paper – made by the groom- and had old books, tea cups, birdcages and candles as centerpieces,” says Michelle.
With purple and pink for the colour scheme, which included a “Purple Sonnet” martini, the party was soon in full flow. But the Shakespearian touch held out until the end of the day – “At the end of the night, each guest received a book of Shakespeare’s Sonnets and my Italian grandmother’s homemade cookies.“
Photographer: DMPJ by Glen Cooper
Caterer: Lord Thompson Manor
Reception Venue: College of the Holy Cross
Invitation Designer: minted
Dress Store: Bill Levkoff,Mikaella Bridal
Cake Designer: Something Sweet By Michelle
Band: Brick Park Entertainment
Heirlooms and extras: Birdcage Veils.com