Posts Tagged ‘Library Love: Weddings and Engagements’

Location, Location, Location

When it comes to library love, location is everything…

This month’s theme has revealed just how many lovely libraries there are in the world; and how many people love them enough to make them a part of one of the most important days of their lives. Our last Library Love post highlights a few popular wedding/ engagement photo locations at libraries around the world. As an added bonus, we’ve included a link to one last library love story. The delightful story fits right in with our theme, describing how a couple of library employees tied the knot in one library and partied it up in another!

Thanks to all who participated in this month’s theme! Next month is our first Librarians of the World theme, featuring stories sent in exclusively from our Australian readers. Enjoy!

Picturesque Library Locations

Seattle, Washington

Bonnie and Matt generously contributed some of their lovely engagement photos that were taken in the Seattle Public Library in downtown Seattle. Upon doing a little research, we discovered that this unique library building is a favorite photo location for many couples! Enjoy Bonnie and Matt’s pictures, and be sure to check out the Seattle Public Library yourself if you’re in the area.

Smooching in the Stacks

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Red Room

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Sydney, Australia

The Customs House Library at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia, is another favorite for wedding photos. While we don’t have any pictures of a bride and groom to show off, the library alone is a beautiful sight.

Kansas City, Missouri

The “Community Bookshelf” facade of the Central Library in Kansas City, MO, is another unique and photogenic library location. Thank you to our readers who submitted this one–what a great idea, Central Library!

A Library Wedding Like No Other!

One of our readers graciously shared a link with us about his own wedding, which took place in one library before moving to another library in town for the reception. The couple even used the bookmobile as their transportation between the two locations! The story is detailed on the blog, Come Play With Me. Below is just a snippet of the story. Visit the Come Play With Me blog for the full article…including pictures! Thank you, and congratulations Adam and Priscilla!

“…Why a Library?

They started talking about getting married at the library soon after.

“For both of us, the wedding is a coming-out party into the community, and libraries are really community centers,” Novitt said.

“I love the idea that whenever we go back to the Forbes from now on, we’ll have the great memory of having all of our family and friends there,” Miner said…”

Stay tuned for Librarians of the World stories next month! We’re excited to share some zany stories from Australian librarians with you.

To submit your own stories, send us an email at submit@merrylibrarian.com or call us at 216.23M.ERRY!

Matrimony in Massachusetts

This week’s story is an engaging tale sent in from a librarian in Massachusetts. What could be more romantic to a librarian than a proposal made in the middle of a beloved library, surrounded by books and enthusiastic coworkers? Thank you to Marcie and Kevin for sharing your wonderful engagement story, and best wishes to a lifetime together! 

“Marcie and Kevin: Matrimony in Massachusetts”

I’m a reference librarian in a public library in Massachusetts. I started dating my boyfriend in early 2008, and we quickly realized we wanted to get married. We decided on a wedding date of August 8, 2009. As the day of August 8, 2008, arrived, I was a little excited to see if he would officially propose. We’re both sentimental and getting engaged a year to the day of our planned wedding would be special for both of us.

Aug. 8, 2008, was a Friday, and it was muggy and sticky. Kevin had emailed me to say he’d taken the day off because he wasn’t feeling well, so I knew he was home. All day I wondered if he’d surprise me at work, but as the day wore on I told myself not to be disappointed if he didn’t come. He would propose when he wanted and whenever it was, it would be special.

About half an hour before the library closed, I sensed someone approach my desk. I looked up to see Kevin, wearing the jersey of one of my favorite baseball teams and carrying two dozen red roses. I wasn’t really nervous since I was half-expecting him, but it still felt a bit unreal. He’d picked out a ring, which he took from his pocket, and asked if I’d marry him. I said yes (of course!), and we ran to show my coworkers my new jewelry. One of them had her camera so she took pictures of us in the reference section.

I had dinner plans, so Kevin went back to his house and I had to wait a few hours before I could call my friends and family. (He and I never did have an engagement celebration.) We spent a happy year together and then got married on the beach in New Hampshire in 2009.

Marcie and Kevin

Library Lovin’ in Auburn, Alabama

The long-awaited “Library Love: Library Weddings and Engagements” month has finally arrived! We’ve spent the last few months seeking true stories of weddings/ engagements, and the corresponding photography of each, that has taken place in libraries around the world. We are proud to share these fantastic stories with you!
 
Thank you to those who sent in your beautiful stories of engagements/ weddings taking place at your local library. We found that, most of the time, those who had photos and stories to share were employees of the very libraries depicted in each story. Merry loves that librarians around the world are so dedicated to their jobs that they choose to spend some of the most important days of their lives in the buildings they love! How many other professions can claim such passion? :)

And so, here it is…week one of “Library Love: Library Weddings and Engagements.”

 

“Christopher and Melissa: Library Lovin’ in Auburn, Alabama”
 
Our story is that Chris and I met at a wedding 1.5 years ago that took place while I was in graduate school and Chris was working as a library associate in an Atlanta-area library system. We were then and still are both surrounded by books and passionate about reading and knowledge, and when we became engaged, we both agreed that a library would be a great place to take pictures! Our photographer just followed us around as we did our own goofy things, and the pictures that resulted are so wonderful. We are getting married next year.
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Christopher and Melissa’s fabulous photographer is Claire Drummond. Check out Claire’s website here.
To see more photos from Christopher and Melissa’s engagement session, click here!
 
 
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