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Literary love

Posted: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013

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Photo by Lora Denton Photography.

Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

As an English major, I love literary romances. There's something about the elegant settings and the mysterious but lovable male leads. I know my heart still swoons when Mr. Darcy declares his love for Elizabeth. With the stories of tea parties and balls, grand stately homes, and the picture of love they paint for us, classic romances offer a multitude of ideas for a vintage wedding. Whether it’s holding the ceremony and reception in a historic home or decorating with vintage china and books, there are plenty of ways to incorporate timeless love stories into your big day.

The venue-

A venue like The Duke Mansion would be perfect for capturing a classic literary wedding. Dating back to 1915, the mansion provides the perfect blend of history and timeless elegance. Not only are the gardens and the building itself sure to wow your guests, but the inside matches perfectly with the homes of Mr. Darcy or Mr. Rochester.

The decor -

Vintage china and stacked literary classics, like those available at Vintage Charlotte, offer the perfect touch of literary romance. Books stacked as centerpieces are becoming increasingly popular and complete a vintage feel for your wedding. You may even consider using book titles instead of numbers for your table names.

The dress –

Period dresses tend to follow the same style: empire waist, sleeves, and flowing gown. With the increasing popularity of lace sleeves, there are plenty of ways to put a modern twist on vintage gowns. The dress pictured above has lace sleeves and a higher waist, which offers a modern reflection of the styles Jane Austen and Emily Bronte cherished.

The food -

The characters in classic novels always indulge in afternoon teas, which offer plenty of delicate foods for appetizers. If you’d prefer to avoid daintier foods for your cocktail hour, you could always add a dessert table with a variety of baked goods, like cookies, lemon squares, cupcakes, and more. Add a tea and coffee station on the ends of the dessert bar, and you’ll have an afternoon tea covered.

The invitations –

Letters play a big role in literary romances, so what better way to play on that significance than with your invitations? Something with scroll work or an elegant embellishment will set the tone perfectly. The above design is from Wedding Paper Divas and is called Lavishly Elegant (the colour is Tea Rose). Searching under the “Vintage” section will bring up plenty of scroll work for a vintage letter look.

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