A Whimsical Literary-Inspired Wedding at Julia Ideson Library

Photo: Amy Maddox Photography | Venue: Julia Ideson Library | Wedding Gown: Parvani Vida Bridal and Formal | Wedding Entertainment: Danny Ray and the Atlantic Street Band | Guest Lodging: Hotel Icon

After meeting online, Valerie and Vincent went on a spontaneous date to grab burgers, but it was off to a rocky start for Valerie. “I walked about half a mile in the Texas heat during the summer to meet up with Vincent and arrived at the restaurant super disheveled! Of course, I was sweating and completely out of breath! Vincent wasn’t discouraged, though, and we were basically inseparable thereafter,” the bride says.

Vincent surprised Valerie by proposing at her 30th birthday dinner. “He got down on one knee in the middle of the restaurant and proposed with the most beautiful engagement ring I’ve ever seen,” the bride says.

After an emotional first look, the wedding party took a trolley to the historic Julia Ideson Library, where they would soon say I do.

Vincent and Valerie wed on May 8, 2021, outside the Houston public library, with the elegant Spanish architecture as a magical backdrop. White, blush and red florals flanked the library’s doorway, serving as the altar for the ceremony.

The groom walked toward the altar alongside their pup, who wore a matching suit, and the rest of the bridal party followed in blush gowns and gray suits. Then, Valerie walked down the aisle with her parents while Danny Ray and the Atlantic Street Band strummed acoustic tunes. The bride wore a lace embellished gown with a long train and veil from Parvani Vida Bridal and Formal.

After the ceremony, the celebration began in the library’s regal event space. Grand windows, marble pillars and a ceiling full of gilded wood flowers make up the stately ballroom. In addition, the couple incorporated the literary theme into the decor, including a typewriter guest book, paper goods and invitation suites. Other personalized touches included polaroid cameras and a photo wall decorated with blush and white roses.

The party continued with joyful music and lots of dancing. Valerie and Vincent concluded the evening with a sweet streamer send-off while the rest of the guests and wedding party headed to Hotel Icon.

Keep scrolling for the light and bright captures by Amy Maddox Photography of this gorgeous downtown wedding at Julia Ideson Library.

Congratulations, Valerie and Vincent!

The invitation suite including a "library card application" as the RSVP card, a Table of Contents, "Chapter One, Our Story" and an invitation to look like a book cover reading "Our Wedding Day."

The brides wedding ring resting in a blush pink velvet box with white and blush roses surrounding it.

The bridesmaids hugging the bride in their blush pink robes with a painted mural on the wall building behind them.

The bridal gown from Parvani Vida and the blush bridesmaids dresses hanging on the gate outside Julia Ideson library.

A trolley to take the wedding party to the Julia Ideson library.

The bride and groom kissing on the trolley as they make their way to the wedding ceremony.

The doors of the Julia Ideson library dripping in florals, before the wedding ceremony begins.

The Julia Ideson Library.

The groom and his dog walking to the wedding ceremony in matching suits.

White and blush roses and other florals lining the stairs of the library.

The bride and groom smiling at each other in front of the library steps.


The bridesmaids holding the bottom of the brides gown as they all smile at each other.

The bride and groom kissing in front of the library as the wedding party cheers on either side of them.

The bride and groom smiling as the bride twirls her dress.

Round reception tables in the library with large windows.

A typewriter where guests can sign in.

The long reception table with a statue in the back of the Julia Ideson Library.

A red table number "8" with florals and gold plates.

White, red and blush florals lining the reception tables.

A gold plate with a card reading "Vincent Vasquez Head Table" with a quote.

Polaroid cameras for the guests to take photos surrounded by flowers made out of book pages.

Naked cake with florals and gold icing.

A three-tiered naked cake with gold icing and custom cake topper.

The bride and groom dancing while the band performs.

Danny Ray and The Atlantic Street Band musicians on the dance floor.

The bride and groom slow dancing at their reception.

“A Whimsical Literary-Inspired Wedding at Julia Ideson Library” Spotlight WiH Partners- Photography: Amy Maddox Photography | Venue: Julia Ideson Library | Wedding Gown: Parvani Vida Bridal and Formal | Wedding Entertainment: Danny Ray and the Atlantic Street Band | Guest Lodging: Hotel Icon

Contributors: Whimsical Events / Linen and Events / Jackson & Company / Bavarian Cakery / Jwayne Productions / Jordan Limousines / Pink Palette Artists

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