A DIY Vintage Wedding at Providence Public Library in Providence, Rhode Island

In just three months, Holly Eaton (28 and a children’s pastor) and Roger Hart (30 and a sailor and construction worker) planned an elegant DIY affair at the Providence Public Library in Providence, Rhode Island. Drawing on their love for adventure, the couple used a subtle globe-trotting theme throughout the day. While Holly had always dreamed of a garden wedding, the couple’s short timeline made a winter wedding a must. “When we walked into Providence Public Library, the architecture alone took our breath away,” Holly says. “We also learned that they call the room in which we were married the Courtyard Garden, and the room where the reception was held is called the Shipyard Room. Roger is a sailor and has sailed around the world, so in our opinion, it was perfect.” With the help of lush vines, earthy moss, succulents and pastel blooms, the couple brought Holly’s garden-inspired vision to life. The couple exchanged vows under a handcrafted arbor draped in vines, white wisteria and hydrangeas during the ceremony and a matching wreath greeted guests as they arrived to the ceremony. Bundles of succulents and full blush flowers adorned each aisle and the bridesmaids carried wild, romantic bouquets with a fresh-picked feel. The reception took on a decidedly bohemian tone, with Holly and Roger’s DIY details featuring prominently in the decor. As a nod to the setting, stacks of vintage books served as the centerpiece for each table, styled alongside verdant garlands of moss and vines and bouquets of both fresh and paper florals. “For our table numbers, we used different states we have been to, with a picture of us in that state,” Holly says. “Although we haven’t been together very long, we were blessed with plenty of opportunity to travel.” The couple sneaked in plenty of nods to their New England locale to give friends and family a taste of local flavor. In lieu of a traditional champagne toast, Holly and Roger opted for a chowder toast, giving each guest a mini mug of New England clam chowder garnished with bite-size clam cakes. Welcome bags featured some of the couple’s local favorites—including salt water taffy, Dell’s lemonade, ginger cookies from Seven Stars Bakery, local honey and a list of must-visit spots around the city. During cocktail hour, a friend taught guests how to swing dance, equipping them with a set of skills to show off on the dance floor after dinner. “Roger and I have both worked in the wedding catering industry and wanted to forgo the traditional wedding playlists,” Holly says. “I would say our music selection was quite eclectic but somehow seemed to flow nicely.” A tip from Holly: “Enjoy it! Have fun, and don’t let stress and deadlines steal from your once-in-a-lifetime experience.” —Libby MacCarthy