A Phoenix Ballroom Wedding in Waco, Texas

Abby and Sam liked to joke that their theme was “enchanted library”—like the party was in the library of an old mansion, where an overgrown garden had

Abby and Sam liked to joke that their theme was “enchanted library”—like the party was in the library of an old mansion, where an overgrown garden had crept in through the windows. Art nouveau patterns and literary-inspired details brought the bookish pair’s day to life.

The men wore simple white blooms paired with seeded eucalyptus on their lapels.
The couple named all the tables after locations in Walter Scott novels, one of Sam's passions, and printed the names on large book plates.
Some of the reception tables were decorated with gold cake plates topped with amaranthus, blue and purple hydrangeas, yellow spray roses, red dahlias and pink coxcomb.
Abby chose a floor-length veil with a blusher, since Jewish weddings include a veiling ceremony.
The couple chose a Dauphine letterpress tri-fold design for their save-the-dates. THe pattern and text were in gold foil while the paper was a dark navy color.
Succulents, wrapped in newsprint, were tagged with vintage Dr. Pepper logos on one side and  handwritten thank-you notes from Abby and Sam on the other.
Abby’s favorite part of her Vera Wang gown was how layers and layers of different types of lace played against each other, giving the dress a very textured look.
The cocktail hour took place before the ceremony, and included passed hors d'oeuvres and drinks while guests mingled.
The escort cards were designed to look like art nouveau book plates, complementing the enchanted library theme.
Yarmulkes sat on a table decorated with votive candles and red glass vases filled with golden saffron dahlias, flame calla lilies and red ranunculus.
Abby and Sam had their first dance to “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin. “We’d never really danced together before the wedding, and we wound up laughing the whole way through the song,” recalls Abby. “But by the end of the night, we were dancing fiends!”
Abby knew the minute she saw the white-and-green damask table linens that they were exactly what she wanted. “They seemed like just the sort of tablecloth Miss Havisham from Great Expectations might have picked out had she been headed for happier times!” she explains.
The couple’s unique animal motif cake was inspired by Wedgwood jasperware, which was popular in older, elegant homes, Abby explains. “The topper—two bunnies on top of a giant tree— was adorable, and the whole thing was beyond all expectations,” Abby says.
The bridesmaid bouquet was a loose gathering of garden roses, freesias and lady slipper orchids, all in shades of white and green.
Inside the ceremony area everything was white and green. Curly willow covered all four posts of the huppah, and everything from ivory hydrangeas to phalaenopsis orchids were woven in among all sorts of greenery—hanging amaranthus, seeded eucalyptus and maidenhair fern.
Before the ceremony, guests mingled around cocktail tables topped with succulents, dahlias and ranunculus in either red, mercury glass or vintage brown vases.
Smaller centerpieces of dahlias, nerine lilies and asparagus ferns were placed in turquoise vases and surrounded by votives.