A Rustic Literary-Themed Wedding at Rogers and Baldwin Historic Venue in Springfield, Missouri

Kira Varava (27 and a college instructor) and Kyle Harmon (29 and an attorney) met in college. When Kyle proposed they were living in Missouri together. Kira went to Illinois for a weekend. While she was there, she got a call from Kyle’s parents wanting her to meet them for dinner. It was the restaurant they first met at. When she got there, Kyle was there, and he proposed. The couple had a literary-themed wedding with a Penguin Press invitation suite, library card table numbers and old book page menu cards. They tied the look together with lots of chalkboards and burlap flags. They worked with He Loves Me Florals to create the simple baby’s breath centerpieces and lush ivory bouquets. The best part was combining their backgrounds for a delicious meal. From the Bride: “For food, we didn't want traditional wedding food, so we decided to serve something to represent Chicago, where I am from, and Springfield, Missouri, where Kyle is from,” she says. “The dishes we served were italian beef sandwiches, a Chicago specialty, and a dish that Springfield is known for, cashew chicken. All the beers that we served were brewed in Springfield because we liked having local elements as a part of our day.”