Hannah & Ben’s Literary-Themed Garden Wedding

I’ve looked at the images from this wedding several times trying to figure out why I’m connecting to it so deeply. (I hope that doesn’t sound creepy!) We receive a lot of beautiful wedding submissions every year – and this is certainly among them – but what strikes me about Hannah and Ben’s big day is how serene it seems.  From the lush location to the soft color palette, all of their details evoke a sense of calm and of joy to those looking at the images. I’m kind of blown away because that’s hard to pull off on a day that is often so frantic and frenetic for many.

The talented photographer who shot this wedding is Hannah’s sister, Sarah, of Taken by Sarah Photography. Here’s what she had to say about Ben and Hannah’s celebration:

My sister Hannah had a beautiful garden wedding with different literary and movie couples at each table and mad libs “guest book” sheets at each guest place to fill out. There was a whole lot of DIY done right! Hannah’s co-workers assembled the centerpieces, Ben’s sister-in-law made the cake, our Mom made Hannah’s sash, and I made the bridesmaid’s bouquets and boutonnieres. The all-white florals were accented nicely with the blue lace runners and everything came together beautifully with such a gorgeous backdrop that the Duncan Estate provides.

Hannah and Ben met on a blind date in 2010 that was set up by their close friends and have been together ever since!


Hannah & Ben
The Duncan Estate, South Carolina
Event Date: May, 2014

Photographer:  Taken by Sarah Photography//Makeup Artist:Blush Beauty and Makeup//Hair Stylist:Catherine Owens//Cinema and Video:Farsight Media//DJ:Justin Tripam//Floral Designer:Lily Bee’s Floral//Event Venue:The Duncan Estate//Event Planner: Whitney Kenney Weddings//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

04 comments on “Hannah & Ben’s Literary-Themed Garden Wedding

  • Hannah Taylor , Direct link to comment

    Thank you DIY Bride for featuring our wedding!!

    When Ben and I got engaged, I envisioned a beautiful garden party that was centered around the white milk glass, which was all thanks to a milk glass pitcher/glass set my grandmother passed down to me! The books came into play from wanting to pay tribute to Ben’s late father that loved to read and my love of beautiful literary romances. My sister helped me plan out the whole concept and gave me a lot of insight on how to pull off a mostly white garden party look, without having it all wash out. The end result was more then we had imagined!

    We were also very blessed by all of the amazing vendors and friends that helped make our wedding awesome! We couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of all these incredible people.

    Hopefully our wedding will provide some wonderful inspiration for those looking at it! 🙂

  • Duncan Estate , Direct link to comment

    Hannah and Ben are such a beautiful couple and it was a sincere pleasure to host their wedding at the Duncan Estate. We offer our venue as a blank canvas and we encourage our couples to customize our space to plan the wedding of their dreams, and Hannah, Ben, their families and friends did a stunning DIY wedding. Best wishes to Hannah and Ben for a lifetime of happiness together!

  • Jen , Direct link to comment

    I love the pictures. I am a huge reader and would like to have a literary themed wedding too. You have inspired me. 🙂 I love your dress as well.

  • Stephanie Wong , Direct link to comment

    I really love the lace details of this wedding. The bridesmaids dresses and wedding colors are so cute. The photos are great and make me fall in love with this cute couple!

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