Originally published in The Huffington Post
Barbara Morrow and David Kurland share a life-long love of libraries. So when they decided to get married, they knew just where to do it.
Morrow and Kurland married Friday in the Northwest History Room at Washington’s Everett Public Library. The two bookworms told HuffPost Weddings that they wanted to keep their wedding small and meaningful — and the library, right next door to their apartment, seemed like a perfect fit.
“The library has always been a sanctuary for me. I always felt validated as a child when the librarian went to, what I believed at the time, great lengths to attend to my inquisitiveness,” Morrow said. “Today, when I walk into a library, I feel calm. I look around at the stacks and know I can find out about anything. There before me, shelf after shelf, are ideas and knowledge.”
Kurland, said he too has always been a voracious reader, and after he and Morrow met on Match.com two years ago, the pair often visited libraries together. When they decided to tie the knot (a second marriage for both), Morrow said she wondered, “Wouldn’t it be a kick to get married in Everett Library?”
“We wanted our wedding to reflect who we are, how we travel through our lives, and what we love the most. We would rather spend money on art than on pomp and circumstance,” Morrow said.
Librarian Joan Blacker was delighted to help them arrange a small ceremony, which took place at 9 a.m., an hour before the library opened. Children’s librarian and ordained wedding officiant Theresa Gemmer presided over the wedding, attended by two of the couples’ friends, Morrow’s son-in-law, a few members of the library staff and a reporter and photographer from local newspaper the Everett Herald. They wrote their own vows, and Morrow wore earrings shaped like books while Kurland wore a bookshelf-patterned tie.
Afterwards, the newlyweds celebrated by eating cake with the library staff. Morrow called their wedding “a quiet piece of captured art.”
“To make a promise, a vow, that we will love and honor our partner, in spite of all the difficulties of the world, is remarkably optimistic, and has been so throughout history,” Kurland said. “Our wedding was a collaborative effort between us and some wonderful like-minded people, and was a reflection of how we hope our life will be together.”