Today we celebrate World Book Day and take inspiration from the great literary lovers of the past and their memorable weddings….
Inspiration for your glorious big day can come from almost anywhere. Today – and having packed three children off to school dressed as Bella from Twilight, Mr Harry Potter himself, and a three-year-old Mary Poppins – thoughts have turned to the great literary lovers of the world of fiction. I am obsessed with Wuthering Heights, for example: Cathy: “whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same”. For many memorable literary characters, their wedding arrangements were as important in their own particular narratives as ours are to us today; as it turns out, weddings are a pivotal part of our human stories, whether they are fictional or not. So because we’re feeling literary and passionate (and passionate about literature), we thought we’d mine the books we love for inspiration for planning the day of love….
All the greatest happy endings and love stories have passion at the heart of the story. Consider Mr Rochester and Jane Eyre from Charlotte Bronte’s book of the same name:
“I have for the first time found what I can truly love — I have found you. You are my sympathy — my better self — my good angel — I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wraps my existence about you — and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one. It was because I felt and knew this, that I resolved to marry you.”
Or how about Anne of ‘Green Gables’ fame in The House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery:
“But it was a happy and beautiful bride who came down the old, homespun-carpeted stairs that September noon — the first bride of Green Gables, slender and shining-eyed, in the mist of her maiden veil, with her arms full of roses. Gilbert, waiting for her in the hall below, looked up at her with adoring eyes. She was his at last, this evasive, long-sought Anne, won after years of patient waiting. It was to him she was coming in the sweet surrender of the bride. Was he worthy of her? Could he make her as happy as he hoped? If he failed her — if he could not measure up to her standard of manhood — then, as she held out her hand, their eyes met and all doubt was swept away in a glad certainty. They belonged to each other; and, no matter what life might hold for them, it could never alter that. Their happiness was in each other’s keeping and both were unafraid.”
Thoughts of Jane Austen spring to mind and from there it’s a mere hop skip and a jump to Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy emerging from the lake, all billowing white shirt and dripping hair… But perhaps I digress. This World Book Day, take a moment to revisit some of your favourite literary lovers and who knows what big-day themes they will inspire? (I am reminded at this point by my twelve-year-old daughter that even Bella, Harry Potter and Mary Poppins had love stories of various kinds woven into their narratives, and couldn’t you theme a wedding around any one of these characters she wonders…? We start them here early at Love Our Wedding!)