A Classically Formal Wedding at The Boston Public Library

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Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait The Boston Public Library

Photo: Connie Miller for Studio Atticus

At a Los Angeles Angels game in California in April of 2009, Heather Boles, 29, was rooting for the opposing team — her home team, the Boston Red Sox — when she met Keith Gayowski, 31. "He came up to me and complimented my green eyes," Heather says. Well, his pickup line worked and, four years later, Keith surprised Heather with a proposal just before they boarded a cross-country flight to Boston. "He knew I'd want to celebrate our engagement with my family when we landed," she says.

For their September 20, 2014 wedding, the L.A. locals headed back to Boston once again (this time with 150 guests!) for a formal ceremony in the courtyard at the Boston Public Library and a dinner-turned-dance party in the venue's impressive Bates Hall.

Keep reading to see the details of their elegant celebration with bookish charm, as photographed by Connie Miller for Studio Atticus and planned by Annie Sarkis for The Catered Affair.

Bride in Strapless Oscar de la Renta with Groom

Photo: Connie Miller for Studio Atticus

Heather knew her Oscar de la Renta lace sheath would hold its own against the grand, historic venue. "The dress was unique but still had the clean lines I was looking for," she says. "I felt like it was sexy but still very much sophisticated."

Keith looked equally as glam in his classic Hugo Boss tux and Cole Haan dress shoes.

Ivory Rose Bridal Bouquet A Bride's Something Old Royal Air Force Pin

Photo: Connie Miller for Studio Atticus

The bride paired her gown with a tight bouquet of ivory roses tied together with ivory satin ribbon. For her "something blue," Heather wore her grandmother's sapphire-and-gold ring on her right hand, and for her "something old" she pinned her grandfather's Royal Air Force Wings from WWII on the inside of her dress.

Nude Giuseppe Zanotti Bridal Shoes

Photo: Connie Miller for Studio Atticus

Wrapping up the traditional "old, new, borrowed, blue," adage, Heather placed a British sixpence coin on the sole of her nude Giuseppe Zanotti snakeskin pumps as both her "something borrowed" and the final piece of good luck.

Bride With Bridesmaids in Black Dresses Bride and Groom With Wedding Party

Photo: Connie Miller for Studio Atticus

Heather let her 10 bridesmaids choose either a strapless, deep V, or illusion-style neckline for their black J. Crew dresses. The girls carried mini versions of the bride's ivory rose bouquet.

The groomsmen completed the black-and-white look in classic Black by Vera Wang tuxedos.

Bride and Groom Exit Ceremony at The Boston Public Library The Boston Public Library Courtyard

Photo: Connie Miller for Studio Atticus

Guests sipped champagne and sparkling water as they watched Heather and Keith exchange traditional vows in the courtyard at dusk. After the ceremony, the space transformed for cocktail hour, when guests snacked on sweet potatoes biscuits, sesame duck tacos, mini lobster rolls, and short rib sliders around the lighted fountain.

Library Card Themed Escort Cards

Photo: Connie Miller for Studio Atticus

Once inside Bates Hall, everyone found their tables (which were named after famous authors like Dr. Seuss and F. Scott Fitzgerald!) using escort cards that looked more like old-fashioned library cards.

White and Green Flower Arrangement in Bates Hall at The Boston Public Library Reading Tables in Bates Hall Boston Public Library

Photo: Connie Miller for Studio Atticus

Beige table runners lined each side of the reading tables, leaving the wood exposed in the middle. A simple vase of white lisianthus, white hydrangeas, ivory roses, cream spray roses, and green foliage was placed in the center of each table between the iconic green lamps.

Reception in Bates Hall The Boston Public Library

Photo: Connie Miller for Studio Atticus

Stacks of antique books were placed at the ends of the tables for added décor.

Two-Tiered Wedding Cake By The Catered Affair

Photo: Connie Miller for Studio Atticus

After a dinner of seared filet, miso-roasted cod, and beet and edamame risotto, Heather and Keith cut into their two-tiered vanilla meringue cake with buttercream frosting.

For their honeymoon, the newlyweds jetted off to French Polynesia for a 10-day adventure in Moorea, Bora Bora, and Vahine Island. Looking back on her year-plus of planning, Heather has this advice for brides-to-be: "Don't get caught up in the nitty-gritty details," she says. "Enjoy your engagement!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Boston Public Library || Wedding Planner: Annie Sarkis for The Catered Affair || Bride's Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta || Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti Design || Hair: Charlotte Phinney || Makeup: Elizabeth Keiser O'Malley || Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss || Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew || Florist: Artistic Blossoms || Catering & Cake: The Catered Affair || Photography: Connie Miller for Studio Atticus

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