AUBURN, Maine — They love to read. They love different.
On Saturday night, Alicia Proulx and Jared Fiori got married in the Auburn Public Library.
In the building’s 107-year history, they were the first to ask.
Staff emptied tables out of the grand reading room and filled it with eight rows of black chairs. Before the ceremony, Fiori marveled at how much the space, with a two-story ceiling covered in dark, arched trim, sort of resembled a cathedral.
One guest arrived early, pulled “Einstein for Dummies” off a shelf and settled into a chair.
Proulx, 29, and Fiori, 33, dated for three years. She’s an aspiring novelist, he’s an aspiring comic book artist.
When the Lewiston couple started wedding-planning seven months ago and couldn’t decide on a venue, “We got thinking of sacred places — would it break our heart if there was a disaster there?” Fiori said.
The library was high on that list. And, after thinking over the request, the library director said yes.
“Both of us had spent so much time in the library as young teens and adults,” Proulx said. “Everyone has been very, very excited. They say it’s a very ‘us’ thing to do. We just laugh. It is.”
In keeping with the theme, a friend made origami boutonnieres out of comic book pages from “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Fiori sculpted their wedding-cake topper, a small book with his-and-her bookworms.
“The worms come up and make a little heart with their heads — it’s wicked nice,” said “best man” Cindy Pease of Monmouth.
The after-regular-business-hours rental cost $200, with one downside: It was only big enough for 54 of their 300 guests. People who couldn’t watch in person waited at the reception site, the Unitarian Universalist Church, down the road.
Just after 6:30 p.m., recorded music came on, the guests stood and the bride walked down the aisle past “Psychology Today,” “Wired” and “Women’s Day” in a rack of magazines with plastic slipcases.
After a 10-minute ceremony, and big applause, the next chapter began.
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