By the book: Couple says 'I do' in the Auburn library

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 AUBURN — They love to read. They love different.

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Alicia Proulx hugs her soon-to-be stepson, Draven Fiori, as her parents, Cathy and Reggie Proulx looked on at the Auburn Public Library on Saturday evening before her wedding to Jared Fiori. The couple decided on the library because they both loved to read and chose the date because it was 09-10-11. For more photos, visit sunjournal.com/librarywedding.

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Alicia Proulx walks down the aisle of the Auburn Public Library's grand reading room Saturday evening to her groom, Jared Fiori.

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Mandi Hinchman, a friend of the couple from Denville, N.J., made the origami flowers from pages of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" comic book.

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Groom Jared Fiori instructs his guests to be seated in the grand reading room of the Auburn Public Library before his marriage to Alicia Proulx on Saturday evening.

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Jared Fiori gets his origami boutonniere attached by creator Mandi Hinchman Saturday evening before his wedding at the Auburn Public Library.

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Wedding guest Paul Cole, of Auburn, catches up on some reading before the Fiori/Proulx wedding at the Auburn Public Library Saturday.

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.

kskelton@sunjournal.com

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Tizz Crowley's picture

congratulations to the lovely couple... what fun for the Library

This is a great story. I'm glad it is shared with the community. The Library is a favorite place for me and I'm so happy to see another special use. Hope it's the start of a whole new avenue for Auburn residents.

Thanks to the Sun Journal for sharing. I'd love to see this on the City of Auburn's web site.

My best wishes for the future of this enchanting couple. Hope to see the rest of the wedding celebration photos.

Tizz

KATHRYN PENDLETON's picture

Congratulations!

The Auburn Library is my very favorite places in Auburn. What a great idea! The room is lovely.

Rowan White's picture

Grats!

I know both the bride and the groom and thought this was a fantastic idea. Best of luck to the both of them in their new lives together. :)

Deborah Carlson's picture

Agree

I think it was wonderful to have it at the Library. I wish them much happiness and continued reading and creating.

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