How a local author planned a wedding with all the “write” stuff

We don’t often cover real weddings that weren’t in the print version of the magazine, but Roxanne and Christopher Sams’ story is too cute to pass up.

You might know Roxanne Sams by her nom de plume—R.L. Walker. The middle school teacher has written several YA fiction books, including “The Disappearing Act,” “Carnival Runaway” and “Kai’s Secret.” So it’s no surprise that her wedding included a strong literary theme and venue.

“I thought a cool place for an author to get married would be at her local library,” Roxanne says. “I loved being able to marry my best friend in my childhood library, where I have been able to donate books that I have written.”

Roxanne has spent the last two years sharing her writing process with her students at South-Western City Schools, which she says has encouraged many of them to write more. She’s also formed a writing club for students who want to pursue novel-writing. “My goal is for them to publish on Amazon, with parental approval, by the end of the school year,” she says.

In addition to the obvious literary theme, Roxanne and Christopher’s wedding also honored their love of travel. (Christopher proposed while the pair were vacationing in Belize in early 2018.) Maps and globes joined the books and book-page confetti that decorated their reception.

The Details

Wedding date: Nov. 10, 2018

Wedding colors: Green and peach

Attendants: Four bridesmaids, four groomsmen and two flower girls

Bride wore: Erosebridal gown from Amazon, shoes from Amazon and handmade accessories

Groom wore: Own suit

Rings: Myers Jewelers

Bridesmaids wore: Wednova gowns

Groomsmen wore: Own attire

Rehearsal dinner: BrewDog

Ceremony: The Wagnalls Memorial Library

Reception: The Wagnalls Memorial Library

Caterer: Hoggy’s Catering

Cake: Fantasy Cupcake

Florist: Kroger

Photographer: Rose Hoffer Photography

Invitations: Self via

Reception tunes: Master Mix DJ

First dance: “Come Fly with Me” by Frank Sinatra

Guest favors: Bookmarks with quotes on them

Registry: Amazon

Honeymoon: Niagara Falls