Cringe-worthy wedding announcement goes viral

Barbara and Nathaniel's wedding announcement hasn't gone down too well. Photo / Facebook
Barbara and Nathaniel's wedding announcement hasn't gone down too well. Photo / Facebook

A couple may be basking in the joy of their wedding earlier this month, but the internet has singled them out as insufferable millennials after their love story appeared in the New York Times.

Nathaniel Peters, whose great-grandparents were the inspiration behind the von Trapp family in the 1965 film The Sound of Music, married Barbara Jane Sloan in Vermont on June 4.

Their wedding announcement has gone viral and the newlyweds continue to be mocked on social media due to the cringe-worthy details included in the paper's sought-after Vows section.

He wore three piece suits with orange shoelaces while she donned Warby Parker glasses, and the two fell in love over theological discussions, baked goods, and singing together in harmony.

When Sloan asked her future husband whether they were spending too much time together, he responded: "No, we are just two pilgrims along the way, traveling together for a while."

Sloan, 31, and Peters, 30, were both graduate students in theology at Boston College when they met at a mutual friend's wedding in 2012.

He thought she had an "introverted loveliness" about her, while she came to appreciate having a partner who could cook and climb trees as well as analyze medieval texts.

When asked to describe himself and his friends, Peters said: "You could try 'heady'. On the one hand, we are people who enjoy lots of books and investigating particular questions having to do with the human existence, or God, or the nature of beauty."

The two started off as friends, and he took after his great-grandparents Maria and Georg Von Trapp, often singing opera as he walked across an open field to her house.

She, in turn, would visit with baguettes and leftover pastries from her job at a bakery, earning the title "friend with breadifits", Peters shared.

The two bonded over their interest in early Christianity as well as their wide-ranging musical tastes that included worship songs and jazz numbers from Ella Fitzgerald.

Sloan questioned their close relationship, but Peters reassured her by saying they were "two pilgrims... Travelling together for a while."

They were both single by 2014, and after a trip to his family's home on Martha's Vineyard, they went on their first date, where he proposed a picnic at the Boston Public Garden while reading aloud from a P. G. Wodehouse book.

They read Wodehouse's Something Fresh, and Peters said: "We both got impatient so I thumbed to the end of the book, read it and kissed her."

He proposed in May 2015 by decorating a small chapel his great-uncle built on the family's property with candles arranged in the shape of a heart.

She, of course, accepted, and recalled the smell of melted beeswax. He said: "We've just had this moment of intimacy and now we're sitting here scraping wax off the floor."

"The couple created a 16-page illustrated pamphlet to guide the 172 guests through the carefully curated nuptial Mass... Along with many prayers, blessings and readings, there were 15 different pieces of music performed. Mr Peters described the music as: 'Joyful, rich, lush. Lush like a forest, not like an alcoholic.'" the announcement in the Times read.

While some may appreciate the couple's quirks, the internet seemed to roll its eyes in response as many took to social media calling out the newlyweds for being "obnoxious" and "pretentious".

Some questioned how the profile could be real, while others reacted in confusion.

Twitter user Teagan Wall wrote: "Laugh? Cry? Puke? How does one respond to something like this?"


Others singled out key quotes and branded their announcement as the worst of the Times' wedding section, which has a reputation for being highly coveted real estate among the country's elite.

The Sound of Music was based on Maria Von Trapp's memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

She worked as a tutor, and said she fell in love with the 10 Von Trapp children before she eventually married Georg in 1927.

The family won first place in the Salzburg Music Festival and toured the world as a singing group.

- Daily Mail

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