Spring Marlborough Special Exhibit • “Fully Engaged!”
The Modern Art of Tying the Knot
“Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married.
Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married.
Gee, I really love you and we’re gonna get married.
Going to the chapel of love.”
– written by Spector, Greenwich & Barry
Hasn’t everyone planning a wedding hummed the old Dixie Cups’ ‘Chapel of Love” tune while perusing all the options for getting hitched in style? Getting engaged and married – it’s such a romantic, joyous time in our lives – one that we want to make special and memorable for ourselves, our families, and our friends.
From love matches to arranged marriages, there are so many elements that contribute to making the journey into marriage a memorable one. The objects associated with this journey play an important role, starting with that most enduring symbol of love – the engagement ring. Anthropologists believe the ring tradition originated from a Roman custom in which wives wore rings attached to small keys, indicating their husbands’ ownership! The yen for diamonds got started in the 15th century when Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the first diamond engagement ring on record, sparking a rage for diamond rings among European aristocracy. Today, it’s easy to find rings that reflect the way a couple wants to express their love, as fine jewelers turn engagement rings into small works of art, from the traditional “round brilliant” diamond to more avant-garde styles made with flashing gemstones.
“All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.”
– The Beatles
The wedding ceremony, whether a simple civil ceremony, magnificently orchestrated affair, or exotic destination wedding becomes an opportunity to express commitment and love. Fine arts and crafts can play an important role in making the experience even more special. Hand-blown champagne flutes to toast the couple, gleaming silver knives to cut the cake, festive outfits for dancing the night away, unique table favors, stunning vases for floral centerpieces, and romantic photography all contribute to the festivities – and the memories. And for the participants, what better way to say “I love you” to the happy couple than with something artfully exquisite for their new home that they will cherish forever.
If you or a loved one is heading towards the Chapel of Love, be sure to stop by Paradise City’s themed “Fully Engaged” exhibit in the Sculpture Café. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how easy it is to transform the big day into something unforgettable!
Images from top left to lower right: Adel Chefridi, Wedding Rings • Selma Karaca, Bridal Dress • Ananda Khalsa, Commitment Rings • Peiliang Jin, Bridal Bouquet watercolor • Deborah Loeb Bohren, The Night They Invented Champagne photograph • Ken Salem, Burl Marriage Bed