Dear Engaged Couple-
Last week I attended what for me was one of THE most spiritual weddings ever. It is difficult to pin down why something is spiritual. In its essence, something is spiritual because it is of the spirit—it is not human made. Call it gift, call it surprise, call it miracle.
The wedding was at a chapel—a chapel in Richmond, called the Bishop’s Chapel which is part of the Roslyn Retreat Center. That may have had something to do with it. A chapel has you thinking right away about God and things not-of-this-world. Add to that, that it was a simply decorated chapel—no stained glass windows, no fancy
carvings, no silver or gold ornaments—just a simple A frame chapel, with a white wood and glass exterior and interior, both. There was plenty of room for the spirit to do its thing, free from human suggestion.
No stained glass widows, fancy carving or silver and gold ornaments to decorate this simple wedding chapel
The place, in all its simplicity was absolutely lovely. The wedding took place at 6:30 p.m. in November. The chapel’s clear glass windows were, of course, dark since it was dark outside. The couple had placed luminaries leading up to the place. Those definitely set the mood. I was ready for the spirit to move me even before I stepped inside. Oh my! The inside! The simple light wood table at the front of the chapel was covered with white candles. Other candles lined the center aisle. These were in tall glass containers (vases, maybe?) . The whole effect was breath-taking.
That’s only the half of it, though. The groom is a musician, so everyone was treated to violin music (while the guests arrived) followed by piano music (for the seating of the families and the entrance of the wedding party) followed by trombone, clarinet and trumpet music for the bride’s entrance. Awesome. Somehow even the horns came off as holy. Don’t know why but it’s true. Oh, and the groom wrote some of the music for the service—which made the service unique.
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death parts me from you.”