Two years ago on March 12th, my husband Mart and I got married. Our wedding was filled with the arts. All of the printed pieces were commissions from some of our favorite artists. The location was a theater that’s very special to us: the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta. The set for the show that was running at the time, Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke, included a courtyard with a fountain and an angel statue that had “Eternity” etched into its base. We used some of our favorite classical music, with Edward Elgar’s Enigma as the processional. Actor friends, including Nigel Goodwin and Tom Key, both of whom have been featured on the blog, read selections from C. S. Lewis, 1 Corinthians 13 from The Message, and a long list of our favorite scriptures. Other friends performed special hymns and songs of worship.
Mart and I did special readings that we'd written to each other, which we had glued inside a handmade book by a paper artist. After our vows and a special prayer of dedication, the pastor presented us to our family and friends. They began clapping and, when the beginning strains of the Hallelujah Chorus could be heard over the noise, they rose to their feet and applauded wildly as we, laughing with joy, left the theater. A short while later, we met them in the lobby of the Rialto Theater next door for our reception.
This week Mart and I celebrate each other and the God who brought us together. We look forward to many more years together as we live lives filled with love for the Lord, each other and the arts.