I had the wonderful (and much needed) opportunity to attend a friend's wedding all by myself this last weekend. (Oh! To read a book on a plane! To eat a leisurely breakfast with still-hot coffee! To wear shoes with a heel! Wear a dress with absolutely no snot on it! I did all these things and more my friends!) The whole affair was in beautiful Boulder, Colorado and so Boulder became the site of a college reunion of sorts filled with a handful of the amazing, creative, soul-filling women in my life. I miss them already, though it was great to see my family again after three whole days away!
The day before the wedding there was a chuppah making event organized by my friend's mom who is a textile artist and extraordinary quilter. All wedding attendees were asked to make a square with significant objects glued between two pieces of silk. The squares were hung out to dry in the sun on a clothesline in their backyard. For the wedding, they were all glued to a big piece of silk and hung over the couple. It was stunning, both symbolically, as a fabric filled with significant objects from their family and friends intended to be their shelter, as well as just plain looking nice. On top of all of that drama, a thunderstorm complete with lightning rained down on the wedding. Rather than spoiling things, it actually added a theatrical feel to things and the chuppah became a type of umbrella.
It was such a great addition to the event, I'm been trying to think of way to do something similar on a smaller scale with us. In late august, my husband and I will reach our "10 years of being together" mark (only 4 married) and it seems something like this could be great to incorporate into an anniversary. Maybe?