Spring Northampton 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. The yen for diamonds got started in the 15th century when Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the first diamond engagement ring on record. Today, it’s easy to find rings that reflect the way a couple wants to express their love, as the jewelers of Paradise City turn engagement rings into small works of art. Look for beautifully crafted traditional “round brilliant” diamond and gold rings to more avant-garde styles made with flashing gemstones and unusual metals.

The wedding ceremony, whether a simple civil ceremony or magnificently orchestrated affair, becomes an opportunity to express commitment and love. Fine art 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.

The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.

– Julia Child 

Attending a wedding? Think about giving something handmade with love – with the bride and groom in mind. Do they love cooking and entertaining? A big wooden salad bowl, a set of candlesticks, hand-turned peppermills or kitchen towels handwoven in their favorite colors would make their big day. Are they gardeners? How about a gorgeous vase to hold the bounty of their flower garden. Do they love the sea? Maybe an original painting or photograph that evokes the ocean is the perfect choice. This is one of the happiest, most important days of a couple’s life, and celebration is the order of the day. The wedding present ensures that the celebration continues.

Paradise City’s themed “Fully Engaged” exhibit is mounted in Exhibition Building #2. From “will you marry me” to “I do” to making a life together, this is a show celebrating the art of love and marriage.

May 25, 26 & 27 at the Three County Fairgrounds

Images from top left to lower right: Ayesha Mayadas, Wedding Rings • Frann Addison, Kiddush Cup • Ananda Khalsa, Commitment Rings • Joanne DeLomba, Taking the Plunge print • Selma Karaca, Bridal Dress •  Dale Rogers, Family sculpture