Aspirations of Grand Ideals

Last autumn, I was telling my dear friend Ruth about my grandiose ideas of being wed in a theater, entering in to Thomas Tallis' "Spem In Alium" as a reader calls out the order of creation, full lighting and a set, historic liturgy interwoven throughout, and the wedding party dressed in accordance with the days of creation. One of my favorite books of all time is The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton. In this tale is a beautiful description of a ball in which the men attend each dressed in this manner. This idea has always stuck with me, but I've never been able to describe the imagery I've maintained in my mind on how this would look. Ruth got so excited, she spent the rest of the weekend designing and painting out these very images. The following is one of the most beautiful birthday presents I have ever received.

The First Day

The Second Day

The Third Day

The Fourth Day

The Fifth Day

The Sixth Day

Are these not just breathtaking? When she showed me the final product, I could do nothing but gasp. There were so many elements that I'd imagined, but never articulated to anyone, she crafted EXACTLY. It was as if someone has reached into my brain and pulled out my most vivid dreams. Isn't she incredible? I am thoroughly blessed to have such a talented, imaginative friend. Also, if anyone knows of an incredible costume designer, let me know. Would love to auction them off post-wedding as art pieces and donate the money to charity.

Meanwhile, I'll enjoy my images while waiting to find a man who thinks this would be an amazing idea, too...


Stephanie said...

Love your ideas! And Ruth's paintings....AMAZING! Breathtaking indeed!

Emily Bryan said...

Fantastic idea and designs, I just love it. It's so you too. When the day comes, I'd love to help!

Bethany said...

Yes, those paintings are gorgeous!! And I love your vision for a wedding. Would be absolutely breathtaking.

nic pfost said...


and men like that aren't impossible to find. believe me.

Luz said...

Thanks, friends! Someday, Lord-willing, I'll send an invitation your way. :)

Rachel said...

This is so creative!