The Power of Place

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As fewer Americans, particularly New Yorkers, are getting married in traditional houses of worship, the question of one’s wedding venue has increasing importance for many of my clients.  Whether a grand affair or a private elopement or micro-wedding, I encourage couples to “think outside the box,” when selecting the space and place for exchanging wedding vows. 

Along these lines, I was thrilled when I read about the wedding of Mika Brezesinski and Joe Scarborough.  The journalist and former member of Congress met on MSNBC as co-hosts of the new program “Morning Joe.”  In these unusual political times, their program is a call to renewal for our shared commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and our Constitution.  Although theirs was a small wedding for a second marriage, they could not have selected any more powerful place to hold their affair—in the rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, DC, surrounded by our most important documents, including the U.S. Constitution.    The incomparable Congressman and Civil Rights leader Elijah Cummings, of Maryland, officiated.  What a powerful statement, not only of commitment to each other, but to America’s founding on powerful ideals.  The bride added, “It makes sense now more than ever, given what we stand for as a couple, what we do for a living, and what we’re worried about as a country,” as she explained in a piece for Vanity Fair magazine.