The frenzy has settled after Chelsea’s wedding to her orthodox Jewish boyfriend Marc Mezvinksy outdoors at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, NY. Many of the journalists’ (and my) questions have finally been answered. Among the most important:
- Chelsea wore a beautiful, elegant, white strapless gown designed by Vera Wang.
- Hillary wore a plum-colored, Oscar de la Renta dress.
- Flowers were purple-pink-blue roses and hydrangeas, corresponding with the bridesmaids’ plum-colored dresses.
- The Rev. William Shillady and Rabbi James Ponet officiated, but did not give a formal sermon.
- In keeping with Jewish tradition, Marc broke a glass underfoot, and they stood beneath a large chuppah made of woven willow branches, white roses and hydrangeas.
- About 400 guests came to the wedding. Guests had to wear special I.D. bracelets and ride a special bus to the wedding.
- There were about a dozen bridesmaids and about as many groomsmen.
- Oprah, Steven Spielberg, and Barbra Streisand were not there as rumored. (President Obama let people know he was NOT invited.) The biggest celebrities were Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.
- The wedding was described as large and lavish, but one guest said: “It felt like a family wedding. It didn’t feel like a big extravaganza.”
- And Bill Clinton apparently was quite proud to moonwalk at the reception. The Washington Post said that he now feels like he is no longer “outnumbered” by the females in his family, but has a son-in-law “on his side.” No comment!
(All of the above info, other than “No comment,” from: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2010/08/chelsea_clinton_marc_mezvinsky.html)
Some people’s response to the secretive wedding that has saturated the U.S. news is, “Who cares?”
An amusing response to the article above was:
“The wedding is over, the guests have gone home. You don’t need to write about it anymore…quit calling the Clintons ‘royalty’.”
Let’s face it, America is fascinated with the lives of politicians, celebrities, and royalty abroad. Reality shows are the most popular t.v. shows, with American Idol, Survivor, and The Biggest Loser among the top three.
One report shows that for girls ages 12 to 17 years old, 3 out of 4 of them said their favorite t.v. shows are reality shows. ( http://www.jobmonkey.com/realitytv/reality-tv-statistics.html) I wonder at times if our focus on politicians, stars, reality shows, etc., is just our way of living vicariously through others – an escape from our own “normal” lives. Just talk to women this week and find out how many are actually disappointed and saddened about the final ending of The Bachelorette, because she picked a different man than the “perfect for her” man whom people thought she would.
America , especially women, seems especially fascinated with shows involving love, romance, and sex. Women crave love and romance. It is the way God made us, to long for love.
We follow the lives of people like Marc and Chelsea, the stars of The Bachelorette, or someone like Princess Diana because we want to believe in the story of the prince and the princess living happily ever after; we desperately want to believe that fairy tales can come true. And when the harsh reality comes crashing into our world that the prince would rather spend his time working extra hours for more money and leaving us alone a lot, playing xbox and not even noticing us, or even running off with another princess and breaking our hearts , we are shocked, dismayed, disillusioned. This isn’t the way the story is supposed to go!
We can all pray for the best for Marc and Chelsea, and hope that the paparazzi will just leave them alone so they can have a nice honeymoon and concentrate on living their lives together. We also can get back to paying attention to our own families whom God has blessed us with, and living our lives, instead of being absorbed with someone else’s.
But most of all we can know, that we women have a God who is the Divine Romancer. Our Prince Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. He will love us always, He will cherish us forever. There is nothing you can do or say that will cause God to stop loving you.
I have a sign that I found at a thrift store: “Every life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.” This is because He is the One daily wooing us the Princess, His radiant Bride.
God says we are beautiful, and He loves the sound of our voice. He wants to hear us talk to Him. (Song of Solomon 2:14) Come away today with your Prince, Jesus, and spend intimate time with Him. Let the lyrics of Barlow Girl’s song Average Girl encourage you:
No more dating
I’m just waiting
Like sleeping beauty
My prince will come for me
No more dating I’m just waiting
‘Cause God is writing my love story.
Here is a video of Barlow Girl playing live: