New TWU Bride'
New TWU Bride's Book To Be Unveiled
DENTON A new chapter in the history of the Little
Chapel-in-the-Woods bride's book opens in this spring. On April
10, during Texas Woman's University's homecoming, a new bride's
book will be unveiled.
The new bride's book, designed by TWU alumna Lucia Smith, is
fashioned from sterling silver and has a replica of the Chapel's
stained glass Rose Window on the cover. "I wanted to capture
the elements of simplicity, elegance and the new millennium with
the book," Smith said.
" As the sterling silver ages, it develops a wonderful
patina just as the marriage relationship deepens with time. I put
the Rose Window on the cover of the book because that's the first
thing the married couple sees as they exit the Chapel. The
parabolic arches of the book signify strength and unity and
reflect the arches in the Chapel."
The original bride's book was used to record marriages in the
Little Chapel from 1939 to 1979, then the book was filled. The
new book will have enough pages to accommodate about 20 years'
worth of weddings, and ceremonies that took place from Jan. 1,
2001 through the book's unveiling will be included in the pages.
Ceremonies that took place between 1980 and 2000 will be
included in a virtual bride's book on the Internet. In fact,
three bride's books will be available on the Internet a
copy of the original book, the book for the years 1980-2000 and
the new book.
The TWU library also has established a special archive where
any bride married in the Little Chapel can submit a copy of her
wedding invitation and a photo of the ceremony, no larger than 8
x 10, to the collection. "We have very few photos of actual
weddings taking place in the Little Chapel," said library
assistant Ann Barton. "This archive will help establish a
wonderful photographic history of the Chapel's weddings."
Persons who want more information about the virtual bride's
books and bride's archive can contact the TWU library at (940)
The idea for the new bride's book came about in 2000 during a
refurbishing of the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods, a project
spearheaded by TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart.
Smith, who holds undergraduate and graduate arts degrees from
TWU, was commissioned to design the new book. Artisan Timothy
Buck in Dallas is fabricating the sterling silver and artist Gary
Vigen in Colorado is constructing the stained glass elements of
the book. TWU School of the Arts adjunct faculty member Tony
Schraufnagel is building the Honduran mahogany case that will
house the book.
"The stained glass on the book's cover is being made
exactly the same way the stained glass windows in the Chapel were
made. Carved elements you see on the pews and elements from the
other stained glass windows also reverberate through the
book," Smith said. "I wanted to reflect the iconography
of the Chapel."
The new bride's book will be unveiled in an 8 a.m. ceremony on
April 10 in the TWU library.
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