In a tiny chapel in Cleveland, brides and grooms take “until death parts us” very seriously. They marry at the city’s Lake View Cemetery, which has 700 burials each year—and about eight weddings—in its chapel with an an interior designed by glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. Sarah Snook and Chase Mohr arrived in a Cadillac hearse for their recent nuptuals. Mohr told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “We think Lake View reflects the importance of life and is a place of its celebration.”
A number of wedding-trend Web sites suggest August has surpassed June as the favorite month to marry. Another trend is toward “unusual” ceremony locations, such as zoos and libraries. There was no mention of a cemetery.
“The services for marriage and for funeral sit side-by-side in Evangelical Lutheran Worship,” noted Michael Burk, ELCA executive for worship and liturgical resources. “Still, a cemetery as a wedding location seems strange ... more about novelty than about the sort of faith that sustains relationships.”
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