My friend and colleague – University of Vermont theater design professor Jeff Modreger – recently married his great love Matt Sutkowski. Â It was a big treat to go support them – not to mention getting toÂ attendÂ a wedding for a change!
Jeff is one of the most gifted designers with whom I’ve ever had the pleasure to work, so I suspected his wedding would be more than a little…elaborate. Â For one thing, it was in UVM’s beautiful Royall Tyler Theater, so they had a leg up on gorgeous right then and there. Â Plus, Jeff designed the set and they asked everyone to wear white, so the audience was pretty, too (sorry for the blur – old camera phone doesn’t do well in dim light).
Then, one by one, the stage started being peopled with remarkable musical theater performers singing all manner of heartfelt, throaty love songs.
Finally, they had a whole crew out there, with Jeff and Matt, who had a lot to say and a lot of people to thank!
Then, just when I thought it couldn’t get any more beautiful or moving, they had the whole dang crowd sing “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” Â It was a sight to behold!
I should note that Jeff is in his 60s, so for anyone who thinks it’s too late for them, lovewise, do not be fooled by the mean voices in your head. Â Anything is possible. Â Any time.
This is a very nice wedding. Very memorable indeed.