Chapel Dulcinea was built on an ancient Native American trail that circles the plateau on which our campus is built. It was considered a place of sanctuary and rest for them and we hope for you too.
We broke ground for Chapel Dulcinea on January 1, 2005 and dedicated it on April 23, 2005. It was the first building completed on the Wizard Academy campus.
WHY APRIL 23? The most celebrated writer in Spanish literature, Miguel de Cervantes laid down his pen April 23, 1616 and quietly passed away simultaneously with William Shakespeare, the most celebrated writer in English literature. In a single sunset, these two great voices were silenced.
Shakespeare gave us Romeo and Juliet, a love story with a tragic ending, but Cervantes gave us Don Quixote, with its shimmering image of the feminine ideal, Dulcinea.
In 2015 we had 999 special events reserve Chapel Dulcinea. Congratulations to each and every one!
The Coldest Day we had weddings in Chapel Dulcinea was on January 9, 2010. It was 17 degrees and the committed couples were Michelle & Tyler Peterson and Luci & Scott Olson.
The Hottest Day we had weddings was on August 28, 2011. It was a whopping 112 degrees! The glowing couples were Ashlynn Russey & Brent Dickey, Lisa Fisher & Patrick Canady and Alegna Rieumont & Alexey Lopez .
The Farthest Distance Traveled – We’ve had many couples travel from other countries to get married in Chapel Dulcinea. So far we’ve had couples travel from Australia, Belarus, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Kenya, Philippines, Norway, Scotland and Slovenia.
Tradition is as important to most brides as personalization is, helping pave the way toward the wedding of their dreams. Ironically, most people can’t tell you why they feel strongly about certain traditions, nor can they tell you how those traditions got their start. “It’s tradition” is a phrase that’s likely to be uttered by many brides and their families. Now you can learn where some of them come from.
BRIDAL TRADITIONS & THEIR ORIGINS
- A Sugar Cube in Your Glove.
The last thing a bride wants to worry about is any unpleasantness after her wedding. According to Greek wedding culture, brides who tuck a sugar cube into their glove will sweeten their union.
- Being Carried Over the Threshold.
Is your spouse going to carry you over the threshold after your wedding? This long-standing tradition comes from the belief that men had to carry their brides over the threshold to protect them from the evil spirits that lurk below.
- Coins for the Bride.
Tossing coins at the bride and groom, or tucking a gold coin into one glove and silver coin into the other symbolizes prosperity and never having to go without.
- The Bridal Veil.
You may think a veil prevents your fiance from seeing your face until it’s lifted, but the Ancient Romans and Greeks believed it hid brides from evil spirits.
- Something Old, Something Blue.
Wearing something old is a long-standing tradition that connects the bride to the past, while wearing something blue symbolizes fidelity, love and purity.
- Let Them Eat Cake.
The tradition of eating wedding cake has changed slightly, thank goodness. The Ancient Romans broke a loaf of bread over the bride’s head for fertility. Tiered cakes became popular as part of a wedding game in which couples tried to kiss over the tall cake without knocking it down.
- Stand to Your Husband-to-Be’s Left.
No one seems to question why the bride always stands to the left of her husband-to-be. Thankfully, the original reasons for this tradition are a thing of the past when husbands had to keep their right hands free to fend off other suitors.
- For June Brides.
Juno, the Roman goddess, is the ruler of marriage, childbirth and the home. It’s because of her that June is the most popular month for marriage.
- The Bride Wore…
If you’re like most, you’ve chosen the traditional white color for your wedding gown. But until the mid-1800′s, women just wore their best dress, regardless of the color.
- A Diamond Engagement Ring.
There are many options when it comes to engagement rings. Diamonds set in gold or silver date back to the Ancient Venetians, who used the rings to symbolize their wealth.