A Marriage Made at McMurry
At first glance, using a campus activity center as the venue for a wedding ceremony may appear a little strange, but for Debra Hulse ‘80, McMurry’s Vice President for Advancement, it wasn’t a question of location. “It was a question of who, not where,” said Hulse, who was married in the Carlton Chapel in 1987, which she admits is not the typical picturesque setting most brides dream of.
However, aesthetics weren’t a consideration. “I knew I wanted Dr. (Robert) Monk to conduct the ceremony,” said Hulse. “He was one of my most influential professors. He expanded my world view and helped me put into perspective my own spiritual journey in that world. Up to that point, it was the most transformational experience of my life. As I considered marriage, I knew I wanted him to be a part of the next most transformational experience in my life.“
McMurry and what it represents was why Debra chose for her wedding to be on campus. It was all about the people, not the place.
McMurry’s assistant chaplain Tim Palmer indicated it isn’t unusual for a couple to choose a setting for their wedding that represents an important piece of their life and spiritual development. For instance, recent grads Paige Wachsmann and Matt Bell will tie the knot in the Mabee Room, which Palmer said makes perfect sense.
“In a way, it has come to represent their spiritual home,’’ he said. Palmer may feel like both participant and observer of the weddings he performs on campus since he is performing the ceremonies for people with whom he has forged meaningful and lasting relationships. “To be involved in the ceremony is emotional. It’s an affirmation of the depth of their growth and transformation during their time at McMurry.”
And as these couples embark on the next chapter of their lives, the University takes pride in its role in the merging of their paths and has celebrated, and will continue to celebrate, the beginning of their shared journey.
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