adapted from my article “Artful Weddings in Floyd” in Floyd Magazine
When planning a wedding, the first thing most couples consider is the venue. Ideally, just as home décor matches a couple’s lifestyle and tastes, so should the setting for their ceremony reflect the couple’s preferences and aesthetic. Settings can be elegant, grand, and formal, or rustic, laid-back, and relaxed. I love the entire range of weddings and enjoy the variety of beautiful venues in the area. One of my favorite experiences was a day in which I officiated a large formal wedding the afternoon at a winery and then changed my white clerical scarf to a tie-dyed one for an intimate evening wedding in a butterfly garden. Both weddings were lovely in their own way.
Whether in an outdoor setting or an interior space, the venue ideally serves as a sacred space that reflects what inspires the couple, makes them feel good, and reflects their values. For many couples, simplicity is an important value. Or others, fun, uniqueness, and adventure rank high on their list.
Couples getting married for a second time, coming to Floyd for a couple’s getaway destination wedding, or those who simply want a meaningful and beautiful ceremony for a few close friends and family members, and those who want to balance affordability with fun and festivity may choose to have a relatively private ceremony and follow up with wedding announcements and a party at some later time.
All of these elements come together in a down-to-earth, homey, playful, colorful, and quirky venue for unique elopements and small weddings. I’m happy and grateful that after 46 years of teaching meditation, 45 years of exhibiting my art in venues around the country, and seventeen years of teaching individuals and groups about how to create sacred space for prayer, meditation, and ceremonies, I opened an art gallery, bookstore and small wedding venue in Floyd, VA that demonstrates in a very practical way what I’ve been teaching and writing about. Churches have art in them. Why not an art church?
In the Kanta Bosniak Folk Art Gallery, visitors will find a funky and fun environment rich in vibrant art that has been created to inspire and entertain:
Mandalas- circular designs that represent wholeness, completion, and harmony
Icons – portraits the symbolize development to highest potential and using one’s gifts in service to others
Hearts, symbols of love and relational happiness
West African Adinkra- inspired pictographsfor positives such as the power of love, community, abundance, linked hearts
Madonnas- love, compassion, caring, tenderness, the constant presence, immediate accessibility of Divine Love and help in any circumstance
Crosses and Medicine Wheels that represent the vast loving power of God that is always working in our lives and relationships.
Quotes from Scripture and spiritual love poems, and more.
The art environment creates a fun event atmosphere and as well as a great background for wedding photos!
The notion of an art environment as a setting for workshops, teaching, coaching, and guided imagery has been by décor and designing platform for all of my adult life. Within the last ten years, it’s come together with my love of weddings.
For me, weddings are a complex and beautiful art form. I truly love weddings. All kinds of weddings, inside, outside, formal or boho, modern or retro, weddings in my own venue and in venues created by others. To put on a wedding is more than a little like putting on a theatrical production. So many art forms come together in creating a wedding! Setting, stage, entrance and exit from stage, art design, costume, music, flowers, and more. Nine years ago, I had the pleasure of designing and coordinating all aspects of an art-themed wedding. From paintings placed on the wall in the venue to handmade, one-of-a kind- jewelry for the ladies in the bridal party to the floral concept and table décor. I had such a wonderful time that the bug bit me. It was only a matter of time until I had created my own venue, and I absolutely love it!
The Kanta Bosniak Folk Art Gallery Wedding Package includes:
Rev. Kanta Bosniak custom wedding services. Interview and personalized ceremony.
Use of the Gallery Chapel for the ceremony.
Folk Art Marriage Certificate by Kanta Bosniak
Fresh Floral bouquet
(optional) Basic Photography. 6 photos, edited and emailed to you. If you have your own photographer, that’s fine too!
12 wedding announcement postcards.
All for $350.00!
By necessity, hours are as unconventional as the venue. Because of wedding responsibilities, coaching, and writing, I can’t really have hard-set hours. The gallery will be occasionally be open by “happy-stance,” (look for the “gallery open” sign), but primarily by appointment only. If you’re considering the Gallery Chapel for your upcoming ceremony and would like to make an appointment to see the venue, please give me a call at (540) 577-8854