I Married the Devil’s Bridge
After 10 years of searching for my perfect bridge, I finally chose to marry the Pont du Diable for his dark and mysterious history. Strong and silent, he is the ideal husband for me. Celebrate this artistic journey across many bridges… until I found the “One!” Jodi Rose
Images by the wonderful Christian Schallert – Céret, France 17th June 2013
Wearing the incredible gown draped on my in true 30s Hollywood Screen Goddess fashion!
How do you marry a bridge? Will you kiss him? Will he wear a ring? This is a symbolic union, to celebrate my love of bridges over ten years in a joyful ceremony with friends. It represents my dedication to the creative and spiritual bridges that connect us all.
A girl in a veil with gorgeous flowers by Donna Stain & glamorous make-up by Oona Lind Napier, driven to the ceremony by Christopher King
A devilishly handsome bridge…
“The Devil’s Bridge (1321-1341) is everything I could desire in a husband – sturdy, trustworthy, sensual, kind & handsome. There is longevity in the arch of his back, he has stood for 600 years and he will stand for 600 more. The story of our romance is a modern love fable – I have travelled the world for ten years, making music with the sound of bridges, and as he felt my vibrations coming nearer he drew me to him. Our wedding is arranged with the help of friends from Barcelona, Association ART SUR TECH, the community and artists in Arles-sur-Tech & Céret, who give their blessing and support to the ceremony. Drink a celebratory toast with Le Maudit (The Damned) wine, provided by Domaine Treloar for the event.”
Best bridesman Tommy Tang adjusts the veil
Walking down the aisle to Nick Cave’s “Into Your Arms” had me in tears at the start
Mitch O’Hearn films video somewhere in the background, Liton in rose silk taking photos
Bridesman Tommy Tang makes sure everything is in order – the bride is nervous and excited, the groom is still and silent
The wonderful spiritual celebrant & “High Priestess” Ana Penitência conducts the ceremony… guiding the bride and guests in a visualisation connecting with the spirit of le Pont du Diable, inviting him to accept Jodi Rose into his strong embrace and offer his eternal strength and stability for her to draw upon…
Ms Rose reads her wedding vows:
I am so grateful being here to celebrate our connection, this joyous moment bringing together a wonderful community of friends old and new, family and relations near and distant. Having you all to share in with me and M. le Pont du Diable the joy of this symbolic union is truly a blessing, to celebrate his presence being stable, grounded, honour our separate natures and the resonance that brings us together, and keep faith in the most pure and bright illumination of our spirits, both now when we are together and always in the future.
M. le Pont du Diable, I share with you my freedom, my independent spirit and my joy in life, my gratitude and abundant blessings with family, friends old and new, eternal love and a sense of the absurd. I happily offer you my love and know that I will always return to the path of love and happiness, now and evermore, here and wherever the path leads….
You have seen empires rise and fall, the shifting borders of countries changing around you, and yet your graceful presence is always in good humour and you offer a safe passage to all who need to cross you. I pledge to you to be always true to my heart, and speak with integrity, to share the joy and the sorrow, the challenges and inspiration and celebrations of this miraculous journey in life!
Ana: Do you take le Pont du Diable to be your bridge?
Oui! I do!
The guests share a magical moment as we exchange rings – iron for him, made by Simon the blacksmith (originally from Céret) with iron pulled from the River Tech, which flows under the bridge uniting the towns of Arles-sur-Tech and Céret, to the sound of Johnny Cash singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.
RING DESIGNED FOR THE BRIDGEGROOM by Simon le Forgeron Le Moulin, Arles-sur-Tech
Iron and silver for her, by Isabel Herrera wonderful jeweler and friend with an incredible spirit of love, abundance and lusciousness!
Ms Rose and M. le Pont du Diable are joined together in this symbolic union and share a moment of pure happiness on this gorgeous day
Mr & Mrs Diable
You are now officially *symbolically married!
Showers of peonies rain down…
Signed on behalf of M. le Pont by Simon le Forgeron (Céret) with Teresa & Tommy as witnesses
Wishing you all the love, joy, happiness, grounding and possibilities of the future!
Teresa Wennberg & Jodi Rose Diable
We drink a toast with Le Maudit (the Damned) offered by Rachel & Domaine Treloar as the sound of “La Vie en Rose” fills the air
A devilishly cheeky bride
sharing a joke with Bridesman Crick as he keeps the parasol held high
Kisses to you all my gorgeous and beautiful friends! “You’ve got the love!”
Sante! To our wonderful wedding party!
The bride and her bridge
WHY I CHOSE TO MARRY THE DEVIL’S BRIDGE
“After my ten years nomadic art practice making music with the sound of bridges, I am very excited to have found the “One” with whom I wish to celebrate this artistic marriage. The Devil’s Bridge has a pleasing and sensual aspect, he stands high on the river bank looking up into the hills of Céret and the valley of the River Tech. His beginnings are shrouded in legend, where the powerful nature and flooding of the River, technological feats of engineering and supernatural forces all play their part. The wild nature of the Eastern Pyrenees Orientales appeals to me as a haven and borderland, the mountains created a frontier and an escape route for thousands of people fleeing dangerous histories. Céret is renowned as a home for artists, painters and poets and the Association ART SUR TECH in Arles-sur-Tech offers a perfect opportunity to explore this region and mythology. My work has evolved from a focus on the sound of bridges to explore the cultural context and legends surrounding them with a personal resonance in this romantic celebration.
The mystery of his missing keystone continues – perhaps he too is yearning to be united with his destiny and made complete. This is why I am marrying the bridge. He is fixed, stable, grounded, while I am nomadic, transient, ever on the road. He gives me a safe haven, brings me back to ground myself, and then lets me go again to follow my own path, without trying to keep me tied down or in thrall to his needs or desires. I am devoted to him and he adores me. The ideal husband… strong and stable!” Jodi Rose
The bridge and his bride! (I know he loves me. I can feel it in his vibrations…)
Love is in the air!
Silver & Iron united in harmony – special occasion ring designed and made by Isabel Herrera
The bride and her bridge, together at last!
Beautiful light in the stairwell at the garden party
Special decorations by Teresa & Pierre in the lovely garden
Devil’s Food Cake and the ring!
Relaxing on top of the mountain at Can Rigall hotel – adorned with flowers by the wonderful Donna & Isabel
Send your CONGRATULATIONS! to the happy couple
Subscribe to + ART Cultural Nomads for the inside story published 1st July
Listen to Jodi Rose on ABC Radio Weekend Arts “Where I’m Calling From – The Pyrenees” Sat 15th Jun 2013
L’Independant Article Insolite: à Céret, Jodi s’est mariée avec le Pont du Diable 28th June
Thanks to the Artist in Residence program Association ART SUR TECH in collaboration with Mr. René Bantoure, Mayor of Arles-sur-Tech.
Thank you everyone for creating a magical celebration on this beautiful day!
Love, Mr & Mrs Rose Diable