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I am from a large family so it follows that I have attended many weddings over my lifetime. I always look forward to them and the celebrations that follow. It's always thrilling to raise a glass in a toast to the couple. In this painting, the view of the newly married couple reminded me a bit of Pieter Bruegel's well-known wedding painting where the bride and groom are not immediately visible. Likewise, I placed the couple almost off the frame so that the focus would be on the gesture of the toast.
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