“Chester Church” an Oil Painting Inspiring a Wedding or Anniversary Gift Idea and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Poem “The Wedding Prayer”

Hi all,

What a great idea for a wedding gift or an anniversary gift–an oil painting of the church where the happy couple was married. Dan has been commissioned to paint several local churches. In some cases, the groom gave his bride a painting of the church as a wedding gift or an anniversary gift—just love these stories. Such a romantic tale. Also, do think of the holiday season…art is a great holiday gift!

"Chester Church"  Fine art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom
“Chester Church” a Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, Connecticut Artist

“Chester Church” is an oil painting of the United Church of Chester, Connecticut, which was founded in 1941 by the unification of two churches in Chester. One was the Congregational Church of Chester, founded in 1740 and the other was the Baptist Church of Chester, founded in 1822. The United Church of Chester is an “open and affirming” church, and is located not too far away from our house.

Dan has done several commissioned pieces of the church, and on a particular spring day the church was very atmospheric and mystical, and he felt that this composition was the right one for a painting. It seemed to be reaching from the white, blossomed flowering trees toward the heavens through a white veil. The steeple was presenting in a serene, surreal fashion, and he captured that moment on his canvas.

This is so beautiful…a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson ~~The Wedding Prayer~~

~ By Robert Louis Stevenson ~

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the health, the work, the food,
and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.


Robert Louis Stevenson, Poet

Robert Louis Stevenson, Poet

Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 3, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland and died on December 3, 1894. He wrote this beautiful wedding prayer and also “Treasure Island” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”—two wonderful books.

Enjoy your day…great visiting with you. Comments are always welcome!

This is us...Nancy, the blogger and Dan, the artist.

This is us...Nancy, the blogger and Dan, the artist

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