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A caterer at a suburban country club wedding approached longtime Reader contributors Michelle Litvin and Bill Stamets and asked when the bride and groom were going to cut the cake. We have no idea--ask them, they said. "You're supposed to tell them," the caterer snapped. "What kind of photographers are you, anyhow?"

As their pictures attest, Litvin and Stamets are the kind of photographers who document rather than direct. "We let the wedding happen, we don't make the wedding," says Litvin, who's married to Stamets.

Starting this Saturday, the couple's photos will be exhibited, along with work by eight other local photographers, as part of "The Wedding Festival," a monthlong series of performances, lectures, films, and other events examining the marriage ritual at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Members of the Muntu Dance Theatre will kick off the live programs by performing traditional movements and music from west African weddings, next Thursday, June 1, at 5:30 PM. Also next week is "Here Comes the Bride," a fashion show featuring traditional bridal wear from the Philippines, Palestine, Morocco, India, Greece, China, and other countries, Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 4 PM. The Chicago Cultural Center is at 78 E. Washington: for more information on upcoming events, call 346-3278.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photos/Bill Stamets; Michelle Litvin.

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