Table set for the Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage
In the Orthodox Church Source
"The mystery of marriage was established by God in Paradise.. Marital union is therefore not a consequence of the fall but something inherent in the primordial nature of human beings... In fact in an Orthodox understanding, the goal of marriage is that man and woman should become one, in the image of the Holy Trinity, whose three Persons are essentially united in love....'When husband and wife are united in marriage, they are no longer seen as something earthly, but the image of God Himself.' St John Chrysostom. The mutual love of the two partners in marriage becomes life-giving and creative when a child is born." Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev in The Mystery of Faith, p. 149 to 154, Dalton-Longman-Todd Ltd, London 2007
"Husbands, never call her simply by her name, but with terms of endearment, with honors, with much love. Honor her and she will not need honor from others, she will not want the glory that comes from others, if she enjoys that which comes from thee. Prefer her before all on every account, both for her beauty and her discernment, and praise her."
St John Chrysostom in Homily XX On the Letter to the Ephesians Source