The chuppah, or wedding canaopy means 'that which convers or floats above', and symbolizes the new home being formed by the bride and groom. The prescence of parents and attendants under the chuppah with Matt and Linda illustrates that they are not being married in a void, nor will they build their future home in isolation. Rather, Matt and Linda each come with family and close friends who lend stability and strength to the marriage. The presence of family and friends under the chuppah also allows Matt and Linda to establish the tradition of hospitality (Hachnassat Orchim) in their new home. This is reminiscent of Abraham's dwelling open on all sides so that visitors would always know they were welcome.