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A Grand Wedding and The Art Deco Ketubah–A Modern Jewish Marriage Contract

20 September 2008

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The Ketubah, a Jewish marriage contract outlining a couple’s commitment to one another, is an honor to create. Given pictures of the groom’s grandparents 1940s Art Deco style Ketubah, photos of grand interiors, and cutouts from magazines, I set to work designing a hip, modern take on the Art Deco Ketubah.

Working with the bride to create an homage to her beloved’s family yet incorporate the couple’s own aesthetic, I set to work painting in gouache the image of the tree and birds as well executing my own unique English and Hebrew alphabets in calligraphy.

The bride sent me the pictures following the wedding. Held at the Ruins in Seattle, it was most certainly an affair to be remembered. My jaw literally dropped; she was so beautiful and the wedding a spectacular gala event, reminiscent of a scene from The Great Gatsby or maybe Grand Hotel. I felt like a movie star myself to be in some way part of such a lovely Art Deco inspired scene.

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  1. September 20, 2008

    The result is wonderful, I can imagine that it was an honour to create it, very very nice!

  2. September 20, 2008

    This is the most gorgeous ketubah I have EVER seen!!! (and this includes mine, which I made on the night ofmy husbands bachelor party.)

  3. September 21, 2008

    I like this custom that you get to be a part of so often.

  4. September 22, 2008

    You are definitely correct at how lovely the wedding was! I lost my breath. Her dress! Her ring! Her beauty! wow.

  5. September 22, 2008

    this one is amazing–I love how you really get a feel for the couple and capture their essence in such a wonderful way…you are so super talented!

  6. September 22, 2008

    It turned out beautifully, Cara!

  7. September 22, 2008

    Wow what a beautiful job you did on something so meaningful to both of them. Your handwritten pieces were brilliantly coupled with the natural scene. beautiful colors, fantastic work!!They are an insanely handsome couple and it looks like their day was perfect due to all the smiles šŸ™‚ Her dress was amazing but that cake!!! Looked pretty yummy!

  8. September 23, 2008

    Beautiful

  9. September 23, 2008

    The Ketubah is lovely…the wedding photos…WOW!

  10. September 23, 2008

    How beautiful!..and The Great Gatsby you say!.. one of my favourite films ever…with the most beautiful costumes. I wonder if they’re going to be doing some sort of remake any time soon. Although Robert Redford and Mia Farrow were perfect in it.

  11. September 26, 2008

    You created a beautiful Ketubah!

  12. September 29, 2008

    Spectacular all the way around. What a gorgeous, classy event, and what a special piece you created for them. Loverly!

  13. October 2, 2008

    I love what you’ve created here, but even more to hear about how carefully you thought about it, and what influenced you. The name the Ruins does nothing to prepare you for how lovely the place is. I can only imagine how your bride must have looked. And you were such an important part of her day!Wonderful.

  14. December 10, 2008

    your ketubahs are GORGEOUS! i’ve done five or six of them, and WHOA are they labor intensive… but very rewarding when finished.

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