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The Art Nouveau Ketubah

21 December 2008

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Finally, after three odd years, I sifted through all my Art Deco wedding photos. Despite a constant conversation with myself about why I chose to wear that particular hairstyle, I love my wedding pictures. Reminding me of joy and insanity, friends and family, the photos serve to highlight that blur of a day. I do not know if I would have remembered Uncle Stu wearing a tuxedo with a clown nose or “Redbeef” (my husband’s roommate from college) donning a kelly green suit and matching top hat.

However, while photos jog the memory of a place and time, the ketubah, or Jewish marriage contract, serves to remind the couple of the emotion felt, the feelings had.

The Art Nouveau inspired Ketubah pictured is just that. An original design painted in gouache, the stylized waves are reminiscent of the bride and groom’s time in Santa Cruz, where they met many years ago. Contacting me personally to execute both the text and design, it was a joy to create. The text, Art Nouveau inspired English and Hebrew calligraphy, is their vows: promises to each other to be met over a lifetime.

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  1. December 21, 2008

    Happy Hannukah! xoh

  2. December 21, 2008

    It’s really lovely–and what a sweet thing to sift through the wedding photos–aren’t they precious, even the “outtakes”?

  3. December 22, 2008

    I think I gather from your blog post that you’re Jewish, so I guess “Merry Christmas” wouldn’t be correct? I’ll try Happy Holidays =) I hope you’ll have a lovely time either way – I think most people of Jewish origin in Norway actually celebrate Christmas. The holidays are just as much about celebrating the light that’s returning up here in the North!Trudi

  4. December 22, 2008

    Happy Hannukah!

  5. December 29, 2008

    These are my favorite component of all your art. Where did you learn the calligraphy skills?Thanks also for all the compliments on my little hat. They came at such a good time!

  6. December 30, 2008

    Happy 2009 (I have written a post on how to survive it)HugsDi

  7. December 31, 2008

    I’ve missed wishing you a happy Hanukkah so will move right into wishing you a joyous new year.I hope that 2009 brings even more creativity and magic to you, more than you even expect. Happy new year!ps. My friends love their magnets.xoxo

  8. January 4, 2009

    Sounds wonderful – always nice to go through old photos and wonder why? or get a big smile!

  9. January 7, 2009

    Hope you enjoyed your holidays..Have a wonderful New Year..

  10. January 9, 2009

    Simply beautiful 🙂 I recently sorted through all my photos too, wedding & otherwise. It was a lot of fun to look back over so many fun times and get a chuckle again. If someone had worn a green suit to my wedding I'm not sure it would be a memory I could easily forget lol!

  11. February 4, 2009

    Its a really lovely blog, very nice arts depicted on your blog

  12. February 7, 2009

    I absolutely adore your work!

  13. February 19, 2009

    I really wish that I was Jewish so that I could have you make one for me. This one is stunning.

  14. March 5, 2009

    Your blog is beautiful.Cher 🙂

  15. September 27, 2011

    One of the most important customs in Jewish wedding is the Ketubah, this is like marriage contract that needed to be signed by the couples in front of the rabbi and witnesses. This Modern Ketubah not only symbolizes the wedding but at the same time created to protect the wife and her future children’s welfare.

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