"Shonna - thank you for all your hard (long-distance!) work on our chuppa and ketubah. They are the first things people notice in our home and we are very proud of them!"
Creating a custom wedding or anniversary ketubah is a spiritual encounter between the life partners and the artist. Among the three of us, a design is ushered forth.
The initial step is usually a 30-60 minute phone conversation or personal session, depending on the couple's distance, during which I interview you about your relationship, background, common interests and spiritual pursuits. From this conversation, I prepare 6-12 sketches and fax the design options to you. You then choose one or two, and a synthesis design is created with your favorite elements.
My style is wide-ranging. I create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that represent personal stories and reflect your unique relationship. Some people prefer modern, asymmetrical, bold styles, others prefer traditional, centered designs with detailed borders. My goal is to create an heirloom artwork you will cherish.
The text is entirely your choice. I recommend that couples write some of it themselves, as vows from your own heart. This time and thought makes your ketubah that much more meaningful and personal. Your English text can then be translated to Hebrew, or other languages if desired. You can also use standard, traditional texts from any denomination, and I can point you towards resources for these options. I like to be flexible to serve your needs, and to create an heirloom document for you that reflects your personal style and individuality.
The ketubah to the left includes a favorite wedding phrase from the Song of Songs along the top border:
"Ani L'Dodi v'Dodi Li"
I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine.