Jeff and Heather decided upon a special
scene - the view seen from the window of the bride's bedroom in
the home in which she grew up. Working from photos she had taken
over the years and during several seasons, we recreated the woods
and the lake, as it would look in July, the month in which they
were married. Since Jeff had just recently completed walking the
2170 miles of the Appalachian Trail, we added a trail along the
edge of the lake, ending with a white blaze on a tree - the mark
of the AT - as the trail went into the woods. Just for fun, we
hid a bear in the woods to remind Jeff of some of his trail adventures.
David and Melicca chose Tikun
Olam, "To Save the World", for their chuppah theme.
It was a natural for them, as both work in social services, and
have dedicated their lives to repairing the world, one by one.
We built their world, sea, sky and mountains, from
old and new fabrics, some of which had been in the family for years.
Included are silks from Thailand, hand-screened flowers, and fish
in David's signature color, lime green. It's personalized with their
names, location of the wedding and the date. We added Bogie, their
beloved Golden Retriever (and ring bearer), and their unique wedding
Garden of the Gods
Julia and Josh went to the Garden of
the Gods in Colorado on their first date. For their chuppah they
asked us to show some of the beautiful red rocks as they remembered
them. Using postcards as guides, we chose one of their favorite
views and added their silhouettes superimposed on the rock wall
on the left. To further dramatize the rocks, as a background we
created a sunset in shades of yellow, oranges and purples, lavender
being their predominant wedding color. They chose to put their
names in the left-hand corner, leaving room other names as they
passed down the chuppah to future generations.
Rebekah and Jonathon loved the circle design. They responded to its meaning as life's cycle of renewal, one milestone following another, all flowing together as life progresses. We recreated the design in their wedding colors, deep pink, ivory and black, and were lucky enough to find all those colors in a beautiful piece of oriental fabric.
Interestingly enough, many of our newest clients have been choosing from the growing number of Asian fabrics which have become available in the last few years. These fabrics allow us to combine a wide variety of colors in cottons - making them far more reasonable than the silk and satins that were the only choices some time ago.
Karyn's Grandfather was known for his extensive collection of bow-ties, various colors and designs, some large, some small. Unfortunately, he passed away before the wedding and Karyn and her mother sought some way to include him in the ceremony. They came to us asking if we could use the bow-ties in a chuppah. After taking apart the bows and restoring the fabrics, we circled the words "Ani l'dodi v'dodi li" with Grandpa's neckties, each one hand-sewn to the chuppah backing. They loved it, and we hope you see that there are many ways to use family mementos in your chuppah.
Wendie and Ed's chuppah begins with Chai, illustrating
their new life and their new home. This complex design incorporates
a Native American medicine wheel, replicating the one owned by Ed,
signifying healing. Their two totems, the mountain lion and the
bear, identify both of them as unique individuals. Trees and flowers
border the chuppah. Butterflies, portraying birth, fly toward freedom.
Each ray of the sun has a Hebrew phrase or name. They
read Baruchim HaBaim, "Welcome to those who come, and Ani l'dodi,
v'dodi li, "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine"
from the Song of Songs.
Rebeccca and Sam selected a chuppah with a time-honored
design. Their marriage will be celebrated with all the ceremonies
and traditions of Judaism. We constructed a tallit, and wove garlands
of flowers between and around the stripes. The six-pointed star,
the "Magen David" is made from gilt-edged ribbon.
We've sketched in English names, dates and setting,
and can substitute whatever the bridal couple feel will be most
meaningful to them. We can do the name of the synagogue, their Hebrew
names and date, their vows, anything at all
of the Seasons
Jon and Lisa are people who love the outdoors
and are continually concerned with the impact they can make on the
environment. We created a circle representing the never-ending seasons
of the year. Jon and Lisa have a finely honed sense of responsibility
and work to ensure that their children will still be able to appreciate
the world as we know it.
They plan to pass this chuppah down through the generations,
la dor v'dor. We'll put their names and wedding date on the chuppah
at this time, and leave room to add the names and marriage dates
of their children when those times come.
The Horn Design, one of the most complex chuppahs
we've ever made, was based on a design by the bride's father. Michael
sent us a 6" x 6" sketch which we enlarged into a chuppah
which eventually spanned 7' x 12'. The center square was composed
of 4 layers of fabric: a background of Jerusalem stone, a dark circle
upon which is a flower shape, upon which is a panel containing the
bridal couple's intertwined initials. Within the petals of the flower
are birds and olive branches. At each corner of the square are grape
leaves and vines. Bordering the center design are long strips of
Jerusalem fabric. To complete this extremely intricate chuppah we
took 2 tallitot, belonging to the bride and groom's grandparents,
and carefully attached to them to each side. To assure that these
100 year-old tallitot wouldn't pull or tear we backed them with
netting. Since this chuppah was crafted to last for many generations,
no names were written on it. The center panel can be removed for
a new design of each couple's initials.
Zack and Katie asked for a design that showed each
of them individually and then tied them together. So we fashioned
Eagle River, Alaska for the bride's side and the Arizona desert
for the grooms'. In the center we show the house that they are building
together, held up by an "I" beam from the University of
Idaho where they met, and surrounded by the sports gear that is
important to both of them. Trees and flowers indicate the Alaskan
wilderness where they will reside.
When you both marry for a second time, and you and your groom bring five children together in a new family, it's tricky to figure out how to include them all in your ceremony. This chuppah is made of interwoven tallitot, belonging to various members of the new family. We carefully basted them to a background of see-through netting, so that none of the tallitot would be harmed and so that the chuppah could be taken apart after the wedding and the tallitot returned to their owners.