The ketubah dates back. Waaaaay back. The ketubah is considered to be an important part of a traditional Jewish marriage, and confirms the rights and responsibilities of the groom as they apply to the bride and their marriage.
Typically, today’s engaged couples select a ketubah based on its text which depends on their Jewish affiliation and movement. A rabbi can help with this process or the couple can choose the ketubah themselves. Essentially, the words matter most. However, many modern couples select a ketubah that matches their lifestyle choices and their taste in art.
Art? Yes. Ketubot contain beautiful words so why should they not be surrounded by whimsical themes, bold art, or traditional motifs? There is no wrong or right art form to the ketubah. It should match the individual couple’s style or home decor. A beautiful, complementary frame really completes the look and serves as a reminder not only of the couple’s commitments to each other, but of their amazing wedding day as well.
Today, we tip our hats to the modern Jewish couple and the many beautiful modern styles of ketubot they can purchase.
From New World Ketubah by Rachel Deitsch:
From Ketubah Graphia:
From Ketubah Studio by MP Artworks:
From Modern Ketubah:
I (Yenta Nicky) had a yellow, silver, and blue wedding, so this inspiration board is a glimpse at some of my wedding details. My flowers consisted of blue hydrangeas and tulips mixed with white and yellow roses. My bridesmaids wore silver dresses from A.B.S by Allen Shwartz. Eric and I found frames at Michael’s which we painted for our centerpieces, and filled with sand and hand-picked from the beach seashells, since our wedding took place overlooking the ocean. Our wedding cake from Hansen’s Cakes was accented with blue ribbon and hydrangeas. We found small silver and blue polka dotted frames at Target to use as guest table name cards! We even had blue and white M&M’s personalized with our names and wedding date on them which we put into a silver bucket for guests to enjoy. I wanted to stick with a color scheme that was easy to work with, and had lots of wiggle room for DIY (do-it yourself) projects. Any variation of yellow can work with silver and blue, and you can always eliminate one of the colors and just go with yellow and blue, blue and silver, you get the idea ;)!
Let them eat cake? Sure, okay!
Let them eat vintage cake! Well, vintage in looks, not in actual age because that would be gross.
But vintage-looking cakes are all the rage. Lacy tiers of confection-y goodness make for a beautiful centerpiece on its own little table at your wedding reception. When dreaming up your vintage wedding cake, think about frostings in whites, creams, and pastels. Details like dots, scrolling, and floral motifs should fill up your cake. And your cake stand can complement your vintage dessert if its an ornate metallic piece like gold or silver. If you go for a cake topper, consider birds, scripted monogram initials, or an old fashioned bride and groom figures (this is where you can actually be vintage; borrow your mom’s or grandma’s!)
The fillings and cake flavor can be your choice. It’s the outside the counts. Of course, that’s not what you say about your groom-to-be, but in the world of cakes, it’s all about looks!
The secret to Lindsey and Jody’s bond is simple, sports! The now newlyweds met while attending the University of Arizona, where both were working at KOLD Channel 13 News in the sports department. To be completely fair, Lindsey was considered “Jody’s Intern.” They spent countless hours covering Arizona athletics, and a friendship quickly formed. While Jody was impressed by Lindsey’s knowledge and passion of sports, it was her childhood love of the Houston Rockets and Center Hakeem Olajuwon – Jody’s hometown basketball team and idol – that really caught Jody’s attention. It wasn’t until a few years later, with 2,400 miles between them while Lindsey was attending law school in Michigan and Jody was living in San Francisco, when the two realized that they could have something special. All it took was for Lindsey to move to San Francisco, mixed in with a little fog, some rain, a lot of cold weather, and some bad parking…and the rest is history.
Mazel tov, Lindsey and Jody!
Venue – Grand Tradition Estate’s Arbor Terrace
Photographer & Videographer – Del Rio Studios
Entertainment – Wayne Foster Entertainment
Floral Design & Linens – Nobutama Wedding Studio
Invitations – Shirley Scharff Invitations & Judaica
Makeup Artist – Brian Bond of Foxxy Roxxy Make-Up Artistry
Wedding Cake – Jodee’s Bakery
Ketubah – Ketubah.com
Bridal Gown – Vera Wang
Bridal Shoes – Badgley Mischka – Nordstrom
Formal Wear – Friar Tux
Bride & Groom’s Transportation – Fifth Avenue Limousines
In honor of President’s Day today, we may not be at work or school, but still can plan weddings! We want to pay tribute to some beautiful weddings throughout our nation’s history. It’s interesting to go back in time and see the many different trends of weddings through the decades of the 20th and 21st centuries. From the dresses to the cakes, my how things have changed! But one thing’s for sure, the presidential families know how to make weddings beautiful.
While we haven’t yet had a presidential Jewish wedding (unless you count President Clinton’s daughter’s wedding), we can definitely get ideas from some of our country’s leaders or their family members and retroactively wish these couples a hearty “mazel tov” anyway!
President and First Lady Obama
President Clinton and daughter Chelsea
President and First Lady Kennedy
Jenna Bush and Henry Hager
President and First Lady Reagan
John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette
President Johnson with daughter Lynda and son-in-law Charles Robb
President and First Lady Clinton