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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Andrew and Julie's Chuppah!


February 18, 2012 - Andrew and Julie's Wedding Day!!!!!!!

The chuppah typically consists of a square cloth made of silk, wool, velvet or cotton. For this special event, they asked me to make them a quilted chuppah.


A chuppah is a Jewish wedding canopy with four open sides. The wedding ceremony occurs under the chuppah.

The chuppah is then supported by four poles. For ours, I designed the framed structure and Andrew constucted it with help from Julie's aunt and uncle.

The chuppah symbolizes the new home that the couple will create. The ancient rabbis compared the chuppah to the tent of Abraham, found in a biblical story. Abraham was famed for his hospitality; his tent had entrances on all four sides so that travelers coming from any direction would have a door to enter.

Andrew and Julie took their vows under this chuppah in a beautiful interfaith ceremony led by Father Ed and Rabbi Ben.

The cloth will now hang in their new home (the one with walls). The frame was donated to Rabbi Ben for use by other couples.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It was an incredible honor, and such a beautiful, priceless treasure we will cherish for the rest of our lives together. And the frame, to bless many couples united in marriage "without walls"*

Love always,

Julie Rhodes

*http://www.benkamin.com/about.html

Anonymous said...

This is a beautifl quilt and has so much behind it! You are an awesome Dad!

Donna said...

Wayne, this piece alone is breathtaking. But to see it as the canopy and hung from the structure makes it the most special quilted piece I've even seen. Julie and Andrew are right - you are an awesome father!

Anonymous said...

Hey Kid:

This chuppah was absolutely amazing and only added to the love and warmth of such an incredible ceremony and setting. It was like a comforting shelter and loving embrace all from above.

xox

Anonymous said...

This is truly a beautiful piece. All your work is amazing, but this is fabulous. Love the fish quilt also.

(Donna's friend) Marj

Anonymous said...

beautifull.

casey mccarthy said...

Is that the quilt hanging over the bed? And is that really the couples bedroom, oh my!
I'm speechless
Casey