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.