19Feb

The Perfect Click: Connection Ketubah

The Perfect Click: Connection Ketubah

No matter what you do in life, it is always about that special connection: the way you connect with your emotions, your work, your environment, and especially people. The connection we build or fail to achieve with certain people seems to be one of the most complex matters in life - and the most important. Not everyone can click, and you won't be able to feel that unique connection with every person you meet. And while that may sound scary, it is also kind of relieving - knowing that we aren't meant for everyone and that the right kind of connection will happen only with the people who are truly meant to be in our lives.

One of the most special connections we can establish in our lives is with our friends. They say that friends are the family we choose, and it takes a very strong connection for someone to be considered family when they're not indeed related. The foundation of a friendly connection incorporates unlimited trust, loyalty, love, and above everything else - respect. One can have many acquaintances and meet many people, but only a few can be considered true friends and acquired family, which is a connection that never fades.

A connection that is often considered the strongest is love between two people who have both felt that spark. They say that we're all bound to find our soulmate, and when we do, it is an instant, undeniable connection that everyone will notice. This strong, beautiful connection is the essence of life and the true meaning of happiness. Our connection inspired ketubah collection portrays the connection between two people which escalates into a loving union, symbolized by a ketubah. One of our connection ketubah designs could be the testimony of the connection you and your loved one feel and celebrate.

The Love Entwined ketubah design represents unity and connection by portraying two trees intertwining. This connection inspired ketubah represents merging of two lives, which have forever been joined in marriage. It also emphasizes and celebrates the fact that the two trees, representing each of the union members, are still individuals, as their branches are meeting and combining - symbolizing their connection. What's special about this particular connection ketubah design is that it also combines your Ketubah and the Signing Board. Your guests will get to leave their own mark on your custom ketubah by imprinting their fingerprints! This way your ketubah will not only symbolize the connection you have with your spouse, but it will also eternalize the friendships and family relations.


17Feb

In the Land of Pasta and Wine: Italy Ketubah

In the Land of Pasta and Wine: Italy Ketubah

They say that once you've been to Italy, there's no way you're not coming back for more. Italy is truly a magnetic, captivating country with more sights, wonders, and beautiful destinations than we could name. Located in the south-central part of Europe, this boot-shaped country is one of the most famous tourist destinations, counting thousands of visits every single year. No wonder people are absolutely head over heels for Italy! What's there not to love about good food, fine wine, beautiful people, and breathtaking sights anyway?

Italy is well-known for its exquisite cuisine, including popular dishes such as pizza, lasagna, gelato, and of course - pasta. Italian dishes are loved and made all over the world, although they say you haven't had pizza until you've tried it in Italy. There's a reason for food lovers to consider Italy for next vacation!

While Paris may be the ultimate city of love, Venice is most certainly a close runner-up. Venice is most known for its Grand Canal, 3,8 km long, where people enjoy romantic Gondola rides. When it comes to the incredible popularity of this destination in Italy, the numbers speak for themselves: roughly 15 million people visit Venice every year, and it is certainly not a rare sight seeing a proposal happening in a Gondola.

Italy is also a country of great artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Bernini, Michelangelo, and Raphael, as well as many other world-famous sculptors, painters, and architects. It is precisely art and architecture that draws so many people to Italy, where some of the world's finest art pieces and architectural wonders are located. Only in Italy can you see the cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, as well as the most famous painting in the history of art - Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci.

Wine lovers will find their oasis in Tuscany and its famous vineyards, where some of the finest wines in the world are manufactured. A fascinating fact about Italy and wine is that Italy is the leading manufacturer of wine in the entire world. Italy is not only a country of food, art, and wine. Milan is known as the capital of fashion, and its Fashion Week brings the biggest names of the fashion industry to Italy every single year.

The Modena ketubah design is inspired by the Jews of Italy - Modena in particular, and their ketubah, which combined elegance and the turbulent traditional Jewish life.


07Feb

Beauty, Purity, and Rebirth: Lotus Ketubah

Beauty, Purity, and Rebirth: Lotus Ketubah

The symbolism of lotus flower is quite straightforward and self-explanatory, even if you aren't familiar with its various cultural and historical representations. Just seeing a lotus flower in a muddy, murky pond is such a deeply contrasting, inspiring imagery. Who would've thought that something so glorious and captivating as a lotus flower could ever emerge from such a dark, seemingly dead place?

The story about lotus flowers is an inspiring story about growth, development, and hope that even darkness and negativity can lead to glory and that our environment doesn't completely determine our destiny and future. The lotus flower story is a tale of an underdog who has risen to glory despite all the difficulties and barriers along the way.

When it comes to its symbolism in many different cultures, lotus has mainly been associated with the notions of beauty and purity. In Buddhism, the lotus represents loyalty and spiritual awakening, given the environment and conditions it emerges from. Lotus is also seen as a flower of rebirth and new starts, also thanks to its inspiring fight with the grueling conditions of its habitat. It also stands for spiritual enlightenment, as it opens up to the sun every morning which suggests inner strength and the hope of a new day.

When it comes to ancient Egyptians and their culture, there is a strong and undeniable presence of the symbolism of lotus flower. In the Egyptian culture, lotus flowers (mainly portrayed in blue color) stand for rebirth, since the lotus closes at night, and then opens up again in the morning, which inspired the Egyptians to associate this flower with the adored Sun and its natural cycle. In certain hieroglyphics depicting the birth of the Sun, the lotus flower bears the Sun as it emerges from the water. On the other hand, lotus has also been associated with the notion of death. Ancient Egyptians believed that if a person was transformed into lotus, they would be granted rebirth.

The Lotuses and Peonies ketubah represents these flowers in all their colorful, mesmerizing glory. This lotus ketubah design is exactly what you get when you combine the boldness of modern art with the rich cultural and historical symbolism of the lotus. Whether you're fascinated with its symbolism, the ancient tales and beliefs, or you're simply a fan of lotus flowers and the aesthetics they bring to the table, we're quite positive you'll enjoy this vibrant lotus ketubah design.


29Jan

Go Back to the Impactful, Mystical Era: Victorian Ketubah

Go Back to the Impactful, Mystical Era: Victorian Ketubah

People are either absolutely fascinated with the Victorian era, or they find its reforms, conventions, and consequences too strict, but there is absolutely no in-between. An era so fascinating, groundbreaking, and core-shaking as the Victorian period is bound to create some sort of reaction, whether you like it or not. While some would argue that the entire ideology behind this period has completely vanished with the reign of Queen Victoria, others would strongly disagree, being able to point out so many deep marks of this time. Whether you agree with the methods and rules the Victorian era has imposed on people, its glory and enormous historical importance are undeniable.

When it comes to society, culture, and moral, the Victorian era proposed theories and conventions that many would consider outdated and long gone. The 19th century brought the domination of the church, religion, and rigid moral norms that were believed to be the foundation of a healthy, stable Victorian society. One of the objectives of the Victorian era was to end slavery once and for all, especially among the most affected social groups - women and children. However, taking the flourishment of child labor in the Victorian era into consideration, as well as more than obvious gender inequality, it is safe to say that this period was extremely paradoxical.

On the other hand, what is pretty straightforward about the Victorian era is its magnificent impact on architecture and art, that will surely live forever, Victorian architecture is considered a unique blend of various architectural styles throughout history, thanks to which we are able to enjoy the Palace of Westminister, Royal Albert Hall, and numerous other astonishing objects. Of course, let's not forget the Victorian era in literature, including Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, and many other names whose influence and work have shaped the literature as we know it today.

The Steampunk ketubah design is a unique blend of everything the Victorian era represents: passion, love, unique fashion, as well as a characteristic color scheme and scenery. Even though this is a Victorian era-inspired ketubah representing tradition and history, it still nurtures the recognizable bold modern art vibe you expect to see in all our ketubah designs. Fans of the Victorian era, the intricate Art Nouveau movement, as well as the steamboat genre, will particularly enjoy this romantic ketubah design. Make sure to take a look at our other Victorian ketubah pieces!


20Jan

Live Your Own Fairy Tale: Fairy Tale Ketubah

Live Your Own Fairy Tale: Fairy Tale Ketubah

Who doesn't love fairy tales? Some may think that this is a strictly girly topic, but we strongly disagree. Fairy tales inspire us all, regardless of gender, age, and views. Most times in life we don't get to see the happy ending, and love doesn't conquer it all, but in fairy tales happiness, joy, and justice are granted, which is always a nice break from reality. Nevertheless, we can all build our own fairy tale, write our own scenario, and most importantly - pick the protagonist. Perhaps real-life fairy tales aren't perfect, and as magical, but when shared with the right person, they can turn out to be even better.

In every single fairy tale, we have the good and the bad, the virtues and the vices, the light and the darkness. The villains in fairy tales try to corrupt the virtuous, righteous protagonists, lure them into temptation, or destroy their happiness. On the other hand, positive characters in a fairy tale are fighting in the name of justice, love, friendship, and peace.

In real life, we don't live in fairy tale castles, fight dragons and mystical creatures, or make pacts with enchantresses, but we certainly do encounter challenges, temptations, and evil. We experience ups and downs and battles, and even though we don't have magical powers or creatures from fairy tales by our side in these moments, those lucky enough have their own fairy mothers, princes and princesses.

In fact, fairy tales aren't that different from realistic stories, since the same principles apply. In both fairy tales and the real world, love is the essence of life, the true and only meaning, the biggest power, and the strongest motivation. It brings people together, settles their differences, and gives them the strength to overcome obstacles. Just like in fairy tales, in real life, too, after hardships we are bound to experience better times, and there is certainly a light at the end of the tunnel. And the best part about the fairy tale you're living is that it is real, it belongs to you, and you get to share it with whomever you want!

Once Upon a Dream ketubah is truly a magical, mesmerizing, enchanting fairy tale ketubah design, which has fairy tale written all over it. Inspired by Sleeping Beauty, the ultimate fairy tale we all love, it portrays a couple in love dancing in a ballroom. This ketubah design captures emotion, romance, and love between a couple who are enjoying their dance as if they were the only two people in the world - an emotion newlyweds can certainly relate to.


03Jan

Your Personal Time Machine: Retro Ketubah

Your Personal Time Machine: Retro Ketubah

With the overflow of new styles, trends, and movements, in the midst of the urban chaos and the sea of innovations, somehow, retro has found its way back. Its comeback wasn't all that sudden, however. Over the years, we have witnessed different retro waves returning, one by one, and surprisingly gaining the sympathies of millennials who weren't even around when these styles were at their prime. It may seem counterintuitive, but the bigger modern revolutions we experience, the more we seem to be melancholic about everything retro. What is it about the retro and past times that draws us back in and makes us embark on a trip down the memory lane? Retro is simply a testimony of great times and a way to relive or be a part of that greatness, even with a single piece of clothing, furniture, or your ketubah!

Retro, as a concept and a term, has been used since the 1960s. Retro has been used to describe melancholia and nostalgia people felt when it comes to the past, which they expressed through literature and art mostly. Today, we recognize retro motifs and ideas in many different areas.

Retro, as a powerful wave in fashion, music, film, interior, and art, represents an accumulation of the best that styles had to offer over the years. Therefore, we could define retro as a carefully executed selection of supreme elements that stood out in various eras and periods, which have earned their place in the modern world. The popularity of retro is a proof that quality indeed does not have an expiration date, and certain styles will truly live forever. Whether it has been triggered by people's dissatisfaction with the present or their melancholia, it is undeniable that the days gone by truly live through the retro style.

The Retro Ketubah is a gorgeous, colorful ketubah design which will take you straight back to the 1970s. This colorful ketubah embodies the elements of modern art: bold shapes and outlines, geometrical motifs, as well as vivid, bold colors, while still nurturing the retro spirit of the disco, passionate, ever-green '70s. We have been blessed with disco music back in the 1970s, and although those days are far behind, the retro movement in music keeps the disco sound alive. This unique retro ketubah design unifies different retro motifs while keeping the modern, edgy, extravagant touch our ketubahs are known for. Head over to our retro ketubah gallery to check out our retro designs!

 


28Dec

Symbols of Peace and Eternal Love: Ketubah with Doves

Symbols of Peace and Eternal Love: Ketubah with Doves

The rich, widespread symbolism of doves includes so many different meanings and connotations, all of which are extremely positive. Since the beginning of time, doves have symbolized peace, love, unity, and fresh beginnings. We often see them at weddings, where they represent the holy union between two people in love in all its glory. Throughout the history of mankind, they have represented an escape from the darkest of times, a brand new start, and a ray of hope that was always much-needed. A white dove in the sky meant freedom, happiness, joy, and understanding among people, and it marked only the brightest of chapters.

The symbolism of doves dates back to ancient Mesopotamia, where doves were seen as symbols of love. In fact, even one of their goddesses was believed to take the form of a dove, which signifies the importance of doves in paganism. When it comes to classical antiquity, goddess Aphrodite, mostly associated with beauty and love, found doves sacred and they were one of her prevalent symbols, hand in hand with roses and swans. One of the "living proofs" of the significance of doves in Greek mythology is that the Athenian Acropolis is decorated with sculptures of doves.

In Judaism, as well as Christianity, doves are related to the story of Noak's ark, in which a dove carrying an olive branch, signified the end of the flood and the beginning of a new life. In some religions and philosophies, doves signify human souls and their purity. Today, doves stand for peace and the idea of pacifism in politics, often appearing in various peace campaigns, protests, as well as monumental events such as the Olimpic Games.  A dove is such a strong symbol of peace that sometimes people who advocate the pacifist ideology are referred to as doves.

The Lovey Dovey ketubah design romantically depicts doves in all their beauty and glory. In this particular design, the focus is on a pair of doves, signifying love, unity, and marriage, while in the background there is a flock of doves. The emphasis on the two doves in love stands for their unique unity, and the way two people become one after their wedding, taking on the world together. The subtle, romantic setting, as well as a gentle color scheme, in combination with the sunset in the background, all contribute to the overall mesmerizing vibe of this gorgeous doves ketubah design.


17Dec

Mystery and Glory Married: Castle Ketubah

Mystery and Glory Married: Castle Ketubah

How many of you have dreamed of living in a castle? We know we certainly do! Who wouldn't want the fairytale life of living in a glorious, fascinating medieval castle, surrounded by luxurious objects, silk sheets, candles, and astonishing decor? Everything about castles is surrounded with a veil of a mystery many centuries old, and it is precisely the mystery and glory surrounding these beautiful objects that draws people to them. Many castles stand as testimonies of their owners' history and time. Even though many of the famous families and dynasties do not live in these castles anymore, their presence can still be felt in every inch of their castle, which is one of the biggest parts of their legacies.

Castles have appeared in the medieval period, built for royalty and noble families, and fortified due to safety reasons. Besides glamour, luxury, and comfort, these rich and important families needed their residences to be extremely secure and shielded from the enemy. Also, many castles were built in a way that would allow the guard to fight back from their position if needed. The fact that some castles survived through brutal wars and numerous hardships speaks of the impeccable and admirable architecture of that time.

Castles are often associated with the royal lifestyle and everything it entailed, including important historical events, grandiose parties, as well as glamorous and enchanting fashion of that time, such as hand-sewn gowns and suits. The interior of these castles stands as a "living" proof of the lifestyle of medieval people, which was far from dull and ordinary. However, the exterior may sometimes tell the other side of the story: the attacks the settlement suffered, the wars that the castle survived, and the claws of the time that, no matter how well-built the castle is, have dug into its walls. Luckily, many extravagant castles have been restored and preserved.

The Tim's World ketubah design, inspired by Tim Burton and his Corpse Bride theme, is a gorgeous piece of modern art which emphasizes and embraces the tempting darkness and sophistication of castles. The mysterious night atmosphere with a castle in the background is enriched with the addition of a couple representing love and romance even in an unorthodox, gloomy setting such as this one. This unique castle ketubah piece is perfect for admirers of Tim Burton's work, as well as couples who appreciate the unusual mixture of dark fairytale and romantic elements. Make sure to check out our special Castle Ketubah collection!


11Dec

The Symbol of Celebration: Henna Ketubah

The Symbol of Celebration: Henna Ketubah

We're sure you're quite familiar with henna, as its growing popularity is undeniable. However, not many people are aware of the fact that henna is much more than a temporary tattoo and a trend that comes and goes. Henna has a deep cultural and traditional meaning which stretches far beyond the obvious aesthetic aspect. Said to be originating from Ancient Egypt, the actual henna color is made of the dried leaves of a fragrant, tiny flower, which are turned into a powder and used not only for henna tattooing but also for hair and clothes dying. Certain records speak in favor of henna being a part of Cleopatra's beauty regime, and it has also been used in the mummification process since they painted the nails of mummies with it.

What we know as henna tattooing is actually referred to as Mehndi, symbolizing the act of  placing henna onto hands and feet. Henna is not exclusive to a single culture, nor does it have an universal, wide-spread meaning. In every single culture and tradition, henna symbolizes a different notion, and it is mostly used in rituals. For instance, in the Hindu culture, henna represents happiness, joy, offering, and spiritual awakening as it is painted on the bride, symbolizing the beginning of a new era in her life. On the other hand, Maroccans believe that henna will bring them prosperity and protect them of any evil if they paint their doors with it.

Nonetheless, the differences in henna do not only regard the symbolism. Different traditions require different henna shapes, lines, and patterns, hence the floral design and fine lines in Indian culture, as opposed to larger Arabic henna and bold African henna with more geometrical shapes. Flower henna is one of the most popular henna designs, especially in Indian culture where it is believed to symbolize joy and happiness. Henna buds, which we can also see in modern designs, stand for a new start, which is why we often see them in bridal henna, as well as the palms of future mothers. Another popular design is peacock henna, which unsurprisingly signifies beauty.

The Henna Love ketubah design is perfect for a Hindu-Jewish wedding and a couple who would like to incorporate a piece of this beautiful, meaningful tradition in their own love story. Even if you're just a fan of the henna movement, you'll absolutely love the detailed, sophisticated look of this henna ketubah design.


07Dec

Be the Architects of Your Own Love Story: Architecture Inspired Ketubah

Be the Architects of Your Own Love Story: Architecture Inspired Ketubah

The beauty of architecture is in creating something truly unique and being able to enrich the world with new and personal ideas and projects. While the contribution the architecture makes to the world is enormous and extremely special, each and every one of us has the opportunity to leave our own mark on this world, whatever it is that we do. Not only can we leave something to be remembered by through our careers, but through our very existence, too. We are all the architects of our own lives, and we're only provided with rough drafts. How we decide to construct and organize them is up to us, the master architects.

Architecture is our silent guide through the history of the world. The books and testimonies may lie but the buildings, fortresses, castles, and walls cannot. In architecture, we can read hidden messages, recognize patterns, truly understand periods and people, and witness the chronological development of our civilization, through wars and hardships, as well as glorious times. It is amazing how different styles in architecture can paint the picture of that historical period so vividly and originally. Each and every movement in the architecture portrays the characteristics of that particular period. Therefore, we could perceive architecture as the mirror of time; the patient witness of history.

The history of architecture gives us the opportunity to travel through time and learn about different styles, especially when it comes to those that haven't been preserved, unfortunately. It is truly fascinating to see how architecture developed through time, from pure functionality to a perfect mix of comfort, quality, and aesthetics. People learned to focus not only on the pragmatic aspect but on the beauty of architecture which shapes the world we live in. Also, in the architecture of different periods, we are able to recognize the traces of the routines, lifestyles, and interests of people who lived in that time.

The Brooklyn Bridge BW architecture-inspired ketubah celebrates the architecture pearl of not only New York but the entire world. The black and white design of this architecture-inspired ketubah piece emphasizes the simplicity, elegance, and undeniable chic style of the modern art. This ketubah also incorporates the city skyline in the background, creating a peaceful, serene representation of the city any New Yorker would appreciate. This particular ketubah design, as well as other pieces from our architecture-inspired collection, is a perfect choice for architects or those who simply appreciate the beauty and value of architecture.


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