The Modern Ketubah Blog

In this blog I discuss what goes into creating fine art wedding ketubah, as well as ideas about wedding ceremonies and traditions, and answer some of the questions and comments from the couples I've worked with.

From Shelby and Daniel

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“While I did research for the wedding, I came across the Jewish tradition of ketubbot. Even though Daniel and I are non-Jews, we both loved the custom. We wanted to sign a religious marriage covenant, not just a secular marriage license. We decided on a Modern Ketubah ketubah, because the design is artistic and the text fits who we are. I can already envision the Tulip ketubah having in our bedroom. As for text, you allowed us to customize it to reflect our Christian faith while honoring the ketubah’s Jewish origin.”

Shelby and Daniel chose my Tulip ketubah.

New ketubah designs for 2008

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I have just released seven new ketubah designs for Modern Ketubah. I created these new ketubahs from my some of my most recent photographs of lilies, roses, wildflowers and leaves. If you are interested in learning about how I got about creating these new ketubah designs, please read this post on my fine art photography blog.

Here are two of the seven new ketubah designs: Horizon Ketubah and Wildflower Ketubah.

Wildflower Ketubah from Modern Ketubah ©Daniel Sroka Horizon Ketubah from Modern Ketubah ©Daniel Sroka

You can find all of my new ketubah designs here.

a memorable part of our wedding

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Katie sent me this sweet photograph from her ketubah signing ceremony, along with the note: “I wanted to thank you so much for designing our beautiful ketubah! We absolutely love it and have received many comments on it. Thank you again for your quick and professional attention to such a delicate and memorable part of our wedding.”

Modern Ketubah: Katie at her ketubah signing

For their ketubah, Katie and Matt’s chose my Center Ketubah, in the large (15″ x 20.5″) size.

From Beth and Chris

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Here are a couple sweet photographs from Beth and Chris’ ketubah signing:

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Beth and Chris chose my Autumn Gold ketubah of a Japanese maple leaf.

New texts for interfaith couples

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Modern Ketubah is proud to now offer interfaith couples three new texts written specifically for them. I have written these new texts to honor how an interfaith marriage represents the coming together of two traditions, a merging of two different families into one new, stronger one. Here are a sample of what each new Interfaith text says:

  • Interfaith 1: “Our lives are now forever intertwined. Our similarities will bind us, our differences will enrich us, and our love will define us.”
  • Interfaith 2: “We approach this ketubah as two individuals with different backgrounds and individual lives, but shall leave it as one couple, one family, joined in love and commitment to each other.”
  • Interfaith 3: “We will create a home built on the foundations of our traditions, and nurtured by the values of our families.”

Learn about all of the options you have available for your interfaith ketubah. To read these new texts, visit my page on text options for your ketubah and choose Interfaith 1, Interfaith 2, or Interfaith 3 from the menu for English texts.

New poetic verses for interfaith couples

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Modern Ketubah is proud to now offer interfaith couples new choices to better customize their ketubahs. Each of my ketubah features a large poetic verse incorporated into the design. These verses usually come from Jewish tradition, such as “Ani l’dodi v’dod li” (I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine), which a very popular phrase for Jewish weddings which comes from the Song of Solomon. To help interfaith couples make their ketubah more inclusive of both of their traditions, I have added a number of new poetic verses from a variety of non-traditional and non-religous sources, including Thoreau and Ghandi. Through these words, any couple should be able to find a sentiment that best expresses what their ketubah means for them:

“Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.” (Henry Thoreau)
“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” (Victor Hugo)
“To live without loving is not really to live.” (Moliere)
“Where there is love there is life.” (Gandhi)
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” (Aristotle)

These verses can be added to any of my designs. To see all of the verses available for your ketubah, visit my page on options for your ketubah. If you have a suggestion for another verse, please let me know.

The ketubah was a huge hit!

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Nicole and Jonathan sent me these beautiful photos of their ketubah signing, saying “We want you to know that the Ketubah was a huge hit — everyone loved it! Thank you for creating such a special Ketubah for us. It’s a beautiful piece of artwork in our home!”

Nicole and Jonathan signing their ketubah, designed by Daniel Sroka

Nicole and Jonathan's ketubah is 'Petals' by Daniel Sroka

Nicole and Jonathan’s ketubah is ‘Petals‘, a design I created from one of my photographs of a gerbera daisy. The photographs of the signing ceremony were done by Emile Marino.

If you’d like to share photos of your own ketubah signing, I’d be honored to show them. Just let me know.

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