Florence In Love papercut ketubah for a destination wedding in Italy

May 27, 2019

Detail of a custom papercut ketubah made to commemorate the destination wedding to Italy. Woodland Papercuts by Naomi Shiek
Even intimate celebrations are worthy of a cherished artwork to commemorate them. Such is the case with Alexandra & Shawn's destination wedding to Florence, Italy.

Alexandra was not my usual client as she wanted me to emphasize not nature but rather the spectacular man-made structures of Florence, Italy - namely the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. From my past work you'd assume this is not in my wheelhouse, but now, Florence is my dream vacation destination! I'm an art history buff and the Italian Renaissance is my favorite art era so I understood why she wanted to feature them in her ketubah. I knew these buildings would carry my handmade style well and I was thrilled to have this little bit of Italy in my studio!

As with all custom orders, we delved deeper into the couple's vision for their ideal ketubah. After our 1-on-1 consultation we added more elements to the design: like the statue garden of the Four Seasons Hotel they'll be married at, the logo for the local restaurant where they'll be having their rehearsal dinner, the couple's initials, the bride's flowers, and the lace pattern of Alexandra's wedding gown. All in a white and gold color scheme worthy of a Medici. Or at least a modern descendant:)
Handmade custom papercut artwork, this papercut ketubah was commissioned for a destination wedding in Florence, Italy.
13X19 inches | Ivory, Gold Leaf
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Handmade papercut wedding art; a papercut ketubah made to enshrine the couple's wedding vows to each other as a wedding gift.
My favorite detail of the design is the gate peeking from the tree foliage, which is the central gate in the hotel gardens. That's just the illustrator in my, though. The design went though several variations in my studio because I couldn't decide on the placement of the structures - each is such magnificent masterpiece in itself! But I made it in the end and sent it to the client who luckily quickly approved of my choice.

Because the ketubah will be flying from the US to Italy the bride asked me to have the text layer separate from the papercut layer, a request which also informed the design I created. It's sad for me that the entire piece will not get to bask in Italian sunshine, but no-checked-luggage is always best. 
Handmade custom papercut gift for destination wedding to Florence, Italy. By Woodland Papercuts by Naomi Shiek.
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