Julie & Justin’s Sweet Home Chicago Wedding

How do I describe how incredibly exciting Julie and Justin’s wedding was for me?

Here are Julie and I, back in the day. Please don’t judge the outfits.

 As if celebrating the marriage of one of your oldest friends is not enough… but Julie also asked me to create a totally custom ketubah for her and her lovely fiance, Justin!

Let me tell you a little bit about J&J.  If they were a drink, they would be craft beer, if they were a sport, they would be baseball, if they were shoes, they’d be tennis shoes and if they were a city… well, nobody is more Chicago than Julie and Justin.  And Chicago also happens to be one of my favorite cities in the whole wide world.

Here they are together. Aren’t they the cutest couple?

So, of course, for their ketubah, Julie and Justin wanted it to be all about the Windy City. In fact, they had a very concrete idea (pun intended… wait for it). They wanted the art for their ketubah to be inspired by the view out of their window. And I mean, if this was the view out of your window, wouldn’t you want that too?


And so the fun began.

First, I sketched and presented J&J with two ideas

Here is idea A. It was a horizontal layout with the view split between three windows:

And here is idea B. It was a more literal representation, focused on the skyline view from their South-facing window.

My scanner was on the fritz, so they forgave the terrible picture quality and went with sketch B.

They also wanted to swap out the snowy scene with an autumn one. I, too, would take crunchy leaves over slushy snow.

So I huffed, and I puffed, and….

and… Tadaaa!

And here is the ketubah all dressed up on their wedding day.

Julie and Justin liked their ketubah so much, they even made their invitations out of it! What a treat for me to get one of these in the mail…

And some wedding giveaways…

And I mean, seriously, have you ever seen a more beautiful wedding?

Nothing like a sweet couple in sweet home Chicago!


Mazel tov Julie and Justin! What a treat it was to celebrate with you.

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