Fruits of Life
This Wedding Vow Celebration was designed for inter-ethnic same sex couple, however, the texts can be used for any ethnicity, religious orientation, or heterosexual and same-sex couples. The text includes the famous passage about love from the Bible as well as secular texts. The design uses the elements of the Middle East (pomegranates) as the groom has ties to that region, while the blue reference the Mediterranean, the country of birth for the other partner. Overall inspiration was cloisonne paintings from the Qing dynasty with its use of bright colors and auspicious symbols.
Symbolism within the Design
-Pomegranates- Symbol of fertility and marital happiness across cultures but especially prominent in the middle-east
-Verdant tree- Symbol of fullness of life
-Love birds- self explanatory
-Bamboo- Bamboo is simple of good luck and fortune in East Asian cultures- here it is referenced as a "frame" on the design
Calligraphic Script Used
The calligraphic hand used is Batarde script, recalling the beautiful scripts used in illuminated bibles of the 15th century.
Please bring us big life and big love, deep life and deep love. May we see each other’s greatness and evoke
each other’s light. We surrender ourselves to love. We surrender our love to You. May it serve your purposes.May it receive Your blessing and carry Your power. May we never forsake each other. The purpose of intimate partnership is for us to midwife the perfection in each other. The point of love is to reveal to us the light inside….
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
This Certificate Celebrates Before God and All Those Present that on the _________ day of the week, the _________ day of the month ______, __________ (location), the holy covenant of marriage was entered into between __Name 1__ and __Name 2___.
We pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage; to talk and listen, to trust and appreciate one another; to respect and cherish each other; and to support, comfort and strengthen each other through life's sorrows and joys. May our home be forever filled with peace, happiness, and love. (Followed by translation in Hebrew of just this passage)
Orders of Giclee Prints will include complimentary calligraphic fill in of brides and groom's specific information.
All Giclee Prints will be signed by the Artist on the back.
For completely hand calligraphed version of this design, please email us.
Size and Material
Giclee Prints: 1 to 1 Poster Sized- 56x76cm (22x29in) on archival bamboo paper (non-acidic) - $600
100% Hand Calligraphy: ~56x76cm (22x29in) Gouache on archival heavy weight handmade paper - Price upon request