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Marriage Certificates

The marriage certificate is a beautiful way to commemorate your wedding. I produce each certificate as a completely unique, hand-crafted work of art that incorporates elements important to the wedding couple. Archival acid-free paper and the best quality inks and colors insure that the certificate will be a long lasting family treasure. To get ideas about your own certificate, view images as a slide show, or scroll down to read more about individual designs that I have created for others.

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Hand Paper Cut Ketubah

May 10, 2017 | Stewart Thomas

An amazing number of images and symbols are packed into this custom-designed hand cut ketubah. Papercut ketubah are very popular, but with the advent laser-cutting, it is increasingly rare to find one that is hand cut. I designed this ketubah … Read More

Mountains and Birds

May 9, 2017 | Stewart Thomas

A blending of watercolor imagery and a formal border design characterize this marriage certificate. A panoramic view of the mountains stretches across the curving top of the certificate, with the archway mirrored in less formal fashion by springtime trees … Read More

White Oak, Baby Owl

November 26, 2014 | Stewart Thomas

Luxuriant foliage, branches, and a selection of fragrant herbs and blossoms fill the borders of this marriage certificate, the entirety framed by cobalt blue, cadmium yellow and red scrollwork.  A baby owl and an arrangement of oak leaves and acorns … Read More

Celtic Wedding Knot

November 26, 2014 | Stewart Thomas

The intricately woven knot is a symbol of marriage in many cultures. Nowhere are these designs more pervasive than in the Celtic cultures of Europe.  The examples shown here illustrate a few of the many Celtic Wedding Knot designs I … Read More

Ancient Oak

November 26, 2014 | Stewart Thomas

The ancient oak on this upstate New York farmstead is the centerpiece of this certificate. Details of home life on a farm complete the illustrations. A line of poetry by Robert Frost is inscribed across the top of the arch. … Read More

Turquoise Inlay Border

November 26, 2014 | Stewart Thomas

The Islamic Marriage Certificate places the Bismallah above all else, followed by the inscription from the Qur’an on God’s plan for marriage.  The text follows in English calligraphy, with room for signatures at the bottom.  The entire certificate … Read More

Stained Glass Certificate

November 25, 2014 | Stewart Thomas

The brilliant, translucent colors of this certificate shine like light through stained glass.  The white outlines of the various symbolic motifs add to the overall effect.  Layered outlines of the central lotus frame the flowing italic script of the certificate, … Read More

Crescent Muslim Certificate

December 21, 2013 | Stewart Thomas

This very traditional Muslim marriage certificate, or nikah, features an exceptionally intricate, handpainted geometric border, as well as many other finely done artistic features. An elegantly calligraphed “bismallah” surmounts the certificate. The central area is filled with a crescent … Read More

Ahava Andalusian Ketubah

December 21, 2013 | Stewart Thomas

This colorful ketubah is inspired by the tradition of Sephardic ketubot from the Andalusian region of Spain. Tendrils of vines and blossoms form the scrollwork borders. The watercolor artwork includes a brighly painted parrot and a softer cluster of … Read More

Arabic & English with Blue Tile border

December 20, 2013 | Stewart Thomas

This bilingual Arabic-English Muslim marriage certificate is inspired by motifs found on the blue tiles of mosques. A gold gilt “bismallah” heads the two columns of text in English and Arabic calligraphy. The intricate border design is hand-painted in … Read More

Aspen Certificate

December 20, 2013 | Stewart Thomas

The Aspen-themed marriage certificate incorporates elements of the Colorado Rockies, including mountain peaks, streams, aspen trees, fireweed and other wild flowers. Bears, beavers, an eagle and hummingbird all find their place in this majestic setting. A minimum of text … Read More

Azalea Crown

December 20, 2013 | Stewart Thomas

The Azalea Crown marriage certificate is an example of simple elegance.  A cluster of blooms and swash italic calligraphy fill the top with the freshness and light of spring. As in the Quaker tradition, there are places for the … Read More

Binder-Hummel Certificate

December 20, 2013 | Stewart Thomas

The Binder-Hummel marriage certificate was created for a wedding in the Roman Catholic rite. The design incorporates a large number of liturgical symbols including the cross and crown, grapes, chalice, host, and dove of the holy spirit, all within … Read More

Natural Florida

December 19, 2013 | Stewart Thomas

The Florida nature-themed certificate was created to include specific images requested by the couple, including typically Florida items such as native birds and flowers, live oak and water; as well as more specific requests: a boat, a drum, and … Read More

Knotwork Star Ketubah

December 19, 2013 | Stewart Thomas

This ketubah combines the traditional motif of twining tree branches, with a star of David filled with knotwork patterns.  Matching circles on either side of the arch are filled with interlocking spirals.  This ketubah features calligraphy in both English … Read More

Solomon and Rumi

December 19, 2013 | Stewart Thomas

This interfaith Baha’i-Jewish marriage certificate features an intricate hand-painted geometric border design with gold gilt. Stars symbolic of the two faith traditions frame the top archway which in turn features inset panels with poetry couplets by Mowlana Rumi … Read More

Lotus certificate in four languages

December 19, 2013 | Stewart Thomas

I created this certificate for a couple that wanted simplicity, but also needed to include text in four different languages.  The text is in four blocks around an open circle.  I was excited that the languages can be read in … Read More