How to add an artistic personal touch to your wedding… and the beautiful results

The fall of 2010, began with a very special event I designed for a very special family who live in Baka Jerusalem. Their eldest daughter, Ariel, chose to get married in a garden surrounded by olive and pine trees on a Kibbutz located in the Judean Hills, just off the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway.

Ariel and Noam’s wedding was oozing with creative personal touches and sentimental heirlooms.  They were lucky to have a creative key player, Ariel’s mother- Andi Arnovitz.

Andi is a talented artist who made Aliya in 1999 from Atlanta, USA together with her family. She explores a wide range of artistic expression, using different art techniques such as print making, textile art, book making, etchings, painting and so on. You can find out more about her work on her website.

Now, back to my story: let’s find out how to give a wedding some personal, artistic touches…

The bridal shoes

Take the most unpredictable turn and be ready to view the makeover of Ariel’s super duper bridal sneakers.

In Andi’s words, the story goes like this: “Ariel is a bit ‘klutzy’ and was very worried about teetering and falling in heels. She also wanted to dance her heart out. So we came up with the idea of taking Converse sneakers and making them her wedding shoes. We added all sorts of lace and ribbons and things, and the buttons were from our family “button box” and many of them came from her great-grandmothers”.

Aren’t they charming and unique? Gotta love them!

lace and buttons bridal shoes

The bridal dress

Arial’s bridal dress was once again all about beauty + function and the artistic touch that combined the family heirloom buttons with beads and ribbons. Yes, that vintage treasure  box was a wedding star! I’d love to rummage around in it just for fun.

Back to the dress: a collaborative effort between the designers Shira Wise & Barak Avraham Ish Shalom and Ariel and Andi, produced a lovely multi-function dress, one that can turn in a second from a classic long dress into a short dress matched for a fun dancing session. Again Andi’s words capture it all:

“The idea that a dress could have several functions and be formal and then, later, a real dancing party dress, as well as including personal touches that had sentimental value was totally unique. ”

bride and groom fun dance


The Ketubah

The Ketubah was created from etchings Andi made. After she talked to Noam and Ariel about things they loved and shared, she then created ‘etchings’ to represent them. She then printed them in many “autumn” colors and then did her sort of signature art by “tearing” off the paper and created a collage of them around the actual Kettubah which Izzy Pludwinski calligraphied.


The theme was woven within and without the most special wedding items and continued through the design of the event which was meticulously planned and executed in close collaboration between Andi, myself and Debra Goldberg, the very talented wedding planner. The etchings of things they loved where repeated in the wedding invitations, the place card display table and the individual name tags which were  jeweled with some a wonderful and colorful Midori Japanese ribbon Andi had “lying around in her studio”.

wedding name cards


Stay tuned for Part B in which I will share the design of Ariel and Noam’s wedding with you.

Mean time, I wish you all a lovely weekend. Shabbat Shalom!

Yours always, Natalie

*Special thanks to Tali Katzurin for the above photos.

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