Quaker Marriage Certificate (deux)

Perhaps you remember a previous post about the quilled Quaker Marriage Certificate I created for a former student and her fiancé. Well, what a nice surprise... an engaged couple came across that entry this summer, liked what they saw, and emailed to ask if I would do a similar certificate for their September wedding. Of course!

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate

Elizabeth and Bill commissioned calligrapher Carole Foster of Running Dog Letters to hand letter their document. Not only did Carole do an incredible job with the script, she also embellished the header with a graceful flourish of doves.

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate - top elements
Liz and Bill requested I quill a similar design to the one I'd created for the first certificate, but with black filigree. Ordinarily I prefer to quill a different motif for each project, so even though I went with a similar curved design, I altered some of the floral elements. I also suggested adding a bit of silver-gilded black paper to heighten the dramatic effect, showing them black and silver paper quilling examples.

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate - side view
When the certificate was shipped, I included a provenance paper... if you aren't familiar with this practice, it's an artist-signed document that can be kept with the art work or separately. It tells when and where the piece was made and by whom, and gives a brief description and materials used. I also like to include a short history of paper filigree. A provenance paper is a simple touch that makes what may someday be an heirloom piece that much more valuable.

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate - right side elementsQuilled floral Quaker marriage certificate
Recently Elizabeth forwarded pictures of the wedding to me. How nice it was to see photos of the guests adding their signatures to the lines Carole had penciled below the wording.

Best wishes, Elizabeth and Bill!


Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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