Quaker Wedding Certificates,
The Omega style of decoration consists of flowers
or other decoration approximately 3/4 of the way around the text.
The sheet is designed with the decoration and text at the top
and the signature area below the omega.
Jennifer and Benjamin
wanted a border of wildflowers that were typical of the states
where they were born; Colorado and Kentucky. The flowers they
chose were columbine, Indian paintbrush and lupines for Colorado
and ironweed, Queen Anne's Lace, goldenrod and black-eyed Susans
for Kentucky. The lettering
is "Palomares" with the names lettered in "Merced".
Here is a closeup
of the flowers.
Halie and Thomas were
married on the beach in Mexico and they wanted their certificate
to reflect that. See below for some close ups. This certificate
was done on Pergamenata parchment and is approximately 30"
Here is a closeup of hibiscus, plumeria and a lizard.
Below is a closeup
of the top of the certificate with calla lilies, stargazer lilies
Pamela and Louis are biologists
working in Mexico. They asked for delphiniums, shooting stars,
ferns, black-eyed Susans, harebells, trillium and Indian paint
brush. As biologists they also wanted some insects and great
green macaws. See below for closeups.
Rachael and Daniel
wanted something to reflect their Irish backgrounds. I gave them
some knots and some red dots around the initials of their names.
Their guests signed in the blank space below the blue knot and
the bells of Ireland.
Below is a closeup
of their names, the Bells of Ireland and the knotwork.
Here it is signed and framed.
Left: detail of the flowers
Rebekah and Kristian asked
for an omega that was made up of asters, blazing stars, black-eyed
susans, purple cone flowers and ironweed. This was done on Stonehenge
paper and was approximately 22" x 30". To the left
is a detail.
This couple asked for an
omega that incorporated birds (wren, robin and Eastern bluebird
), a wooden cross and delphiniums, daisies, daffodils, lavender,
Queen Ann's lace, lilies of the valley, forget-me-nots and wheat.
They also asked for a butterfly
and a spray of flowers above and below the guests' signatures.
We added a lily of the valley to the initial beginning the last
This couple wanted an omega
with blue and white flowers. They asked for blue and white hydrangeas,
blue tweedia, white stephanotis, blue delphiniums, white roses,
white trillium, bluets and blue-eyed grass. While looking for
Appalachian spring wildflowers I found one called Quaker Ladies
and I put that in too.
requested that it be lettered in brown ink. Fortunately, I was
able to find a nice archival brown.
This is a rather large certificate,
approximately 30" x 40".
They got married on
July 7, 2007 or 07/07/07 and they asked me to work this into
the design. I did this on the planters that hold the topiary
trees at the bottom of the certificate.
You may not think of using
apples as a decoration element on a certificate, but this couple
did. These are Granny Smith apples scattered in with the many
flowers. These include hot pink gerbers, light pink gerbers,
hot pink spray roses, white wax flowers and green roses. The
green apples have just a blush of pink. The initial letters are
pink also. See below for details.
and Steven wanted a lush circle of flowers that included sunflowers,
coneflowers, irises, delphiniums, forget-me-nots and black-eyed
susans. This certificate was done on Pergamenata parchment paper.
It is a heavy-weight paper that has the translucent quality of
authentic old parchment. It was 30"x40".
Here is a closeup
of the bottom right part of the certificate
Japanese teahouse was the backdrop for this couple's wedding.
We painted the bridge in the garden and the teahouse in two pictures
in the omega. The calligraphy is Palomares hand in English and
calligraphy in this certificate is Uncial. Celtic knots grace
the top and mid part of the certificate while daisies and sunflowers
round out the decoration. Don't forget the tandem bicycle.
and Miller wanted an omega style certificate with Queen Ann's
lace, daisies, sunflowers, and violets. The text is lettered
in the Vivaldi hand.
and Justin wanted daisies, roses, snowball flowers, dragonflies
and bees to decorate thier omega style certificate. The text
is lettered in Palomares hand. They added some small sprays of
flowers to finish the decoration.
and Robert wanted their certificate decorated with a tartan in
a ribbon woven through the flowers, daisies and, at the top,
the knot design from their wedding rings. The rings were designed
by Jeanette Walker Jewelry. The text is lettered in Palomares
hand and daisies decorate the initials beginning each part of
couple wanted their certificate to include many of their memories
from the past. This is the second marriage for both of them.
We like including special items like this but each one adds cost
to the final. The lettering style is Palomares Hand.
and Robin asked for an omega made of mulberries, purple irises,
jewelweed, willow fronds, apple blossoms and daffodils. Their
certificate was done on Pergamenata parchment and is approximately
Below is a close
Sarah and Michael
asked for an omega with just a few roses twined around it. The
text is lettered in the Palomares hand.
Here's a closeup of
Jill and Shawn asked for sunflowers, pink-wine calla
lilies, red roses, ferns, daisies, wheat and shamrocks. They
also wanted some knotwork, a humming bird and frogs incorporated
into the design. The calligraphy is in Vivaldi style. The certificate
was done on Pergamenata parchment and is 30" x 40".
Here are some close
The triangular knots
were used to divide the text.
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