For Banda

September 29th

My friends Bill and Amanda will be married later this year. I adore this couple. Bill is by far the smartest person I’ve ever met; our group has a running joke about the ONE TIME someone was able to show him his encyclopedic memory was wrong. And Amanda has as sweet, gentle kindness that almost seems fake. She’s that nice.


We were recently out for breakfast. The waitress brought Amanda’s quesadilla and she looked at us like a kid at Christmas.

“Guys! How awesome is this?” Smiling ear to ear, we all looked at her tortilla and eggs, wondering if she saw a magical unicorn trotting by we were missing. “It looks so good!”

It was, simply, the best breakfast she’d ever had. She’s that excited about life. Her world view is rather refreshing.

So, when Bill and Amanda got engaged, I threw myself in the middle of their plans saying I’d make the chuppah. Of course I’d make the chuppah. I’ve made so many others before (zero) and totally know what is involved (not at all.) Fast forward six months and my mother’s visit to Denver, when my chuppah inspiration and pile of fabrics magically transformed (my mother travels via Unicorn. And damn, can that horse quilt.)

Bill + Amanda's Chuppah

Bill + Amanda's Chuppah

Bill + Amanda's Chuppah

The entire photo set can be seen here. This baby was created over 3 weeks, with 32 leaves (the bride’s lucky number), and handful of tiny silk and pearl flowers, some embroidery thread, and two pieces of fabric the bride’s mother sent me to incorporate in the project. A chuppah represents the home the couple will build together; my mother had the artistic sense to arrange these two pieces of fabric on the back to represent a home.

Bill + Amanda's Chuppah

See that amazing quilting? The leaves? All my mama.

Bill + Amanda's Chuppah

Bill + Amanda's Chuppah

I’m thrilled to hand it off to Banda (yeah, they created their own contraction) and to attend their lovely ceremony next month.

Also? Thanks Mom!



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12 Responses

  1. Absolutely stunning!

    Your mom is a master.

  2. I was wondering why you were making a chuppah — DUH! It’s almost as beautiful as those two are as a couple.

  3. What an amazing keepsake! It’s good to have people, right?

  4. ah yes, so NOT a hookah. got it.

  5. Wow, I honestly don’t know what to say. One of the many reasons why I love Bill is his amazing taste in friends; I’m so glad to know you. You did such an amazing job! This is by far one of the most meaningful gifts I have ever gotten.

    Oh, by the way, that breakfast quesadilla was absolutely fantastic!

  6. This turned out so beautiful!

  7. Wow, this is amazing, and so personalized! Can’t wait to see it in use at the wedding!

  8. Kelli,
    What a thoughtful and meaningful idea. It is a true treasure.
    Our thanks to you and your mother for something truly unique and right on.
    Look forward to seeing you (and the chuppa).
    FOG (father of the groom)

  9. This is beautiful- chuppah and story. Well done! I am so excited to see my brother and sister-in-law’s chuppah in a month and meet you!

  10. Wow! So sweet, Kelli–you and your Momma are SO talented!

  11. Great job! What a fantastic tradition.

    Our kids and their friends gave us a couple name – can you guess what it is?

  12. Gorgeous!! Made me all teary.

    If only everyone would get so excited about the everyday little things in life, we’d have a lot less sad, angry and depressed people.