Designer creates customized chuppahs

October 20, 2010 3:03:11 PM PDT
Brides like to add custom, personalized accents to their weddings.

Now, one designer has found a way to make customized chuppahs and canopies.

"Each bride is so different and each one is different that I get to use tons of creativity," Traci Kaye said.

Traci Kaye showed off one chuppah she made for a couple getting married in Madison, Wisconsin.

"I Google mapped where they were getting married and that's how the layout of the fabric ended up being, so when they looked up at it, it was their location of their wedding," Kaye said.

It can be one of the most important elements of a wedding, a focal point that Traci hopes will stop the bride, groom and all of their guests in their tracks.

From her Brooklyn studio she runs the headquarters for her new company that has four branches.

Traci showed Eyewitness News how she creates her designs, like a wedding canopy for RoAnne Wahba.

"It was laterally the most beautiful element of my wedding," Wahba said.

Traci used pieces of lace from RoAnne's mother's dress, linen, and in the center, she embroidered the couple's monogram.

"I didn't see it until I walked down during the ceremony and I was just shocked, it just caught the light it was glowing, it was this perfectly framed wedding ceremony," Wahba said.

Traci only works with fabric.

For a chuppah she is working on she is incorporating a blue bandana that belonged to the groom's father and a tablecloth from the bride's family.

In order to get it right, she includes the couple in every step of the process.

RoAnne's journey began with a detailed sketch, and in the end, Traci admits parting is such sweet sorrow.

"It's difficult for me to say, OK it is done pack it up, hand it over," Kaye said.

For her own wedding, Traci's chuppah was a cross stitch tablecloth that her husband's mother and grandmother made, and is something she hopes to one day, give to her daughter.

"It really becomes this piece of your family history that you get to pass on for generations, it really becomes an heirloom," Kaye said.

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