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May 29, 2019
I moved to America when I was seven and started second grade not knowing a word of English. Well, maybe 2-3 words, but not more than that. I was the only Russian kid in the class, until, three months later, a red-headed boy appeared in the classroom doorway, with the deer-in-the-headlights look immediately recognizable to fellow immigrant children everywhere. The teachers decided to make me his "translator" -- a questionable decision since my English vocabulary still consisted primarily of gibberish -- but being that he was even fresher off the boat than I was, they decided this was a good idea. It was the blind leading the blind, and Yan and I were destined to become fast friends.
Twenty-four years, many cross-country and international moves later, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Yan and the honor of making a custom ketubah for Yan and his beautiful wife, Jessica. I wouldn't have the opportunity to meet Jessica until years later when our paths finally crossed in San Francisco --- and if you ever spent any time imagining the perfect bride for your very dear childhood friend -- Jessica is exactly the girl you would be hoping he would end up with.
Photos by Wes Craft
Their ketubah was truly one of a kind. Yan and Jessica, who are self-proclaimed foodies, had me paint them enjoying a romantic picnic under birch trees.
This creative power couple now lives outside Chicago with two gorgeous children. I love following their adventures and am thrilled that they decided to share a glimpse into their family life with us.
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June 11, 2019
May 16, 2019
He knew she was the one when she was able to pick up on all his pop culture and sci-fi references. For her, it was when he started talking about how much he cared for his family, which includes his pets.
May 06, 2019