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Stress Free Wedding in the Forest: Michaela & Aviad

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Michaela and Aviad were wed in the Ben Shemen forest, Israel. They wanted a relaxed wedding, just like they are in their every day lives! “We met while working together at the same bar”, began the bride. Nothing happened between us for a long time until we were both invited to a friend’s wedding. Maybe it was the magic air of a Jewish wedding, but I started to see something between us. Before we knew it we were on a date in a Greek restaurant in Jaffa!”

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“The wedding atmosphere was of course MAGICAL”, she continued, “I bet everyone says that, but everything really worked for us that day. The sunset between the trees, the dust on our shoes, the wind in our hair. It was perfect.”

“We wanted our wedding to feel really natural, like a school trip to the forest. We just wanted to hang around and having fun, with no stress.”

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Jewish Forest Wedding: Mor & Amnon

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Mor and Amnon were married at a nature reserve between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The location helped to set their theme of ‘concrete and nature’. “We didn’t want to decorate the place too much because the forest around was everything,” began Mor. “We wanted people to come and enjoy nature, but to have the concrete floor to dance on too!”

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“We thought a lot about the concept because my parents are very religious. We originally planned to do the ceremony in Amnon’s parents’ backyard in Jerusalem and then do a rooftop party for just the young people in south Tel Aviv. But then we decided that it would be much better overall to include everybody in everything. In the end there were ultra religious people dancing with young hipsters and it was amazing!”

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Antlers, Coloured Vintage Wedding Gowns & Plaid… Bridal Fashion Just Got Flipped on it’s Head

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Bridal fashion doesn’t have to be boring or ordinary. Oh no, why not take those old-fashioned ideas and flip them on their head?! Antlers, coloured gowns, cardigans, plaid… the possibilities are endless!

“The main inspirations for this shoot were the gorgeous gowns (mostly vintage!) and my desire to incorporate some unexpected elements into the styling”, explained shoot stylist Jessica Santos Gallo of Fine and Fleurie. “Some of my favorite elements were the hand-crafted antlers and the bold-yet-boho cranberry gown.”

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“It was important that we highlighted the change of seasons in the color palette of the shoot and made the most of our heavenly location. I also wanted each looks to serve as inspiration for brides and bridesmaids who are looking for something different. In my opinion, interesting details, vintage touches, plus a little element of surprise is the recipe for a perfectly styled bride or bridal party!”

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A DIY Maryland Wedding: Natalie & Brynn

The couple were married in Maryland in July. With a laid back approach, and as much help as their friends & family could muster, they planned the wedding of their dreams with little to no stress. “Our family and friends MADE this wedding happen,” explained Natalie when I asked her about her wedding. “Brynn & I didn’t want to have a wedding designer, but I think my mother now holds that title. She spent the eight months of our engagement collecting wine glasses and silverware from thrift stores.”

“Her and my aunt accumulated all the décor and oversaw virtually every design detail. My grandmother sewed all of the napkins and a family friend arranged the flowers for the centerpieces. My father created and made the cocktails and roasted coffee beans for the wedding favors (Brynn’s mother sewed the favor bags). My super-talented friend, the visual manager of an Anthropologie in DC, built the ceremony backdrop & platform and made all the signs. We asked a family friend to bartend. My best friend’s father and my cousins hung all the lights for the reception. One of my friends recently started an event-planning business and she handled all of the insane day-of coordination. Our friend is in a band and graciously offered to DJ the entire wedding.”

“Our inspiration for the ceremony was a combination of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lord of The Rings”, she continued. “Obviously having the ceremony in a forest was a must. I envisioned my bridesmaids looking like little wood nymphs or fairies. They all picked out a white dress of their choosing and everyone looked smashing. We wanted our reception to be like a party Jay Gatsby would throw. There were lights strung everywhere, non-stop music, endless drinks, and next-level dance moves. Brynn’s brother and best man even secretly got a limo to take us away.”

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