Zlil and Yosi met when they were both in the Israeli army ten years ago. Their wedding was held in Tel Aviv. The fashion designer bride helped design her own wedding dress. “Our wedding was light and urban”, she explained, “Most of our guests were young, and our friends.”
“The inspiration was to plan something fun, happy and easy-going. We both wanted a small wedding but for it to feel like one big party. We found ourselves surrounded by beautiful and loving people. Our main goal was to have a nice summer wedding, five minutes walk from our home.”
“In Israel the tradition is to have a reception first, then ceremony and then dinner”, she continued. “However we decided to invite everyone to dinner first, then do the ceremony and then a big party with late night food and desserts. It was awesome and people were very excited that it was different.”
Marina and Moshe’s October wedding was held at Socca Tel Aviv. The day had a colourful, Mexican theme in an urban setting. “The wedding was held in a loft in an industrial area of Tel Aviv”, said the bride. “We decorated with vintage furniture that reminded us of the flea market area where we live. The decorations were inspired by a Mexican fiesta where the whole street is covered in colours and the women put flowers in their hair.”
“We wanted to bring a lot of colour into our wedding. We had paper cut flags and colourful umbrellas and we added paper flowers to the table arrangements. We also used a lot of bright colours for the invitations.”
“We also love to travel so this inspired our day as well”, she continued. “Last year we spent three months in Central America and three months in Mexico. We were really amazed by the authentic Mexican culture, the happy and fun ceremonies and holy days they have in the small villages. One day we took a trip to a festival in a small town off the tourist road. The whole street was covered in paper flags and all the women wore colourful dresses. They welcomed us and gave us free food and drinks and we danced and talked for hours. That day was always on our minds during the planning of the wedding. We also felt very connected to the language, the food and the music over there and we tried to bring incorporate those things in our wedding.”
Noa and Revi really just wanted to feel at home for their wedding. Although their marriage isn’t legal in Israel, that didn’t stop them wanting to commit their lives to each other.
“We wanted out wedding to represent us”, they said. “The wedding was on a Friday afternoon/ night so people could come after work. We wanted to find a venue that would be special, beautiful and not pretentious. We also wanted somewhere with some outdoor space and an indoor place where we could dance all night! We chose Taylor Made, a restaurant that we both love.”
“The music was very important to us”, they continued. “Noa is a wedding DJ and has an alternative music radio show so we knew exactly what we wanted (funk, soul, world music/oriental and upper electronic beats).”
There’s nothing quite like a circus wedding! The fashion designer bride made her own dress as well as her groom’s attire, and the bridesmaid dresses. She also did all the reception décor, what a wonder woman!
“Our wedding was very colourful”, said bride, Yasmin. “I create 350 decorated hats for the guests. The wedding was very unique and wild. We had circus acts that entertained the crowd and no-one was expecting it!”
Ravid and Avishai were married in Tel Aviv, Israel. They wanted the day to represent them so that meant Star Wars, Disney, Pokemon, Cats and J-pop!
“It was important for us that the wedding represented ‘us’ and the things we like”, Ravid explained. “In the end we called it (behind closed doors) the ‘Ravid and Avishai ball!’ It was a mix of things we love; Star Wars, Pokemon, Scott Pilgrim, Japanese boy bands, Disney… I guess you could say it was a geeky-fairytale themed wedding.”
“I spent a lot of time looking for ideas online, but we had a strong idea of what we wanted the wedding to be like from the beginning. The design was inspired by fairytales, Disney movies and romance books; the reception was inspired by glam-pop parties we usually go to. We wanted the wedding to be based on our relationship and the things we grew to love together.”
Danielle and Daniel, both heavily into body modification and suspension, knew they had to bring this mutual love into their July wedding. The wedding took place in Tel Aviv, at EVE, one of their favourite restaurants.
Warning this wedding contains graphic images of body suspension. If you are of a delicate disposition, you might want to skip over it!
“We met on Facebook”, the bride told me. “We just started talking then one day I wrote on my wall that I was sick and he offered to come and look after me and bring soup… so he did!”
“We wanted to make our wedding special and perfect for us”, she continued. “We never asked ourselves ‘How can we make this different?’, we just did what felt right for us. We wanted our guests to enjoy the day and we wanted to celebrate our love in our own unique way. We both love music, body art and body mods so we wanted to bring that into the day too.”