Oded and Lena decided as soon as they got engaged that they didn’t want to get married at home in Tel Aviv, they wanted to go to New York City! “We wanted to avoid some of the bureaucracy entailed in official Israeli weddings”, they explained, “we also liked the romantic notion of getting away from everyone and having a wedding ceremony in NYC.”
They both wore non-traditional outfits which came from Cos. “We didn’t want the usual wedding clothes but still, it took a while to find them!” explained Lena. “In the end we both wore outfits from Cos – him a suit and me in a minimalist shirt dress and a flower crown.”
Christable and Julius’ retro inspired wedding took place in June. The wedding was a whimsical DIY barn party with influences from a number of different eras.
“Even though we are both from the city, we love getting out to the country”, began the bride. “We wanted to do something that had us all over it and not a pre-decorated banquet hall. We decorated the entire barn just hours before having to get dressed in the upstairs room. It was a lot of work but it was worth it.”
“We knew it was going to be lot of work but I think the one thing we didn’t REALLY think about was a good clean up plan. It was a lot of work to put it all up and just as much work to put it all away along with the gifts after celebrating a wedding! Some guests did help but it still was more than we actually thought. You spend so much time thinking about putting it all together and then you forget about taking it all apart!”
When they discovered that their country’s laws prevented them having the wedding they really wanted, Israelis Luda and Ayal decided to elope in NYC.
“We couldn’t get married the way we wanted in our own country (in Israel only religious marriages are legal)”, explained the bride. “So we’ve decided to get married in New York City. It was a natural choice for us since Ayal is an American citizen and he used to live in Williamsburg. Some of Ayal’s family still lives in the US, and they were able to make the trip and attend the City Hall wedding. If we were to have any theme I guess it was the city itself!”
The bride designed her own dress with help from a fashion designer friend. “I designed the dress and a good friend of mine who is the owner of an underground and street-style store in Tel-Aviv, helped me with the final design and the sewing. I also made my own wedding bouquet. I wanted white flowers with black feathers. We thought that it will be easy to find someone who could make it when we arrived in New York but we couldn’t! The white flowers were easy but we couldn’t find anyone that could add the black feathers too. So we improvised. Ayal bought a feather duster from Kmart, took the feathers out and made the bouquet I wanted!”