Tel Aviv Brides
Our love story started at a bar. We met through friends and then we went on our first official date, that took a full day in Haifa (a town at the north of Israel), from morning to evening and included an art exhibition of Salvador Dali as well as dinner at a perfect restaurant that has a private room for two people.
We moved in together after a few months and had a great time together. After about a year, on my 30th birthday, Shani took me to a lovely boutique hotel in Haifa, and we went to a dinner at the same restaurant we had dinner at on our first date. At the time, I had an old, broken iPhone 4, and I knew I was getting a new iPhone as a gift. So, the desserts came to the table and Shani asked me if I was ready for my present and gave me a wrapped box. I opened it and saw an iPhone box inside. When I opened the box, I saw an amazing diamond ring staring at me. Of course, I said YES!
The next day she got a call from work, she is a doctor in the army, and was called to come as soon as possible. We packed our bags, I went home and she went to the army. A long and dangerous operation started and lasted for a few months, in which we barely saw each other, but during the times we did, we planned our wedding. When the operation ended and she came back home, we continued to plan the wedding and started to enjoy it!
First we had to find a venue, but it wasn't hard. Shani and I love to eat at a restaurant called Klaro, and we heard that the chef, Ran Shmueli, was catering for the Avigdor event space. It was simple, urban, designed well and we loved it from the very first second. We went to see two more places just to be sure, but it was clear that the Avigdor was the place for us.
The only thing we knew for sure was that we wanted to talk to Igor Loubenski, the photographer. I knew him from far back, we lived at the same town when we were younger, and I followed his work all these years, knowing one day he would be our photographer. He was amazing. He introduced Tzahi Asher, a videographer, to us, and we just loved his work.
All four of our dresses were made by Dani Mizrachi. He is an amazing designer - the dresses were lovely, comfortable, special and looked good together. The process of trying on dresses was fun, we didn't try on many because we listened to Danny and he made us the prettiest dresses that fit incredibly well.
We wanted the event space to feel intimate, have a nice atmosphere and we wanted small pots with yellow flowers that the guests could take home with them.
Sapir Shabat, owner of Flower Booth, was in charge of our decor and made a reception table with flower bouquets for the guests, hair pieces and boutonnieres. She did an amazing job, the place looked so stunning and our family and friends loved the flowers. She also made decorations for our hair when we changed into the second dresses, it added a lot.
When we thought about the music, we pictured a great party with our loved ones, a celebration of love. We heard Michal Serr play at some parties, and when we met with her we definitely knew we didn't need to meet with anyone else. She listened to us, our needs and dreams, and made the evening flow perfectly.
The ceremony was made by our best friends, wanted to keep the ceremony within the framework of a Jewish wedding ceremony, but fit it to our lives and beliefs. They did it flawlessly, there was not a dry eye left in the crowd.
We had so much fun planning our wedding, we did it with patience and attention to each other. We talked about what was important for each of us, and tried to keep those things front and center. Our big day was fun, we got ready together at our home, took photos nearby and even got to come home for a glass of wine and an episode of "the good wife" before we went to the Avigdor. Our friends and family made the wedding fun, they danced all night long and we were so excited throughout the whole evening!