Some weddings make us want to be invited to them as guests, and some make us want to get married again (with the same spouse of course). Today’s wedding fits both categories.
The couple featured here today managed to organize a weekend of wedding in the heart of the desert in the Arava within only two months. The event lasted an entire weekend and was a dreamy and unforgettable experience. The bride, who comes from a family fond of trips and festivals, organizes plenty of multi-participant tours and is used to sleeping in tents in unusual places. Therefore, organizing a desert wedding for 150 guests within two months seemed entirely possible for her, especially with the help of the excellent producers she chose to accompany her.
The decision to get married in the desert came from the desire to do something extraordinary rather than trivial – in a special place with value and emotional connection. The general vibe that guided them was that of a biblical festival in the desert – “We wanted it to be nice but not fancy, in a very relaxed, beautiful and special place. The desert was the perfect location for us. We love the desert and love to travel in the area”. That’s how they came to the location, where weddings are not usually held, but since the couple visits there at least once a year, the owners decided to help and allow the couple to have their wedding there.
In order to produce the event, the bride used our website and found the event producers from “Shablul” who helped make the dream a reality in such a short time. She also built a website especially for the purpose of the wedding, in which guests were offered six accommodation options near the location of the event. These options include several isolated resort areas ranging from guest rooms, luxurious wooden cabins to a Bedouin encampment, where staying was free of charge. Each guest had 6 options that either require payment or are for free and each could reserve his/hers preferred accommodation. The website also revealed the wedding schedule and the location of the meals.
The guests who are closest to the couple arrived on Thursday night, to a place called Arava Land. This is the compound where a first wedding dinner took place on the first evening. The rest of the guests arrived on Friday noon. On Friday, a joint breakfast was held for the guests at “Desert Days” (a place in the desert with a Chinese vibe). The bus with the rest of the guests arrived at 2 P.M. and they were given the opportunity to rest and swim in the pool, to tour the wadi (valley) and get ready for the event that started at 5 P.M. The wedding party itself continued into the night and some even stayed to see the sunrise. On Saturday morning there was another breakfast followed by a bus to Tel Aviv and our couple continued the celebration in Eilat.
The entire wedding was one big attraction! The mother of the bride is a textile artist, so she brought textiles and carpets, table cloths and various tulles in different colors scattered on the dance floor, creating an authentic atmosphere. In the evenings guests had scarves and blankets, as well as hookahs (water pipes) and one big bonfire to warm them all.
The bride spent the morning of the wedding (Friday) with her friends who arrived especially from abroad. She had a private pool where she could organize herself privately. After that they had an amazing photo shooting session in the wadi. The marriage contract (Ketubah) was signed in a Bedouin tent that was located at the site of the event, in the presence of the couple, the family and close friends only, and from there they began a festive wedding parade accompanied by drums and songs of friends and acquaintances. “I came out from the tent last, friends and cousins drummed, all this was in front of the sunset, just magical and exciting.”
The wedding clothes of the bride and groom were exactly suitable to the nature of the wedding, and amazingly integrated with the desert landscapes. The bride chose to wear a beautiful dress designed by Yaniv Percy – a loos delicate dress in light gray. “The truth is that this is the dress I fell in love with at first sight, but my mother said I shouldn’t were a gray dress and white is better. So the designer designed a white dress for me, but the moment I saw it I realized it wasn’t for me and went back to the gray dress I fell in love with at first sight”. The groom wore a special cream and beige suit and biblical flip flops while the bride wore part of the time flat sandals and was barefoot for the rest of the time. The guests also came in bright white, cream or off-white clothes.
What can we say – just stunning !!!