Anna and Noah met four years ago; a few months after Anna came to London to work. After they met they never left each other’s sides. In London they took biking trips, wandered around the markets and galleries, and traveled. Two years later they were visiting Jerusalem where Noah got down on one knee and proposed to Anna. The next morning, they called their families to tell them the good news and then celebrated with friends in Tel Aviv.
Planning a wedding from afar: After the engagement, wedding planning started right away. The process took about one year, giving guests from abroad enough time to plan their trip to Israel. Anna said the planning required countless Skype calls and frequent visits to Israel. She wanted to be sure that their guests would be able to have a memorable and enjoyable visit to the Holy Land and many close friends organized a weeklong tour of the country.
Location and design: Anna and Noah’s wedding took place in the Carmel forest. The view from the hotel and all of the natural surroundings were absolutely breathtaking. The decorations and flowers at the wedding helped create the atmosphere of a magical garden. While planning the wedding, Anna realized how much she wanted it to be a personal event so she decided to hang pictures of their families on the trees. The reception desk was vintage and had various items and family photos on it. Tables were given names instead of numbers and each name told a story and were significant milestones in their relationship. Many different cocktails at the bar were named after family and friends. This wedding was an intimate event that incorporated the people that the couple were closest to.
Morning of the wedding: The night before the wedding Anna and Noah slept in separate rooms. In the morning they had breakfast together and then Anna indulged in a massage and started to get ready. In the room she got ready in there was champagne and many different treats from the hotel. All of the butterflies and the excitement were slowly replaced by anticipation as the day moved on. Noah’s day was much more relaxed; he spent it at the pool and spa. Must be nice to be a groom.
The ceremony: Because this was an international wedding with an Israeli bride and British groom, it was important to Anna to express both cultures and combine them with Jewish tradition. At the ceremony the English speakers received a little booklet with a short explanation of Jewish rituals and song lyrics. The food was authentically Israeli from a specially adapted menu by the Hotel’s chef Amir Halfon. Hasidic dancing began at the reception and speeches by family and friends (which are typical at European weddings) were given throughout the night. Anna felt like the goals that were set for the wedding were reached and that the British guests who visited Israel for the first time fell in love and wanted to come back to visit.
Tips for other couples: Anna recommends that all brides try not to stress about the small things so they can enjoy the planning and the wedding itself. The night before the wedding Anna and Noah had an event welcoming guests from abroad. At the end of the evening they realized that almost every evening they were with their guests and not each other so they decided that at the wedding they were going to enjoy dinner with family and friends but do it together. Looking back at it, they think this was one of the most important decisions they made about their wedding night. Anna really enjoyed planning her wedding and said that it was an experience of a lifetime.