Anna and Eyal’s wedding story begins in sunny California, USA. Anna was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the US about a decade ago and Eyal relocated from Israel to California to pursue higher education. One day, Anna’s cousin invited both of them to dinner with the hidden agenda of hitching the two up. At the end of the evening Eyal asked Anna for her phone number and the rest is history.
As it turned out, Anna didn’t know much about Israel or the Jewish tradition. As a matter of fact Eyal was the first Israeli she has ever encountered. Little by little they got to know in depth each other’s culture. Eyal has taught her Hebrew and she discovered an exciting new world of customs.
After three years together the big moment has arrived and Eyal popped the question on Anna’s birthday. Right afterwards they were both pondering about what kind of a wedding ceremony they want since the Jewish and the Philippine traditions couldn’t be more different from each other.
To incorporate both traditions the two eventually decided on two ceremonies: One that would take place in the US and will be based on the Philippine tradition and a traditional Jewish wedding in Israel. Not only this was Anna’s wedding, this was the first Jewish wedding she has ever attended and she describes is as “an amazing experience”.
Planning a wedding in remote control isn’t easy, but when you don’t speak Hebrew and you have to plan an additional wedding at the same time, this is almost an impossible mission. But with Anna’s resourcefulness and with the help of My Day website in English, Anna succeeded in finding all the vendors she was looking for.
Anna and Eyal arrived in Israel just three days before their wedding and met with the wedding planner, the D.J and the rabbi. Anna met with her makeup artist and photographer on the day of the wedding – a brave woman no doubt, but she says she knew she chose the right people even before meeting them face to face because of their amazing portfolios – we have to admit, Anna’s intuition was spot on.
Their location of choice was the city of Caesarea, because this was Anna’s favorite place when she visited Israel three years earlier. Well, who could blame her? The ancient structures and unique architecture make it super special and romantic. The small wedding included 150 of Anna and Eyal’s family and friends and they were all given a unique gift – a jewelry box made of sea shells from the Philippines.
We wish this lovely cosmopolitan couple, years of love and happiness and may they continue to walk in harmony in their unique path of different traditions and customs.