As sworn nature lovers, one of the most exciting discoveries for us this year was the new tent complex, “Ey-Sham”, built on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. For a while now we have been following the glamorous trend of glamping – a combination of glamorous and camping. The trend, which began in Australia and California, is sweeping the world and now, to our delight, has come to us.
We have already managed to write about the new tent compound in a recent article regarding special locations for bachelorette parties (available here). And then, we found a couple that recently chose to hold their wedding at the compound and we had to share it – because for us it is undoubtedly a sensational discovery and a super-exclusive location for those looking for a stylish wedding.
So first of all, we should thank Tomer (33) and Greg (33) for their creativity and for discovering and sharing with us a new and surprising place for weddings in Israel. Tomer, a fashion buyer from Israel, and Greg, a Polish pharmacist living in England, met when Greg visited Israel almost five years ago. They started a long distance relationship for a while until Tomer decided to take the next step move to England. About a year ago, during a trip to Japan and the Philippines, they realized that “this is it”. The trip ended in Israel in order to spend the eve of Passover with Tomer’s family, and at that night Tomer proposed.
When the two began planning the event, they had many thoughts regarding the location – Poland? Israel? Maybe England? Finally they decided to hold the wedding in Israel. They knew that many of the guests would come from abroad, so it was important for them that the wedding included accommodation. They also wanted the atmosphere of the wedding to be Israeli, combined with elements from Greg’s world. They decided on a Friday wedding in the tent compound on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and invited the guests to stay there overnight (and indeed, 150 of the 170 guests invited to the wedding stayed overnight).
The event began with a reception in the afternoon. The guests (who came from 12 different countries) were asked to arrive dressed in white and gold (reminding Greg’s tradition). From there they all marched to the canopy, set on the shore of the Sea of Galilee a few hundred meters from the tent compound. The wedding ceremony was held by two of Greg and Tomer’s best friends, and their families took an active part in it.
After the wedding, the guests returned to the tent compound for an Israeli dinner in front of the views of the Sea of Galilee. The meal was served on long picnic tables that created a friendly atmosphere among the guests. Then the guests continued to the large dance floor set up for the party. The music was directed by a pair of DJs from Poland who played a mix of Israeli, Polish and electronic music. In addition, Greg insisted on a belly dancer and Tomer says that it turned out to be one of the best decisions they made – the reactions from the Israeli and European guests were phenomenal. The event continued in the morning with a pampering Israeli breakfast for the guests and a bathing in the Sea of Galilee.
Special, charming and original! Congratulations Tomer and Greg, continue enjoying your journeys in the world – we realized that you will soon leave for your honeymoon in China and Korea – another very special choice!