A laidback Israeli wedding at Kalamata and Neve Schechter Center, at Neve Tzedek and Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel

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Orit and Ido had a simple, contemporary wedding with a calming subtle blue colour scheme that was small, intimate, informal, and unquestionably stylish.

They decided to do away with many wedding traditions in favour of creating a day that reflected them as a couple as well as making it an amazing experience for all their friends and family, and I have to say that looking at their super stylish photos it definitely made for the most wonderful, personal day.

On the fashion side, I’m totally coveting Orit’s custom-designed dress and those beautiful bronze shoes – the perfect accompaniment to the scenic backdrop of sunnies skies and golden beaches.

I love how tuned in these two were to their own desires and so much so, they chose not one but three different venues that they frequent regularly. One of them, Dallal, is one of my all-time favourite Tel Aviv brunch spots so I’m super happy to be featuring it today on the blog!

With thanks to the lovely Danielle from Danielle Yashar Photography for submitting the eye candy. Happy Friday folks!

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A wedding that reflected us and the things we love doing

Orit, the Bride: As we started planning our wedding, it was clear to us that we wanted it to be our day. For us that meant doing things we like the most, surrounded by our family and closest friends.

We wanted our event to be intimate and we wanted to have the opportunity to spend time with each one of our guests. We started our morning in the Dallal Bakery at Neve Tzedek where we regularly meet friends for coffee at the weekend. We strolled along the beach to Jaffa, which is so beautiful at this time of the year, and there we met our family for a brunch at Kalamata restaurant (one of our favourite restaurants) which is located in old Jaffa over looking the Mediterranean sea.

Just before Shabbat we gathered our family and closest friends in a nearby synagogue at Neve Schechter-Legacy Heritage Center for our chuppah. After the exchange of rings we kissed our family goodbye and returned to Kalamata for a festive and upbeat lunch with our friends. To close the day, we invited everybody to a private concert by one of our favourite artists and whilst taking in the sunset at the Old Jaffa Port.

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A blue and white colour scheme

We decided to keep a simple, clean and elegant colour scheme relating to the dominating colours of Jaffa port – navy blue and cream.

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Hair  + Make-up

It was important for me to keep a natural look, but still feel glowing and care free about my hair or makeup since I knew that it was going to be a long sunny day full of excitement. Or Kopelis helped me to achieve just that – my hair and make up held up great until the very end of our celebrations.

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The Bride’s dress

My wedding dress is based on a picture I saw a couple of years ago of a dress designed by Ceil Chapman in the mid 50’s. I was lucky to find a very talented seamstress which took the original design and made few adjustments  to match my personal style. It came out just perfect.

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Bronze Wedding Shoes

Since our wedding took place on a Friday morning, I preferred to break out of the ‘all white’ traditional look and wore bronze shoes which matched the lace of my dress. For the most of the day I wore Coach skyscrapers and later on, I changed to lower heel Salvatore Ferragamo shoes in the same colour.

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The handsome groom

Ido used the same colour scheme of blue and cream wearing a Ben Sherman trousers, a local designer shirt and Camper shoes.

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The ceremony

We wanted our ceremony to reflect the values we believe in, which are based upon partnership and mutual respect. It was important for us to give a personal touch to the ceremony, we both exchanged rings and we took the opportunity to share thoughts about each other and the journey we walked together since the day we met.

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Our fabulous photographer

On our special day we wanted to be surrounded with people we love, and our photographer was no exception. Besides being a very talented photographer (we really love her style, Danielle Yashar is also a long time friend. She makes us feel so comfortable, and we knew she would be perfect for us to capture our special day.

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Orit & Ido’s little white book

Photographer – Danielle Yashar Photography
Ceremony – synagogue at Neve Schechter
Breakfast – Dallal
Brunch and lunch – Kalamata restaurant
Hair and Makeup – Or Kopelis
Wedding Dress  – made by a seamstress and inspired by a Ceil Chapman dress
Wedding Shoes – Coach skyscrapers and Salvatore Ferragamo lower heels
Groom’s attire – Ben Sherman trousers and a local designer shirt
Groom’s shoes – Camper

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