At STG, we’re always up for an epic Israeli wedding, and today’s stunning celebration genuinely looks like it has been stolen straight from Pinterest and magically transformed into reality.
There are a few familiar suppliers. The idyllic venue, Al Hayam, has graced the STG pages twice before, and the photographer is one of our much-loved Smashing Suppliers, Ran Bergman, who we absolutely and unequivocally adore. No wonder the photography is simply outstanding!
The couple, Lior and Re’em, also happened to be closely related to Israeli megastar singer and producer, Rami Kleinstein (yes, the Rami Kleinstein), and he not only led the kabbalat shabbat ceremony (as the wedding fell on a Friday the two ceremonies were combined), but even did a few numbers from his own repertoire. Now, don’t you wish you’d been there?
Not only was the wedding picture perfect (a Chuppah overlooking the beach followed by a party in Gan Gili – what more could anyone want from an Israeli wedding?) but what a beautiful couple! Let’s just say the cumulative effect of the destination, the gobsmackingly gorgeous bride and groom and the obviously electric atmosphere is extremely easy on the eyes.
Oh, and the wedding had a bar in a pool. We’re not jealous, you’re jealous.
I’ll hand over to beautiful bride, Lior, to tell you all about her and Re’em’s perfect day.
A wedding with two styles
Elki Jacobs designed the wedding in two completely different styles. Lunch and a chuppah in a Mediterranean style in blue and white. For the afterparty they created a cool chic club ambience.. all overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
Getting ready with family
Lior, the bride: We got ready at Elma Hotel which is very close to Al H’ayam. Elma is a private, exclusive boutique hotel; with a view of the beach. It’s all white; like the small houses in Greece on the beach; and perfectly complemented all the colours and designs that we picked for the wedding.
The preparation was like a small family party; both families were present and got ready with us. Re’em was in a different room and only saw me when I was ready.
All of the outdoor pictures were taken at the hotel or outside of it, and focused on the powerful atmosphere that the family created.
An idyllic beach venue
We got married at – Al Ha’yam and later moved the party to Gan Gili. We picked the location because of our special connection to, and love for, the sea. We had always dreamed of a Chuppah with a sea view.
Simple invitations in Mediterranean sea colours
Our invitations were based on the simplicity that we love; and, of course, the colours of the sea: blue on top of a white background.
Natural hair and makeup
My makeup was very light and natural to suit my personality and the style of the wedding. My makeup artist was Moran Staviztki. My hair, which was styled by Adir Jacob, was also very simple and natural. I wore it loose to match my laid-back Victor Vivi Balaish dress.
A Chuppah with a beach view
Our Chuppah was positioned for a perfect view of the beach. The simplicity of the design really kept the focus on powerful view behind it.
Early in the day, we used wildflowers: hyacinths and roses. When we moved to Gan Gili for the nighttime reception, we kept the dÃ©cor very minimalistic and we mainly used lights and candles.
A pool with a bar
We built a pool with a bar inside of it for our guests to relax and enjoy the party atmosphere.
A Mediterranean party atmosphere
Liraz Weiman produced the event and was responsible for all great details featured in the photographs.
We basically wanted to combine two themes: a day event with a Mediterranean atmosphere and a party at night.
It was a Friday wedding, so after the ceremony, the guests came together for a ‘kabbalat shabbat’ ceremony to welcome in the sabbath. It’s very exciting and unusual to do this at a wedding. The ceremony was led by famous Israeli singer and producer, Rami Kleinstein.
We entered the Chuppah to the sounds of Nothing Will Separate Us by Danny Sanderson.
We were then very fortunate to have our close relative, Rami Kleinstein, lead the kabbalat shabbat and sing us a few songs from his repertoire.
We then had a performance from Einat Sarouf, an Israeli musician and a great singer; and she really set the tone for the upcoming party.
A Mediterranean feast
We used one of Israel’s most sought-after caterers, Erez & Hanan. It was very relaxed, colorful and we had a wide variety of flavours and options.
Lior & Re’em’s little white book
Photographer – Ran Bergman
Wedding planner – Liraz Weiman
Event Design — Elki Jacobs
Venue – Al Ha’yam
Bride’s dress – Victor Vivi Balaish
Makeup artist – Moran Staviztki
Caterer – Erez & Hanan
Singers – Rami Kleinstein and Einat Sarouf
Getting ready – Elma Hotel