Today’s Jewish wedding is giving us SERIOUS garden envy.
Lauri, a veterinary nurse and student, and Gal, who is a poet and teacher in addition to managing the Eduard Bar in Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market, always knew they wanted to get married at Gal’s parents’ home in the north of Israel — and if you take a quick scroll through their fantastic, ultra-stylish photos from ultra-talented Smashing The Glass Recommended Vendor Herschel Gutman, you’ll see why.
This picture-perfect outdoor space was basically an intimate wedding venue waiting to happen. With plenty of stone (so Israeli!), a veritable backyard forest of trees, and even a pond, it’s just the absolute loveliest.
Also pretty lovely? Lauri’s super cool Limor Rosen dress. With stunning beadwork, lace, and a contemporary slim fit and halter neck, it looked just SO perfect on this stunning bride.
We’ll let Lauri take it from here…
Bringing it All Home
Lauri, the bride: We got married at Gal’s parents house in the north of Israel. A small moshav called Mistpe Abirim. We loved the idea of getting married in Gal’s family home. Lauri’s parents got married in her mother’s parents garden and we loved the idea of doing the same. They have a very beautiful garden and it is home to us.
Invitations by the Groom’s Sister
Gal’s sister and her girlfriend made our invitations for us, so it was very special as it was very personal, and they did a beautiful simple design.
Hair + Makeup
For makeup I decided on a natural look, as it was a daytime garden wedding, but with a red lipstick as my husband loves when I wear red lipstick.
My hair was swept over one shoulder wavy with a braid holding it back. It allowed me to show off the beautiful dress and earrings and was perfect.
A Limor Rosen Dress
My dress was from Limor Rosen. It was a very beautiful, full of lace and detailed beading all the way down. It was very elegant. It was slim fitting and had a low back with a halter neck. As soon as I put it on I knew it was the one; it was just so beautiful.
I had a beautiful pair of earrings that my mom gave me, and my veil was also from Limor Rosen.
My shoes were from Eleanor Shoes in Jaffa. They design them especially to fit your feet. They were white with a small thick heel and extremely comfortable.
The handsome groom
Gal wore a dark blue suit with a white shirt and a green tie, with brown leather shoes. The green of the tie went very well with the green of the garden; it was beautiful.
An Emotional Ceremony
Gal and I gave speeches to each other under the chuppah. It was very emotional and special, since we each wrote our own speeches.
We also signed the ketubah in the garden in front of all the guests; it was a very beautiful way to do it. After the chuppah, Gal’s family performed together a song that they had written for us for the occasion.
In My Life
We had a DJ play at our wedding, his name is Gal Kadan. We played a mixture of contempoaray Israeli music and old-school English and Israeli music, as well as new pop and dance music. We also had some Spanish music as Gal’s dad’s family is from Argentina. A mix of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Taylor Swift, Omer Adam etc.
We walked down the aisle to the Beatles song In My Life. It had special meaning to us as Gal introduced me to it in our first few months of dating and said it was our song as it was about our love story.
Flowers by the Groom’s Mother
Gal’s mom did our flower design. We had little plants on each table that people could take home after the wedding. The chuppah was covered in flowers and my bouquet was a mix of white and yellow roses.
Our fabulous photographer
Herschel Gutman was our photographer. We had seen his work in other weddings and we loved his style. He is very relaxed and made us feel comfortable. He took great photos, really capturing the natural moments. The photos are beautiful, couldn’t have asked for better.
A family affair
Gal’s friends helped us put the whole wedding together, setting up the tables, chairs, all the design. On the day, Gal’s family performed and danced to a song that they had written for us. His sister’s partner also learned to play the guitar especially for the wedding and sung us each two of our favourite songs.
My dad and mom gave a speech, short but very sweet. And Gal’s grandfather from Argentina, who is 90 and had flown all the way to be with us, said a speech in Spanish with Gal’s dad translating.
We are going to Thailand on our honeymoon and then continuing on to Australia to visit Lauri’s family.
Advice to couples currently planning their wedding
Enjoy the day, it goes by crazy fast and you should enjoy every minute of it. Be relaxed and don’t stress about the small details. Choose what is important for you in the wedding. Focus on that and don’t worry about everything else.