Dreamy chuppah alert! We’re totally obsessed with Sharona and Eyal’s fantastic chuppah, draped in hanging white flowers atop translucent columns. And we’re not not obsessed with the fact that it all went down outside, overlooking the ocean, during a picture-perfect sunset. PERFECTION!
Like everything about this gorgeous wedding, it was the perfect mix of romantic and modern. Take Sharona’s choice of a positively princess-worthy Vera Wang gown for the ceremony, followed by a decidedly contemporary Zuhair Murad number for the reception.
We also love the way this pair fused their two backgrounds: Sharona’s Sephardic, and Eyal’s Ashkenazi. They wanted to make sure their musical choices honored both sides, so they started off with traditional Ashkenazi music for the Israeli dancing, then switched over to an Israeli singer, and, to make sure the couple’s contemporary tastes got some airtime, ended the evening with Smashing The Glass Recommended Vendor DJ Teta, who being one of the very best in the business, kept the dancefloor packed until 2AM!!
Oh, and did we mention that they had a super cool pre-wedding henna party, a Sephardic tradition meant to bring good luck? If anyone ever wants to invite us to one of these, we’re ALL IN — just saying!
Before we turn you over to Sharona, if you haven’t already, don’t delay signing up to our FREE online event: ‘The secrets to an unforgettable Jewish wedding’ with our founder and editor, Karen, happening on Monday November 12 — it’s going to be totally unmissable for anyone currently planning a Jewish or Jew-ish wedding, and places are filling up fast!
How We Met
Sharona, the bride: My husband is in real estate and I am an accountant. We met when I was 19, on my husband’s 20th birthday in Israel. Our mutual friend invited me to his birthday party where we met. A day later he messaged me on Facebook and the rest is history.
A Destination Wedding in Israel
My husband was born and raised in Switzerland and I’m from New York. He was studying in Israel when I was there on vacation and we met through mutual friends.
Since the distance was hard we were on and off for a while and then we just went for it. A long distance relationship with a 7 hour time difference was quite a challenge but we got through it all.
About a year later when we were in Israel he proposed. We got married at the Hilton in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was the easiest decision we had. We knew that since we met in Tel Aviv and got engaged in Tel Aviv, we would also get married in Tel Aviv. It was our favorite hotel when we come to Israel so we couldn’t have picked a better place.
We decided to go with a white theme. Even though we come from different cultures and backgrounds, we found common ground on (almost) everything. We both love the modern yet elegant look, so we wanted to have everything crisp and clean.
Since we were both living in New York while planning the wedding we needed a wedding planner and we chose David Shay – he did a great job helping us with all the vendors and keeping us sane throughout the process.
What ‘Smashing The Glass’ did for us
I’ve got so much inspiration from Smashing the Glass – I first started following you guys on Instagram and then I got obsessed with your website. It was so fun to see all the different types of weddings from all over the world with one common denominator.
Three Countries, Two Languages, One Invitation
We wanted to stick with the elegant look. Our invitations went out in three different countries with two different languages, which was tough to do, but we didn’t want to give up on that old-school snail mail invitation. We wanted to make sure everyone got a glimpse of what our big day was going to look like.
Vera Wang and Zuhair Murad
A Jeweled Headpiece
My headpiece was from Bridal Style Boutique, which I found on Instagram. I was obsessed with their pieces and I knew I would get mine there. Since I wanted a simple hairstyle, I wanted the focus to be on the headpiece. I had my piece custom made to fit exactly what I had in mind, and they did an amazing job!
Yves Saint Laurent Shoes
My shoes were Yves Saint Laurent. Since my husband towers over me, I needed to make sure they were high enough so I could keep up. They were super comfortable and I loved them!
The handsome groom
My handsome groom wore a custom suit from Enzo Custom. We were able to choose every little detail – the fabric, the color, and even the buttons. The process was super fun and they were so helpful. They did an amazing job and he looked oh so dapper, as they would say.
Hanging Flowers for the Chuppah
Since our chuppah was overlooking the ocean at sunset we wanted to make sure the design complemented the atmosphere. We went for clear columns and hanging flowers to make it modern and at the same time romantic.
A Ketubah by the Groom’s Brother
The ketubah designer was my husband’s very talented brother. It was very special to have family design this for us, it gave it that much more meaning.
How Long Will I Love You
Since my husband is Ashkenaz and I have a Sephardic background, we knew we were merging two different cultures. We had to make sure we played songs for both sides – so we had the traditional Jewish music for the first dance block, and then we had an Israeli singer, Daniel Ben Haim (who is unbelievable). Then we finished it off with DJ Teta, who did not let the party stop until 2AM!
Our first dance song was How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Golding.
It was so important for me to have an abundance of flowers, since in my opinion they make a wedding as romantic as can be. We went for only white flowers to continue our white wedding theme, and they were complemented with mirror tables, which made everything pop even more.
Our wedding weekend included a traditional Sephardic henna party for good luck before the wedding. It was so exciting to see both backgrounds truly enjoying the culture, and it really brought everyone together before the wedding. It was such a blast.
A Minimoon in Greece
We went on a minimoon right after the wedding to Greece since it’s only an hour or two away from Israel. It was the best decision we made to get away just us two right after such a packed month. We are planning on going away in a few months for our honeymoon, but we are still deciding where.
Advice to couples currently planning their wedding
When people say it goes by fast, they’re not joking. It’s not everyday you have all the people you love under one roof – family and friends from all over the world coming to celebrate your love. Never forget what it’s all about. Enjoy every second and cherish every moment.
Sharona & Eyal’s little white book
Photography – Camellia
DJ – DJ Teta
Singer – Daniel Ben Haim
Wedding planner – David Shay
Venue – Hilton
Bride’s dresses – Vera Wang purchased at Wedding Salon and Zuhair Murad purchased at Kleinfeld
Bride’s jewellery – Bridal Style Boutique
Bride’s shoes – Yves Saint Laurent
Groom’s attire – Enzo Custom