What happens when two event planners get married? Only the most epic Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding of all time. No, seriously, not to go all Kanye on you, but of all time.
Bride Lihi has always loved Alice in Wonderland, with the story following her throughout key points of her life. So, naturally, when it came to marrying fellow event designer Ido, the pair began planning out how to bring the book to life with immaculate attention to detail.
From the stunning forest venue to the astounding floral china centrepieces, the abundance of colorful flowers (assembled by a team of ten florists!) and props to the actors who, in full costume, interacted with the guests, the wedding was just like stepping into the classic novel.
Let’s take a second to talk about Lihi’s show-stopping Zahavit Tshuba dress, with its lace top and tulle skirt – the absolute definition of Israeli chic, with all of the boldness and personality that we adore in Israeli brides.
The day, with its quirky and original paper flower chuppah, was beautifully shot by our dear friend and much-loved STG Recommended Vendor, Ran Bergman. Thank goodness, as this was truly worth preserving!
We’ll leave you now with the amazing images and Lihi’s account of her and Ido’s magical wedding day. Take it away, Lihi…
How we met
Lihi, the bride: We met through mutual friends, who decided to matchmake us.
A perfect setting for a tea party
We got married in a forest, next to a small village, which was perfect for our Alice in Wonderland event.
An Alice in Wonderland theme
We planned the wedding ourselves, since we are familiar with the events industry. The theme we chose was Alice in Wonderland.
An up ‘do fit for an Israeli summer
I decided on having my hair tied back, because our event was taking place outside in the nature in the middle of the summer, which is very hot in Israel. My makeup was kind of smokey-eye style, but very light. My hair and makeup were done by Kfir Goldstein.
A lacy, vintage-inspired Zahavit Tshuba dress
My dress was designed by Zahavit Tshuba — a well-known and respected international bridal designer.
I was looking for something special, which wasn’t too trendy and would suit me and my personality. The top was lacy and vintage inspired. From the second I tried it on, I knew it was the one.
My tiara was made from the same paper flowers our chuppah was made from. Everything was handmade by us and by our florist.
Sensible heels and Alice in Wonderland sneakers
My bridal shoes were basically sandals; very simple ones, with a thick heel, which I bought randomly in a store that I found. But my real shoes, which I wore after the ceremony, were white flat sneakers with green hearts.
The handsome groom
Ido wore a blue suit and a white buttoned shirt. Instead of a tie, he wore a neckerchief in shades of burgundy and blue, and instead of a belt he wore suspenders. The suit was designed by IZAK.
Bridesmaids in mismatched dresses
My two best friends were my bridesmaids, and they stayed with me the night before the wedding. They wore mismatched dresses.
A paper flower chuppah
For us it was very clear, since we are events designers, that we were looking to create something unique and unusual that would stick in people’s minds after the big day. We decided on huge paper flowers decorating the chuppah.
A simple, heartfelt ceremony
The ceremony itself was very simple and basic. The most special part of the ceremony was at our entrance to the chuppah; because we played an Indian love song that we both love very much. The guests were in shock!
Our music choice
Our chuppah song was Indian love song. Our breaking the glass song was also a rhythmical, Indian song. We didn’t have a first dance; it wasn’t our thing. The music was very happy and upbeat. We didn’t have pop music, most of it was in Hebrew. We left the playlist in our DJ’s capable hands – Ori Bronfman from Shablul DJs Company.
I don’t know where to start when it comes to talking about the flowers!
The event was very colorful, from the entrance and to the tables; the bar to the reception. It was full of colors; lots of flowers; all specially designed and heavily detailed, with graphics incorporated into the design, and an amazing bridal bouquet with black flowers and green eucalyptus leaves, which was made by my one and only — my husband.
The floral design was coordinated by Ido (my husband) with the help and very hard work of 10 florists.
Our fabulous photographer and videographer
At the moment we saw Ran Bergman we fell in love; we knew that he will be in charge of our complicated and so unusual event. We looked previous weddings of his; and we knew that he is a real pro and we decided to trust his experience for such an important mission for us. His team included two more stills photographers and one talented videographer name Idan Tzror.
During the reception two theater actors walked among the guests. They were dressed as Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter. (My nephew is still scared since then!)
Ido and I are events designer in Israel; so when our time came we knew that it is going to be our huge production. I have a former crush on this story “Alice in Wonderland” that walks with me my whole life. Even in my Architecture studies I chose “Alice” to be my final project. In the wedding everything had to be accurate and perfect. All the story details were designed to be at the wedding. Starting from the entrance that was through a small door (the wedding was out in the filed as I mentioned before); and continuing with trail of lockers and lots of mirrors in different shapes and sizes; clocks everywhere; Key phrases from the story; bartenders with smoky drinks tray (with bright potions); special hats; lots of cups; books that we gathered for six month; huge flowers and lots and lots of familiar motif from the story.
Advice to brides and grooms currently planning their wedding
Wedding day should to be a very happy and enjoyable day.
You need to trust your selected professionals which you choose very carefully. If you choose them it’s probably the right decision for you; so trust them and let them do their work; it will definitely provide you the best outcome.
Don’t forget to have a good time, everybody came to be happy for you. Remember to smile and be calm as long as you can.
Lihi & Ido’s little white book
Photographer – Ran Bergman
Videographer – Idan Tzror
Event planner and designer – Ido Frid
Bride’s dress – Zahavit Tshuba
Bride’s shoes – Republic Footwear
Groom’s attire – IZAK
Hair + Makeup – Kfir Goldstein
DJ – Ori Bronfman from Shablul DJs