We don’t even know where to start with today’s gorgeous wedding! The hanging flowers? The market-style food service? The fruit kayak?! (Yes, you read that right!)
Bride Chen and groom Yair had one of those quintessentially cool Israeli seaside Jewish weddings, at Trask at the Tel Aviv Port — but with a twist. Or several.
For starters, how awesome are the hanging wildflowers over the tables?! And let’s not even get started on the gorgeous pastel florals topping the couple’s chuppah, or the scattered bouquets of fresh herbs that dotted the venue.
And how sweet is it that the two families teamed up to write Chen and Yair a song, which they performed on the day as a surprise for the couple?
And back to that fruit kayak. Everything about Chen and Yair’s market-themed food setup is just fab — they had tons of stations, plus a cocktail car, a beer car, and a candy buffet — but the fact that they stuffed a real-life, full-size kayak with watermelon, grapes, mangoes, passionfruit, and more for their guests to dip into during the night makes this wedding truly one for the books.
Chen was the picture of chill, boho chic in her Inbal Raviv wedding dress, and People Photography captured the day beautifully. And we can’t get enough of her single piece of succinct and on-point wedding planning advice: “Marry the right guy.” Take it away, Chen!
How we met
Chen, the bride: We met at college, but we didn’t get together until 2 years after we finished studying.
A Seaside Venue
We got married at Trask at the Tel Aviv Port. We choose it because we want a daytime wedding near the sea, somewhere cool and light.
Wedding Planner Dreams
We used a wonderful wedding planner, Moran Goldstein. We worked with her to choose our wedding theme. We decided we wanted our day to be very colorful with a lot of flowers, with market-themed food.
I’ve always dreamed of being an event planner, and working alongside Moran to plan our wedding was like a culmination of that dream for me!
Our invitation was designed by Tziporot, to fit with our floral theme.
A Natural Look
For hair and makeup I wanted a very natural look. I kept my hair loose with two small braids, and I had very light natural makeup.
A Boho Princess Dress
My boho-style dress was designed by Inbal Raviv. It was the first dress I saw and the first (and last) I tried on; I didn’t even bother looking at any others. I felt like a princess the moment I put it on. It was very important to me to find something comfortable that I could wear throughout the day.
I wore only a hair pin, designed by Efrat Cassouto, and earrings. The bodice of my dress had an intricate beaded design, so I didn’t want anything to distract from that.
I had silver high heels by Shoez Web Store that matched my dress.
The handsome groom
Yair wore Hugo Boss (pants, shirt, and bow tie), and brown shoes from Steve Madden. When I saw him, I felt butterflies.
Little Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
We had 4 girls and 2 boy as attendants, the girls wore white dresses and flower crowns and the boys wore blue pants and light blue shirts with ties.
A Classic Chuppah
We chose a very classic style for the chuppah, complemented by pastel flowers and the sea in the background.
A Musical Ceremony
At the ceremony we had a rabbi-singer, who really created a special ambience. At the moment we arrived to the ceremony area and saw all our guests – we were so excited! – we entered with a familiar Israeli song, “Take a Wife and Build Her a House,” and all the guests started singing with the rabbi and with us.
We had mainstream music plus Israeli pop songs, played by DJ Aviel Brant of Alpha.
The venue was full of wildflowers, hanging from the ceiling and on the table centers. We also had bouquets of different kinds of herbs, all designed by Leehe Ophir.
Our fabulous photographer
We choose our photographer, People Photography, on recommendation of our wedding planner.
We didn’t have a wedding cake. Our caterer was Mikel; we had lots of food stations, like in a market. We also had a cocktail car, a beer car, a fruit kayak, and a candy bar buffet by Mamtak-In, designed as a market.
A Special song
Our families teamed up and wrote us a song! They sang and danced to it for us on the day. Yair is a big fan of Hapoel Beer Sheva soccer team and my father is an owner of Maccabi Netanya soccer team, so we played their anthem and danced to that, too.
Olive Oil Favors
At the end of the wedding, we gave all of our guests a small bottle of olive oil, branded to match our invitation.
Advice to couples currently planning their wedding
My advice is to marry the right guy.
Chen & Yair’s little white book
Photography and videography – People Photography
Wedding planner – Moran Goldstein
Venue – Trask
Design – Leehe Ophir
Bride’s dress – Inbal Raviv
Bride’s shoes – Shoez Web Store
Bride’s jewellery – Efrat Cassouto
Groom’s attire –Hugo Boss and Steve Madden
Flowers – Flower Queens
DJ – DJ Aviel Brant of Alpha
Candy bar – Mamtak-In
Stationery – Tziporot