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Carmel and Edo certainly know how to throw a party. And throw a party they did — more specifically a big day that embraced their American and Israeli backgrounds, with lots of Jewish traditions modernised by the couple in a fun, original way.
Personally I have a lot of love for this wedding. Carmel’s exquisite Mira Zwillinger wedding gown? I adore it. The incredible song that Carmel walked down the aisle to? I love it and cannot actually stop listening to it… Personalised ‘CARMELychee Martinis’ and ‘MojEDO’ cocktails? Yes, absolutely need those in my life!
And let’s not forget the epic dancing at the end — this hot couple and their guests had ALL the moves!
AN AMAZING VENUE SURROUNDED BY NATURE
Carmel, the Bride: The venue we decided to have our wedding at was Baya’ar, which translates to “In the Forest”. It was actually the very first and last venue we went to — we both completely fell in love with the place the second we arrived and booked it immediately.
I wanted to be surrounded by nature during my wedding, which is exactly what this beautiful place offers. The grounds are filled with every colour of green imaginable; it really feels like you’re in a forest. This feeling is just the same inside, which is filled from floor to ceiling with glass windows with a view to the same beautiful greenery. The best part about the place is its lighting! It has the most incredible lighting system, which creates an amazing ambiance both during the dinner and especially on the dance floor! On top of everything, the owners of the venue took such great care of us and were there from early in the morning during set up and literally ordered us a cab to go home at 3:00am!
If you thought your wedding costs were steep, imagine what it costs to book Stevie Wonder and Kylie, and to mail your invitations out in silver boxes? Or how about 110 types of dishes for 11,000 guests, a £200,000 dress, or designer gift bag favours filled with jewels?
Dream on (or feel queasy with the extravagance of it all) and soak up all the juicy deets from the world’s ten most expensive weddings (as of August 2014)!
10. Elizabeth Taylor & Larry Fortensky: £2.3million
Date: 6 October 1991
Location: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, California
The dress: A pale yellow Valentino number worth £18,000 but donated for free by the designer.
What else went down: Michael Jackson played father of the bride, and 160 guests attended the ceremony, including Macaulay Culkin, Liza Minnelli and Eddie Murphy.
9. Liza Minnelli & David Gest: £2.5million
Date: 16 March 2002
Location: Marble Collegiate Church, New York City
The dress: Liza wore an ivory white Bob Mackie three-quarter length gown.
What the budget went on: A 60 piece orchestra and the musical talents of Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole. £500,000 on flowers and a £25,000 wedding cake.
What else went down: There were 850 wedding guests including Queen guitarist Brian May, Liam Neeson, Joan Collins, Gloria Gaynor, Anthony Hopkins, Mia Farrow…the list goes on. Michael Jackson was the best man and Elizabeth Taylor was the maid of honour.
8. Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky: £3.5million
Date: 31 July 2010
Location: Rhinebeck, 100 miles north of New York City, at the grand estate of Astor Courts overlooking the Hudson River,
The dress: A Vera Wang ivory strapless gown featured a silk tulle diagonally draped bodice with a raw edged laser-cut swirling silk organza ball skirt and train.
What the budget went on: £400,000 on air-conditioned tents and a £7,000 cake.
What else went down: There were 500 guests, including Oprah Winfrey, and security was super tight – no mobile phones were allowed, and a no-fly zone was set up over the wedding zone.
Image: Crystall & Ryan’s first dance at their Jewish / Greek Wedding by Brookelyn Photography
With every one of my Real Jewish Weddings I ask the bride or groom, “what was your first dance song?”. I receive so many fabulous song choices that I thought it was high time I collated them into a Top 40 list for your benefit! So here it is – click on the songs to listen to them and let me know if you have any to add. Click on the playlist to see the full first dance catalogue in Spotify. The playlist will be constantly updated with new tracks. Enjoy!
Oh, and we also have a playlist for songs to walk down the aisle to too.
Happy music selecting!
Oh my! I have a sneaking suspicion that you are going to fall in love with this morning’s California vineyard wedding. To Natalya and Alex (both originally from Russia), their big day was particularly special to them, as their parents didn’t get a chance to get married in a traditional Jewish ceremony, under a chuppah, in the former Soviet Union.
Natalya is BEAUTIFUL with delicious bridal accessories to match — I mean you just can’t help but gawp at her super sparkly Jimmy Choo shoes and that divine necklace on her bare back.
It’s s perhaps one of the most eloquently executed themed wedding I’ve seen on these pages from the grapevine-themed stationery to the wine bottle cork place cards to the olive oil favours. I also love all the vintage-glam touches, particularly the EPIC portrait shots by in that super sexy 1962 Buick Electra .
Also, I must add that I love that Natalya’s niece wrote her toast on Jenga pieces, as Natalya and Alex met playing Jenga…
OK enough from me, take it away you gorgeous pair!
A BEAUTIFUL VINEYARD VENUE
Natalya, the Bride: Our wedding was in Sonoma, CA at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. We knew we wanted to get married in the wine country. It is a place we love coming to any time of year. We also wanted our guests to have a relaxing weekend with us away from the busy city life. As our wedding was in April, we chose a venue with options for both indoor and outdoor events. The building at Jacuzzi Winery is beautiful from an architectural standpoint, and the property has what seems like a never-ending vineyard in the back.