Today I’m blogging a beautifully elegant affair from the heart of Jerusalem that shows you that you don’t necessarily have to incorporate a rainbow of colour or an abundance of details to have the wedding of your dreams. A destination wedding in Israel’s historical capital city, Natalie and Olivier’s white-on-white minimal theme is thoroughly timeless and perfectly set against the glorious backdrop of Jerusalem.
Minimal it may be, but will you just look at that custom-designed Inbal Dror wedding dress? I give you full permission to be green with envy over it — it’s absolutely gorgeous.
Not only is Natalie an incredibly beautiful bride, all glowing skin and glossy locks, but her and her French husband Olivier were one of the first couples ever to hold their wedding at the brand new Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, the city’s latest luxury venue.
Simple, elegant, fun, and relaxed — this wedding is perfectly executed in every way. Photography is by Chiko who’s making his debut appearance today on STG. Welcome to ‘Club Smashing’ , Chiko!
Choosing to marry in Jerusalem
Natalie, the bride: I was born in Jerusalem and it is a very special place to me, it has a lot of sentimental value and is a really unique place. We loved the idea of the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem because it was brand new. We were the first or second wedding there and the decor is just fabulous so there wasn’t much that we needed to do in terms of styling.
A minimal style
We picked a very natural and elegant style for the day, focusing on pinks and whites for the colours, and along with the florist we agreed on a very ‘minimal’ look. We didn’t need to do too much as the venue was decorated so beautifully.
An Inbal Dror dress
The dress was designed and custom made by Israeli designer Inbal Dror. We sat together and designed the dress. I wanted something really ‘bridal’ yet elegant and wanted to feel like a real bride rather than wearing something that could look like an average evening dress. With Inbal’s talent for design I felt this really came off and the dress made me feel really special.
I wore a veil and my hairdresser, Israeli stylist, Yaniv Zadda styled my hair for the occasion. I wore some earrings that my husband bought for my birthday as they were very special to me.
white shoes with diamante heels
I wore white shoes with a high heels studded with diamantà©!
A Tom Ford groom
My husband wore a Tom Ford suit. I absolutely love Tom Ford and his suits are so classy and fit really well, so I pretty much decided on this for him but he looked great in it.
Hair + make up
The ceremony on the whole is very special and sentimental — definitely my favourite part of the wedding. It was very emotional and special to us particularly being in such a historic city, and surrounded by all our family and friends.
our fabulous photographer
We decided on Chiko Photography as he is always so professional and amazing. He takes the most wonderful photos and knows exactly where to be in the right place at the right time to capture the most special and important moments of the day. We have known him for a while now and his work is fantastic. All the photos from the wedding were incredible!
We had a wedding band called Legend who were great!