Getting married in Israel has many advantages, and with so many unique landscapes and venues to choose from it’s no wonder that our country is home to some truly beautiful and inspirational events.
From all the unique locations at hand, our southern desert landscape definitely tops the list for a photogenic and unforgettable backdrop to say ‘I Do’. The weekend wedding featured here today took place in the Arava desert and was put together within only two months. The event was a dreamy and unforgettable experience for both bride and groom as well as the guests.
The bride, who hails from a family fond of trips and festivals, is an expert in planning multi-participant tours and is used to sleeping in tents in unusual places. Therefore, organizing a desert wedding for 150 guests within two months seemed entirely possible for her, especially with the help of the excellent producers she chose to accompany her.
The decision to get married in the desert came from the desire to do something in a special place with value and emotional connection,” tells us the bride (who choose not to be named in the article) . “We wanted it to be nice but not fancy, in a very relaxed, beautiful and special place. The desert was the perfect location for us. We held our wedding where weddings are not usually held, but since we’ve visited this area at least once a year, the owners of the land decided to help us and us to have our wedding there”.
To help with the planning, the bride scoured our website and laid her eyes on producers “Shablul”, who helped make her dream a reality in such a short time. She also planned and built a website especially for the purpose of the wedding. Via the website guests were offered six accommodation options near the location of the event. These options included several isolated areas ranging from guest rooms, luxurious wooden cabins to a Bedouin encampment, where staying was free of charge. Each guest had 6 options that either required payment or were for free and each could reserve his/hers preferred accommodation. The website also revealed the wedding schedule and the location of the meals.
The guests who were closest to the couple arrived on Thursday night where a first wedding dinner took place. The rest of the guests arrived the following day at noon for breakfast and. a bus with the rest of the guests arrived at 2 P.M. Guests were then given the opportunity to rest and swim in the pool, to tour the wadi (valley) and get ready for the event that started at 5 P.M. The wedding party itself continued into the night and some even stayed to see the sunrise. On Saturday morning there was another breakfast followed by a bus to Tel Aviv and our couple continued their celebration in the Red Sea resort town of Eilat.
The entire wedding was one big desert festival. The mother of the bride is a textile artist, so she was in charge of all the design, bringing with her textiles and carpets, table cloths and various tulles in different colors which were scattered on the dance floor, creating an authentic atmosphere. In the evenings guests were offered scarves and blankets, as well as hookahs (water pipes) and one big bonfire to warm them all.
The bride spent the morning of the wedding (Friday) with her friends who arrived especially from abroad. She had a private pool where she could prepare privately. After that they had an amazing photo shooting session in the wadi. The marriage contract (Ketubah) was signed in a Bedouin tent that was located at the site of the event, in the presence of the couple, the family and close friends only, and from there they began a festive wedding parade accompanied by drums and songs of friends and acquaintances. “I came out from the tent last, friends and cousins drummed, all this was in front of the sunset, just magical and exciting.”
The wedding attire of the bride and groom were perfectly in sync with the nature of the wedding, and integrated amazingly with the desert landscapes. The bride chose to wear a beautiful dress designed by Yaniv Percy – a loose delicate dress in light grey. “The truth is that this is the dress I fell in love with at first sight, but my mother said I shouldn’t wear a grey dress and white is better. So the designer designed a white dress for me, but the moment I saw it I realised it wasn’t for me and went back to the grey dress I fell in love with at first sight”. The groom wore a special cream and beige suit and biblical flip flops while the bride wore part of the time flat sandals and was barefoot for the rest of the time. The guests also came in bright white, cream or off-white clothes.
What can we say – just stunning !!!