about six month before Yael and I got married in the Jem’s Beer Factory and we wrote about that dress and that event here, we had to get legally married and decided to go old school. We wore vintage suits and dresses, everyone sported a mustache, we had burekas and marinated herring, it was chill and perfect, much more than we could expect from a visit to the rabbinate.
we asked Yael about her dress and about the wedding.
1. what’s the story behind the dress?
– I looked for something simple that could work well with the Jewish vintage style we were going for at the time we were living in China. actually in China finding a white dress is easy in the summer, but it was already autumn so it wasn’t that easy.
2. where did you get it?
– H&M and I also wanted a top, that we found one night walking home from the supermarket. In Ningbo, you can’t find a cab at 6pm, because everyone is on a supper break, so we walked through the small streets and found the top in a small shop that we’ve never been to before and never been to since. It was sized XL, about the size of a M in Israel.
– the dress was about $40 and the top probably another $50
4. Any regrets?
– of course not. it was stunning
5. What’s a wedding dress for you?
– Something far from reality.
Yael and I. on our wedding day. November 2011.
photography: Elad Baranga
make up artist: Ruth Toledo
model: Gal Melnick
Liat and Safi’s wedding celebration was very special. They didn’t want to have a big event, just something simple and small with the two families. In a way something very old school, celebrating in the back yard of the house he grew up in and taking pictures where they plan to build a house one day, but on the other hand it was very avant-garde.
Big wedding are the norm, anyone doing something even just a bit different is considered radical, but why not? why throw all that money away? why not do something fun (and delicious) with the people you love? This happened to be the smallest wedding I shot with 14 adults (stealing the title from a 23 guest wedding last winter) but this wedding was much more than a wedding to shoot.
Together with Liat and Safi, I helped them put together everything they wanted, I got Tom, a good friend of mine, and an incredibly talented chef to run the show in the kitchen, and a show it was. We branded this whole event from menus to beer labels (on home brewed beer that i made, of course) and gave everyone involved an afternoon they’ll never forget.
I love winter weddings. First of all, because Israel doesn’t have that much of a winter, and it makes much better sense to dress up and look good in the winter, not that I have anything against wearing shorts and looking formal, I’m a big fan, but most people don’t attack the local heat that way.
Even though, the winter isn’t hard, there’s something cozy and fun about an event with friends and family eating, dancing, drinking, and celebrating together while it’s raining outside. The little bit of rain we get, is not enough to really ruin your plans, but enough to make the streets look clean, the air to smell good and to add that hint of elegance that is really hard to achieve with the million degree heat we get here in the summers.
Ravit and Elad’s wedding had all that. Elad Ron is an amazing DJ and a personal friend, we’ve worked together for many years in raves, clubs, roof parties, bars and now even weddings; he’s also one of the leading DJs in the Israeli wedding scene, he played in my wedding, and also in a lot of my friends’ weddings. He founded Zebra Music and their all star lineup tore of the dance floor for hours; started early, finished late… like there was any other way to go?
DJs: Aviel Brant, Nadav Agami, Idan Gavriel of Zebra Music