Following my previous post in which I gave you a taste of the fusion of artistic elements with wedding traditions, it’s time to “talk” about how the desire for ‘something truly different’; something artistic, rustic, – not your traditional “white wedding” theme was incorporated within the design.
The un-ordinary, rustic forest setting – a kibbutz in the Judean hills, created the inspiration and set the tone for the design.
The style was casually elegant and contemporary; an enchanted garden setting in an intimate atmosphere for the Chuppah and a well designed ‘organic chic’ dinner and party to follow. Fresh cut natural flower arrangements, in a mix and match of ceramic vases featuring refreshing, contrasting shades of eggplant and apple green, on a neutral palette of natural colors: champagne, amber, mocha and chocolate brown; highlighted with touches of cream.
In the reception area, a mix of lanterns rented from the flea market in Tel Aviv (my favorite treasure island) hung from the venue’s trees.
The bridal chair was allocated between two trees from which we hung long strings of cream and white ribbons and glass balls with tea lights creating a unique setting for a very special bride.
The Chuppah featured a Masorti Chuppah (Masorti, means traditional) made from 4 branches and a beautiful parochet which Andi (the brides’ artist mother) had hand sewn especially for Ariel and Noam – the first of a newborn tradition – a family parochet that will “Marry” Ariel’s siblings and children for generations to come. Amen!
In place of a traditional wedding aisle, white buckets featuring white, cream and apple green flower arrangements were hung on the chairs that lined the aisle.
The dinner area was divided and merged between the younger guests’ section and the family and older friends sections.
For the younger guests, the event colors – eggplant, greens, pinks, and burnt orange – were combined with chic garden party style lounge furniture in place of conventional tables and chairs. Elegant white Japanese lanterns hung between the trees. Centerpieces featuring flowers growing in and out of antique copper pots and trays set beside lots of glistening candles together created the desired festive, spiritual ambiance.
The adult tables were divided between very long tables featuring rusted containers with an elegant arrangement of flowers imported from Holland especially for the event (hydrangeas are barely available in Israel during spring – this event took place in the fall).
To keep the table layout diversified and visually aesthetic, some of the guests were seated around ‘ring’ shaped tables that had a cherry blossom tree planted inside from which we hung clear glass balls with tea lights inside.
A lovely “day after” letter from Andi, mother of the bride, addressed to myself and Debra Goldberg who produced the event, will perhaps enlighten you as to why I do what I do and how lucky I am to get the chance to do it!
“I just had to tell you what a magical, glorious evening you created for our family.
Every detail was stunning, flowers, color scheme of flowers, (rich and unusual,) lanterns fabulous ( I want to buy some of those!) young people’s area – too, too fun ( everyone wanted to sit there…) Bridal area, sweet, romantic- the whole seating plan- outrageously fun and creative. I loved Ariel’s bouquet and the crystal napkin ties. Seating tablecard table was great!
I have gotten so many e-mails today about how incredible the evening was and how no one wanted to go home.
So thank you, a million thanks. I think we make a great team. I am so happy I discovered you both for child number one! God willing we have many more smachot to plan.
Lots of love and thanks-Andi and David and Ariel and Noam”