Long post for a little wedding: our story, planning, handmade details, flowers and lots of love.
We met on Instagram. Yes, literally, his double-tap on one of my pictures lead to a very romantic story that I am sure I will be telling to my grandchildren someday, and eventually to our wedding. In few words, I was looking for a vintage hebrew typewriting machine and posted a picture to Instagram, he saw that picture after one of his friends did like on it, we didn’t follow each other then, and he dropped me an e-mail generously inviting to come and collect his typewriter machine from his parents’ house, as he left it there before leaving to the States. It didn’t work our then for some reasons only destiny knows, but what did is a pile of really long romantic e-mails, skypes, surprising posters over Tel Aviv streets and many shared moments together on an oceans-apart distance with a different time zones.
I was born in Siberia, Russia and came to Israel about 3 years ago. Yossi was born in Holon, Israel and left to Los Angeles, California exactly after my first year in Tel Aviv. We are still wondering how this all magically happened and Instagram app connected our gypsy souls with just one click, but now we are together, sharing the same last name and that turquoise vintage typewriting machine.
When it came to planning our wedding, which was quite spontaneous, we had a vision of simple, cozy, little bohemian wedding. By spontaneous I mean, all the wedding planning process was done in 3 months after his proposal to me, and wedding day happened to be on a beautiful date of 4/04/2014.
I was planning our little bohemian wedding in Tel Aviv by my own, while Yossi was still in Los Angeles, surely with the help of our families and friends. The venue I chose was actually the only one I saw, I just felt it is the right one at the moment we came to see the place. It was important for me the venue to be intimate, warm, with stone and wooden accents and no things we simply can’t handle – like plastic, or neon lights and other bad taste wedding venue’s attributes.
Talking about little details of the wedding, it was important for me that our guests (that were only close friends and family, around 100 people) would feel our vibe and handmade touch on everything. So I designed and planned the whole list of details. First, of course was a corner for THAT typewriter machine, complemented with craft paper and custom stamp of our wedding on each sheet, inviting guests to Leave Us a Love Note in that cozy silent corner of the venue. Wedding stationery we designed together with Yossi, he is graphic designer and animator (http://tabooplus.com), and I am his muse:) We actually are made of a bit different tastes, he is more urban, I am more free spirit, so wedding invitations design was our compromise. Our wedding rings are Yossi’s design as well. I showed them closer before in this post : DIY Bohemian Wedding – Part1 .
Among other handmade touches of the wedding were :
↠sitting plan made of paper feathers in a bird cage, with golden birds and rosemary greenery inside the cage ;
↠big dreamcatcher of white crochet, leather and turquoise stones in a guests sitting zone ;
↠golden topped real feathers and a piece of rosemary that decorated each guests’ silverware;
↠table numbers that had absolute inspiration coming from native american teepees;
↠our love story pictures hand-printed on wood were all over the place.
↠well, we did have also instagram tag #soulywedding (that actually helped us to collect some cute photos and videos next morning) and a tree decorated with our polaroid-sized pictures, maybe for someone’s it’s already a wedding cliche, but for us it is the real story how we met:)
↠each table was decorated with candles, jars with wild flowers (also handmade decorated with burlap and vintage crochet), burlap runners and had a disposable camera on it to entertain our guests.
As for flowers, it was a hard mission to find a flowers designer in Israel who would feel my vibe perfectly and has a reasonable price for wedding flowers arrangement, but I got lucky to find Chrissy. She not only implemented the way I saw my bridal bouquet and forest flower arrangements in jars over the place, she managed to find lavender for me and helped with other designs as well. Needless to say, our guests were truly amazed by the decoration and special intimate feel of the wedding. We asked everyone to take flower jars back home as a complement from our new little family by putting a Take Me Home tag on each jar, everything was gone:)
Bridal Gown: Free People Mi Amore Lace Dress
Shoes : Darling Daisy from Forever21
Wedding decor: handmade by TLV Birdie Blog
Stationery and Rings Design: TabooPlus
Flowers : Wedding Flowers Design by Chrissy Yahav