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Tel Aviv Wedding Photographer | Shay & Karine

This blog post has been a long time coming. Back in May, Mark and I flew all the way out to Tel Aviv, Israel to photograph Shay and Karine’s beautiful wedding. I met Shay and Karine a year earlier when they were visiting St. Augustine. When we began our trip, we didn’t know it would be the beginning of a life-long friendship. The moment we landed, and I spotted Karine jumping up and down and waiving her arms, in heels and a pencil skirt, mind you, I knew we were in for a good time. Our visit to Israel was my first time leaving the US and it was no less than an epic adventure. We spent the first two days of our visit being introduced to Tel Aviv, one beautiful block at a time. Shay and Karine took us to one of their favorite restaurants that night, and we visited Jerusalem the next day. Mark and I were immediately enchanted by the beautiful, busy city. He likes to describe it as “New York City, meets Baghdad, meets The Keys.” Tel Aviv has an active, youthful energy, with Middle Eastern architecture poised aside a vibrant landscape and the glassy, green-blue Mediterranean Sea.

When we arrived, on the third day of our trip, at the Shalom Hotel to start photographing Karine getting ready, I felt like I was just going to spend time with my dear friend, on the most important day of her life. Karine is so happy and energetic, she just lights up any room she walks into. Shay met us at the hotel and we took their portraits at Independence Park and Jaffa, the oldest park of Tel Aviv.

One of Karine’s beautiful bridesmaids and long-time friend, Itana, was so sweet as she watched Karine get ready.
Karine knitted Shay’s kippah herself. So sweet!
I love this shot as we walked back to the car to head to their venue. Shay is an amazing entrepreneur- and as such, he is constantly on his phone, monitoring his emails, etc. 
Their ceremony and reception was at this awesome old textile factory that was converted into a high end furniture store. It is called The Kastiel and it is just gorgeous! it is so funny though, because when you arrive it is in this tiny, graffiti-covered alley way, then it opens into the most amazing, lovely space.
In Israel, they typically have their cocktail hour first and the bride and groom enjoy their guests until they are ready for the ceremony to begin.

I love this moment when Karine’s grandmother pulled up to the venue and her whole family went out to greet her.

I just loved the art and furniture in the room where they had their cocktail hour.

Before the ceremony began, Shay, along with his dad, father-in-law and one of his closest friends, went aside to pray and sign the ketubah with their rabbi. The ketubah dates back to ancient times and is a significant part of Jewish weddings. It is essentially a sort of prenuptial agreement, in which  the groom declares his loyalty and responsibilities to his wife. I think it is beautiful that they set aside this time to seriously discuss what it is that marriage means and how a man vows to honor and take care of his wife.

I hate to end right before the wedding really got on it’s way, but I don’t want this post to be 200 photos long! 🙂 Coming up tomorrow- the ceremony, reception and their beautiful decor!

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Marci - August 8, 2012 - 9:21 pm

I have been waiting to see the pictures from this wedding!!! Every single one is gorgeous and the couple is adorable as well!

[…] This is part two of Shay and Karine’s gorgeous wedding in Tel Aviv, Israel. If you haven’t seen part one yet, check it out here. […]

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