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.
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.
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!