When I think back on Ma’ayan and Mikey’s wedding day, I honestly get giddy just remembering how wonderful it was. The theme of the day was family and it was beyond special to witness and be a part of.
Ma’ayan and Mikey’s wedding was planned and booked to be in Israel, where they live. Due to some medical complications with Mikey’s father, he was not able to travel to Israel to be at the wedding, so Ma’ayan and Mikey simply brought the wedding to him. That in itself should tell you the kind of people Ma’ayan and Mikey are. They brought an Israeli style wedding to Fairfield, Connecticut, and created a beautiful and meaningful venue in and around Mikey’s family home. Ma’ayan’s family from Israel stayed together with Mikey’s family at their home, and on the wedding day, everyone present chipped in and helped bring the day together. The camaraderie and the love felt on that day was more than just evident, it was palpable.
As much as I deeply appreciate the efforts and talents of all wedding vendors, there was something so wonderfully relaxing and special about how this wedding did not have any of that. The entire family took the place of all of the vendors, and while that certainly does not work all of the time, with this simplistic yet meaningful wedding, it was exactly right. The family fed off of the wonderful bride and groom, as did we! Ma’ayan and Mikey were so in sync, so relaxed and calm about everything. The wedding day just flowed so beautifully, and that was in no small way because of them. Their personalities would not be silenced, and I absolutely loved that about them! Ma’ayan had brought heels to wear for her special day, but decided comfort was key, and resorted to wearing her comfortable and worn in work boots all day. That did nothing to lessen how beautiful she looked in the heirloom gown that her grandmother, aunt and mother all wore on their wedding days. Each wore the same dress in a different configuration and each made it their own.
I will not apologize for going on endlessly about how amazing this wedding was, but I will take a breath while you look through the photos and see exactly what I was feeling on this perfect wedding day!
The Chuppah was built right outside the front door by the bride’s sister and brother, directed by the groom’s mother.
The father and sister of the bride bought flowers from a florist and created the arrangements themselves, the very morning of the wedding, and Mikey and his best friend Jeremy even built a ramp from the front door so his father could come out of the house easily. How special is that?
Having only just met Ma’ayan and Mikey, the connection we formed was a surprise but a blessing. The two of them even honored me by asking me to be a witness to the signing of their Ketubah. How many wedding photographers can say that?