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My (Really) Big Fat Israeli Wedding

The high-end market is soaring, wedding planners report. Two hundred flower girls and boys, anyone?

Israel Correspondent
06/12/2012

Jerusalem — Born into a poor Moroccan immigrant family that settled in the development town of Dimona, Yardena Ovadia always dreamed of giving her daughter a fairytale wedding.

A millionaire who made a fortune doing business in New Guinea, Ovadia spent almost $2 million on the Venetian-themed wedding, which featured close to 200 flower girls and boys, a riverfront setting designed to look like a canal in Venice, and — of course — gondoliers.

A chupah ceremony at the King David offers head-on view of Jerusalem’s Old City. Photos courtesy King David Hotel
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