Wedding destinations fit for a supermodel
In celebration of Bar Refaeli's wedding, we showcase the picture-perfect venues for picture-perfect brides.
Nothing melts a camera like a model's wedding. Between the gorgeous venue, the designer dress and, of course, the bride who makes a living by looking good in photos, these weddings actually have the potential to look like the ones in magazines. In honor of Bar Refaeli's marriage this week, we've brought together some real-life supermodels and their real-life venue choices.
Canadian model Coco Rocha married James Conran at the Chateau de Challain in France's Loire Valley because some people actually get married in castles. The place is quite wedding-friendly, providing makeup artists, musicians, live theater, fireworks and even a watercolor artist – for no wedding is complete without a personalized watercolor.
The castle is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, close to vineyards and is basically "Great Gatsby"-level luxurious. Seriously, they hosted a "Great Gatsby"-themed wedding last year.
Israeli model Bar Refaeli and her fiancé, businessman Adi Ezra, are getting married this Thursday, and everyone's in a tizzy over the ceremony to be held at the Carmel Forest Spa Resort near Haifa, Israel. In order to get privacy, the couple has been trying to reserve the airspace above the wedding. Really. The exclusive spa resort is surrounded by luscious forests, features indoor and outdoor pools, serves gourmet food and offers expert-led health and wellness workshops.
The wedding of Namibian model Behati Prinsloo and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine was actually officiated by comedic actor Jonah Hill, Levine’s long-time best friend, who I like to imagine went through a misadventure trying to bring champagne to the ceremony. They were married in Flora Farms in Los Cabos, Mexico, a 10-acre organic farm featuring an herb garden, amphitheater, lakeside lawn and hilltop altar.
When Somali-American model Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid decided to tie the knot with some guy named David Bowie, the two first married in a Swiss City Hall before going through a ceremony at St. James' Episcopal Church, a small church in Florence, Italy, because they cared more about loving each other than having a fancy wedding. It's no castle, but the place is pretty nice in a quaint, secret garden sort of way.
It's time to close with a classic: American model Cindy Crawford famously married nightclub owner Rande Gerber in 1998, and people are still talking about the seaside ceremony. The two exchanged vows at the Ocean Club Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, a place with Versailles-inspired gardens, a 12th-century Augustinian cloister, spa, beaches ... you get the idea.
Crawford went through the ceremony barefoot because, you know, sand. Not sure what you do for a honeymoon when your wedding is in a place called Paradise Island, but surely it involves a long walk along the beach.
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