There will be no bird’s eye view for air passengers when Bar Refaeli marries on Thursday, after the Israel Civil Aviation Authority agreed to a request by the Israeli supermodel and her businessman fiance Adi Ezra to close the skies above the venue on the big day.
The Authority has informed pilots and airlines that they will be unable to fly over the Carmel forest where the nuptials are taking place, Israel’s Ynet news website reported Friday. The ban will be in place from 5 p.m. on Thursday until 2 a.m. on Friday morning.
Refaeli and Ezra will be using two private planes and a blimp of their own to record the event — the only aircraft that will be allowed in the area during the wedding.
But not everyone is sharing in the joy of the occasion. A pilot who had planned to fly in the area on the day told Ynet that the request was ridiculous.
“To close a public air resource at the a request of a celebrity who wants privacy is like closing the Ayalon Highway (the ring road around Tel Aviv) because a celebrity does not want one of the cars on the road photographing her at home,” he said.
Ezra is the heir to giant Israeli food importing company Neto ME Holdings, Ltd. Refaeli has previously said that she wants to raise a big Jewish family with him.
This is not the first time the international star has been engaged or in a high-profile relationship –- she was previously married to Arik Weinstein and dated Leonardo DiCaprio from 2006 to 2011.