We chose to get married in a Halachik Jewish wedding, in front of witnesses, family and friends – this is our tradition and it was important for us to follow it properly.
We also chose not to marry through the Chief Rabbinate. Marriage is a public status, and what is done in public testifies to our values and the norms we are willing to accept. The narrow way that the rabbinate dictates, its preoccupation with who is Jewish enough, and their treatment of women in general – do not fit our values.
Mavoi Satum helped us in the preparation process, and allowed us to have a wedding that fit both our tradition and our values.