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BAR RE­FAELI, whose bikini-clad im­age was plas­tered all over the side of a pas­sen­ger jet has reached for the skies again — this time try­ing to ban planes from fly­ing over her wed­ding cer­e­mony.

The Is­raeli su­per­model mar­ried busi­ness­man Adi Ezra near Haifa last week but caused a row when she asked Is­rael’s civil avi­a­tion au­thor­ity to close airspace above the venue to keep out pa­parazzi.

The re­quest was ini­tially granted un­til Trans­port Min­is­ter, Is­rael Katz, wrote to the au­thor­ity’s di­rec­tor, Joel Feld­shuh, say­ing that, if the skies were not open to ev­ery­one “you will be re­moved from your post”.

The wed­ding was tra­di­tion­ally Jewish and re­port­edly took place at the Carmel For­est spa re­sort.

Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman of­fi­ci­ated in front of 300 guests and the bride wore a Chloé wed­ding gown.

As she walked down the aisle to the chup­pah, singer Shlomi Shab­bat sang The Be­gin­ning of the World, ac­cord­ing to the Is­raeli news site Mako.

The 2011 song Marry You by Bruno Mars is said to have been played to mark the mo­ment her new hus­band stepped on the glass.

The cou­ple then par­tied with friends and rel­a­tives in a gi­ant tent dec­o­rated with pur­ple spot­lights.

The build-up to the event was equally event­ful. Apart from the no-fly con­tro­versy, Re­faeli was pic­tured at one of two hen par­ties div­ing head-first into a swimming pool wear­ing her wed- ding veil. She posted the pic­ture, along with sev­eral oth­ers, in­clud­ing the one pic­tured be­low, on In­sta­gram.

The par­ties meant she had to miss the Lon­don launch of diamond dealer H Stern’s 70th an­niver­sary cam­paign, even though she has been the face of the brand in Is­rael for the past three years.

She was at the global launch in Brazil a month ago, and starred in pro­mo­tional videos.

A few years ear­lier, she had al­lowed a Sports Il­lus­trated pic­ture to be used to dec­o­rate the side of a South­west Air­lines Boe­ing 737, which flew be­tween New York and Las Ve­gas.

So why did she want to close the skies for her big day?

The cou­ple were said to have cited con­ges­tion rea­sons — they were plan­ning to use five drones, two he­li­copters and a hot-air bal­loon of their own, and there wouldn’t have been room for other air­craft.


The Bar Re­faeli-adorned 737 ( above), and ( left) the face of a gems gi­ant

Big day: the model bride poses for her own wed­ding pic­ture

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