Deputy Transport Minister Tzipi Hotovely tied the knot on Monday night, marrying attorney Ohr Alon, who she met earlier this year. It was the first time for both Hotovely, 35, and Alon, 31, under the chuppah.
Alon grew up in Kochav Yair in western Samaria, and was a member of Bnei Akiva. Hotovely grew up in Rehovot and studied at a Bnai Akiva girls' school in Tel Aviv. She served for two years in the National Service.
The wedding was attended Monday night by nearly 2,000 people, among them many Knesset members, Likud activists, mayors and heads of local authorities, and, of course, the media. The nuptials were arranged by Rabbi Elisha Wishlitzky.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was unable to make it, but sent his special blessing to the new couple. Netanyahu is responsible for Hotovely's entry into politics. Netanyahu said that he had wanted to attend, but did not wish to burden the wedding party with the large security contingent that he would be required to bring along.
The Knesset finished its business earlier than usual on Monday, in order to enable the many MKs invited to leave and get to the wedding in time.