Bar Refaeli arrives for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film La Tete Haute (Standing Tall) at the international film festival, Cannes.

Bar Refaeli arrives for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film La Tete Haute (Standing Tall) at the international film festival, Cannes.

When supermodel Bar Refaeli ties the knot in a lavish star-studded ceremony in northern Israel, the main drama could play out in the skies overhead.

Hoping to avoid the peeping gaze of paparazzi, Refaeli and her fiance Adi Ezra asked Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority to shut down the airspace above the wedding. Citing safety concerns over potentially congested airspace, the authority agreed.

That sparked an angry retort from Israeli transportation minister Yisrael Katz, who said “the skies belong to the entire public and exclusivity cannot be granted for commercial reasons for high-profile people”.

After reports emerged that flights would still be restricted, Mr Katz delivered a scathing note to the authority’s director saying “if the skies above Bar Refaeli’s wedding won’t be open, you will be removed from your post”.