A Sassi Holford bride for a Destination Interfaith Jewish wedding at Les Mas des Oules, Provence, South of France

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Oh what a treat I have for you today! A super gorgeous couple, and my goodness, where do I start with their delicious destination Jew-ish destination wedding?

It’s designed and planned to perfection by Lucy Till, and it’s just bursting at the seams with details that will make you squeal. Seriously – it’s that good. Kitty’s Sassi Holford wedding dress, the Provencal blooms,  the lavender theme and the home-made touches… it’s all breathtaking. Oh, and Dexter the dog. Don’t even get me started. Let’s not forget Robbie who looks super dapper in his suit and bow tie too (with a matching one for Dexter too!).

I’m approaching things from a slightly different angle today as it’s actually Kitty and Robbie’s very talented wedding photographer –David Morgan – who will be talking us through the bride and groom’s view of the day.

Enjoy this one folks!

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Choosing to get married in South of France

David Morgan, their photographer: Kitty and Robbie were married at a charming little French estate called Les Mas des Oules. Les Mas des Oules is a family run estate in ‘Gard Provençal’ and it was originally the farm and winery of the château of Saint-Victor des Oules.

When Kitty and Robbie first went to see the venue it was quite literally a building site as it was in the process of being sympathetically converted by an English couple into eight houses and apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms. The venue is close to where Robbie’s parents have a home so made a lot of sense from that perspective.

Kitty and Robbie fell in love with the views and it was a snap decision with a deposit there and then!

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Real Jewish Brides: Less then 3 months to go… and I’m still obsessed with lists

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Lists. Emails. Research. Repeat. This is my current mantra as I pass the 3 month mark. The first To-Do List I wrote was appropriately titled “A Big List”. In it contained tasks, comments and follow-up actions of what I thought, was everything I needed to think about and arrange in the lead up to the wedding.

Since then, that list has expanded, contracted and developed appendices. Why oh why did Netflix have to screen Gilmore Girls now? Ddon’t they know how long it takes to proofread addresses and invitation artwork? Why do people tell you once the “big things” are done, the rest falls into place? The big things are the easy part. It’s the finer details that test your decision-making capabilities, ignite a creative spark you never knew you had and challenge your emotional resistance.

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This month, I’ve ticked off a little bit of everything- invitations, menus, lighting, flowers, religious traditions and fashion and it’s been great fun!! I’ve certainly received an education when it comes to stationery. I used Etsy, and Style Me Pretty to kick-start my imagination and quite quickly came up with a modern and elegant design for the main invitation.

Linda Abrahams, the stationery supplier I used, was really enthusiastic and focused on delivering this design and so I set my objective: let’s get this done and dusted! As numerous versions of the design were emailed back and forth with comments and amendments, it became very clear that the only way to reach the final draft stage was to get specific with the details.

I had no idea about card weights, types of personalisation and envelopes…surely your guests don’t judge your invitation on the quality of the envelope it comes in? It goes straight in the bin! But, I confess…I spent at least four hours, avoiding the treadmill, trying to make this decision. I was guided with beautiful samples of card weights and tutored in the topic of table plan versus escort cards. And so the final draft was approved and I could tick it off the list! My lesson outcome: Study the options and start stationery early.

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Win your wedding photography (worth £1950) with Soraya Photography

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I love sharing good news and wonderful prizes with you, and today I’m thrilled to be partnering with award-winning wedding photographer, Margaret Soraya to offer one lucky couple FREE wedding photography, anywhere in the world!

I’m a huge fan of Margaret’s work and it goes without saying that she’s one of my handpicked Smashing Suppliers. She specialises in capturing moments, expressions and emotions in a gentle and unobtrusive manner, and having photographed almost 400 weddings she’s seen a huge variety of wedding styles and worked with all sorts of gorgeous couples.

Based in the beautiful highlands of Scotland but shooting weddings all over the UK and beyond, Margaret regularly photographs weddings in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, and the USA. During the quieter winter months she works as a travel photographer and takes on commissions all over the world meaning she is no stranger to travel and is comfortable with photographing your wedding wherever it may be.

Her primary focus at any wedding, be it a large lavish wedding at an exclusive high end venue, or a small couples-only shoot, is to record emotions and real expressions and to produce striking images that are full of love and laughter. She works in a quiet, unassuming manner and is continually seeking out special moments.

If you’re getting married between 1st March 2017 and 1st October 2018, I highly recommend you enter the competition! Margaret would love to shoot your Jewish (or Jew-ish) wedding, so don’t miss all the giveaway details below.

If you’re not fortunate enough to win, Margaret would like to offer you 10% off your wedding photography if you then decide to go on and hire her.

Thank you so much Margaret! Be sure to check out more of her work at Soraya Photography and on Instagram and Facebook.

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STG Recommends: The Dreamcatchers

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I am thrilled to welcome The Dreamcatchers to our Smashing Suppliers, Smashing The Glass’s handpicked selection of the best brands and services the wedding industry has to offer.

Smashing The Glass hand selects and verifies each Smashing Supplier, and can personally vouch for the fact that every one of them has the ability to turn your wedding day into something truly special.

You can find The Dreamcatchers in the Wedding Videography category in the UK Smashing Suppliers.

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A Boho bride for a rustic ‘beer garden’ Jewish wedding at Houston Hall, New York City, USA

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Apologies for the late posting of this morning’s real Jewish wedding – I’m still recovering from last night’s dazzling Brides Magazine Bloggers Dinner. And when I say recovering, it may just have something to do with the fact that Brides had the genius idea of serving a series of cocktails to accompany every course! The whole do was utterly magical from beginning to end – great company, great food, and an exquisite atmosphere in the private dining room at central London’s Haymarket Hotel.

I snapchatted and Instagram-storied live from the dinner so hurry on over and take a look if you want to see what the wedding bloggerati got up to as all the stories will be wiped after 24 hours!

So on to today’s very special real Jewish wedding… Well, where do I even start? Rachel & Robert somehow managed to incorporate a whole host of personal ideas into their Big Day whilst keeping it chic, stylish and super pretty.

There are so many gorgeous touches that I don’t know what to pick out first; there’s Rachel’s special maid of honour – her 91-year old Grandma Betty, the coolest polaroid picture escort cards (you’ll all be wanting to steal that idea!), oh so pretty floral crowns, Louboutins, personalised Converse, a beautifully flowy Nicole Miller beaded wedding dress (this bride has serious style), and a naked red velvet cake.

And instead of just eating leftover wedding cake on their year anniversary; Rachel and Robert have been eating a piece every month, thereby celebrating their anniversary every four weeks… DEFINITELY my kind of couple

Enjoy this one peeps – the day was captured perfectly by The Markows Photography with a glorious film at the end by NST Pictures.

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How we met

Rachel, the Bride: We met on Match.com. What makes it a good story is that Rob emailed me on Match in September 2012 and I waited two months to write him back! I received his email and I was interested but just not ready to meet someone at the time. It was a good thing he was still single and interested in meeting me two months later…

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