Amy & Anthony | Vintage themed Jewish wedding, with Route 66 details, at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, UK

Meet Amy and Anthony who married in the evocative and enchanting Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, where none other than Queen Elizabeth I – England’s most elusive bride – tudored away much of her childhood. I’ve visited this gem north of London and the sense of history is absolutely spell-binding.

Amy chose a vintage vibe – not so vintage that she wore an Elizabethan ruffle – but as far back as the 1920’s where her sweeping gown and ridiculously beautiful beaded caplet stole the show. Pure and utter glamour.

I love this wedding because whilst it has clear direction – Amy knew what colour scheme and look she wanted from the outset – it’s also nostalgic and sentimental, all in the right measure.

Amy and Anthony chose a Route 66 theme throughout their day, an ode to the famous highway where the couple got engaged. How romantic is that? And quite appropriately, their first dance was Chuck Berry’s Get your kicks on Route 66.

…And those sentimental touches – Amy wore her two beloved grandmothers’ jewels – a gorgeous gesture.

Amy and Anthony didn’t use a wedding planner– they organised what they could (please lay your peepers on those sensational bridesmaids multi-wrap, one size fits all dresses by Two Birds) took advice when they should (the inspired churros and shots), and delegated with instruction elsewhere.

Take the flower arrangement, let’s face it flowers are super important but you don’t want to be a Bridezilla obsessing about exactly which colour flower spray goes where, it’s more about choosing the right florist who “gets you”. Give them clear direction and then leave it in their capable green-fingered hands. That’s exactly what Amy did and her seasonal freshly-picked-that-morning flowers were a sensation.

Anyway enough of me waxing lyrical about Amy and Anthony’s day – award-winning photo journalist Paul Rogers will give you thousands of words in a few stunning pictures.

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how we met

Amy, the Bride: We met on JDate… it does work! We actually grew up on the roads backing onto each other and our families knew each other but we had never actually met.

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Chitter Chatter with Emma Taylor, owner of Paperless Wedding

Chitter Chatter
 is a series all about inspirational women in the wedding industry whom I greatly admire. These women successfully combine running their own business with married life and, in a lot of cases, raising a young family. The ‘Chitter Chatter’ twist is is they have to answer my questions in just 140 characters or less….

Today I’m chitter chattering to Emma Taylor, wife, mother and owner of Paperless Wedding, her online wedding stationery business. She took maternity leave in 2012 and never went back, instead dedicating her time to raising her children and growing Paperless Wedding. She lives in East London with her husband, 2 year old daughter, and 11 week old son.

What was your first job?

I worked as a hairdresser’s assistant on a Saturday. Washing hair, sweeping floors making tea. Oh the glamour!

Tell me more about your career before launching Paperless Wedding

I was Head of Broadcast for a company that delivered TV Ads digitally to TV stations. Now I deliver email invites to guests….

What made you start Paperless Wedding?

When we got married we created our own website and emailed invites with RSVP through the site. People loved it, so here we are!

What inspires you to keep growing and developing your business?

We offer something different, we promote British designers, we give couples the freedom to create, and I love weddings!

What obstacles have you overcome along the way?

Getting used to working alone, lack of funding, balancing motherhood and working from home and never having enough time!

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STG Recommends: Kylie McMichael Hair + Make Up

Kylie McMichael
I am thrilled to welcome Kylie McMichael 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 Kylie McMichael in the Wedding Hair and Make Up category in the UK Smashing Suppliers.

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Rebecca & Daniel | An ‘Autumn in New York’ themed Jewish wedding with Mexican influences, and the bride in a jumpsuit, at Palm Door, Austin, Texas, USA

… And the bride wore a jumpsuit! Oh yes. I’m so excited to feature a bride wearing such an iconic, sassy, fashion statement. Move over Solange Knowles!

And why not? Rebecca wasn’t having a trad day – after all it was her second wedding to Daniel (more on that later) – and she decided she wanted to wear what she felt most spectacular in. And that was an elegant Alice & Olivia white, wide leg, cut out at the back jumpsuit with beautiful lines and the required bridal magic to make a big entrance.

In the imitable words of Rebecca “I realised that since this is my wedding … I could wear whatever I wanted”. You go girl! This is such a great reminder to all brides out there planning your day – try not to get bogged down in the “should’s” – it is after all your day!

The courage of this couple’s conviction rings strongly throughout. Undaunted by the fact that they couldn’t have the dream Central Park wedding, Rebecca and Daniel simply picked up the idea and brought the New York wedding to Austin, Texas. Complete with a Big Apple in the Fall theme. Check out those flowers, and the autumnal foliage winding round the chuppah!

Unsurprisingly the invitations came with a very creative and modern twist – which is completely STG. They both designed and customised Paperless Post save the date cards and invitations, splicing old photo booth pictures together – gorgeously personal and fun – and emailed them to their guests.. A great tip for saving money as well as adding a classy, individual touch.

There was one family tradition however that they certainly kept up with – Friday night dinner at the Tex Mex. The night before the wedding Rabbi Robbi lead them all in the Tex Mex Shabbat prayers over tortilla chips and margaritas. Upstaged only by Daniel’s uber romantic proposal.

Elissa R Photography captures the day …

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An ‘Autumn in New York’ themed wedding in Austin, Texas

Rebecca, the Bride: We got married at the Palm Door on Sabine, an event space in downtown Austin. There was no real significance to the space, and since we live in New York we decided to have our wedding there based entirely on the recommendation of my parents who had seen a concert there during SXSW. It ended up being the perfect space though, with a homey but refined feel that really fit in with the entire character of the wedding.

Our general theme was “Autumn in New York.” We live in New York, and it had been a dream of mine in high school to get married in Central Park in the fall. Coming back to Austin for a November wedding, we decided to bring the New York Autumn back to Texas with us. The colour scheme was Autumn colours. We worked with Emily Leach of Bird Dog Wedding
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Chitter Chatter with Kelly Chandler, wedding planner and founder of The Bespoke Wedding Company

Image: Joe Short Photography

Chitter Chatter is a series all about inspirational women in the wedding industry whom I greatly admire. These women successfully combine running their own business with married life and in a lot of cases, raising a young family. The ‘Chitter Chatter’ twist is is they have to answer my questions in just 140 characters or less….

Today I’m chitter chattering to a wonderful wedding industry colleague, Kelly Chandler, founder of The Bespoke Wedding Company. Kelly specialises in planning weddings for discerning couples hosting their weddings in and around the London area, and lives with her husband, 3 year old daughter, and cat, in rural Surrey (just outside London). She thrives on juggling business alongside motherhood… well, most days!

What was your first job?

A Saturday job at M&S Epsom, my mum was so proud! And the reduced-price food leftovers at the end of the day were welcome!

Tell me more about your career before launching The Bespoke Wedding Company

My organiser’s talent shone early; office management led me to pharmaceutical events. Conference and incentive travel followed with plenty of global travel.

What made you start The Bespoke Wedding Company ?

Wanting to focus on the personal and the luxury and wanting to travel less and work in the events industry on my own terms.

What inspires you to keep growing and developing your business?

Other wonderful inspiring and hard working women in the wedding business who do amazing things, encourage me to keep growing and powering on.

What obstacles have you overcome along the way?

Too many to name and they are always there but it would be boring if it was easy – right?
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