Meet my October Sponsors!

I love these suppliers and I really think you will too! All these incredible businesses sponsor Smashing The Glass because they love Jewish weddings (and know every little detail about them) and want to work with more readers like you. They also happen to be some of the very best wedding vendors in the business (believe me, I’m incredibly fussy about who I partner with).

If you want to support Smashing The Glass, using one of these suppliers for your wedding is the best way to do so. They’re how I’m able to continue the blog and I only ever take on sponsors who align with my aesthetic and who I would only ever use myself.

It’s my hope that you’ll discover exactly what you’re looking for, either via the links below, or by regularly clicking through the ads running down the right hand side of the blog. And if you’re a vendor looking to join the Smashing The Glass family, here’s how to collaborate as a sponsor!

Ria Mishaal captures the real moments of your day as it unfolds – one of the very best documentary photographers out there!

The most beautiful and stylish wedding gift list service from Prezola. Everything you can think of – all in one place

BE Group TLV plan very special weddings in Israel’s most exclusive locations

Beautifully honest and creative wedding photography from superstar photographer Herschel Gutman

The best luxury London and travel reviews to help you find your wedding venue, by VIP food blogger, Silverspoon London

Awe-inspiring, versatile and super-sophisticated London wedding venue, RSA House

Seriously dreamy documentary wedding photography from one of the loveliest wedding photographers I know Claudine Hartzel

The Wedding Shop is a super stylish gift list service that offers an amazing selection of 35,000 products from more than 350 different brands

Beautiful wedding hair & makeup that stays put and looks gorgeous all day, and all night long, by Pam Wrigley

Breathtakingly creative documentary wedding photography by one of the best in the business, John Nassari

For luxury destination wedding & event planning in the UK and Europe, it has to be optimum weddings by by The Weddings Company
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A Jewish-Caribbean Wedding (in ‘Pride & Prejudice’ fancy dress!) at Cowley Manor, Cotswolds, UK

Yes, a Jewish-Caribbean Wedding in period fancy dress is actually a thing – or at least Emma and James have certainly made it a thing. Think ‘Pride & Prejudice’ meets Jimmy Choo. Think the Hora and Caribbean steel bands. Think jerk chicken BBQ with salt beef sandwiches for midnight munchies. Too good right?!

And it’s all such brilliant fun. Of course it’s not just the creative ideas and details that make a wedding awesome, it’s how much of a good time everyone is having and this bunch are having A REALLY GOOD time. All I can say is gutted I wasn’t invited!

With thanks to the ever lovely Amy Murrell from Especially Amy for submitting the eye candy.

How we met

Emma, the bride: We meet at a work summer ball, it wasn’t until 3am when we finally plucked up enough courage to talk to one another!

A weekend wedding at Cowley Manor, Cotswolds

We wanted somewhere away from London so our friends and family would stay over and make a weekend of it. We regularly go on holiday with friends in the UK and the Cotswolds is a favoured location.

The uniqueness of Cowley Manor made it the perfect venue; from the quirkiness of the downstairs rooms, to the grandeur of the building and splendour of the grounds and gardens – we knew it was right for us the moment we walked in.

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Be sure to make each other laugh, even when you have made each other cry

By the time this post is live, we will be 1 week away from the big day. As I’m sure you can imagine, the last few weeks have been just a little bit hectic and I still do have rather a lot left to do – I can hear my mother’s voice in my head saying “typical Lauren” right now. Whilst trying to think of what to write in my last pre-wedding post I struggled to come up with something specific and useful to write about that could shed some light on what it is like to be a bride at the final stages of prep, but nothing was jumping out at me as interesting.

I felt that writing a post about the last minute tasks that I have to complete may actually add to my sleepless nights, but could potentially help focus me and force me to get those things done… so here is a small insight into my mind when I am lying awake at night thinking of all the things I need to do (please note that this was written over 2 weeks before the wedding day so I still have a little bit of time):

  • Sew up the chuppah canopy
  • Write the final signs and table names
  • Hammer the signs onto posts
  • Finish table plan
  • Sort out the children’s activities and packs
  • Make the table runners
  • Buy last few thank you gifts
  • Get outfit steamed
  • Final beauty prep – final hair appointment, nails etc.
  • Write the place cards
  • Final meeting with wedding venue staff
  • Arrange transport for all signs, wine and props that we are providing
  • Write up our Ketubah (nicely!)
  • Write vows
  • Get married legally
  • Delegate some of the above!

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Get the Look – Modern Bohemian Luxe – from Francis Bridal

Just imagine how Pippa Middleton is feeling? She’s already stunned the world once in that ivory Alexander McQueen thunder-stealing gown when she walked down the aisle in 2011 behind her sister at Westminster Abbey. Now she somehow has to top that for her own wedding, to hedge fund manager James Matthews.

Will she decide to set herself apart from that now iconic maid of honour silhouette and choose a completely different style? Will she move more towards opulent and embellished, floaty and ethereal or minimal and modern?

The point is Pippa is no different from any other bride – yes she is in the public eye but at that very moment she finally chooses her dress, she is saying to the rest of the world “this is how I want to be seen on the biggest day of my life”. And every bride is saying exactly that.

Famous or not, you’ve got to find your own true wedding style. After all it is a (beautifully elevated) representation of yourself.

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Francis Bridal Design – Bohemian Luxe

If that ‘look’ that you are envisioning is tumbledown tresses and beautifully finished, bohemian elegance then you are in luck, I have just the designer for you!

I’m delighted to introduce to STG, Francis Bridal Design – the first bridal collection from designer Trish Irving.

This look is modern, low-key luxe – serious boho if you like. Just take a look for yourself at these gorgeous unstructured, vintage-feel masterpieces. 

Each piece – designed and made in London – is created with the best, carefully selected fabrics (right down to their signature stretch satin linings), the detailing is exquisite, the quality is sublime and the result is delicate, radiant, free-moving, elegance. It’s such a fresh approach to bridal. Chuck out your corsets – this is a love letter to bohemia.

Immediately it’s clear with Francis Bridal’s collection that there is a distinct and coherent personality and a very accomplished character – from Etienne – the gorgeous silk georgette bridal gown to the beautiful ivory embroidered lace Albi dress.

And this definitely was the intention.

If you build it they will come

New Zealand-born Trish began the Francis Bridal collection after struggling to find her own wedding dress. All the boho styles that she was drawn to were too skimpy and not particularly accommodating to the more, lets say, bountiful bosom. She also felt like boho was perhaps becoming a bit of a cliché and wanted to introduce something a bit more modern in the mix. 

So after a 15-year career in luxury fashion, trained pattern cutter Trish Irving decided to tap into this wealth of experience and harness her unyielding energy and creativity to orchestrate her own exquisite portfolio of elegant boho luxe dresses for modern brides.

I love her vision and totally understand her drive and passion. The idea for STG came to me when I was also preparing for my wedding and I couldn’t find what I was looking for (one single place that brought inventive and original ideas together for a style-focused Jewish bride). I knew exactly what I wanted but had to create it myself. Just as Trish has.

So I’m instantly drawn to Francis Bridal, not just because of the breathtakingly beautiful gowns Trish has dreamed up, but because I know the intention and designs come from a very real place. Continue Reading

STG Recommends: Pasha & Bletter

I am thrilled to welcome Pasha & Bletter 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 Pasha & Bletter in the Entertainment category in the Israeli Smashing Suppliers.


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