Facebook Live Catch Up: Wedding Photography with Blake Ezra

On Wednesday, I went ‘Facebook Live’ alongside my much-loved Smashing Supplier, Blake Ezra, for the second episode of our exciting new monthly show especially for the STG worldwide community.

This month it was a ‘Wedding Photography’ special and you all LOVED it!  We answered so many great questions including why photographers vary so much in price, how to go about choosing a wedding photographer, the most stand-out moment of Blake’s photography career (and no it wasn’t Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding that he also photographed), and of course his EPIC beard.

If you missed it, you can still catch up by watching the replay below. Blake was second to none and handed out so much useful advice and photography nuggets you’d be mad not to watch it (again and again!) and catch every last word. We also revealed a BIG exclusive towards the end.

We planned to be live for around 30 minutes but we max-ed out to just over an hour, and even then we couldn’t get through all your brilliant questions. Thank you for being such a fabulous audience – Blake has promised to answer any unanswered questions in the comments section of the video, plus we have a second instalment up our sleeve! Watch this space…

This was the second in a monthly episode of STG shows that will be aired live on the last Wednesday of every month on Facebook at 8pm GMT(that’s 3pm EST, 12pm PST, and 10pm in Israel) to coincide with #WeddingWednesday.

Next month’s show is going out on Wednesday 29th March 2017, and I’ll be joined by one of the best make up artists in the industry, the gorgeous Philippa Louise, for a ‘Wedding Beauty Q&A’ live show. More details nearer the time… Happy Weekend everyone!

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A boho beautiful Jewish wedding with a Rue de Seine gown at Northbrook Park, UK

“WOW” was our first reaction to Erika and Marc’s fantastically floral real Jewish wedding at Northbrook Park. At a glance, the effect is overwhelmingly beautiful, and delving into each detail only serves to foster an even greater appreciation of just how much work, love and incredible taste went into planning the day.

Every last choice was simply bursting with personality, wit and charm, and expertly captured by photographer, David Morgan.

Before we get into the details (of which there are many that you’re definitely going to want to pin – and steal), can we just talk about how lovely Marc and Erika are as a couple? Their extraordinary personalities really shine, especially in the stunning wedding video, filmed by Story Catchers (go on – watch the video of Marc’s eloquent and heartfelt speech and try not to cry… spoiler alert, grab a tissue).

OK, so this is definitely a gratuitous use of all caps and exclamation marks, but we feel it’s warranted: THAT CHUPPAH!!!! Who else is dying of chuppah envy? We didn’t even know that was a thing, but there you go.

The entire day, including beautiful bride Erika’s stunning wedding ensemble (the bride wore a breathtaking dress by Rue De Seine), stuck to a highly detailed colour scheme and a relaxed, bohemian aesthetic.

Erika and Marc creatively crammed the wedding with quirky, clever touches, including an illustrated mini Erika and Marc on their stationery suite, “wedlibs” for their guest book (amazing idea) and personalised escort cards with thoughtful little phrases for each guest.

Erika writes so beautifully about her and Marc’s simcha that there’s no need for us to embellish, so we’ll hand over to her for the full scoop!

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How we met

Erika, the bride: Marc and I met at Limmud Conference 2012 as we were both volunteering in the catering team to make it a more cost-effective experience. Most people find dodgy pasta in the Limmud dining rooms, but we found each other.

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What’s the best thing about a Jewish wedding?

We’re all here for the same reason: we love Jewish weddings – and at STG, it goes without saying that our family of Smashing Suppliers are no exception. But what is it about a Jewish wedding that makes everyone want to be a part of the tradition, whether they’re Jewish or not?

We put the call out to our Smashing Suppliers to tell us their favourite element of a Jewish wedding and explain why it means so much to them – and they certainly had a lot to say on the subject! So take five minutes out of your day, sit down, relax and enjoy a verbal highlights reel of our suppliers’ favourite things. Oh, and don’t forget the most important thing of all:  

The Tisch

We love the Tisch – it’s a fantastic moment, a totally kosher excuse for a last-second boisterous boys’ club for the groom and his crew to knock back some whiskey and get pumped up for the occasion. You can read more about the Tisch here.

Rahul from F5 Photography said:

“One of my favourite parts of a Jewish Wedding is the Tisch, it’s amazing to see all the ‘boys’ get together and celebrate the groom getting married, whilst singing songs and having a few shots of whiskey! The camaraderie is amazing to witness and photograph, it’s also really cool that the Rabbi often joins in too and has a drink with the groom.”

The Badeken

We had a first-look tradition before it was cool. That’s right, the Badeken is that touching moment when the bride and groom lock eyes for the first time before the ceremony. It’s moving, intimate and special – and, of course, our suppliers adore it.

Debbie from Qube Events & Productions said:

“One of my favourite parts of a Jewish wedding is the Badeken. I love seeing the expression on the brides’ and grooms’ faces when they see each other before for the wedding; usually very emotional and lots of happy tears.”

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Create the perfect destination wedding with Tel Aviv dream team – Made in Israel Events

Made-In-Israel-Events An occupational highlight of my job (apart from taking over The Savoy) is that I get to meet exciting, new companies starting out on the wedding scene, before most. It’s such a fabulous dream factory of an industry and I love finding the new talent-brimming with fresh ideas. I’ve always been a what’s-the-next-big-thing girl.

Made in Israel Events are the (relatively) new wedding organisers on the Tel Aviv wedding circuit. They’re a breath of fresh air in the form of two friends Lior and Yael.

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Here at STG we adore Israeli weddings. Aside from its cultural meaning, Israel is a place where the sun shines almost every day of the year; it’s beautiful, exotic, energetic and fun. Perfection.

Yael’s overseas family who came to her own wedding in Israel were head over heels in love with the venue, food and of course the atmosphere. And that’s when it dawned on her that there’s a great interest in destination weddings in Israel. People want to have the ultimate Jewish wedding with an Israeli touch.

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Get all your Wedding Photography Questions answered tomorrow in February’s STG Facebook Live Show

Did you join us for January’s STG Facebook Live show? It was as much fun as you can have with an iPhone and STG readers joining in from all over the world, so to say that I’m super excited for tomorrow’s February episode is a bit of an understatement!

The show will air live from my home to the Smashing The Glass Facebook page tomorrow, Wednesday 22nd February at 8pm GMT (that’s 3pm EST, 12pm PST, and 10pm in Israel).

This month it’s a Wedding Photography Special and I’m lucky enough be joined by Blake Ezra, one of the UK’s most sought after wedding photographers (he covered the Royal Wedding of Kate and William no less) and his work is very regularly featured on the pages of STG.

Blake and I want to answer ALL your burning wedding questions, big or small:

  • Perhaps you’re wondering what you should be asking your potential wedding photographer?
  • Or whether you should be having an unplugged wedding?
  • Or why wedding photographers vary so much in price?
  • Or perhaps you’re not particularly confident in front of the camera and would like some tips?

Blake and I are ready to help! Just pop over to the STG Facebook page and submit your question(s) as a comment on this thread and we’ll answer as many of them as we can on the show. If you prefer to submit a question by email in advance you can do that too – just shoot me a message to karen@smashingtheglass.com.

In addition, as I do with all the monthly shows, I’ll be giving you the lowdown on what’s been going on behind the scenes at Smashing The Glass this month and let you in on the latest news and gossip from the world of Jewish weddings!

I’ll also be announcing the winner of our Laura Mercier STG Survey competition. Thank you so much to all of you that filled out the survey and gave me the most valuable insights that have already began to shape the future of Smashing The Glass.

This is the second episode of our exciting monthly Facebook Live show especially for the STG worldwide community. The show airs on the last Wednesday of each month on the Smashing The Glass Facebook page at 8pm GMT to coincide with #WeddingWednesday.

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