Make Your Wedding a Work of Art with Paper Anniversary

How is it possible to make the most memorable of days even more indelible? At STG we love anything out of the ordinary when it comes to weddings, and today we are posting something truly unique.

Meet Paper Anniversary, the brainchild of artist Candice Hirson, that specialises in hand painted bespoke artwork, inspired by your relationship and love story.

I truly believe that the art in your home tells the story of who you are. Our walls (and shelves) are full of mine and Mr STG’s choices, some pieces we’ve chosen together and some are from before we even met. All of them are meaningful and special to us in one way or another. None more so than a painting of me pregnant with our first child. It’s captured such an exceptional moment in time and anyone who sees it is drawn to it probably for the same reason.

That’s the sentiment Paper Anniversary work on. What could be more personal an expression of you and your husband and tell your story than an authentic piece of art, inspired by your relationship and wedding day? Candice (Ms Paper Anniversary) will immortalise that loved-up shot with amazing intuition and sensitivity  into a piece of art to hang for all to see.

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A great gift for your partner, or the couple who have everything

You can commission Paper Anniversary to create a totally extraordinary first wedding anniversary gift (paper anniversary) for your partner or wow a close friend or relative with this unbelievably thoughtful wedding present.

As it’s so subjective, gifting art may normally seem like a tricky business and buying for a couple adds a further challenge of keeping both parties happy, however with such a common interest – namely their wedding day – I think you’re in safer, chartered territory.

And let’s face it paying tribute to a friends relationship like this will certainly set you on the right path to becoming the most astute and considerate present giver ever!

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STG Recommends: The Golden Letter

I am thrilled to welcome The Golden Letter 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 Golden Letter in the Wedding Stationery category in the UK Smashing Suppliers.

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Melisa & Mickey | A chic Tel Aviv wedding with an incredibly moving ceremony

It’s freezing cold today in London and I think we could all do with a little injection of sunshine and romance! Well we have just the real wedding to put a smile on everyone’s faces. Beautifully captured by photographer Alon Gruber of Studio AGS, Melisa and Mickey’s effortlessly chic, urban Tel Aviv W Day. is guaranteed to light up your Wednesday!

First of all, we’re blown away by the totally unique tale of how they met– on a niche Chinese messaging app of all things. Their engagement followed after just one year and the wedding was planned in two and a half months, Melisa and Mickey are a living example of the phrase ‘when you know, you know’.

While we absolutely adore getting carried away with the fun of planning a wedding, it is really telling that bride Melisa spoke with the most passion and in the most detail about her feelings during ceremony. The dress, the décor and all of those little details paled into insignificance in comparison to the intense emotion felt by the couple.

These two brought their happy outlook to the décor scheme, infusing the day and details, like the flowers and invitations, with accents of bright yellow, their favourite colour. And if that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know, Mickey, the groom, walked down the aisle to Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. We really do love these two…

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How we met

Melisa, the bride: We met against all odds on a Chinese messaging app called WeChat we both used to communicate with colleagues and clients (even stranger when you think about where we come from – Mickey’s family is originally from the States, and I come from Argentina).

We fell in love right away, got engaged after a little over a year, and planned our wedding in two and a half months!

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Meet my November 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!

Fantastique create exceptional event experiences in the UK and USA. Look no further for a fabulous wedding planner!

The coolest wedding venue in New York City, Houston Hall

Traditional Jewish music for your Chuppah and Wedding party guaranteed to thrill your guests by Shir

Beautifully personal and creative wedding photography by the mega talented Shaun Taylor

For luxury destination wedding & event planning in the UK and Europe, it has to be optimum weddings by by The Weddings Company

DJ Knight was my DJ at my own Jewish wedding and he rocked the house! If you’re looking for your wedding DJ, he is your man… trust me on that one!

‘Documentary style’ reportage Jewish wedding photography by the über talented Adams Wedding Photography Adams-Photo-Art

Award-winning Sassi Holford creates beautiful handmade designer wedding gowns for the discerning bride with flagship stores in London and Taunton

The Dreamcatchers capture all the excitement, joy and romance of your wedding with their stunning videography

Hannah Larkin offers beautiful, relaxed photography covering small special details as well as the overall scene, but most importantly capturing every emotion

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

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Yukie & Jason’s Moroccan-themed destination wedding, with three designer dresses, at Caesar Yam, Caesarea, Israel

Yukie and Jason’s Moroccan market-themed Israeli destination wedding was an epic, four-part production, thanks to super helpful mother-in-law, Victoria and their incredibly talented planner, Adena at A to Z Events.

Bright colours abound with lavish gold accents, maximalist patterns and oh my goodness, check out that cake! At Smashing the Glass HQ, we’re also loving the drama of those fantastically opulent thrones for the bride and groom (move over Posh and Becks), and these brilliant stylistic choices are matched only by the loveliness of the couple’s story.

For anyone out there who is living the sometimes taxing reality of the old adage, absence makes the heart grow fonder, take heart – this loved-up pair have proved that long-distance relationships can have a truly happy ending. With a groom from New York, a bride from Tokyo, the groom’s parents from Moscow but living in Israel and most of the guests taking their first trip to the Holy Land for the couple’s wedding, this is a love that brought together cultures from all over the world for a truly beautiful celebration.

The ceremony was custom built for Yukie and Jason. While it was important to them to have a ceremony that was “official” according to the religion, with Yukie having recently joined the tribe, they also wanted it to reflect their own feelings and personal connection to Judaism. Some of the personalised details included a reciprocal ketubah, and when the groom smashed the glass, the bride simultaneously smashed a plate. The rabbi composed his speech by asking the bride and groom for three important memories and three reasons they were each other’s one and only – from this, he created an incredibly moving tribute to their relationship.

Oh, and if you’re not already sick with jealousy over Yukie’s amazing Oscar de la Renta gown, she also had two more gorgeous dresses for the evening parties! Feast your eyes on it below, all perfectly captured by photographer Shabi Kedem and Levi Dovid.

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How we met

Yukie, the bride: I am Japanese and spent my entire life in Japan before I met Jason. We met nine years ago in Tokyo while he was on vacation with his brother.

Although at first I thought he wasn’t my type, once we started talking we got along so well that we had a date every day for the week he was in Tokyo. We kept in touch after he left – he called me every day for the next two years.

We visited each other any time we could – he even came to live in Japan for a year. We kept our long-distance love going for for years between Tokyo and New York.

Then, four years ago, I finally decided to move to New York and we started living together.

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