I am absolutely, whole-heartedly in love with today’s Jew-ish wedding. For starters I’m loving the fantastic floral details on the chuppah by STG Recommended Vendor Paula Rooney. They’re luxe while still managing to stay understated, and that coral color scheme? Perfection.
And just the thing for the idyllic Cotswolds setting. Lucky Miriam, a lawyer, and Josh, a banker, were able to take advantage of the bride’s parents’ fantastic holiday home in one of the UK’s prettiest corners, and thanks to fab STG Recommended Vendor Louise Perry Weddings, all the moving parts of this fab marquee wedding came together without a hitch.
STG Recommended Vendor Paul Rogers captured everything about the day so beautifully, from the lovely details to the emotion (you’ve got to see these two under the chuppah!) to that bluer-than-blue sky. Oh, and did we mention that Miriam and Josh found Paul right here on Smashing The Glass?!
Now over to Miriam, who looked stunning in Charlie Brear…
How We Met
Miriam, the bride: We met while studying history at Cambridge University, at the end of our first year. That’s also where Josh proposed!
A Cotswolds Wedding
We got married in the garden of my parents’ holiday home in Old Minster Lovell, a village in the Cotswolds. We’ve spent some great weekends there with family and friends, so it was the perfect venue! We spent a few weeks thinking about other venues but nowhere seemed to match up to home.
Joseph Benjamin Marquees did an incredible job at creating the venue of dreams – so professional and helpful throughout.
A Fab Planner
We just wanted the wedding to be simple and fun! So no particular theme. Most of all we wanted to enjoy the day, and make sure our families could also enjoy it.
With a marquee wedding there is so much to coordinate in the days immediately before the wedding – we wouldn’t have been able to do it all without our amazing wedding planners – Louise and Natalie at Louise Perry Weddings.
We kept extra details to a minimum and focused on creating a great atmosphere and party! We knew we wanted good food, good friends, and lots of dancing, so that’s what we focused on.
Invitations by a friend
A friend of mine from university is a talented illustrator with a sideline in wedding invitations. She drew some beautiful illustrations we used across all our wedding stationery!
Hair + Makeup
I decided to go for hair down and a relatively natural look. Cat Parnell at Unveil did a fantastic job and was a pleasure to have around on the day!
A Charlie Brear Dress
My dress was from Charlie Brear – the boutique in Queens Park was just fantastic. The assistants were super helpful, and my dress stunning and so comfortable! I wore the Carenne, with the Macey jacket for the ceremony and the Lariat belt afterwards.
The dress was a perfect fit so didn’t need much changing – just the length! Alterations were done by London Fitting Rooms in Kentish Town – they were super professional.
A Beautiful Veil
I wore a veil, which I also purchased from Charlie Brear – you only get one chance to wear a veil and I’m so glad I did! For jewelry I kept it simple and wore a pair of pale blue earrings I bought myself on qualifying as a lawyer from Kiki McDonough.
Russell and Bromley Shoes
I wore the most comfortable mid-heels from Russell and Bromley in a pale blue-grey suede. They had a chunky heel, which was very necessary because I’d be walking on grass. They were so comfy that I could dance all night in them!
The handsome groom
Bridesmaids in Blue-Grey
Our bridesmaids were Josh’s and my sisters! They all chose their own dresses – I suggested grey-blue as a color and they all looked fantastic. Because they all look so different I thought it would be much better to let them wear what they like!
An Interfaith Ceremony
It was really important to us to get the ceremony right and balanced – Josh isn’t Jewish so we needed to make it inclusive and modern.
Our rabbi, Rabbi Marcia Plumb, flew in from Boston and did the most incredible job. She explained the characteristic elements of a Jewish ceremony and we picked those that felt right to us – so for example we did circling (egalitarian style) but no badeken, and invited our families to say modern versions of the 7 blessings. It meant the ceremony was meaningful and important to both of us, and reflected us and our values as a couple.
One book we used in planning was really helpful – Celebrating Interfaith Marriages by Devon Lerner.
A Handmade Chuppah
Josh’s dad and step mum built the chuppah themselves! A great contribution because they aren’t actually Jewish, so we were very grateful.
Our music choice
We wanted simple, coral flowers – Paula Rooney, our fantastic florist, totally got the brief and brought it to life – the marquee and chuppah looked amazing! For buttonholes we had heather to reflect Josh’s Scottish heritage.
Our fabulous photographer
Our photographer was Paul Rogers, and having received the photos we couldn’t be happier with the choice we made. We wanted documentary style, unobtrusive pictures – Paul and his team were great to have around on the day, and the finished photos are just incredible.
We got our cake from the Sparkling Spatula, a local cake maker recommended by our excellent caterers. It was white chocolate and raspberry on the bottom, then lemon and vanilla buttercream, then orange and almond. It was delicious and looked so pretty!
The caterers did a phenomenal job of accommodating our many dietary requirements – we went with non-offensive non-kosher catering, and had a goats cheese and fig salad to start, followed by lamb or sea bass, then a dessert bar with cheese, wedding cake, fruit, and Krispy Kreme donuts! Our caterers were Hibiscus Food.
A Garden Caravan
In the garden we have an old caravan that we turned into a cozy outdoor festival area with fire pits, marshmallows, and blankets – we’re told guests were still enjoying that at 3am!
A Honeymoon in Italy
We went to Italy – Puglia, then Tuscany, then Venice. Absolute bliss. With a summer wedding we didn’t feel the need to travel far, and Europe in the summer is the best place on earth!
Advice to couple currently planning their own wedding
One great tip from Louise was to make sure the groom has a spare shirt to change into after the Israeli dancing! Also – if you’re having a marquee wedding at home, get a wedding planner. I didn’t have the time or inclination to be a DIY bride so that was the best decision we made.
Miriam & Josh’s little white book
Photography – Paul Rogers
Wedding planner – Louise Perry Weddings
Flowers – Paula Rooney
Videography – Storybook Films
Bride’s dress and veil – Charlie Brear and London Fitting Rooms
Bride’s jewellery – Kiki McDonough
Bride’s shoes – Russell and Bromley
Groom’s attire – Paul Smith and Church’s
Hair – Unveil
String quartet – Giardino Strings
Catering – Hibiscus Food
Cake – Sparkling Spatula
Marquee – Joseph Benjamin Marquees
Stationery – Ella Jackson Art