Okay, how much do we love Natasha and Tal’s wisteria chuppah?! SO romantic, and yet somehow also understated, since the couple kept everything else about the structure super simple. What a great reminder that you don’t necessarily have to go all out and do something super dramatic and involved to have a beautiful, memorable chuppah at your Jewish wedding.
There’s so much more that was beautiful and memorable about this day, too — you’ve got to check out Smashing the Glass Recommended Vendor David Pullum’s photos of all the action. But if you just see one, make sure it’s the pic where Natasha’s being tossed six feet in the air (!) on a tablecloth – scroll a bit, and you won’t miss it. It’s pretty dramatic, and we’re not even a little surprised that guests are still talking about it.
From that photo alone, you can probably guess that Natasha and Tal had a pretty rockin’ party. That was partly thanks to Smashing the Glass Recommended Vendor The Function Band, who the couple describe as “truly show-stopping.” They made sure the dance floor was packed all night, and guests are still remarking on their fantastic performance.
Now we’ll turn you over to Natasha, who looked stunning in her Mori Lee dress…
A London Venue
Natasha, the bride: We got married at St Pancras Renaissance. We were struggling to find a venue that we agreed on. We walked up to the front of the venue and were instantly wowed. We walked around imaging the photographs and knew it was going to be the one.
A Personalized Day
We planned everything ourselves. We wanted to make it as personal as we could without being overly different and out there. We felt like it suited us and most importantly it was the atmosphere that was created on the day that made it about us.
Hair + Makeup
Sahar did my make up. She was a dream, she kept the atmosphere peaceful and relaxing, and she really listened to me when I said I wanted to be natural and glowing. It lasted the whole evening too (even though we had 28 degrees and some crazy Israeli dancing).
My hair stylist, Georgina, has done my hair so many times now. I feel like she just gets me and again kept everything so calm and relaxed. I showed her one picture at a trial, it worked and that was that. The hair also stayed in place the whole evening!
A Mori Lee Dress
It was from Mia Sposa in Cockfosters. The designer was Mori Lee. I really struggled to find anything I liked but after scouring the internet I found the Mori Lee designs. I knew that I was going to love one of them and I was right. I knew it was the one when I saw the look on my mum and sister’s faces.
A Double Veil
I kept my hair very “me.” I didn’t want a fancy undo and wanted to feel comfortable. My veil was my favorite part; it was two veils (long and short) put together. It was so beautiful and complemented the dress perfectly.
I wore Converse! It was the best decision I made – they were sparkly and I was comfortable for the whole day. No one even saw my shoes apart from when I was thrown up in the air!
The handsome groom
He wore a Reiss tailored suit in navy. It suited him perfectly. The matching tie and pocket square and the cufflinks that I had bought him for our anniversary a couple of months before all made the whole outfit.
Flower Girls and Page Boys
I had two adult bridesmaid who wore dessy dresses. I really did not want them to be uncomfortable so took them separately to the dress shop so they didn’t feel they needed to match. My sister (maid of honor) looked so elegant and my bridesmaid (the groom’s sister) looked beautiful. We also had 3 flower girls in John Lewis dresses and Converse; they looked gorgeous. And our three page boys, my nephew, g-dson, and best family friend’s son, looked so handsome. They wore River Island suits and Converse. I was so blessed to have such a great bridal party.
A Wisteria Chuppah
We wanted something simple but us. We didn’t decide the final design until about a month before with our florist. We had the structure booked for months. In the end we loved the romantic effect the wisteria gave, and the little touch of my dad’s tallit being laid across the top that only we could see was perfect.
A Personal Ceremony
Both our older siblings, Alexander and Ayelet, read the Sheva Brachot under the chuppah. It was so special and really made it a personal ceremony. The rabbi we both know personally, and he set the perfect relaxed atmosphere (our main priority).
Have a Little Faith in Me
Our procession was Perfect by Ed Sheeran, followed by Boi Kala when the bride entered. It was so perfect and personal, our band were truly amazing and we couldn’t have wished for better. We smashed the glass and Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered started to play. It was so appropriate because both our families love Stevie Wonder.
We wanted romantic flowers. The bouquets were delicate roses and greenery, which matched the button holes. Our table centers were a mixture of blossom trees and rose bouquets. They were beautiful and suited the height of our room. Amie Bone did our flowers and was the only florist that truly listened to us. She is so passionate and did exactly what she promised.
Our fabulous Photographer
David Pullum and his associate Kabz were our photographers. Both of them were a dream to work with. We knew David was the one; we originally had someone else booked but we didn’t feel comfortable. David came to meet us and was very humble. His work is beautiful and when we said we want someone to capture and document our day he did exactly that.
I never felt over photographed or like he was in the way. He felt like a guest at our wedding, someone who really enjoyed the day with us. We truly were lucky to find David; we found him through a photo one of our friends posted on Facebook and knew we would love his work instantly.
There’s one picture that I think I have been sent by the majority of our guests. It’s me being thrown up on the table cloth. There was some sort of miscommunication between the boys and my sister-in-law, but one second I was on two feet and the next six feet in the air. It was truly amazing and something that people talk about all the time.
Our video was done by a close friend and is going to be edited by another close friend. We are so lucky that so many people wanted to be part of our day!
A Fab Band
The Function Band were truly show stopping. From the second they started to perform in the chuppah room to the final dance, their feet did not come off the gas. They made every second of the night memorable, and people have not stopped speaking about them. We had a link with them through family, but their passion and dedication oozes out of them. It was such a pleasure to work with them.
Late Night Snacks
We did cookies and schwarma at the end of the evening. People were so pleased to see more food!
Advice to couples currently planning their wedding
The advice I got was to stand back for 5 minutes and absorb everything that was going on. I did that and it is my clearest memory of the evening.
Natasha & Tal
Photography – David Pullum
Band and production – The Function Band
Venue – St Pancras Renaissance
Bride’s dress – Mori Lee purchased at Mia Sposa
Bride’s shoes – Converse
Groom’s attire – Reiss
Bridesmaids – purchased at The Wedding Gallery
Flower girls and page boys – John Lewis and River Island
Flowers – Amie Bone
Catering – Jason Millan
Invitation – U Name It
Cookies – Blondies Kitchen
Chuppah – The Chuppah Company