Yes that’s me up there, holding up a Wedding Blog Award, montaged over Halle Berry winning an Oscar. I was going to montage myself over Gwynnie with her Oscar and make a joke about teary speeches, but her flat chest and pale skin were never going to match my features, so Halle will do nicely. I’ve always wanted a Bond girl’s body so that’s one wish already come true!
But I digress… the wish I’m really after is to win the Best Newcomer category in Wedding magazine’s highly regarded Wedding Blog Awards. I’ve been working hard on Smashing The Glass for exactly a year now and I started it just after my wedding when I realised that there wasn’t any one place that brought together creative ideas for out-of-the-ordinary Jewish (and Jew-ish!) W-days. It became — and still is — the UK’s only Jewish wedding blog, and the only blog worldwide focussing on original and unusual Jewish ‘I-Do’s’.
I’m super proud of the blog, and the reaction and overwhelming support I’ve received in this first year, and I’m so addicted to working on it that I wasn’t even able to keep away in the early days after I’d given birth to my baby daughter, Sacha late last year. Everyone would tell me “rest when the baby rests” but as I snuck into the bedroom, the laptop would come out from under the bed… I just couldn’t keep away from my other baby — my e-baby!
Now my darling daughter is 7 months old and I am able to spend much more time on the blog. So much so, that in a couple of weeks time I am relaunching the site with a rebrand and lots of new features including a greatly enhanced Smashing Suppliers section. I can’t wait!
But the heart and soul of SmashingTheGlass.com are the Real Jewish Weddings. It’s hard to pick a favourite but I have a very soft spot for this outrageously cool London Jewish wedding, this gorgeously-designed music themed wedding, this Wedstock-themed wedding featuring a bride who made her entire dress out of paper; this breathtaking ‘HinJew’ wedding at the Mandarin Oriental where the bride and groom intertwined their Indian and Jewish heritages incredibly beautifully; the New Years Eve fancy dress wedding held in an Arthouse cinema; the ’surprise’ brunch wedding for just 20 guests with the ceremony held on a street corner… I could go on and on! The common thread throughout these, and all STG weddings, is that they are as unique as the couples that planned them.
I also regularly post wedding planning articles and have blogged about everything from what are the best chuppah entrance songs, to tips for getting great wedding photography to how to incorporate ‘Jewish’ into a non-Jewish or interfaith wedding, and of course lots more. I love helping my readers plan their weddings whether it be through the real weddings, inspiration and ideas that I publish or the advice that I write, and if you enjoy reading STG I would be so honoured and thrilled to have your nomination. VOTE HERE or click on the logo button below. (The ‘Best Wedding Blog Newcomer’ category is second from the bottom.)
Thank you. I’d be so very delighted to genuinely hold that award up high after Thursday 26th June when nominations close!