When picking out jewelry for your Jewish wedding – whether that means jewelry to wear yourself as the bride, to give as gifts to your bridesmaids, or even cufflinks to give to your groom – of course you want it to be an exquisite piece.
But you probably also want it to be meaningful too. And that’s why I’m so delighted to be sharing one of my favorite sources for wedding jewelry with you, Kanarek Jewelry.
Based in Brooklyn, Yael Kanarek believes that language holds special meaning unique to each individual, and endeavors to capture that beauty in each piece she creates. Her line of fine jewelry based on names, dates, and words – in Hebrew, English, or the language of your choice – brings language to the body in a sophisticated, straddling the line between playful and chic, and she has some great affordable pieces in the lineup.
Any STG grooms who happen to be reading, take note: so many of these pieces would be absolute perfection as gifts to your bride on your wedding day too…
In addition to the beautiful selection of designs on her site, Yael specializes in custom jewelry – how perfect would it be to get a piece with your wedding date, or your names, or a special location or quote that’s meaningful to you as a couple? The sky is really the limit here, and Yael’s worked with many languages (even Sanskrit), so there are plenty of options beyond Hebrew!
Ines Di Santo’s afterparty at the Baccarat Flagship Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images
5 days, 18 appointments, approximately 57 million Insta stories (if you missed them, you can catch the best bits in our highlights), and countless fantastic dresses later, New York Bridal Fashion week is over for another season. Basically Fashion Week for wedding dresses, Bridal Fashion Week (aka Bridal Market) is easily one of the most fun times of a wedding blogger’s year.
Some of the collections are presented at full-on runway shows (and Ines Di Santo put on a particularly epic one this Bridal Market, plus the coolest afterparty at the Baccarat Flagship), while others are shown at more intimate appointments for small groups of buyers from bridal boutiques (plus press, of course), sometimes with the designers present.
I had some fantastic conversations with designers and PR reps, learned a ton about everything from who actually buys those epic but unwearable-looking designs you see on the runway (answer: often no one, since some designs are purely intended for editorial impact and never even make it to production) to the differences between what American and British brides are looking for in a gown (according to Sassi Holford, it’s half an inch: Americans invariably want deeper sweetheart necklines, while the Brits prefer theirs with less of a dip). The more you know!
There’s so much fantastic bridal fashion in the pipeline for next year, and I’m so excited to share it with you, along with my take on some of the top trends we’ll be seeing (or, in some cases, continuing to see) over the next year. From classic elegance inspired by Meghan Markle’s gown to a burgeoning range of alt coverups from capes to ruffs (perfect for under the chuppah!) to unexpected bursts of color, 2019’s going to be an exciting year for bridal. Pin your favorite looks!
It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeeear… New York Bridal Fashion Week, aka Bridal Market! It’s basically Fashion Week, but for bridal designers. And now that Team STG has a New York-based member – that’d be me, Emily, your friendly Client Relations Manager – we’re able to bring you the Spring ‘19 fashions live from the catwalk.
Bridal Market really is one of the exciting times in a wedding blogger’s year, and we have invites to some absolutely fantastic shows this time around. I’ll be posting it all on Smashing The Glass’s Instagram Stories, so stay tuned over the next few days for some gorgeous gowns, fab accessories, and a behind-the-scenes peek into the life of a wedding blogger!
I have a super packed schedule over the next few days – I’ll be running around the city from Midtown to Chelsea to Soho to see the latest and greatest from some of our absolute favorites, including Lela Rose and Ines Di Santo (I’ll be joining the fabulous Caroline Burstein of Browns Bride for these two!), Vera Wang, Alon Livne, Dany Mizrachi, Halfpenny London, Hermione de Paula, Lee Petra Grebenau, Emmy London, Caroline Castigliano, Limor Rosen, Sassi Holford, aaaand… Suzanne Neville!
Follow along at #STGBridalMarket
This is a guest post by Maria Yiannikaris, co-founder of Mirror Mirror London
It’s a family affair!
Jane, my business partner, and I look at each other and smile, not actually believing so much time has passed since we first hatched the idea of starting a bridal design company. We had both trained at The London College of Fashion, but our paths didn’t cross until some years later.
Being raised by a very talented mother in the clothing industry it seemed only natural for me to go into clothing design. My parents were originally disappointed as they would have preferred I became a lawyer!
I had worked as a commercial designer (technical pattern cutting and turning a flat design into a beautiful 3-dimensional form is still one of my favourite things) both in high street fashion and luxury evening wear when I took a sabbatical to raise my young family.
I was still working on private commissions from home when I made my first wedding gown, a beautiful labour of love for my younger sister. Working with beautiful evening wear fabrics had left me with the idea that if I was to stay in design I only wanted to work with the most beautiful and the very best quality fabrics.