These two are cute with a capital ‘C’. Aliza, a lawyer from New York, and Ron, a software engineer from Rishon Letziyon in Israel, met online (like several of our real wedding couples… Shiri & Yariv and Lee & Gary to name but a few), and now married, they reside in Manhattan. They decided to hold their wedding in Israel in a beautiful park setting right on the river and so their nautical theme rather chose itself. I love the laid back and relaxed nautical styling and all the ship shape details they incorporated.
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I think it took me exactly 3.6 seconds from the moment I first read Shaun Taylor‘s email, detailing Natalie and Eli’s wedding, to thinking oh yes, this has crashed through my submission barriers — I’ve got a killer Smashing The Glass wedding on my hands here!
I love that Natalie made her own dress and wore cowboy boots. I love that Natalie’s mum made her jewellery. I love that the couple flew out their photographer, Shaun Taylor all the way from Derby to Texas because they loved his work so much. I love what Natalie says about working together with your fiancà© as a team in the planning stages. And I love that it rained and then rained some more, but far from letting the weather dampen their spirits, they embraced it and the results are even better than they imagined, as Natalie describes below.
You’ll also see the most exquisite henna tattoos covering Natalie’s arms. A traditional Yemenite henna party is a popular pre-wedding ritual for Sephardi Jews and you can see theirs in full swing over on Shaun’s blog. It just goes to show you can stamp your personality onto your wedding weekend and dig deep into your culture’s traditions too. The two are not mutually exclusive and that’s exactly what this blog is all about.
Today’s post is written by the super talented contemporary wedding photographer, Emmie Scott. Emmie lets us in on 5 tips from the top on what to look out for when choosing your wedding photographer.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOU
It is not uncommon at a wedding to have a guest walk up to me and ask me “can you Photoshop my wedding images? My photographer got drunk at my wedding and all my pictures are blurry”. Or something to that affect.
As a wedding photographer who takes their profession very seriously, there is nothing more frustrating and upsetting.
There is a lot of advice out there for engaged couples on how to choose a wedding photographer but I feel that much of it is misguided.
Don’t take the following advice for granted. Your photographs will continue to live on once the memories have long since faded. All the guests have left, the marque has been brought down, the food has been eaten, paper details have been thrown in the bin: your photography will last and continue to bring you joy forever more.
I am going to let you in on not only how to choose your wedding photographer but how to choose the right one for you and what to expect so that you can avoid any rogue traders.
Having pursued a life of song, Jonny is a trained singer, regularly leading services in his synagogue. An orthodox chazan working throughout the UK and abroad, he has been invited to officiate chuppahs as a chazan across the world, from Johannesburg to Jerusalem.
No ordinary chazan, Jonny brings soulfulness and spirituality to your wedding ceremony in a wonderfully personal yet fully professional manner with a stress free service, and was chosen to sing under the chuppah at the Smashing The Glass founder, Karen’s, wedding!
His voice and musicality are truly special with each ceremony catering to suit one’s personal taste be it with a beautifully intimate support of a guitar or perhaps the ethereal backing of a string quartet, or both. The end goal being to warm your hearts.
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Past couple’s comments
Jonny Moses-son sang beautifully and passionately along with a piano and violin, and he was great helping us choose the music – even playing songs to us live over the phone!”
We had the amazing Jonny Mosesson sing at our chuppah and we found him on Smashing The Glass! We absolutely love his voice and he made our ceremony really special.”
When Jonny sung ‘Im Eshkachech Yerushalayim’, it gave me goosebumps and would probably have been our favourite part of the actual chuppah ceremony along with Toby smashing the glass! Jonny Mosesson has the voice of an angel, he brought tears to both of our eyes the whole way through.”
Jonny brought soulful music and spirituality to our wedding ceremony in a wonderfully personal way. His voice and musicality are truly special and so many of our guests commented on his beautiful singing.
He was a joy to work with from beginning to end, suggesting great ideas and delivering far more to our celebration than we could have ever wished for.”
Picking our chuppah music was one of our favourite wedding planning moments! We loved watching all the emotive chuppah clips on YouTube. There are clever versions of traditional songs with more modern tunes, but our favourites were Joseph Schwekey’s stunning take on traditional versions and our mesmerizing chazan Jonny Mosesson truly did them justice.
It was so weird to share such an intimate moment with a stranger, but the three of us were beaming at each other the whole way through. It was very strange but very amazing!”
sorry I didn’t get to say good bye and thank you again before you left on Sunday – I just wanted to let you know how much we absolutely loved having you perform at our wedding.
The music under the chuppah was more beautiful then we could ever have imagined and we loved every moment of it! Thank you for the bottom of our hearts I’ll send you the professional photos once I get them, but here are some from friends and family.
Thank you again!!!”
So, the dust has settled and normal life is starting to resume. We honestly cannot thank you and your team enough for making such a pivotal part of our wedding a massive success. Both Jo and I plus our parents had so many positive comments about how great the music was. Jonny and Jamie were both just phenomenal and people were blown away by the singing at the chuppah, the music during the meal and the incredible party atmosphere you managed to maintain throughout the entire afternoon/evening. People really enjoyed the musicians enthusiasm and skill. It really helped keep the energy at just the right level the whole time. They paced it so well, taking the mood from frenetic to chilled and onto full party atmosphere.
We had always said it was important to keep the dance floor full from the end of the meal but loved that the music was so good we had people getting up to dance between courses! Ever seen the mother of the groom and her sisters charlestown after a starter? ha ha.
We also said from the start that the music would probably be the most important part of the wedding for us and you exceeded our expectations. So from my wife and I (sorry still not quite over the novelty) our deepest, heartfelt thank you to you and the team.”
Adam & Jo
Get your sunglasses ready because todays wedding is a massive rainbow-hued color fest. Gena and her husband Tony had one of those weddings where there are so many details I love I hardly even know where to start.
There’s Gena’s pom pom crown, her crochet dress and her supersize bouquet filled with flowers of every possible hue, glitter, ribbons, and pom poms. Then we’ve got bridesmaids dressed in orange carrying big foil heart shaped balloons with tissue paper tassels instead of bouquets. There’s a super cute dog taking centre stage during the ceremony. And 1200 odd colored ribbons used to decorate the barn and chairs. The handmade resin crayons for buttonholes (a reference to the green crayon hair clip that Gena wore in her hair the night Tony first noticed her) are so cute!). And then there’s the way that Tony looks at Gena…
So have you got your sunglasses ready? Well get your Pinterest boards primed too because you are most certainly going to need them! All of these delectable images were taken by the rather brilliant Lara Hotz. (Oh and check out the mighty cute wedding film at the end of the post by The White Tree too!).
A RUSTIC VENUE
Our wedding was on a farm at the Sydney Polo Club, about an hour away from where we live. We wanted to have something a bit out of the ordinary (this can be hard with a big Jewish wedding but we knew we didn’t want a hotel reception room) and not expect people to have to travel too far. We ended up having the chuppah and dance floor inside the barn and connected a marquee to the side where the guests were seated. The barn doors slid open to connect the two spaces.