Seriously, how AMAZING was January’s Smashing Summit?
Four hours worth of wedding industry superstars (we’re talking Mindy Weiss, Monique Lhuillier, Ron Ben-Israel, Galia Lahav‘s Chief Designer, Duke Photography, Bruce Russell, Blake Ezra, Food Story, and host of other icons expertly answering ALL your Jewish (and Jew-ish) wedding questions.
The Summit celebrated our brand new (and already very in demand!) Members Club where brides save time, save money (hello 10% vendor discount!), get matched with their perfect wedding vendors, receive the coolest Smash Glass Pouch ever, AND get advised directly by me and a community of sophisticated fellow brides
Talking with Bruce Russell about ‘How to create a wedding that reflects who you are and what is important to you’ at the Smashing Summit
Showing off the Smash Glass Pouch at the Smashing Summit! Real Bride and Groom, Caroline and Robbie (and Bruce Russell in the background!) enjoying the music of Jonny Mosesson at the Summit
We’ve got the full Summit, in one 4 hour block, ready and waiting for you in the video at the top of the post, (and fully itemised at the foot of the post if you want to skip to your favorite bit!).
From Jewish wedding traditions, and how to make them your own, to amazing ways to personalize your wedding, to how to come up with the perfect wedding hashtag, to creative food and drink ideas to the hottest wedding dress trends, and so much more (see full itemisation below!), curl up with a hot chocolate (or a large glass of wine!) and binge-watch our epic Smashing Summit!
Thank you to the incredibly talented Amanda from Blake Ezra Photography for taking these stunning images (and for helping with light and composition for the Summit on the night. (Blake Ezra Photography is of course a big part of VIB Club and is offering a special gift to all VIB‘s!)
Lauren Dubell-Beadle of The Chuppah Design Co making amazing things out of smashed glass
And very special thanks to Smashing The Glass’s amazing Client Relations Manager. Claire, for planning and running the Summit to perfection. We love you Claire!
After my welcome, we chatted with international wedding planner Bruce Russell for a super fun segment.
Bruce gave some BRILLIANT tips on how you can create a wedding that reflects who you are and what is important to you, and rightly so, you all went mad for him!
Bruce is a big part of our VIB Club, and is offering 10% discount to all VIB‘s. How lucky are you?!
Next the imitable Jonny Mosesson (the chazan I had at my wedding to Mr STG) wowed everyone with an incredible segment on how to pick the perfect music for your Jewish wedding.
This is seriously unmissable – make sure you watch this segment for all your Jewish wedding music inspo – we can’t promise you won’t tear up and feel all emosh at the sound of Jonny’s voice though!
Then we had a really fun segment where Bruce smashed a glass live on air (so much fun!) and then Lauren Dubell- Beadle, founder of The Chuppah Design Co + Resident DIY Expert at Smashing The Glass, created some beautiful works of art with the smashed glass, and simultaneously gave out top tips on how to personalize your chuppah.
That women is a multi-tasker (and multi-talented!)
Matt Rickard from Food Story Smashing Summit-ing!
And then it was a real starstruck moment for me. I got to chat live with the AMAZING Sharon Sever, Chief Designer at Galia Lahav all about style ideas for the Fashion Forward Bride. Definitely one of my favorite segments of the Summit and an absolute MUST-WATCH!
Best quote of the Summit is definitely Sharon’s “Do you want to look like your most beautiful self on the day, or do you want to look like your grandmother, and listen to her?”
From one starstruck moment to another — next it was time for an interview with THE Ron Ben-Israel (WOW!!!!) the executive chef and owner of world-renowned Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, based in New York City, for the Top 5 Wedding Cake Trends for 2018 / 2019.
So many incredible ideas from Ron from ‘A Return to Big’ to metallics to painted/watercolor cakes, to gray fondant and monograms and more…what a treat!
And then it was onto the man behind these images! Blake Ezra, a great friend, a much-loved Smashing The Glass Recommended Vendor, (like so many of our guests), the most featured photographer on Smashing The Glass, and a supporter of STG since Day One (back in 2013). We love you Blake!
Always a popular Facebook Live guest, Blake ran a great session on Jewish wedding traditions – and how to make them your own. Another must watch!
And of course Blake is a big part of VIB Club and has a special gift for all our VIB‘s too!
LA-based Duke Khodaverdian, one of the most sought-after Wedding Photographers on the planet, and owner of world-renowned Duke Images, was up next talking about how to find the perfect wedding photographer.
One of the nicest guys in the industry, and undoubtedly one of the most talented (see this real Jewish wedding of his blogged last month on STG) it was a real honor to talk with Duke about all things photography.
By now I’d been hosting the Smashing Summit for 4 hours and was loving every minute!!! I was so excited for the next segment, on how to come up with the perfect wedding hashtag, with Sara Gibbs, our Features Writer at Smashing The Glass who also happens to be a very talented comedy writer!
By now it was nearing 10pm UK time. I was buzzing having hosted the Smashing Summit for 5 hours, and getting ready to go live with Monique Lhuillier, the world-renowned bridal designer, and founder of one of the world’s leading fashion houses, AND the most featured wedding gown designer on Smashing The Glass!
What a moment!
It lived up to everything I imagined it would be, and more, as Monique told us about the top 5 Wedding Dress Trends for 2018 / 2019. SO GOOD – click play and do yourself a fashionable favor!
Finally, to close the Summit, we had the wedding industry icon of all icons — Mindy Weiss. Yes THE Mindy Weiss — and she totally and utterly WOW-ed us!
Her segment, on amazing ways to personalize your wedding is an absolute MUST-WATCH!
We talked schnitzels, Meghan and Harry’s wedding, Adam Sandler’s nuptials, CHUPPAH versus CHOOPAH(!), smash glass pouches and much much more…
Mindy is a true superstar and I was thrilled and honored to have her close the Summit with her warmth, wit, humor, insights and expertise.
Thank you dear Mindy!
WOW – what a Summit!
So which part did you love the most? Let us know which segment was your favorite in the comments below.. Sooo hard to choose I know!
12 mins 30 secs in
‘How to create a wedding that reflects who you are and what is important to you’
International Luxury Wedding Planner and owner of By Bruce Russell
25 mins 20 secs in
‘How to pick the perfect music for your Jewish wedding’
Chazan, Musician and Entertainer
47 minutes in
‘How to personalise your chuppah… and what to do with your smashed glass‘
Lauren Dubell- Beadle
Founder of The Chuppah Design Co + Resident DIY Expert at Smashing The Glass
1 hr 29 mins in
‘Style ideas for the Fashion Forward Bride’
Sharon Sever, Chief Designer at Galia Lahav
1 hr 49 mins in
‘Top 5 Wedding Cake Trends for 2018 / 2019’
Executive chef and owner of world-renowned Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
2 hrs 15 mins secs in
A little bit about VIB Club (our Members Club for Very Important Brides)
2 hrs 19 mins in
‘Jewish wedding traditions – and how to make them your own’
International Wedding Photographer and owner of Blake Ezra Photography
2 hrs 35 mins in
‘How to find the perfect wedding photographer’
International Wedding Photographer and owner of world-renowned Duke Images
2 hrs 48 mins in
‘How to come up with the perfect wedding hashtag’
Comedy Writer and Features Writer at Smashing The Glass
3 hr 05 mins in
‘Top 5 Wedding Dress Trends for 2018 / 2019’
World-renowned bridal designer, and founder of one of the world’s leading fashion houses
3 hr 21 mins in
‘5 Amazing Ways To Personalize Your Wedding’
World-renowned international celebrity wedding planner and bestselling author