Missy & Yoni | Super cool and colourful South East London Jew-ish wedding at Asylum Arts and The Big Red Pizza Bus

I’ve been saving this amazing wedding for the launch of the new blog design as it totally epitomises a ‘Smashing The Glass’ w-day. The creativity and individuality is quite astonishing and the truth is when I first looked through the images by the legendary Laura Babb I was doing a little happy dance over every detail. Smashing a piñata instead of a glass? SQUEAL!  Derelict crumbling chapel for a Jew-ish ceremony venue? HOLY MOLY!  Vivienne Westwood glittery red shoes? HOT DAMN! A Mexican Day of the Dead” themed wedding cake? OH YES! A colourful mariachi band ? WHOA! A DJ outfit called the Wedding Smashers WOW! I mean this wedding is just begging to be blogged on Smashing the Glass!

Aside from being an amazing day full of fun, laughter, heart and joy, and apart from being documented by the outrageously talented (read major photographer crush) Laura Babb, one of the things that I love most about this wedding is that the couple tried their hardest to source everything from local suppliers in their area of South East London.
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Anika & Dan | Jewish / Hindu multi-cultural wedding at the Mandarin Oriental, London

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That’s pretty much all I said for 5 minutes when Anika and Dan’s Jewish/Hindu (or HinJew) fusion wedding hit my inbox. These two certainly know how to throw a party. And throw a party they did – more specifically a big day that embraced a vibrant union of culture, tradition and romance, all beautifully captured by Aneta Mak.

I’m particularly impressed with the way that Anika and Dan intertwined two religions and both Indian and Jewish heritage into the ceremony. It’s a tricky issue for many interfaith couples but these two did it with authenticity and heaps of style and panache.

I almost don’t know where to begin telling their epic wedding story, but luckily for me Anika, the bride explains it a lot better than I ever could.
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Anika, the bride: I think most couples want their wedding to be a true reflection of themselves. Dan and I were no different in this respect, we wanted our wedding to showcase our passion for food and how we love to throw a good party, whilst also reflecting both our Indian and Jewish heritages.
The Mandarin Oriental enabled us to do just this. They were super accommodating on the food front, creating a menu that was non-offensive to Jews and Hindus that was also distinctly fusion, and the ball room is stunning and was the perfect place for us party hard after the day’s festivities. It ticked all our boxes.
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Jessica & Pete | Vineyard Jewish Wedding on a full moon night, Naches, Washington, USA

Vineyard wedding Washington 7 I adore this wedding and not just because it’s set in a winery, there’s a full moon, a cute dog, and there’s an intimate outdoor ceremony, but because there is so much effort from family and friends.

Jessica, the Bride, says, “We didn’t have a particular theme – our wedding was really all about celebrating our relationship and commitment to one another with our friends and family, all of whom were an integral part of making the day come together: Our whole bridal party was made up of our brothers and sisters; friends and family came together to do all the floral arrangements, place settings and venue décor; the groom built the chuppah; my father officiated; a dear friend did my hair; I wore my grandmother’s jewelry – from top to bottom our wedding was a reflection of the people who mean so much to us and have made us who we are.”
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Candace & Asher | Super-stylish ‘shabby chic’ Jewish wedding, Rancho Las Lomas, USA

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An explosion of colour, a totally WOW vintage dress, and a sensationally decorated ‘shabby chic’ space. That’s what first struck me about today’s gorgeous lush garden wedding.

I should probably begin this beautiful big day with a Pinterest warning, because dear readers, Candace and Asher’s wedding is filled to bursting with oodles of gorgeous details that I can guarantee you’ll love. They accomplished their dream decor with bells on, creating a whimsical yet contemporary fairytale within a beautiful outside space.

There are so many details that I love about this W-day from the wonderfully colourful florals to a really original bouquet (featuring mini lockets with photos of the brides grandparents), to the astonishing decor, to the very personalised family input throughout the ceremony, that I think anyone trying to pull of a wedding with that homespun feel can be inspired. Essentially this wedding is FULL of covetable details, and all of this fabulousness is captured by the awesome Sloan Photographers. Enjoy!
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Stacey & Jono | NYE Fancy Dress Jewish Wedding in a Cinema, West Sussex, UK

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There are no words. Truly – there are no words worthy enough to even begin to describe this fantastically creative W-day photographed by the always amazing Martin Beddall. To start with this Jewish wedding is held in an old arthouse cinema (the oldest operating one in the UK) and all the guests are decked out in fancy dress which makes for such an inclusive atmosphere is genuinely special.

The couple organised everything themselves from the other side of the world (New Zealand!) and their attention to detail is astonishing. Jono, the groom, designed the delightful invitations himself, and both he and Stacey created the most beautiful short film that was played during their ceremony, full of images of their past, literally from birth through to the present day. You can watch their very special film lower down the page. Warning: you might tear up!

So without further ado, let’s dive into Martin Beddall’s exquisite photographs, and read all the juicy details in the words of Stacey and Jono themselves.
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Stacey and Jono: We met and fell in love on New Year’s Eve 2007 so that has been such a special time for us. There’s also no better excuse for a party than New Year’s Eve so we decided to throw our big day five years later to the day! We now live in New Zealand but wanted to celebrate the big day in style with our oldest and dearest in the UK.Continue Reading