How gorgeous is Lucinda and Zac’s fabulous Norfolk Jewish wedding?! The setting, the chuppah, Lucinda’s fabulous gown by Israeli designer Lee Petra Grebenau… It’s all just perfection, as you’ll see if you scroll through Andy Davison Photography’s wonderful images.
Lucinda, an optometrist, and Zac, who works in finance, pulled off a wedding that was not only beyond-words beautiful, but also an awesome party! That was in large part thanks to the couple’s band, Smashing The Glass Recommended Vendor Jam Hot, who started with an awesome Israeli dancing set and went on to keep the dance floor packed all night.
In Lucinda’s words, “I think I can say on behalf of every guest at our wedding that Jam Hot Showband really were the highlight of the event. We keep on trying to think of another excuse to have the band again for another party, they created memories that we are forever grateful for and will never forget.” Doesn’t get much better than that!
We were also pleased to hear that Lucinda and Zac also bought their ketubah from much-loved Smashing The Glass Recommended Vendor Ketubah.com –they wanted something they could hang in their home as a work of art, and needless to say they found just the thing.
Now we’ll hand you over to Lucinda…
How we Met
Lucinda, the bride: Zac and I met when we were about 15 years old on holiday, Zac being from London and myself from Nottinghamshire, we were just friends until around the age of 17. Around this age, Zac took me on our first date in London, we started out as a long distance relationship through university. Once I graduated, I moved to London and we have since bought a house and moved in together, and then got married 2 years later, despite all the odds with covid. We had been together for over 8 years before we got married.
A Norfolk Wedding
We got married at Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Norfolk has always been like a second home for me and my family, ever since being a baby and now also Zac’s. We try to escape there around 4/5 times a year, it is just the most beautiful and relaxing place and a place that is so special to all of our families. Holkham Hall itself is just an amazing place, I think it’s easy to see why we picked it from the pictures.
We planned the majority of the wedding through the covid pandemic, which was interesting to say the least. Our colour scheme we tried to tone with late summer/early autumn, with the mauve napkins but then more subtle colours for the flowers.
We wanted something more natural and elegant looking and I think it all ended up looking so beautiful. We knew we didn’t want the rustic look, so we went more down the elegant classic route. We had an amazing wedding coordinator Emily from Emily Andrew Events who really helped us a lot in the latter stages of our planning.
Invitations / stationery
Our invitations were designed for us by the amazing Nicola at Rose Press based in Nottingham. Her skills are extraordinary, she really knows what works together well and her drawing skills are just amazing! She drew Holkham Hall, that was also printed onto our on the day stationery as well as invitations.
Hair + Make-up
I decided in the end to have my hair in a pony with waves/curls, but this decision was not made lightly, I had a trial before hand for a half down and half up do, which looked really nice but didn’t feel true to my style. I generally have my hair up on a day to day basis, so thought I would pick something that I know I like and true to my style but obviously make it a lot nicer and fancier! Victoria Ralph Hair and Valentina did an amazing job.
I picked Emily at Love Moi Makeup for the day, I’m not a girl who generally wears a lot of makeup, so the thought of having it professionally done made me feel slightly nervous. My main criteria was natural looking; Emily did a fantastic job of making all the makeup look really natural, so I couldn’t have been happier in the end.
A Lee Petra Grebenau Dress
My dress was from an Israeli wedding dress designer, Lee Petra Grebenau. I chose to have a custom Bella Dress, and it was the complete opposite of what I thought I would go for, but I just felt amazing in it so I went with my gut. I initially saw the dress in a boutique in Marylebone (The Wedding Gallery), which was the only boutique in the UK stocking them at the time, sadly during the pandemic they went out of business, leaving me in a bit of a predicament.
I only had a couple of opportunities to try on dresses before we went back into lockdown and all the boutiques closing again. In the end, I reached out to Lee Petra Grebenau directly, and had my measurements taken and sent over to them and we designed the dress remotely.
My jewellery was a lovely on the day wedding gift from Zac, he got me a Mikimoto Pearl and Diamond Pendant Necklace and also a Mikimoto Pearl and Diamond Bracelet. He did really well with these I must say, very impressed. I had quite a simple long two-tiered veil, as I felt the dress did most of the talking.
I went for heels from Emmy London, which you can have died afterwards to any colour you like so I can re-wear them!
The handsome groom
Zac wore a lovely Black-Tie three piece suit courtesy of his cousin who owns Leonard Jay menswear stores in London. His bow-tie and pocket square were a gift from myself and were from Tom Ford. He also had a lovely flower button hole from the Florist.
I had 4 bridesmaids and they all wore gowns from Ghost London. Two of them had oyster coloured and the other two had a powdered pink. There were also two styles of gown due to different style preferences, however they all toned together really nicely. The colour toned in with the theme of the day completely. Our florist had swatches of the dress colours, and she designed the florals around these and the napkin colours flawlessly.
With half of our guests being Jewish and half not, we tried to make our ceremony as inclusive as possible, with everything being explained and our rabbi did a fantastic job of this, all of the guests remarked how inclusive and heartfelt it was. It was a Jewish ceremony mainly, but we incorporated a few different aspects like a traditional I do moment and ‘You can now kiss the bride’ etc. We had seven close friends/family to help us to do the Sheva Brachot, which was also sung by Rabbi Hannah which everyone complimented.
We had a lovely pianist and cellist playing music to walk into, lots by Ludovici Einaudi (one of our favourite composers). My favourite part would be walking down the aisle with my father and seeing Zac for the first time, for sure!
We had a ketubah made by an artist called Shell Rummel from Ketubah.com, we wanted something that we could have framed and would look nice hanging in our house.
Our chuppah had to be made bespoke for the hall, as we were getting married on steps… so the two back legs had to be a lot shorter, no easy task! We saw an image on Pinterest of a beautiful floral chuppah, which we instantly knew we wanted to create. It just looked beautiful with the backdrop of the hall, our florist toned in the colour of the flowers to compliment the colours in the hall.
Our Music Choice
For the ceremony, we had Carrie O’Donnell Pianist and a Cellist, Zac, our families and the bridesmaids walked down to ‘I Giorni’ – Ludovici Einaudi. I walked down to ‘Canon in D’, a song I always knew I wanted. Our entrance to the reception song was – ‘All Night Long’ – Lionel Richie (this is where you can see everyone swinging their napkins – really have no idea how that started!)
We chose an amazing florist who was local to the venue and who has her own cutting garden. This meant the flowers were all very much in season and as fresh as possible. Our florist’s signature style is country garden so the florals designs were very organic and elegant in their style.
The colour palette was picked to echo the soft mauve of the napkins and glassware on the tables, to just introduce a subtle level of colour, without being over-powering. These were beautifully designed by Constance Rose We really cant thank her enough for what she pulled off on the day!
Photographer and videographer
The photographer that captured our special day was Andy Davison of Andy Davison Photography and the videographer was Browns Films. We had had numerous recommendations to use them, and all of their content looked amazing – so it was a no brainer for us. They really did a great job of capturing the energy of the day.
Food and Cake
The caterer was Andy Parle Catering who created a lovely Pan-Asian/Israeli menu for us (both our favourite styles of food) and the gorgeous cake table was beautifully created by Love Wedding Cakes. The cake had 3 flavours, cherry bakewell, lemon and raspberry and Victoria sponge. She also made some amazing gluten free/dairy free cakes too.
Entertainment was provided by Jam Hot who really got the party started with an incredible Jewish Dancing set. The atmosphere that they created was absolutely sensational, the dance floor was full ALL. NIGHT. I think I can say on behalf of every guest at our wedding that Jam Hot Showband really were the highlight of the event. We keep on trying to think of another excuse to have the band again for another party, they created memories that we are forever grateful for and will never forget.
We decided against general favours. We had mini personalised Moet & Chandon bottles for the top table and close family. We had Jo Malone Gifts for the Bridesmaids, they each had a perfume and candle with the same scent that I wore on the day (Poppy & Barley).
The best part for me and when we had the most fun was during the band and the dancing in the evening, everyone really had the best time, especially as I had never been thrown up on a chair before! We also loved the champagne pyramids; a bit extra but we have always wanted those!
The day before the event we had hydrangeas lining the entrance to the marquee, by the morning of the wedding – they had all vanished – they had been eaten by the estates resident deer!!
We couldn’t go on our planned honeymoon due to COVID restrictions unfortunately, we were meant to go on a safari to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia and they were all red listed at the time. This was booked with African Bush Camps and they had planned an amazing itinerary for us. We have rescheduled that for the same date a year later. We did however, manage to book a last minute 2 week trip to an IKOS resort in the Greek Islands for some R and R which was lovely.
Advice to couples currently planning their wedding
Try not to stress over every little detail, it will all come together in the end. Trust in the suppliers you have picked, this is something they do day in and day out. Take some time out on the day with just you and your partner, even if it is just ten minutes, to absorb what is going on around you.
ZAC & LUCINDA’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK
Photography – Andy Davison Photography
Videography – Browns Films
Ketubah – Ketubah.com offers 10% discount to all members of Smashing The Glass’s Brides Club
Band – Jam Hot offers 10% discount to all members of Smashing The Glass’s Brides Club
Wedding planner – Emily Andrew Events
Venue – Holkham Hall
Bride’s dress – Lee Petra Grebenau
Bride’s shoes – Emmy London
Bride’s accessories – Mikimoto
Groom’s attire – Leonard Jay
Bridesmaids – Ghost London
Hair + Makeup – Victoria Ralph Hair & Love Moi Makeup
Flowers – Constance Rose
Pianist – Carrie O’Donnell Pianist
Catering – Andy Parle Catering
Cake – Love Wedding Cakes
Stationery/Invitation – Rose Press
Rabbi – Rabbi Hannah Kingston from Alyth Synagogue
Marquee – Sail & Peg
Crockery and Cutlery Hire – Duchess & Butler
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