Natasha Goldberg + Daniel Woolfe
Sunday 22nd November 2015
Photography | 1500 Photography
Two and a half years after a successful blind date, marketing manager Natasha was on a work site visit to the St. Pancreas Renaissance Hotel. “I was guided up a beautiful, grand staircase (the one in the Spice Girls’ Wannabe video!) and was shocked to see Daniel,” Natasha recalls. “When I reached the top, he proposed! It took me a while to work out the whole visit was a set up.”
Organising events as part of her job, Natasha could use a lot of tricks of the trade in the wedding planning. “My Glasgow-based mum was instrumental in the planning too as we live in London. What I found most stressful was managing the opinions and requests from Daniel, my parents and in-laws “ I’m used to having complete autonomy when arranging events so it was challenging to have other voices at the table!” she says.
With a love of bridal TV shows and a Pinterest board full of dresses, Natasha found The One in the second wedding dress shop she looked in. She didn’t commit to the dress until later as she wanted to make sure she had seen all the different options.
“After all, you’ll never get another chance to shop for your wedding dress!” she adds. Natasha accessorised with sparkles: diamond earrings from her new in-laws, a diamond necklace from her mum and a shimmering hairgrip to finish the look. For her three bridesmaids, she opted for gorgeous deep pink, full-length chiffon gowns from Dessy, all modified with a halter neckline and cut-out detail.
In keeping with Jewish tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other for a week before the wedding, Natasha headed home to Glasgow and spent time with her family. “It was so nice having the whole week to arrange the final details. Seeing Daniel a week later when he came to place the veil over my face before the wedding was really special,” says Natasha.
As the big day arrived, it was a relaxing start before the nuptials. “I loved the morning of my wedding,” Natasha says. “I had breakfast with my family and gave my mum, dad and sister sentimental cards and gifts. It was really special. At the hotel we had nibbles, played music and Daniel’s best men brought me a card and present from him “ a Mulberry handbag.”
For the ceremony itself, it was all about tradition. “It was important for us to have a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony and we made a guide for non-Jewish guests to explain the traditions,” Natasha says. “We had a piper and a male choir who sang traditional songs then our external caterers provided a kosher feast.”
To ensure every aspect of the spectacular day was captured, the couple found their perfect photographer through a recommendation from a friend. “They were like fairy godparents on the day, helping the boys with their bow ties and even had a crochet hook on hand so my mum could do up my dress. They really went above and beyond.” The couple also chose a videographer who was a “seasoned pro at Jewish weddings!”
The grand ballroom was decked out in deep shades of pink and purple, the beautiful blooms and silver candlesticks setting a romantic scene. Silver and purple stationary complemented the décor and a glittering backdrop behind the band gave a perfect finishing touch to the glamorous venue.
Selfie sticks adorned the tables for guests to take the perfect picture and there were flip flops for the ladies to make sure they could party all night!
Following Jewish practice, the bride and groom and their guests celebrated with traditional Israeli dancing, which Natasha describes as hectic: “It involves splitting the men and women, dancing in concentric circles, being lifted up on chairs and the groom being thrown up in a sheet! It really gets everyone in the mood for a party!”
Afterwards, the dancing continued into the night with a mix of chart music and oldies. Thinking of every detail, the couple gave guests from afar hospitality bags which included Irn Bru, a personalised ˜Do Not Disturb’ sign for the rooms and other goodies.
Looking back on her big day, Natasha has some words of wisdom for other brides-to-be.
“Planning a wedding is stressful and those who say it’s not are either lying, not paying enough attention to detail or are eloping!” she laughs. “I had a 10-page running order that I was teased about but it meant the day ran like clockwork and I didn’t have to think about anything other than having fun. Time flies so enjoy it as much as possible!”
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// Make-up: Julia Martin at The One Lounge
// Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy //