This beautiful Russian Jewish wedding is a fairytale wedding come true.
From the Alina’s cinderalla wedding ballgown, to the 7 tiered wedding cake, you are going to be swept away in joy and happiness with this happy couple.
Bride Alina and groom Rafael got married in Boca Raton, Florida, the heart of the sunshine state. Their wedding was blissful and full of tradition.
We’re happy to share Alina’s story with us about the wedding!
Tell us about the wedding
Our wedding was a traditional Russian-Jewish wedding. It was romantic and elegant and the night was a fairytail. We had our first look and photos at the Boca Resort; it was the most beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky.
That night we went to synagogue B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, FL. We had an hour and a half cocktail hour with six stations and 23 passed o’dourves, we had ice sculptors and drink flunes. Then, it was time for our ceremony. (We meet with our rabbi four times before our wedding so he can really get to know us and our story!)
Then it was time for the reception. We had a 12 minute horah which was ruff ha! We had a 12 person band with a DJ and the night was unbelievable! Guests could choose from five entrees for dinner, and the drinks were flowing all night long. The wedding cake was to die for, it was a surprise from my husband. I had shown him a picture of my dream cake, and he made it happen.
Could you tell us about any special wedding customs/clothing you had?
For our traditional conservative ceremony, my mom and I walked around my husband Rafael seven times before we started the ceremony. Also, the horah was 12 minutes long and was the first dance of the night kicking off the celebration.
After every toast we kissed for a couple of seconds. In Russian tradition, it is custom for everyone to say ‘Gorca’ which means ‘bitter’ after making a toast. Since you take a sip of alcohol, which is bitter, your kiss makes it sweet.
What was the inspiration for your wedding?
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted a fairytale wedding, and thanks to our families we got that. The reception room had chandeliers and amazing uplighting. We had a live band, plus over the top food. It was an over all amazing experience!
What was the hardest part about wedding planning?
I had a wonderful wedding planner, Joni Scalzo from Your Special Day by Joni. She saved my life. I’m very organized and a perfectionist, which is a gift and a curse, but she always kept me calm. The hardest part for me because of my traits, was hoping that all the vendors remembered everything we discussed and all the details came together.
Did you any DIY?
Not a DIY bride, but to save some money my husband and I put together all the wedding programs all 150 plus and tied the ribbons for them.
What was your favorite part of the wedding?
My favorite part of the wedding was when I started walking down the aisle and I finally saw my future husband standing on the other side. It was a moment in time.
What 3 words of advice do you have for future brides-to-be?
Smile! No matter what is happening there is always a camera or an eye on you.
Mazel tov Alina and Rafael!
Now time for some very beautiful photos taken by Jeff Kolodny Photography.
PHOTOGRAPHER – Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc
EVENT PLANNER – Your Special Day By Joni
FLORAL DESIGNER – Dalsimer Atlas, Boca Raton, Florida
DRESS STORE – Boca Raton Bridal, Boca Raton, Florida
RECEPTION VENUE – B’Nai Israel, Boca Raton, Florida
CATERING – VIP Caterers, Boca Raton, Florida