Modern Jewish Temple Wedding {San Francisco}

Yana and Alex’s Small Fat Russian Jewish Wedding as they called it, is nothing short of stunning.
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A homemade gold and white cake, sushi and baklava, a white mermaid ruffle dress, I’m just swooning over bride Yana.
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Speaking of, she shares her wedding with us.

Tell us about the wedding
Alex and I are both Russian Jewish, so when looking for venues it felt natural to get married at temple Emanuel in San Francisco. Our wedding is what you would call a small fat Russian wedding, because we kept it to a small number of 100. Temple Emanuel is the most beautiful temple in SF; it has romantic feel to it.
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Both being Russian/Jewish, we wanted a traditional ceremony under the chuppah. We also wanted a band, but one that would play a mix of music for our diverse crowd. On our wedding day I got ready at my parents house, in our culture it is very traditional and was very important to my parents.
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I wore a classic mermaid style gown, and champagne shoes to compliment the wedding tones, I also wore a special pair of earrings passed on to me by my grandfather (who is no longer with us).

At the chuppah I circled Alex 7 times per tradition, and Alex broke the glass. Alex wore a black suit and tie. Our photographer let me take playful pictures in my parents bedroom – which I absolutely love.
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What was the inspiration for your wedding?
Romance – I wanted the venue set up in a calming romantic tone, our colors were light pink pastels, white, gold and champagne, it was classy and beautiful. The room was lite up in Fuscia.
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What was the hardest part about wedding planning?
Planning it within a time frame of 4 months. I knew what I wanted and didn’t need to many options, it was a matter of locking in the vendors. But everything came together, and it was the most magical day ever for the both of us.
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Did you do any DIY (do it yourself) or special projects/things at the wedding?
Yes, we made our own table numbers, I had created a memory table. I had a family friend bake my wedding cake, as opposed to ordering from a bakery, it was edible and delicious and our friends still rave about it. Close family friend had set up our chuppah – instead of renting one.

What was your favorite part of the wedding?
“Being surrounded by family and friends who love us. Dancing all night long with our friends, the toasts that came from our family and friends. For the father daughter dance my mom and sister had written a song in Russian, this was special and intimate moment for the whole family.
Our wedding guest were culturally mixed, and it was great to see them learn about our culture and traditions and participate in what they refer to as “”circle dancing”” ”


What 3 words of advice do you have for future brides/grooms-to-be?

Don’t stress, enjoy every moment of it, the day goes by fast, don’t fret over the small stuff.

Anything else you would like to add?
We would repeat the night over and over if we can. Our photographer/videographer was flawless and made the day/evening so special and filled with memories for a lifetime. Our families are still raving at how he remembered everyone’s names and made it personal and special.
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Photographer:  Sasha Photography//Lighting: The Sound Company//Caterer:Beli Deli//Dress Store: Lovella Bridal//Band: Reginas All Stars//Cinema and Video: Sasha Kino//Makeup Artist: Shannon Le Makeup & Hair//Floral Designer: Supinere floral couture//Reception Venue: Temple Emanu-El

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