happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all well and happy and have a great week? Well upon making it to Friday, the weekend is almost in sight! We left for London this afternoon to see Nick’s sister for the weekend. We were able to travel shortly before the new law came on Monday. We haven’t seen her and her family since January! Dexter is excited for the road trip right after school! To end the week in style, I have a super elegant wedding of Lana and Boris, who got their Brooklyn wedding on the terrace of Dobia Street. The whole day is fantastic, from outfits to flowers, the location is so glam. For this gorgeous duo, they make a stunning pair and the first dance feels incredible! Big thanks to Stock Studio for the photos.
A truly magical evening filled with passion, energy, spontaneity, love and family. Coupled with delicious Russian elegance, it was an evening for everyone to remember for many years to come.
Lana and Boris were married on 24 August 2019 in Dobbin Street, Brooklyn; Ceremony and cocktail hour were in their terrace garden, and the reception was all over their place. ‘Both our families immigrated to Brooklyn from the former USSR, and Boris spent most of his youth there. We also loved the Dobbin location, which allowed for both indoor / outdoor mixed with a quiet urban feel. We had 130 guests. We got engaged in January 2019 and got married in the same August. Lana is a master planner, and we used Dobin’s in-house team to help plan, which were excellent! ‘
how did they meet
We met at Bumble, and were able to find each other again after a lost connection. it was love at first sight. We have been together ever since, and it has been three years since this June.
I chose the ring (chosen the week before), asked Lana’s father for her blessing, and proposed to everyone on the same day. I came home early and cooked a delicious dinner, knowing that Lana would return a little later than usual due to business busyness. We live on the banks of the East River and often run there, so I had a grand plan to propose by the water during our puppy walk after dinner – although the weather had other plans. Once I finally convinced Lana to go out with me, she refused to go anywhere near the water – it was January 9. We took regular walks, but the ring was burning in a hole in my winter park. We headed back upstairs before getting off the top of the jacket and I proposed.
How did you allocate your budget?
As I stated earlier, Lana is a master planner. He did a ton of research, and we made most of the decisions together. Lana organized and budgeted everything through a shared Excel dock. We knew that the venue, catering and rent would be the biggest cost, so we allocated there first. Everything else we understood as we went.
Where did you splash and where did you survive?
Since Dobbin Street is a raw location, we had to rent out all the furniture and decor we loved, but it became very expensive along with the catering. We didn’t have cake and we didn’t have a photo booth, so we saved there. We also made all our invitations online.
How did you choose your photographer?
Steven became a photographer at our friends’ wedding and we absolutely loved his work.
The dress was done by Martina Liana. The shoes were Sophia Webster.
Suits & Bridesmaids
This was a custom designed tux by Lever Bespoke. Boris made design decisions. I only kept my sister as a maid of honor. She wore a funky dress by Monique Lhuillier.
Theme or Color Scheme
We sprayed green around our décor and Boris wore a One Green Tux jacket.
Various assortment of white flowers with greenery from Sprout Home and a beautiful ceremony arch.
We mostly wanted to go inside with white and green flowers, simple lights and candles for our guests, as well as some cool outdoor urban living room furniture.
Our catering was from the amazing team of the company. We passed Horse Devours and Family Style Dinner and Desert during the Cocktail Hour during the reception. We also brought Russian caviar and homemade horseradish scented vodka, which Lana’s parents made and the fig flavor monasine that Boris’s parents made. Because what kind of Russian wedding is it, if not a ton of caviar and booze?
We didn’t really care about the cake tradition and instead went with the passed desserts, which were amazing.
During the ceremony and cocktail hour we had a violinist and cellist from Steller Strings. During the reception we had an awesome DJ, who is our friend – Sean Pazell and a sax player, who was a nice surprise to the guests.
Who supplied the stationery?
We invited online through Greenville.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went to Bali for our honeymoon.
In addition to vodka and moonlight, Lana’s dad created a digital photo gallery of Lana and Boris when we, along with our families, were super young for the present day. It was screened on a TV that we put out in the lounge area courtyard. We supplied several polaroid cameras for our guests to take photos, sign and hang out on some string lights outside. The children loved it.
Our dance was choreographed by Peggy Lee. Our choreographer Dance Together was amazing Simone from NYC. Not your first dance song, but we are. We practiced it for over 3 months and it will forever be one of the most special moments of marriage.
Roman, Boris’s brother, was not only the best man, but he also married us. He was one of the best entertainers of the night. And Lana’s sister sang a wonderful song – Can Take My Eyes of You (The Lauryn Hill version).
Advice for other couples
Worry less and party more.
Lana’s parents composed a Russian folk dance and song as her speech. All with one accord and traditional Russian clothing. it was brilliant.
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