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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all well and happy and that you have had a good week? Well done on making it to Friday, the weekend is nearly in sight! We are off to London this afternoon to see Nik’s sister for the weekend. We managed to get the trip in just in time before the new laws come in on Monday. We haven’t seen her and her family since January! Dexter is excited for a road trip right after school! To finish off the week in style, I have the super elegant wedding of Lana and Boris who held their Brooklyn wedding on the roof top of Dobbin Street. The whole day is stunning, from the outfits to the flowers to the location, so glam. As for this gorgeous couple, what a stunning pair they make and the first dance looks incredible! Big thanks to Stak Studio for the photos.
Lana and Boris were married on 24th August 2019 at Dobbin Street, Brooklyn; Ceremony and cocktail hour were on their rooftop garden, and reception was across their entire space. ‘Both our families immigrated to Brooklyn from the former USSR, and Boris spent most of his youth growing up there. We also loved the Dobbin space, which allowed for both indoor/outdoor use mixed with the cool urban feel. We had 130 guests. We got engaged in January 2019 and married that same August. Lana is a master planner, and we utilized Dobbin’s in-house team for planning assistance, who were excellent!’
How they met
We met on Bumble, and after a lost connection were able to find one another again. It was love at first sight. We’ve been together ever since, and it was three years this June.
I picked up the ring (chosen weeks prior), asked Lana’s dad for his blessing, and proposed all in the same day. I came home early and cooked a delicious dinner, knowing Lana would be getting back a bit later than normal due to a business engagement. We live by the East River and often go running there, so I had the grand plan of proposing by the water while walking our puppy after dinner — the weather had other plans, however. Once I finally convinced Lana to go outside with me, she absolutely refused to go anywhere near the water — it was January 9th, after all. We did the regular walk, but the ring was burning a hole in my winter parka. We got back upstairs, and I proposed before we could get the jackets off.
How did you allocate your budget?
As I mentioned earlier, Lana is a master planner. She did a ton of research, and we made the majority of decisions together. Lana also had everything organized and budgeted out via a shared excel doc. We knew the venue, catering and rentals would be the biggest cost, so we allocated there first. Everything else we figured out as we went.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
Since Dobbin Street is a raw space, we had to rent all of the furniture and décor, which we loved, but it ended up being pretty expensive along with the catering. We didn’t have cake and we didn’t have a photo booth, so we saved there. We also did all of our invitations online.
How did you choose your photographer?
Steven happened to be the photographers from of our friends wedding, and we absolutely loved his work.
The dress was by Martina Liana. The shoes were Sophia Webster.
The suit and bridesmaids
It was a custom designed tux by Lever Bespoke. Boris made the design decisions. I only had my sister as the maid of honor. She wore an awesome dress by Monique Lhuillier.
Theme or colour scheme
We sprinkled green around our décor and Boris wore a forest green tux jacket.
Various assortment of white flowers with greenery from Sprout Home and a beautiful ceremony arch.
We wanted to mostly go with white and green floral, simple lights and candles as well as some cool outdoor urban living room furniture for our guests to lounge in.
Our catering was from the amazing team at Comparti. We had passed hors devours during cocktail hour outside and family style dinner and dessert during the reception. We also brought Russian caviar and homemade horseradish flavored vodka that Lana’s parents made and fig flavored moonshine that Boris’s parents made. Because what kind of Russian wedding is it if there isn’t a ton of caviar and booze?
We didn’t really care about the cake tradition and instead went with passed desserts, which were AMAZING.
During the ceremony and cocktail hour we had a violinist and cellist from Stellar Strings. During the reception we had an awesome DJ, who is our friend – Shaun Pazel and a Sax player, which was a nice surprise for the guests.
Who supplied the stationery?
We did online invites via Greenvelope.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went to Bali for our honeymoon.
In addition to the vodka and moonshine, Lana’s dad created a digital photo gallery of Lana and Boris from when we were super young to current day, along with our families. It was displayed on a TV we put outside in the courtyard of the lounge area. We also supplied several Polaroid cameras to our guests to take photos, sign and hang on some string lights outside. The kids loved it.
Our dance was choreographed to Fever by Peggy Lee. Our choreographer was the amazing Simone from Dance Together NYC. Not your typical first dance song, but it’s us. We practiced it for over 3 months and it will forever be one of the most special wedding moments.
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 an amazing song – Can’t Take My Eyes off You (The Lauryn Hill version).
Advice for other couples
Worry less and party more.
Lana’s parents made a Russian folk dance and song as their speech. All with an accordion and traditional Russian clothing. It was spectacular.
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