Some couples in particular stand out to me… the ones who you see looking at each other in such a way that it gives you pause, and somehow you just know- “they are perfect for each other. This what love can be.”
Anna and Danny are one of those couples.
Anna is a joyful, kind, and vivacious spirit. Her excitement is so contagious that I wager I’ve been just about as excited about her wedding as she’s been! Danny is more quiet- at least at first- but he has a ridiculously poker-faced sense of humor that is absolutely priceless. Together, they simply light up and come alive.
The bride & groom got ready at Turnberry Isle- a hotel & golf resort in Miami which rightfully warrants every star in it’s 5-star rating!- followed by a ceremony at the nearby Temple Beth Torah. They were married after dusk in a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, surrounded by friends & family from across the globe. Even Danny’s 92 yr old grandmother, Marika, came all the way from Israel. (They hadn’t seen in each other in the 14 years since Danny moved to America- but she had promised Danny that she would be there for his wedding, and she was!) The entire day was a celebration of their love, families, cultures, and most importantly, their continued faith. Their family members- both those present, and those there in spirit- were honored throughout the entire day, in little details that held deep meaning. Anna’s wedding ring & rhinestone broach had belonged to her grandmother, Mari; the tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) used in the ceremony belonged to Danny’s grandfather; and for her “something borrowed,” Anna pinned a gold brooch from Danny’s grandmother onto her bouquet, musing that Marika “was very happily married, and I wanted to borrow her happiness in my marriage as well.”
They chose to forego the “traditional” wedding reception, opting instead to have a high-energy, non-stop celebration that left me thinking “man, do they know how to throw a party or what?!” The unbelievably good music was by a live band featuring Israeli, Russian, Latin, and American singers (plus a DJ!), and Danny’s dad sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” -better than Elvis himself!- while inviting the new Mr & Mrs up to dance. Dinner was served family-style, “the Russian way,” featuring both traditional Russian and Israeli foods, while a delectable Viennese dessert table appeared out of nowhere just in time for the cake-cutting.
All in all, it was an amazing day, perfectly befitting this amazing couple. <3
hotel: turnberry isle miami / ceremony: temple beth torah / bride’s gown: justin alexander / birdcage veil: sara gabriel / bride’s earrings: kate spade / swarovski crystal hair comb: BHLDN / bride’s shoes: badgley mishka / custom cake topper: jolie en rose vintage designs / band: tal productions /