Strong Architectural Elements Add to the Old-World Style of this Vintage Glam Wedding

From Wawa  & Alex, the bride and groom:

“Although Bride & Groom met on the most random evening in NYC– everything just felt right. Wawa is a Jewish convert whose family is from Haiti (Limbe & Miragoane). Meanwhile, Alex is a Belarusian/ Russian Jew who moved to the United States as a Soviet refugee. Wawa grew up in South Brooklyn, where she was exposed to Russians and religious Jews at a very young age. Meanwhile– Alex, who emigrated from Russia, found himself in a Connecticut French class FULL of Haitians. Meant to be!
Wawa is a self-proclaimed ‘city addict’. The couple wanted a venue in the vicinity of where they first met (Macau Trading Co., Tribeca NYC), and the Beekman hotel was not only gorgeous but classic New York City. Alex, who is a serious bookworm admired that not only did this hotel host the first Shakespeare’s Hamlet in New York but also often hosted the famed Edgar Allen Poe.

Tzipora Sakin’s creativity helped to make the affair a success– from creating the invitation suite, contacting and booking all vendors, corralling all the family members, and assembling florals the morning of the wedding, it was basically a one-stop-shop!

The bride is not only a trained architectural designer but has a very old-world glamorous style in everything she does. Designer Isabelle Armstrong creates the perfect mix of vintage glam and architectural structure in her designs… Alone on a random lunch break, the bride stepped into Moda Operandi’s bridal collection in NYC’s Upper East Side and was immediately obsessed with her future dress.

The wedding was pure perfection other than the one person we regret couldn’t make it –Bella Issacson, the 93-year-old grandmother of the groom, currently living in Jerusalem. Nevertheless, as an Architect-Attorney duo, the two are wacky, goofy, and unbelievably genuine. Any questions—- just ask!”


Bride and Groom: Wawa Abelle and Alex Lvovich Sakin | Venue: Beekman hotel / Temple court | Photographer: Sincerely Emelia | Stylist/Planner and Floral Designer: Tzipora Sakin | Dress/Outfit Designer: Isabelle Armstrong / Tzipora Sakin | Hair and Makeup Artist: Julia Sohn | Food/Dessert: Empire Bakery and Lady M Confections