The combination of old world tradition and contemporary wedding style at Tatyana’s marriage to Michael is unforgettable. A historic American city hosted their nuptials in an event that included touches of nostalgia like Russian matroshyka dolls and glamorous tablescapes. Tatyana’s stunning mermaid Romona Keveza wedding gown was the perfect finishing touch!
The Ceremony The wedding was on May 24, 2014, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. Both the ceremony and the reception were held at the Mayflower. There is something special about getting married in our nation’s Capitol, especially at such an amazing venue with so much history. The Mayflower was the venue for multiple presidential inauguration balls. We had a Jewish ceremony in the Chinese Room. DaVinci Florist designed a beautiful round wedding canopy which was set up in the middle of the room right under a big chandelier. The guest seating was set up in the round, so all our friends and family surrounded us on all sides. Of course no Jewish wedding ceremony is complete without the groom stomping on a glass.
The Reception Our reception was in the Grand Ballroom of the Mayflower. The best decision we made about our wedding, besides buying my beautiful wedding dress, was hiring an amazing band. Our band really kept the party going and made sure all the guests were up and dancing. For our first dance, Michael and I prepared a choreographed routine to a medley of three different songs, including a national Russian song. The band learned the Russian song and played it live while we danced; our guests were shocked! Our wedding favors were Russian nesting dolls, matryoshkas. Our cake toppers were also matryoshkas that were custom made to look like us, and they were placed on top of our Russian-themed wedding cake. To go along with the Russian theme, instead of a champagne toast, we handed out shots of vodka to our guests. After dancing the night away, we continued the festivities at a nearby Russian bar, Mari Vanna.
Tatyana’s Dress Search I tried on many many wedding dresses and actually ended up buying two dresses. At first I was trying to save money, so I settled on an inexpensive dress from a local bridal shop. I kept having second thoughts about the dress, I just did not think it was special enough. So I made an appointment at Saks Jandel during their Romona Keveza trunk show. Wow, these dresses were on another level. I loved a few of the dresses I tried on, but my dress was the most unique one I had ever seen. It had the sexy mermaid silhouette as well as a full organza ballgown over-skirt: two dresses in one. I loved everything about the dress, so I knew I had to get it. The little guilt I had about buying a second dress melted away after I realized how great I felt in the Romona Keveza dress.
How Tatyana Felt in Her Wedding Dress Sexy, stunning, unique.