A Traditional Jewish Wedding at the B'Nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida
Alina Shteyn, 27, and Rafael Foss,34 met on new year’s day in 2012. “Our love for each other only grew stronger and more stable with each moment that passed,” says Alina. They were engaged that December. The couple made each decision for the wedding together. “We were extremely involved with the wedding planning and no detail was left unturned,” says Alina. Both the ceremony and reception at the B’Nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida, were decorated with white decor and elaborate accents. White fabric draped along the ceremony aisle with floating white cymbidium orchids at the end of each row. Alina and Rafael’s huppah was accented with white garden. After the ceremony, guest walked into the cocktail hour to the music of live violinists. The reception was set with grand tall white centerpieces, lucite chiavari chairs and silver linens bathed in pink light. Guests were then met with more music. “We had a 12 person band and a huge stage built out to accommodate everything,” says Alina. The couple also did a choreographed first dance to “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes. Buses were available at the end of the night to take Alina and Rafael’s guests to their hotels. “Since most of our guests traveled from either another state or another country we wanted to show them how thankful we were that they came to witness our wedding day,” says Alina.