Classic & Elegant Russian-Jewish Wedding

Jessica and Dimitry wed in a Russian-Jewish wedding on March 22, 2013 in the Chicago suburbs. Known for hosting authentic European-style weddings, the couple celebrated at La Mirage Banquets with dinner, dancing, toasts, and singing. We are so happy Michael Novo Photography was there to capture this unforgettable night.

Jewish Wedding Bride & GroomIt’s pretty easy to see why the bride’s favorite wedding memory was Dimitry seeing her in this beautiful wedding gown for the first time. Her diamond headpiece and drop earrings brought out her bridal sparkle, and the red rose bouquet was a sophisticated explosion of color.

Wedding Red Rose Bride BouquetWedding Bride Flowers Foreground Wedding Groom in ShadowsThey met their photographer at the nearby Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel to capture these indoor pictures; spending a few hours together helped loosen up the couples and rid those stressful pre-wedding jitters.

Groom and SonDimitry’s son helped him get ready for the big day from the beginning; he gave his dad the idea to propose with flowers and a balloon that read, “Say Yes.”

Jewish Wedding Ceremony & Chuppah

Chuppah, White Satin HuppahWow, this whimsical satin chuppah seemed breathtakingly effortless and truly set the tone for their timeless wedding décor.

Jewish Wedding Ceremony ChuppahJessica and Dimitry wanted to keep their wedding simple and classic, with clean white backdrops, red roses and long stemmed cream-colored calla lilies.

Escort Card Table, Wedding Gift Card BoxFrom the floating flower vases to the black and red card box, guests were privy to the couple’s chosen theme immediately upon arrival.Jewish Wedding Breaking Glass under ChuppahThe couple honored their Jewish roots throughout the ceremony. Here Dimitry ceremoniously breaks glass following the exchange of vows.

Ketubah Signing

Ketubah Signing, Jewish WeddingDimitry and Jessica were all smiles as their loved ones looked on while they signed the ketubah.

Jewish Wedding First DanceThe couple was happily in love during their first dance.

Jewish Wedding Chair LiftThe entire hall got involved when Jessica and Dimitry played “The Shoe Game”; evoking fun and familiarity among guests, the bride and groom hold one each of their shoes and raise the respective footwear in response to questions about themselves. The couple and their guests laughed when their answers didn’t match up; questions like “Who is the better driver?” saw good-natured debates between the newlyweds.

Jewish Wedding Cake, White, Black & YellowLike most European weddings, this elegantly designed black and white cake was served at the end of the evening instead of immediately following dinner, as done during traditional American receptions.  A yellow pop of color gave the dessert style without overwhelming the party’s classically-themed décor.

Wedding Rings & CupcakeThis cupcake had the finest frosting of them all!

Jewish Wedding Calla Lily CenterpiecesThe calla lily centerpieces were gracefully displayed amidst tables filled with platters of food.

Bride & Groom Wedding PhotoMazel Tov to the newlyweds! We are so happy to have shared in this special day with you.

Photographer:  Michael Novo Photography
Ceremony Location:  LaMirage Restaurant
Other:  Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
Editorial Partner: Two Bright Lights

Written by Allison Grossman

Allison Grossman