This month, our Bridal Styles bride of the month is extra special… she’s got twenty-five years of experience!
We’ve known Lana and Edward for twenty-seven years, and were even a part of their bridal party. We’ve had the pleasure of watching their beautiful family grow over the years, and can honestly say Lana and Edward are just as in love now as they were twenty-five years ago.
It was such an honor to help such wonderful friends celebrate their silver anniversary earlier this year.
But before we tell you all about Lana and Edward’s magical 25th anniversary party, we have to share their sweet love story.
It all started with a photograph…
“Edward used to work as a photographer in a Russian restaurant called Paradise. I came there to a party with my parents. He was in the hallway taking pictures of the people that were coming in. When I came in, he asked my parents permission to take my picture, which he did. We talked for a while and at the end of the night he asked for my phone number.”
When they started dating, Lana quickly knew he was the one “the way he loved me and treated me it couldn’t have been anyone else. 25 years later, nothing has changed.”
Edward felt the same way, expressing his intention with a proposal.
“It wasn’t so much of a proposal, but a statement. Two months after we started dating, we were sitting in his old car and out of nowhere he said ‘you know that I’m going to marry you and even though I don’t have the ring yet, I want to make sure that you know it’s only you that I want to be with.’ Because we were so young, I was 16 and he was 18, he wanted me to know that he is very serious. Ten months later he gave me the actual ring.”
After a year-long engagement, Lana and Edward were wed on March 15, 1986 at the Kingsway Jewish Center.
Lana’s wedding day was everything she had ever dreamed of. “For me, it was a very magical day. The wedding was like a royal ball, with a big gorgeous gown and a very handsome prince. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. It rained the whole week, but on our wedding day the sun was shining and so was I.”
Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary, images – Videomax Studios
Her enchanted wedding day had an amazing surprise in store!
“To top it all off, we also had a very special guest at the wedding who came to sing for us. It was someone whose music I loved for a long time, and by pure accident he happened to be in America performing. He is a singer from Israel and a big star there, named Shimi Tavori. My mom and I had to do a lot of persuading to have him agree to come and sing for us. It was very special to us to have him there, especially after seeing the looks of joy on all of our guests’ faces. When he sang it gave you goose bumps and sent shivers down your spine. It was an incredible evening filled the love and support of our family and closest friends. What more could we ask for? We were the happiest couple on earth.“
Twenty-five years (and three beautiful kids) later, it was time to celebrate their silver anniversary…and Edward thought a magnificent party was the only way to mark the occasion.
“I wanted to go away on a second honeymoon. I said that I was tired of planning so many parties. We just had our daughter’s wedding and our son’s Bar Mitzvah the year before, and I just wanted to get away. My husband is usually not into parties, but he was very persistent in having this one. He said that an occasion like this must be celebrated. It’s not every day that you can celebrate a quarter of a century with the same person and still be just as in love just as you were 25 years ago.“
Lana & Edward with their children, images – Videomax Studios
Since Lana and her mom traditionally plan all the family parties, they knew exactly where to start.
“When you are planning a big party, the first and most important thing to do is picking the right venue. I wanted to make sure our venue was big and spacious and that no matter where they are sitting, people can see everything, so I chose Rasputin. Next I made sure my video and photographer were available. After that, we decided on a theme and worked with my decorator, Aramat Events. Another important detail when planning a party is to have everything very organized and planned out for the whole night. Timing is very important. If you cant do it yourself – get a party planner. At the end of it all, enjoy your special day.”
Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary, crystal encrusted haircomb and caketopper – Bridal Styles, images – Videomax Studios
This time, though, Edward helped, even choosing the theme.
“At first I couldn’t decide on a theme, because I thought that similar to a wedding, a silver anniversary should be very elegant and beautiful with a silver color theme. Then my husband said, ‘why don’t you do something with clocks and watches?’ I was very surprised and said, ‘what does it have to do with the anniversary? It wont fit into the elegant theme.’ He said that clocks represent time, all the years that we spent together. Again he insisted that I give it some thought and try to incorporate it into the party. I told my decorator about this idea and we stared thinking and talking about it. We had to make sure that it fit and look good together. So we decided to keep one side of the room beautiful and very elegant, and the other a trip down memory lane, beginning with our wedding until the present day. We decided to get big clocks and put our pictures in them, and for the tables we had smaller clocks for table numbers. It worked out perfectly.”
For such a special occasion, of course Lana had to have a spectacular outfit.
“I knew that I didn’t want a ball gown this time but a more slimming look that would be both sexy and elegant. It wasn’t easy finding a dress especially when you have an image in your mind, but after some serious searching, I finally found the style and color I wanted at Monica’s Bridal. It was perfect for the occasion. Not too bridal and not over the top. “
Most importantly, she had to have dazzling, gorgeous accessories!
“Then came time to choose my hair accessory. The only place that I would even think of going is Bridal Styles. I wanted a piece that would make a statement and could be seen from anywhere and also be elegant and classy. When I came into the store my head was spinning from all the beautiful pieces that were there. I didn’t know how to choose, every piece was more beautiful than the other. Then I explained the way I was planning to wear my hair and what I wanted the final look to be like. Edward and Elaine were very helpful and patient in the time they spent listening to what I wanted and gave me all the needed attention.
At the end they came up with the perfect piece. It was gorgeous, and the perfect accessory to finish my look.”
On March 18th, Lana and Edward marked their 25th anniversary with a memorable, meaningful event that honored the past and celebrated the future.
“ One of the things that made that day our own is our first dance. It was so special because it was to the same song that we danced to on our wedding and even more so because we had a special choreography done to that song. My husband actually insisted on it and really wanted to do it. It was very important to him and he tried really hard because he knew it meant a lot to me. He said, ’I want to make you proud of me’ and laughed. He did an amazing job but I am always proud of him with or without the dance!!!”
Just like their wedding day, Lana and Edward’s anniversary had a big surprise in store.
“My mom wanted to bring the real memories back from our wedding so, she came up on stage and announced that we had a special guest who was also a guest singer at the wedding 25 years ago. And out comes Shimi Tavori. When I saw him tears started running down my face. My husband was just shocked. We couldn’t believe he was there. He came out with my favorite song. It was a very a difficult process getting him there, but my mom managed to do it. Seeing him and hearing him sing was like reliving our wedding day. It’s very hard to put into words how we felt. And the looks that I saw on people’s faces were the same as they were on my wedding day. The most awestruck were my children. They stood there and listened to him with joy and pleasure. For me, it was so special to see that a quarter of a century later we had the same love and support from all the same people that were with us at the wedding. This was not just a regular party. It was a real stroll down memory lane, a celebration of life, your family and all the happy years you’ve spent together.
It was almost like a second wedding but with our children there. We are very proud and thankful for our beautiful family.”
So what advice could a happily married (for 25 years!) couple offer others planning their weddings today?
“I would say to love and respect each other. Never take anything for granted. Try to spend as much time with each other as possible, because we never know what tomorrow brings. Listen to each other and try to meet in the middle without arguing. Time is very precious so use it wisely.”
Beautiful words and advice from a wonderful couple we’re proud to call cherished friends. We wish you and your family love, happiness and joy!
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