If you know anything about Alina and Slava’s love story, it makes complete sense for these two to have an outdoor garden wedding at Main Street Manor. Alina is a professional dancer who now teaches her craft to aspiring ballerinas in North Jersey. Slava is a former chess champion, who also teaches his craft to aspiring chess masters. Their love story is not typical, and more reminiscent of an olden fairy tale.
Set up on a blind date in 2009 (by their mothers), Slava knew instantly that he had met his soulmate in Alina. Though a friendship was in store, that amorous sentiment was not immediately returned. Undeterred, Slava knew a grand gesture was the only way to gain her affection.
Slava took inspiration from the saying “I’d go the ends of the Earth for you.” So, he decided to run across the world to prove himself to her. Over the course of several years, he ran across the US, Great Britain, Cuba, Ireland, and Switzerland (among many more) in the name of love. And at the end, on a bridge over the Rhone River, he proposed.
Surrounded by their closest family and friends, Alina and Slava became husband and wife in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Flemington.
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Exchanging gifts on your wedding day is quite common for fiancés. It was very important for Alina to give her mother a gift on her wedding day. It was a very pleasant surprise.
During the garden wedding ceremony, the knot tied on the ring bearer’s pillow was pretty tight. I’m guessing someone was worried it would fall off and get lost! Whoever tied the knot was a bit overzealous. When it came to exchanging the vows (and rings) they couldn’t untie it! Luckily the best man was prepared and pulled a MacGuyver and lit the ribbon to burn it off.