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This Bride Dreamed of Wearing a Dress by a Ukranian Designer to Her Wedding in Beverly Hills

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Dmitry Shumanev

|Planning by 

Aliana Events

Three years after Jacqueline Kruglyakova, a resident in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and David Andrew Brodian, an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission, matched on Hinge during her last year of medical school in D.C., he surprised Jacqueline with a proposal during a boat ride in the Annapolis harbor. “The captain asked us if it would be okay if he takes some photographs of us for his website,” Jacqueline recalls. “Now thinking back, I was so naive!”

Once engaged, the pair decided to get married in California, where Jacqueline grew up, and booked a fall date. Aliana Rubins of Aliana Events brought the couple’s vision to life, Elizabeth Stuckey set the tone with a beautiful invitation suite, and Dmitry Shumanev was there to capture every moment.

To help curate her wedding wardrobe, the bride turned to Over The Moon’s Styling Director Kelly Potts to help her find looks for her bridal shower, welcome dinner, and wedding day. The evening meal at Via Alloro called for a white strapless Emilia Wickstead dress, paired with Gianvito Rossi sandals and a pearl choker from JUJU VERA. David complemented Jacqueline in a navy suit from Suitsupply, which also dressed him for the ceremony.

For her autumn wedding, Jacqueline found her dream dress by Ukrainian designer Eva Lendel and paired it with Vestaire diamond earrings, her mother’s Judith Leiber clutch, and a Sareh Nouri veil. “I always dreamed of wearing a dress by a local Ukrainian designer, and now, with the war in Ukraine, I felt even stronger about supporting a local brand within the bridal fashion space,” the Ukranian-American bride says. On the morning-of, Jacqueline got ready with makeup artist Kate Starkey, hairstylist Armine Mnatsakanian, and WNA Glam Team, who made her feel like the best version of herself.

On October 15, 2023, the Jewish ceremony was held in a garden under a canopy of greenery and florals by Celio’s Design. “I was so nervous walking down the aisle, but the moment I saw David, I relaxed,” Jacqueline says. “Our rabbi, Rabbi Ian, also made us feel at ease as he recounted all of the moments leading up to this day. Before the ceremony, he had asked David and me to share 15 reasons why we loved each other, as well as our best qualities and worst habits. The crowd was in tears as he read our answers.” As per the Jewish tradition, David broke the glass at the end of the ceremony before the newlyweds walked back down the aisle together.

A delicious dinner of miso-marinated Chilean sea bass and chateaubriand was served, followed by a trio of desserts and the vanilla wedding cake with cream cheese frosting by Joanie & Leigh’s Cakes. Then, it was time to dance to a mix of Ukrainian hits, country, rock, and Motown—all curated by the groom. “We were also lucky enough to work with Emmy Award-winning singer-songwriter Patrick Sieben and his band, Patrick & the LVB, who know how to throw a party,” Jacqueline beams. “By the end of the night, we had our American guests singing along to Russian lyrics!”

“David and I stayed on the dance floor through the entire night,” Jacqueline recalls. “One of my favorite moments of all time was when our deejay joined us on the dance floor with his saxophone playing along to ‘Mr. Saxobeat.’” During the after-party, late-night burgers fueled the party until the early hours of the morning. “It was 3:00 a.m. by the time we got back to our room!”