The couple was married, with immediate family in attendance, at City Hall the day before this reception. The bride is Russian and special touches throughout the day honored her heritage. Guests were gifted with shot glasses that had the bride’s and groom’s names written in Russian. These were used for a toast. Russian candies and a Russian cake with many layers (made with a recipe the bride provided) were offered at the end of the meal that included cold borscht. Eli’s Lemon Cake was also served, honoring the groom’s deceased father.