On March 30, 2022, Leora’s 26th birthday, her fiancee Elan Kane proposed in Fort Tryon Park in New York City after eight years of dating. (The couple met as counselors at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in 2014.) Sweetly, the proposal took place in front of a bench that Dr. Ruth dedicated to her late husband, Fred.
“It was so meaningful that Elan proposed at the bench which is inscribed with a quote from Song of Songs – ‘my beloved has gone down to the garden, to the bed of spices, to pasture his flock in the garden and to gather lilies,'” Leora told Kveller at the time.
Fast forward to this past weekend: Leora and Elan were just married in a Jewish summer garden party wedding!
Leora and Elan’s wedding took place on June 18 on the grounds of Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, New York. “I love flowers and gardens and wanted the whole wedding to feel like a garden party with romantic and loose florals,” Leora told PEOPLE, adding that she’s “always” wanted to get married at Boscobel, nearby her family’s lake house.
The ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Steven Kane, Elan’s father. The couple was married in a traditional Jewish ceremony, which included a gorgeous, flower-adorned chuppah, a ketubah signing and a recitation of the Jewish wedding blessings. The Jewishness didn’t end there, however. The post-ceremony celebration featured a menu of Jewish delicacies like shakshuka, falafel and chocolate babka, as well as twists on Jewish cuisine like smoked pastrami donuts.
And, of course, Leora’s freshly 95-year-old grandmother Dr. Ruth was there to enjoy it all. (Seriously, you simply have to check out how adorable Dr. Ruth looks in these photos.)
Mazel tov, Leora and Elan! We wish you both the utmost happiness!