Some couples learn how to turn up the spice as they bond. But this Real Weddings couple started with the spice right away. You see, D’Alizza and Lonny met in a Miami salsa-dancing club. Both of them were competitive salsa dancers, and D’Alizza noticed Lonny’s amazing moves. They danced their way into each other’s hearts and got engaged. D’Alizza, who is Dominican, also fell in love with Judaism, and had an Orthodox conversion to become an observant Jew. She was really excited to showcase her Orthodox wedding to her friends and family, and to share how vibrant and rich Dominican culture is to her religious community. D’Alizza is one of the most expressive, excited brides we’ve ever seen. She was literally jumping up and down with joy after coming off of the bimah.
Cool fact: The photographer, Kelly Prizel, is also a convert to Judaism from Catholicism, which naturally bonded D’Alizza and Kelly immediately. Kelly says, “I’ve never seen such a beautiful Jewish bride and never been so convinced that two people were each other’s beshert.”
D’Alizza and Lonny got married at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, an amazing non-denominational Jewish space in Washington, DC. D’Alizza and Lonny were instantly attracted to it because of its history and also its incredible early 20th century Sephardic architecture. Their Orthodox community from Woodside Synagogue in Silver Spring helped them plan and execute the wedding. It was truly a communal affair.
We love this story and the happiness that explodes from each photograph!
Mazel tov, D’Alizza and Lonny!