We're getting married!

Reyna and Isaac are getting married!

We look forward to seeing you in Boston to celebrate our khasene (חתונה, Yiddish for 'wedding')!

Welcome Reception

Please join us for desserts and drinks on
Saturday, June 22, from 8 to 11 p. m.

Maggiano's Little Italy
4 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Wedding Ceremony and Reception

Sunday, June 23, 2019
4:30 p. m.

State Room (Great Room)
60 State Street, 33rd Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Black tie optional

Read on

Our Story


Reyna Schaechter



Isaac Bleaman


How We Met

We met at the Yidish-vokh ('Yiddish Week'), an annual retreat for Yiddish speakers, in August 2012. Reyna had been attending the retreat with her family every year since she was a baby. Isaac was attending for the first time. One evening, Reyna and Isaac both found themselves sitting on the veranda, where a group of young people were gathered after the main camp building had been locked up for the night. Somebody (we think one of Reyna's cousins) asked Isaac when his birthday was. He replied February 13. Reyna overheard this: "My birthday is February 13, too!" We stayed up all night talking, in Yiddish, and kept in touch during the year that Isaac was at Oxford. We reconnected in New York after Isaac was accepted to study linguistics at NYU. Things got romantic at the following Yidish-vokh, and so we began to date long distance — Reyna at Yale, Isaac at NYU. After Reyna graduated in 2017, we moved into a studio apartment in Brooklyn.

The Proposal

On May 4, 2018, we went out to dinner at a restaurant called Contra on the Lower East Side, ostensibly to celebrate Isaac's having submitted a full draft of his dissertation to his professors. Right after the first course was served, Isaac reached into his bag and pulled out a folder. Reyna was quite confused as to why Isaac had brought office supplies to dinner. He handed her the folder, and inside it she found the dedication to his dissertation. "A gift for my soulmate, Reyna. Nu...?" "Nu?" ('well?') was how Reyna's grandfather Mordkhe proposed to her grandmother, Charne. Reyna said "nu-nu," and Isaac presented her with an engagement ring that belonged to his grandmother Shirley.


Where to Stay

Our room block at the Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall is now closed, although you are still welcome to reserve a room there.

If you'd like to stay at another hotel or Airbnb in the greater Boston area, the wedding venue is easily accessible by public transit, taxi, Uber, and Lyft. The closest MBTA subway stations are State Street MBTA Blue Line MBTA Orange Line (a two-minute walk), Government Center MBTA Blue Line MBTA Green Line C MBTA Green Line D MBTA Green Line E (a four-minute walk), and Downtown Crossing MBTA Orange Line MBTA Red Line (a seven-minute walk).

Getting In and Around

Boston is one of the easiest cities to navigate by public transportation, as we do every day. If you're interested in riding the subway during the wedding weekend, we recommend using Google Maps to navigate, as it has up-to-date information about how to get from A to B. If you're looking to ride Uber or Lyft, discounted fare is usually available if you ride in a "pool" with other passengers. However, be aware that sometimes these shared routes include a short walk to meet the driver or to reach your destination.

If you are flying into Boston Logan and don't have much luggage, you might want to take advantage of the complimentary shuttle and free transfer to the Red Line subway at South Station. More information is available here. Otherwise, you can pick up a taxi, Uber, or Lyft at the airport. We do not recommend renting a car during your visit to Boston.

If you're coming in from somewhere in the Northeast, Amtrak will take you to South Station, North Station, or Back Bay. Buses are also available to South Station (Greyhound, Peter Pan, Megabus) or to Cambridge (GoBuses), both of which connect easily to the Red Line on the subway.

What to Do

If you have free time while you're in town, we recommend the following:

Gift Registry

We can't wait to celebrate with you all in Boston, the city that we've called home for the past year. Some of you may have heard that we are planning to move to Berkeley, CA within a week of the wedding. To help keep our cross-country move light, gift cards or checks rather than physical items would be deeply appreciated. We are also registered at Bed Bath & Beyond. As of June 16, any items ordered from our registry will be shipped to our new address in Berkeley.

More Information to Come!