Tucson newlyweds began as pre-teen pals

Zachary and Stacey Singer first met in B’nai Mitzvah class at Congregation Anshei Israel. (Photos: Kadie Pangburm of Pangbum Photography)

Stacey Leigh Borin, daughter of Tom and Sara Borin, and Zachary Jonathan Singer, son of Steve and Shelley Singer, all of Tucson, were married on March 27, 2011 at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort with Rabbi Robert Eisen and Cantor Ivor Lichterman of Congregation Anshei Israel officiating.

Stacey is the granddaughter of Ann Katz-Lederman, Leon Lederman and Adele Borin, all of Tucson.

The bride’s childhood friend, Hannah Mayfield, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Zach’s sister, Emily Singer, and sister-in-law, Colleen Zitman. The best man was Zach’s brother, Andrew Zitman. The bride’s brother, Jeremy Borin, and Erik Rodgers, a friend, were groomsmen. Junior bridesmaids were Carly Bobis, Caitlin Bobis and Naomi Sanders, with flower girls Jaci Zitman, Chloe Zitman and Rachael Sanders, and ring bearer Perry Sanders accompanied by Bugsy, the couple’s beagle.

Zach graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in elementary education and is pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership at the UA. He is a first grade teacher in the Marana Unified School District. Stacey is a teacher at the Congregation Anshei Israel Preschool/Kindergarten.

For their honeymoon, Stacey and Zach drove up the California coast; favorite memories include hiking coastal trails in Big Sur and touring the wine country of Napa Valley.

How they met:

Zach and I (both now 26) first met around the age of 12. We were in the same B’nai Mitzvah class at Anshei Israel and continued our friendship in United Synagogue Youth. After attending and then graduating from Catalina Foothills High School together in 2003, we started working for Linda Royas Kadima USY advisors for Anshei Israel, and we still do to this day. Zach and I started dating soon after graduating high school.

The proposal:

After visiting Zach’s sister in Israel with his family for two weeks, we took trains around Europe for a few weeks. Zach proposed in Switzerland lakeside, at sunset in St. Moritz. Zach was planning on proposing on my birthday, but asked me earlier because he thought it was such a perfect setting and evening, and he was right.

Special memories of the day:

Picking just one would be so hard. Zach and I had an incredible “wedding weekend” with all of our amazing friends and family from out of town helping to make it such a special event for us. For me, the most memorable part was the ceremony, which started with the bridal party walking down the aisle to The Camus Quartet playing The Beatles “All You Need Is Love.” I entered to “Here Comes the Sun” (Zach and I love The Beatles).

Chuppah by Tucson artist Julie Szerina Stein

Standing next to Zach under the chuppah, a gorgeous hand-dyed silk chuppah made by friend and local artist Julie Szerina Stein, was such a wonderful feeling. I was trying to savor every moment because I had heard it all flies by so quickly. I also loved that Zach had to work extra hard to break the glass because the grass underfoot made it quite difficult. It also was really meaningful to us that we were able to use two Kiddush cups in the ceremony; one belonging to my grandfather and one to Zach’s grandfather. Both wedding bands belonged to Zach’s paternal grandparents and the engagement ring was worn by my Great-great-aunt Bertha, whose husband, Sam, I was named after. Zach’s sister brought the wine for the ceremony from Israel, from a winery we had visited on our trip the summer before.

When I asked Zach what his favorite moment was, he said the cake and dancing — ha. But he is right, the dancing and reception were unbelievable. Our first dance to “A Little Help from My Friends,” which was used as the theme song for “The Wonder Years,” was special to us because when we were about 13 we used to watch the show at our own homes while talking on the phone with each other. Affinity, our band, did a great job getting everyone up for the hora. I didn’t want it to end and it seems as though everyone was up dancing the whole night long. We made a point of sitting down and eating dinner. Ron from Blue House helped us put together an incredible kosher dinner with the perfect amount of southwestern flair, and Susie Parker at Nadines Bakery helped us pick the perfect cake.

Florist: Sauliz Floral Designs

Wedding coordinator: Anne Bryan

Photographer: Kadie Pangburn, who captured the entire day so wonderfully

Caterer: Blue House Catering

Wedding cake: Nadines Bakery, a delicious chocolate cake with chocolate fudge

Processional, recessional, cocktail hour music: Camus Quartet

Party music: Affinity (of Phoenix)