reading the NY Times Wedding Section which features bios of really brainy brides and grooms who graduated (he) cum laude, (she) summa cum laude from Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Yale, Rhode Island School of Design, Jewish Theological Seminary, Carnegie Mellon, University of Oxford , Juilliard, Northwestern, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Stanford, Notre Dame, Brown, Dartmouth, UC Berkeley, Boston U., Tulane, Johns Hopkins, Penn, Cardozo School of Law/Yeshiva University, etc.,
with degrees in molecular-cell biology,
Celtic literature, macroeconomic analysis,
the history of esoteric and mystical currents in modern and contemporary Europe, peace and conflict resolution, underwater archaeology,
Egyptology and ancient western Asian studies, astronautical engineering, etc.,
and who will, starting next month,
become Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Philosophy of Medical Ethics,
begin work as an analyst in the court orders and levies department of JPMorgan Chase, join the corps of the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo,
take over her family's tree farms and logging business in Boise, Idaho, etc., etc.,
couples whose parents/step-fathers/step-mothers are retired generals,
of counsel in law firms, managing directors of investment banks,
Super Suds Laundromat franchise owners,
board members of charitable trusts, financial consultants in Saudi Arabia,
professors of psychiatry, descendants of lucky Titanic passengers,
envoys to Pacific Rim nations, etc., etc.,
who met (the brides and grooms, that is) on Tinder, OkCupid, Hinge, JDate,
on the dance floor of a bar in Amagansett,
as kindergarteners at the Lycée Francais de New York,
during their residency in maxillofacial surgery
at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston,
while working on Barak Obama’s 2008 election campaign,
while clerking for Supreme Court judges,
while waiting in a slow-moving check-out line at Costco,
in the lost luggage area at LAX,
through mutual friends at a Phish concert in New Jersey
and, though their previous marriage(s) ended in divorce,
today's nuptials, which the brides and grooms know for certain will last forever,
were solemnized at vineyards, botanical gardens, Italian villas,
summer cottages on the Cape,
barns on family farms, on a chartered yacht as it circled the Statue of Liberty,
on the grounds of Palm Meadows (a private club in Bangalore, India), etc., etc.,
by relatives or friends who became Universal Life Ministers for the occasion
and who included Jewish, Catholic, Hindu, Navajo, Buddhist
and Zoroastrian elements in the ceremony
where one bride wore a strapless gown with caviar beading
from the final collection designed by Oscar de la Renta.
Mazel tov, young lovers.
Not Every Bride is Beautiful . . . or has a PhD.
The widow Shprintze Reyna Abramovich (nee Makosky) shown in her wedding gown, was married today in Ponevzh to Mendel Asher Wulff, seated at her left (right, in the photo). The bride’s son from her first marriage, Yussel ben Leib Abramovich, is seated at her right (left, in the photo).
Behind and to the right of the bride (behind and on the left, in the photo) are her parents, Fishke (sitting) and Yetta (standing) Makosky. The groom’s parents, Rifke (standing) and Lemel Wulff (sitting) are to his right in the photo.
The man standing directly behind the bride and groom and the man standing to the left of Lemel Wolff (far right in the photograph) are Harold (Fingers) and Stanley (Roadkill) Mack, the bride’s brothers, formerly known as Hershel and Shloimeh Makosky, currently residents of Chicago, U.S. of A.
“She’s a meeskite, but she’s our shvester,” they told the Ponevzh Post society editor. “We’re here to make sure the groom don’t get no fancy ideas about backing out from the shidach. He gets cold feet, we get our heaters.”
Ozzie Nogg 2016