Because of Bonusmania, we’ve fallen behind a little in Legal Eagle Wedding Watch. In this post, we discuss lawyer weddings from the weekend of December 2-3.
The most high-profile wedding that week was between media heiress Anne Hearst, sister of Patty Hearst, and novelist Jay McInerney (announcement here). But there were also three marriages involving attorneys:
Our scores and commentary, after the jump.
1. Rebecca Benjamin, Joshua Rikon
Résumé score: 8.0. She’s a social worker who now deploys her training to nobler causes: helping Jewish singles find love, as “director of matchmaker operations” for two Jewish wedding sites, SawYouAtSinai.com and JRetroMatch.com. He’s an associate at Goldstein, Goldstein, Rikon & Gottlieb (the most Jewish law firm name since Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz).
Family score: –. These “Vows” write-ups are annoying. If you’re going to serve up romantic comedy fluff, at least have the decency to include the pertinent details about the couple (schooling, family, etc.).
Beauty score: 8.6. Cute, fresh-faced. In the second of the two photos, she has a little Fran Drescher goin’ on.
Balance score: 9.0. The “Vows” columns may be short on C.V. data, but they’re long on cuteness.
Overall score: 8.53.
Additional comments: Why does the announcement, both in print and online, list the groom’s name before the bride’s? It’s customary to list the bride’s name first (and this is what the NYT generally does with announcements).
2. Randi Harari, Jonathan Mason
Résumé score: 8.7. She’s an associate at Morrison Cohen, a prominent midsize Manhattan law firm. She went to U. Penn. (cum laude) and NYU Law. He’s a Vassar grad and talent agent at Don Buchwald & Associates. Cool.
Family score: 8.6. Her father is a retired jeweler; her mother is a retired paralegal. His father is a doctor (internal medicine), and his mother manages his practice.
Beauty score: 9.0. Very good-looking couple. We wouldn’t be surprised to learn he’s a former actor (as a fair number of talent agents are). Her hair is gorgeous — dark, straight, and lacquered-looking. Both have teeth out of a dentist’s ad.
Balance score: 8.7.
Overall score: 8.75.
Additional comments: Randi and Jonathan exude likability in their photo. We bet they’re fun to hang out with.
3. Lisa Kaplan, Brad Sherman
Résumé score: 9.4. Definitely the best of this week’s bunch. She’s Williams College, plus two master’s degrees, in public policy (Harvard) and international administration (whatever that might be). She now serves as deputy director of the office on global anti-Semitism, at the State Department. (Who knew there was such an office? We’d love to see a sit-down chat between her and Borat.)
Rep. Sherman was just elected to his sixth term in Congress, representing the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. And even if there are hundreds of them, which is why senators look down upon them, members of the House of Representatives are still a huge deal. Oh, and he’s very well-educated, too: UCLA (summa) and Harvard Law School (magna).
Family score: 8.8. Her family is interesting: her father is a forensic psychiatrist, and her stepmother is a portrait photographer. (Her mother is deceased.) His late father was an executive with the National Education Company, and his mother was his assistant campaign manager (which is kinda cute).
Beauty score: 7.8.
Balance score: 9.0.
Overall score: 8.75.
Additional comments: It’s pretty neat to be identified in the opening paragraph of your wedding announcement as “Brad James Sherman, Democrat of California.” Almost as good as “Brad James Sherman, an astronaut.”
THIS WEEK’S WINNING COUPLE: This is a rare occurrence; but it has happened before here at Legal Eagle Wedding Watch. We have a tie on our hands, between LISA KAPLAN and BRAD SHERMAN, and RANDI HARARI and JONATHAN MASON.
Both pairs will move on to the December 2006 Couple of the Month contest. Congratulations and best wishes to the winning couples!
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