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With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday this year, it pains us to contemplate all the tacky red-white-and-blue themed weddings that will be taking place tomorrow in VFW halls across this great nation. Please, people: A little bunting goes a long way. And it should never go on the bridesmaids.
But we’ll tackle the Independence Day weddings next week. Today, we’ve got the last batch of June weddings. Here are the finalists:

1. Heidi Lee and Steven Hwang
2. Ahsaki Benion and Richard Habersham II
3. Kristin Campbell and Robert Samuelson

Read more about these newlyweds, after the jump.


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1. Heidi Lee and Steven Hwang
(Buy them a rice bowl.)
The Case:
- This attractive couple met at Columbia Law. The groom, who has an undergraduate degree from Duke, received his JD from the school in May.
- The bride, whose undergraduate degree is from Berkeley, hated law school enough to take a leave of absence to pursue a career in painting.
The Case Against:
- Their lean write-up offers us little to chew on. We’re given no employment information for the groom or any of the four parents. Indeed, the only paying job mentioned is Heidi’s gig as an LSAT prep instructor.
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2. Ahsaki Benion and Richard Habersham II
The Case:
- Ahsaki was magna at Amherst and has a JD from Yale. She currently works as the finance director for the campaign of Melinda Katz, a Queens councilwoman who is running for New York City comptroller.
- Richard has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s in real estate development from Columbia. He’s an organizer for “a nonprofit organization in Manhattan that advocates for continued mayoral control of the city schools.” Also, he appeared as “Eddie” in the 1989 Spike Lee film “Do the Right Thing,” a movie that Roger Ebert says should have won that year’s Oscar for Best Picture (it went to “Driving Miss Daisy”). It was also the first movie Barack and Michelle Obama saw together.
The Case Against:
- Apparently, mayoral control of New York City’s public schools is a hot topic, but it’s hard to discern what the actual issues are, what with all the gauzy rhetoric and bureaucratic mudslinging. This overwrought Huffington Post cites “Darkness at Noon” and claims that the city has “return[ed] to the days of the Soviet Union.” Huh?
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3. Kristin Campbell and Robert Samuelson
The Case:
- This highly accomplished bride graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University and has a JD from Cornell. A Goodwin Procter alumna, she’s currently general counsel for Staples.
- The groom graduated from Williams and has an MBA from Harvard. He’s the chief financial officer of Monitor, a management consulting firm. Although he’s not this Robert Samuelson, he does have a strong connection to the study of economics; his father is the Nobel laureate Paul A. Samuelson.
The Case Against:
- The Staples website informs us that Kristin’s favorite office product is the Staples® Ultra-Quiet Micro Cut Shredder. Is it really a good idea to project the image of the company’s top lawyer Ultra-Quietly Micro-Shredding things? Perhaps a sleek office phone would have been more appropriate — you know, for all those “I’m-holding-last-month’s-bill-and-marveling-at-your-chutzpah” calls to outside counsel.
The Verdict:
- We didn’t need to use our Easy Button to decide this one: The Staples shredding queen in a landslide! Congratulations, Team Campbell-Samuelson.