UVA Law, Weddings

Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: Cuts Like a Knife

We love baby name trends almost as much as we love weddings, so we’re always interested to watch different names wax and wane among our brides and grooms. Remember back when everybody’s baby sister was named Caitlin? Now those little Caitlins are getting married in droves. Jordan was another popular name for boys and girls (there’s a Jordan among our contestants today).

It makes us feel a bit old to watch the last decade’s parade of Ashleys and Jennifers in their strapless dresses give way to the Caitlins and Jordans in their lace-backed gowns. When the little Olivias and Aidens start tying the knot, we’ll know we’ve got one foot in the grave.

Here’s our latest group of newlywed contestants:

Emily Kuo and Michael Chu

Alice Beauheim and Andrew Borene

Jordan Fasbender and Christos Papapetrou

More on these couples, their résumés, and their registries — after the jump.

Emily Kuo and Michael Chu
(Buy them a dripless turkey baster.)

The Case:
– Up first is this gorgeous pair of Texas lawyers. Emily is an associate general counsel at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Michael’s an assistant federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Texas, also in Houston.
– They’re as well-credentialed as they are good-looking: Emily has undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard, and Michael has an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins and a law degree from UVA.

The Case Against:
– This isn’t a strike against them, but we noticed that some of the knives on their registry haven’t been purchased. PSA to ATL readers: When you’re perusing a wedding registry and don’t know what to give, buy knives! Old, superstitious people don’t like to give cutlery as wedding gifts, so the young and hip need to step up. Your friends will be ever-so-grateful.

Alice Beauheim and Andrew Borene
(Buy them a meat thermometer.)

The Case:
– Don’t let those smiles fool you; this is one bad-ass couple. The bride is ex-Army, works for the Director of National Intelligence, and speaks Serbo-Croatian. Fierce. She also graduated from the University of Minnesota and has a master’s degree in history from the University of Washington and a JD from UVA.
– The groom, a former Marine intelligence officer, directs a division of ReconRobotics (“World Leader in Tactical Micro-Robot Systems”). He also teaches national security policy at Macalester College. A graduate of Macalester, he has a certificate in somethingorother from Harvard and a JD from the University of Minnesota.

The Case Against:
– Oh, like we’re gonna say anything bad about people who could have us droned.

Jordan Fasbender and Christos Papapetrou
(Buy them a cheese board.)

The Case:
– This couple owes Fordham for both their JDs (she was magna; he was cum laude) and their love connection: They met there as law students.
– The bride, an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, has an undergraduate degree from Emory. The groom was magna at Boston College and is an associate at Mayer Brown.

The Case Against:
– We’re scratching our heads over this registry. We’ll give them a pass on the $230 bread basket, but those orange buffet plates will be dated in five years. And who the hell needs two KitchenAid stand mixers?

The Verdict:
– You could make a strong case for each of these couples, but in the end LEWW is charmed most by those terrific Texans, Team Kuo-Chu. Congratulations to them and to all the newlyweds!

Honorable Mention:

Hanna Lundqvist and Reece Dameron
(2, Georgetown, Texas)
Danijela Gazibara and Jeremy Kimball (2, NYU, Latham)
Monica Iyer and Robert Becker Jr. (2, NYU)
Emily Keast and Matteson Ellis (Georgetown, Miller & Chevalier)
Leigh Van Ostrand and Patrick McKegney (2, Fordham, Debevoise, O’Melveny)
Patricia Elam and Charles Walker (2, Northeastern, BC)
Shoshana Parker and Ari Fridman (Cardozo)

The Rest:

Kristen Wright and Bryan Smith (St. John’s)
Lisa Frank and Max Schwartz (NYU)
Laura Kaufman and Adam Rothschild (UPenn)
Megan Martin and Brian Long (2, Pace, Loyola)
Shannon Kelley and Robert Shaw III (2, Vanderbilt, Pepperdine)
Brian Healy and Daniel Hantman (Columbia)
Astrid Hill and Ryan Dattilo (Notre Dame)
Nicole Eason and Gregory Collins Jr. (Virginia)
Christine MacGregor and Theodore Iobst (Georgetown)
Rachel Bordenstein and Eric Saar (John Marshall)
Jennifer Young and Jay Mehr (2, Seton Hall, Hofstra)

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