Neri Oxman and William Ackman
In January 2017, William Ackman received a phone call from Marty Peretz, 80, a former professor at Harvard who has since become a mentor and father figure.
“He told me there was someone he had been wanting to introduce to me for the past five years,” said Mr. Ackman, who has three children from his previous marriage. “He said her name was Neri Oxman, and that she was the most gorgeous, brilliant, artistic, loving and talented person he had ever met.”
Four months later, Mr. Ackman received a text from Linda Rottenberg, 50, a Harvard classmate whom he counts as one of his closest friends.
“She was texting me from the Silicon Valley Visionary Award Ceremony in California,” Mr. Ackman said. “She told me that she had just met the most incredible, warm, wonderful, energetic and intelligent woman, someone she thought I should meet.”
When Mr. Ackman asked for her name, Ms. Rottenberg said, “Neri Oxman.”
“So here I had one person from my inner circle who knew Neri for five years, then another who knew her for five minutes, and they both described her exactly the same way,” Mr. Ackman said.
Mr. Ackman eventually reached out that summer, and they began a conversation that led to a first date in September 2017, at a restaurant in Cambridge, Mass.
“She was everything they had described her to be,” Mr. Ackman said. “I knew in about five seconds that she was perfect for me.”
They began dating immediately, and it wasn’t long before she was feeling much the same about him.
“Bill inspires me to assume a bigger identity, to grow while being grounded, but not without asking me the hard questions,” said Ms. Oxman, who cited their many things in common.
“We both appreciate the expansiveness of life, love and living associated with cultivating, building, sharing and inspiring a creative life,” she said, “one that transcends the often-prescribed categories of family and work and unites them into synergy.
“We both believe in the notion that what we do is not a job or a career, it is a calling. We both believe that gratitude is a skill. We believe in human expression. We work hard. We love to laugh.”
They eventually bought an apartment in Manhattan “that we are both designing together,” Mr. Ackman said.
The most exciting thing to happen to them is still on the way as Ms. Oxman is expecting their first child come spring.
“Having children is something Neri has always wanted,” Mr. Ackman said. “So this is quite an amazing gift for both of us.”
Whitney Way and Charles Stewart
Ms. Way and Mr. Stewart met in September 2015 at the National Black M.B.A. Conference in Orlando, Fla., while both waited to be interviewed by the same company for the same job. At the time, she was working in marketing for Southwest Airlines in Dallas and he was studying for his M.B.A. at Emory in Atlanta.
“She was gorgeous,” Mr. Stewart said. “I was completely taken with her beautiful, confident smile.”
Ms. Way was looking at things a bit differently: “I saw him as the competition for a job I wanted.” She said she thought he “seemed funny and confident and sure of himself, and he was very handsome.”
But she was not to be distracted by small talk. At day’s end, the company invited all of those who had been interviewed to nearby happy hour, where Mr. Stewart and a few of his classmates from Emory gathered, along with Ms. Way, who had gone to the conference alone.
When Mr. Stewart tried reapproaching Ms. Way, all he got was that smile again.
“She kind of ignored me,” he said with a sigh. “She was too busy talking to recruiters, still trying to get that job.”
He retreated back to his classmates, one of whom said, “Oh man, Charles, that was rough.”
As the happy hour wound down, Mr. Stewart and his fellow classmates were milling around and discussing plans for later that evening to attend what was billed as a “Southern hip-hop dance party” at a nearby events space called Grits & Biscuits.
When Mr. Stewart turned toward the door, he found Ms. Way standing directly in front of him.
“Are you ready to go?” she asked him, flashing that confident smile once more.
Mr. Stewart was stunned.
“All I could think of was saying yes before she changed her mind,” he said.
They went back to the hotel where the conference was held for a few drinks, and then they went to the hip-hop dance.
Hannah Diamond, Sam Feldman
Hannah Jessie Diamond and Samuel Raphael Feldman are to be married Jan. 20 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Jon Hanson, who became a Universal Life minister for the occasion and was a professor of the couple at Harvard Law School, is to officiate.
The couple met in 2013 at Harvard, from which they each received a law degree.
Ms. Diamond, 29, is a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn. She graduated from Oberlin College.
She is the daughter of Shelley J. Sherman of Great Neck, N.Y., and the late David A. Diamond. Until 1990, the bride’s mother was a deputy council at the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct in Manhattan. She is on the national board of Hadassah, the women’s Zionist organization of America, and Young Judaea, a Zionist youth movement with programs for Jewish youth, both in Manhattan. The bride’s father was a law professor at Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y., where he taught civil procedure, education law, trial advocacy and family law.
Mr. Feldman, 31, is a public defender at Appellate Advocates, a nonprofit organization in Manhattan that has contracts with the city to defend cases involving low-income clients in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. He graduated from the University of Chicago.
He is the son of Natalie Wexler and James A. Feldman of Washington. His mother is the author of “The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System — and How to Fix It” (Avery, 2019) and an author of “The Writing Revolution: Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades” (Jossey-Bass, 2017). She is a senior contributor, focusing on education, at Forbes.com. She is the chairwoman of the board of the Writing Revolution, a nonprofit group in Manhattan that promotes and provides training in a method of writing instruction. His father is a litigator in private practice, who has argued 51 cases before the United States Supreme Court. From 1989 to 2006, he was an assistant to the solicitor general at the Department of Justice in Washington. He is on the boards of the Forward, a nonprofit publication in Manhattan focusing on news and topics of interest to the American Jewish community; and the Washington National Opera.
Cara Willenbrock, Piotr Osmenda
Cara Adele Willenbrock and Piotr Osmenda were married Jan. 18 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. Joey Tai, a staff member of the city clerk’s office, officiated.
The bride, 30, is the creative director at the Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit business coalition. She graduated from the University of Missouri.
She is the daughter of Joan M. Willenbrock and Joseph F. Willenbrock of Wentzville, Mo. The bride’s father retired as a guidance counselor at Timberland High School in Wentzville. Her mother retired as a library media specialist for William Cappel Elementary School in Moscow Mills, Mo.
The groom, 31, is a product designer in Manhattan for Pivotal Software. He graduated from Sheridan College in Toronto.
He is the son of Marian Osmenda of Toronto and the late Janina D. Osmenda. The groom’s father retired as a steelworker at Tadeusz Sendzimir Steelworks in Krakow, Poland. The groom’s mother retired as a high school mathematics and Polish-language instructor in Oswiecim, Poland.
The couple met through Tinder in 2016 while the groom was visiting New York.
Sarah Weiss, Rachel Sietz
Sarah Marybelle Weiss and Rachel Sietz are to be married Jan. 20 at the Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, N.J. Rabbi Micah Peltz is to perform the ceremony.
Ms. Sietz, 30, is a taxonomist for Sears Holdings Corporation in Chicago, where she works on the classification and organization of products in the digital marketplace for Sears and Kmart.com. She graduated from Smith College and received a master’s degree in library and information sciences from Simmons College.
She is the daughter of Gilah L. Sietz and Brian S. Sietz of Cherry Hill, N.J. Ms. Sietz’s father is a lead network engineer at ASRC Federal in Moorsetown, N.J. Her mother teaches Judaism to adults and high school students in South Jersey. The bride is the maternal granddaughter of the late Rabbi Albert Lewis, who served as the president of the Rabbinical Assembly from 1988 to 1990. Rabbi Lewis was also the subject of the book “Have a Little Faith” (2009) by Mitch Albom.
In July, Ms. Weiss, also 30, is to become an associate in the New York office of Evercore, an investment bank, where she will specialize in mergers and acquisitions. She is currently studying for an M.B.A. at the University of Chicago. She graduated from Columbia.
She is the daughter Janis G. Weiss of Woodland Hills, Calif. and the late John D. Weiss. Ms. Weiss’s father was an employment lawyer, mediator and arbitrator in private practice in Los Angeles. Her mother co-managed the real estate and investment portfolio of her late father.
The couple met in 2014, through a mutual friend in New York.
Kaartiga Sivanesan, Rajiv Menjoge
Dr. Kaartiga Sivanesan and Rajiv Menjoge are to be married Jan. 20 in Orlando, Fla. Pandit Ashok Shukla, a Hindu priest, is to officiate at the Gaylord Palms Resort.
Dr. Sivanesan, 34, is a cardiologist at Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Palo Alto, Calif. She graduated from Harvard and received both a medical degree and M.B.A. from Vanderbilt.
She is the daughter of Renuka B. Sivanesan and Dr. Siva Sivanesan of Windermere, Fla. The bride’s father is an emergency room physician at Florida Hospital Orlando and a former president of the Orange County Medical Society in Orlando. Her mother is a former chairwoman of the Florida Hospital Golden Gala, a fund-raising event that benefits programs and patient treatment options at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute in Orlando.
Dr. Menjoge, 35, is a data scientist on the research and machine intelligence team for Google, where he works in the artificial intelligence division in Mountain View, Calif. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth, and received a Ph.D. in operations research from M.I.T.
He is the son of Anita S. Menjoge and Shailendra S. Menjoge, of Danbury, Conn. The groom’s mother retired as an accountant for Cartus, a corporate relocation service in Danbury. His father works in Ridgefield, Conn., as a biostatistician for Boehringer Ingelheim, a German drug maker, where he focuses on clinical drug development in their medical division.
The couple met in 2016 in New York, where they both worked at the time.
Catherine Roosevelt, Seán McCluskey
Catherine Elizabeth Roosevelt and Seán Vincent McCluskey were married Jan. 19 at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Manhattan. The Rev. Jason Smith, a Roman Catholic priest, led the ceremony.
Mrs. Roosevelt McCluskey, 33, is the assistant executive director at the Cornelia Connelly Center in New York, an education nonprofit organization serving girls at risk in New York City. She graduated from the University of Michigan, from which she also received a master’s degree in higher education administration.
She is the daughter of Vickie J. Roosevelt of West Bloomfield, Mich., and the late Louis C. Roosevelt. The bride’s mother is a senior financial and business analyst in the quality department at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, previously the University of Michigan Health System. The bride’s father was an account executive of commercial insurance at Kemner Iott Benz, an insurance firm in Ann Arbor.
Mr. McCluskey, also 33, is a music teacher at Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, and a jazz pianist. In October, he performed with an alto saxophone player at Row House, a restaurant in Harlem. The groom graduated from Northwestern, and received a master’s degree in education from Hunter College through the Lincoln Center Scholars Program.
He is the son of Christine E. McCluskey and James F. McCluskey of Jefferson, Mass. The groom’s mother is the owner of Eagle Lake Soap, an online artisanal soap maker, in Jefferson. She retired as a registered nurse involved in end-of-life-care planning at Commonwealth Medicine, the consulting arm of UMass Medical School in Shrewsbury, Mass. His father is a music teacher at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury.
The couple met in 2014 at a social for young professionals held each week after Mass at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Four months later, as Ms. Roosevelt was leaving church after Easter Vigil Mass, Mr. McCluskey winked at her from one of the pews, which immediately made her blush. A few minutes later when they spoke in the church courtyard, she invited him to an Easter brunch she had organized for friends the next day. Soon they began dating.
Lindsay Church, Andrew Ellis
Lindsay Catherine Church and Andrew Mark Ellis were married Jan. 19 at the Stables at Foxhall Resort in Douglasville, Ga. The Rev. Dee Stone, a minister affiliated with Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, officiated.
The bride and groom met at Harvard, from which each received a law degree.
Mrs. Ellis, 27, is an intellectual property associate at the Atlanta law firm Alston & Bird. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College. In 2014, through a human rights fellowship from Harvard Law School, she worked at the Media Legal Defense Initiative in London. She is on the board of VOX Teen Communications, an uncensored publishing platform for teenagers, in Atlanta.
She is a daughter of Suzanne P. Church and Donald C. Church of Fleming Island, Fla. The bride’s father retired as a master chief in the United States Navy at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. He more recently retired as a retirement relationship manager in the Jacksonville, Fla., office of Fidelity Investments, a brokerage firm. He is the treasurer on the board of AMIkids-Clay County, in Green Cove Springs, Fla., a provider of programs and services to at-risk youth in the area. Her mother is a social worker at three elementary schools and a high school in the Clay County School District in Florida, for which she is also a coordinator of Project Reach, the youth homelessness program there.
Mr. Ellis, 28, is a litigation associate in the Atlanta office of the law firm Jones Day. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri with two degrees, one in economics and the other in political science.
He is a son of Anne W. Ellis and Mark G. Ellis of St. Joseph, Mo. The groom’s mother is a registered nurse at Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph-Medical Center there. His father is a senior programmer in information technology services at Missouri Western State University, also in St. Joseph.
Jacob Victor, Yaran Noti
Jacob Victor and Yaran Noti are to be married Jan. 20 at 26 Bridge, an events space in Brooklyn. Rabbi Jason Rubenstein is to officiate.
Mr. Victor, 33, is an acting assistant professor of lawyering at N.Y.U. and a fellow at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy, focusing on intellectual property law. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and received a law degree from Yale.
He is a son of Dr. Ester Fuchs and Daniel Victor of Manhattan. Mr. Victor’s mother is a professor of international and public affairs and political science at Columbia and the director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. She was previously the special adviser for governance and strategic planning for New York City under the former mayor, Michael Bloomberg. His father is the founder and principal of Victor Advisors, a law firm in New York.
Mr. Noti, 38, is the senior director of content at Blue Apron, a meal-kit company in Manhattan. He was formerly the deputy editor of Saveur, a food and travel magazine. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
He is a son of Barbara Noti of New Haven and Nehemia Noti of Gedera, Israel. Mr. Noti’s mother is a freelance marketing consultant in New Haven. His father retired as a software engineer for General DataComm Industries, a communications device manufacturer in Naugatuck, Conn.
The couple met online in October 2015.
Mary Sellers, Andrew Sadow
Mary Catherine Sellers and Andrew Gary Sadow were married Jan. 19 at Point of Rocks, an outdoor park in Point of Rocks, Md. Sarah Elizabeth Glass, a friend of the couple who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated. On Jan. 20, the couple is to take part in another ceremony, also led by Ms. Glass, that is to include Jewish wedding traditions as well as an exchange of vows and rings, at Raspberry Plain Manor, an events space in Leesburg, Va.
The bride, 33, is a grants specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington. She graduated from the Catholic University of America and received a master’s degree in arts administration from Drexel University.
She is a daughter of Mary Jo Sellers and Tom G. Sellers of Hamburg, N.Y. The bride’s father is a vice president of Charles J. Sellers & Company, an insurer in Athol Springs, N.Y. Her mother retired as a teacher at Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School in Hamburg.
The groom, also 33, is a business analyst for Capital One Financial in McLean, Va. He graduated from Harvard.
He is the son of Joan Beck Sadow of Fort Lee, N.J., and Warren Elliot Sadow of Lynn, Mass. The groom’s mother is the business manager and personnel director at the Gerrard Berman Day School in Oakland, N.J. His father is a retired marketing consultant in Lynn.
The couple met in 2015 in Washington at the Color Run, an event where runners are doused with colored powder at stops along the five-kilometer run.
Urvashe Sameer, Ryan Harris
Urvashe Sameer and Ryan Joseph Harris are to be married Jan. 20 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Ronald L. Levy, a Baptist minister and an uncle of the groom, is to officiate in a ceremony incorporating Christian wedding traditions. Later that day at the same place, the couple is to take part in a Hindu ceremony, led by Shukavak Dasa, a Hindu priest.
The bride, 29, is a litigation associate at the New York law firm Fleischner Potash. She graduated with two degrees from the University of California, Irvine, one in psychology and one in political science. She also received a law degree from Fordham.
She is the daughter of Sameer Khera of Fremont, Calif. The bride’s father is the vice president for enterprise architecture and mergers and acquisitions at Symantec, a software company in Mountain View, Calif.
The groom, 31, is a corporate associate at Proskauer Rose in New York. He graduated with two degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, one in political science and one in African-American studies. He also received a law degree from N.Y.U.
He is the son of Paula D. Levy-Harris and Harry Harris of Cerritos, Calif. The groom’s mother is a southern region collection program manager for the State of California; she works in Santa Fe Springs. His father is a senior manager of digital marketing strategy at Acura in Torrance, Calif.
The couple met in 2006 through a mutual friend at U.C. Irvine when the groom was a sophomore and the bride a freshman. The groom later transferred to U.C.L.A.
Kate Barnett, Avi Lichtschein
Kate Lacey Barnett and Avi Lichtschein are to be married Jan. 20 at the Temple House in Miami Beach. Rabbi Shalom Baum is to officiate.
The bride, 31, is a senior partnership executive in New York for LiveRamp, a data company enabling marketers to unify customer databases. She graduated from the University of Miami.
She is a daughter of Susan C. Barnett and Joel M. Barnett of Miami. The bride’s father is a lawyer with Waks & Barnett in Miami. Her mother is a producer at Eventures Special Event Production, also in Miami.
The groom, 32, is an independent software developer in New York. He graduated from Yeshiva University.
He is a son of Tilly Lichtschein and Mark Lichtschein of Teaneck, N.J. The groom’s father is a lawyer in Teaneck. His mother retired as an editor at Newsweek in New York.
The couple met on OkCupid in September 2015.
Rachel Looff, Ashley Ruderman
Rachel Elizabeth Looff and Ashley Lynn Ruderman were married Jan. 19 at Limestone Hall in the Historic Courthouse in Lexington, Ky. Dr. Ellen Riggle, a friend of the couple who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated.
Ms. Looff (left), 27, is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Kentucky. She graduated from Yale. She is a daughter of Carolyn S. Looff and Dr. John D. Looff of Lexington. Ms. Looff’s father retired as an obstetrician/gynecologist in Lexington for Baptist Health. Her mother, retired as a higher education consultant, also in Lexington.
Ms. Ruderman, 29, is a Ph.D. candidate in gender and women’s studies at the University of Kentucky, from which she also received a master’s degree in English. She graduated from Gonzaga University. She is the daughter of Teresa L. Ruderman and Christopher D. Ruderman of Albany, Ore. Ms. Ruderman’s father teaches business administration and accounting at Linn Benton Community College in Albany. Her mother is a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the Oregon Department of Human Services in Corvallis.
The couple met on OkCupid in August 2015.
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