Patrice Moss and Melvin Witcher Jr.
Melvin Witcher Jr. got a first glimpse of Patrice Moss in April 2015 during an Easter play performed at the First Baptist Church in Glenarden, Md.
“She was sitting right in front of me, and man, she was beautiful,” he said. “I started asking around about her.”
Mr. Witcher, who is admittedly shy, did not try starting a conversation with her. “The words were just stuck in my throat,” he said.
Two months later, he managed to let a few of those words loose and steered them in Ms. Moss’s direction when he bumped into her at a housewarming party in Upper Marlboro.
“We didn’t speak long, but I remembered thinking he seemed like a nice guy and he was very handsome,” Ms. Moss said. “But in a matter of minutes our conversation was over and I went about the rest of my day.”
Two months later, Mr. Witcher and several friends were sitting in a restaurant when Ms. Moss walked through the door with several of her friends.
“Well, look who’s here,” Mr. Witcher said, putting a smile on Ms. Moss’s face.
“She looked totally gorgeous,” he added. “I was caught off-guard a little bit because I didn’t expect to see her there.”
But this time, he went over to her and they chatted briefly and exchanged phone numbers.
“He was so kind and respectful,” Ms. Moss said. “When I got back to my table all of my friends were asking about him.”
But Mr. Witcher was still shy, which is why he didn’t call or text her for nearly a week. “I guess I was a little nervous,” he said. But Ms. Moss was not exactly sitting home waiting for her phone to ring.
“I was out there dating, doing my own thing, just having fun,” she said. “I knew Melvin liked me because several friends had told me so, but I really wasn’t paying much attention to him at that time.”
Two weeks later, they were back where they started, at the same church, where a music festival was being staged.
Jessica Brandt, Jeffrey Tornheim
Jessica Rose Brandt and Dr. Jeffrey Alan Tornheim were married Feb. 20 in Westmoreland Hills Park in Bethesda, Md. Rabbi Hannah Goldstein, a friend of the couple, officiated. On Feb. 24, Rabbi Adam J. Baldachin also a friend of the couple, is to lead a Jewish ceremony at Casa Maya Kaan, a private villa in Tulum, Mexico.
Ms. Brandt, 35, is a fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, where her research focuses on multilateral institutions and the geopolitical consequences of state fragility. She is a David Rockefeller fellow of the Trilateral Commission and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations in Manhattan. She graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University and received a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard.
She is a daughter of Janet E. Ribardo of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and Alan J. Brandt of West Nyack, N.Y. The bride’s father retired as the principal at Intermediate School 193 in the Bronx, and then retired as the director of curriculum for kindergarten through Grade 12 at the College Board in Manhattan. Her mother retired as an independent nurse practitioner, based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Dr. Tornheim, 37, an infectious disease doctor, is an assistant professor of medicine and a physician-scientist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. His research focuses on the application of new diagnostic technologies to improve health outcomes in the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis in India. He graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University and received a medical degree and a master’s degree in public health from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, now known as the Icahn School of Medicine.
He is the son of Bonnie J. Tornheim and Mark Tornheim of Surprise, Ariz. His mother retired as a teacher at Sequoia Elementary School in Pleasant Hill, Calif. His father retired as a commercial real estate appraiser at the Alameda County Assessor’s Office in Oakland, Calif.
The couple met in the summer of 2016 through the dating app JSwipe, and when he moved to Mumbai, India, for the academic year in September, they then met for extended dates around the world in Tel Aviv, Paris, Lake Tahoe, Calif., and finally in Goa, India.
Craig Szalai, Geoff Todebush
Craig Emery Szalai and Geoff Charles Todebush were married Feb. 23 at the Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Mr. Szalai (left), 42, is a senior manager for talent acquisition in the North American headquarters of Tommy Hilfiger in New York. He graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.
He is the son of Janet E. Szalai and Emery A. Szalai of New Kensington, Pa. Mr. Szalai’s father, who is retired, owned Emery Szalai Architects and Associates in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Todebush, 48, is a senior vice president for production operations at Viacom in New York, where he works across several brands like Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. He graduated from Hobart College.
He is a son of the late Betty L. Todebush and the late Ralph B. Todebush Jr., who lived in St. Charles, Ill. Mr. Todebush’s mother worked as a sales associate at Talbots, a clothing store in Naples, Fla. His father was a data processing manager for Nichols-Homeshield, a company that manufactures specialized aluminum products in Naperville, Ill.
The couple met in 2006 through Match.com in New York.
Jeanne Leitenberg, Jordan Newman
Jeanne Esther Leitenberg and Jordan Isaac Newman were married Feb. 23 at Liberty House, a restaurant and events space in Jersey City. Rabbi Inna Serebro-Litvak officiated.
The bride, 35, is a television screenwriter in Los Angeles. Her credits include the CW’s “Gossip Girl” and ABC Family’s “Chasing Life.” She graduated from Emerson College in Boston.
She is a daughter of Marion M. Orr and Jack M. Leitenberg of New City, N.Y. The bride’s father is a New York-based manager for the musicians Lionel Loueke, Butcher Brown and Grégoire Maret. Her mother, who is retired, managed the career of the jazz artist Bob James and his record company, Tappan Zee Records.
The groom, 34, works in Los Angeles as a digital strategist for political campaigns. He currently serves as a digital director at Leadership for Educational Equity, an organization that helps elect teachers to public office. He graduated from Boston University.
He is the son of Mara H. Newman and Jeffrey D. Newman of Randolph, N.J. The groom’s mother retired as an outpatient dietitian at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, N.J. His father, also retired, worked as a principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, and currently serves as president of Temple Shalom in Succasunna, N.J.
The couple met in October 2016 through the dating app Bumble.
Jessica Sutton, Patrick Quinn
Jessica Taylor Sutton and Patrick Thomas Quinn were married Feb. 23 at the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn. The Rev. Kate Salisbury, an Episcopal priest, performed the ceremony.
Mrs. Quinn, 30, is a senior associate in the litigation department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, the Manhattan law firm. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke with two bachelor’s degrees, one in linguistics and one in French. She also received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
She is the daughter of Christine Akerman Holzer of Manhattan and Dennis P. Sutton of Plano, Tex. The bride’s father is the director of owner relations and communications at Compass Royalty Management, an oil and gas asset management company in Addison, Tex. Her mother is a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan.
The bride is the stepdaughter of the late Karl Akerman, who owned Rocketfuel Sales, a sports management company in Manhattan.
Mr. Quinn, 29, is counsel at Two Sigma Investments, a hedge fund in Manhattan. He graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University, with two bachelor’s degrees, one in accounting and one in finance. He also received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
He is a son of Aimee Quinn and Thomas P. Quinn of Havertown, Pa. The groom’s mother is the mathematics department chair at Merion Mercy Academy in Merion Station, Pa. His father, who is retired, was formerly the director of project management at Johnson & Johnson in Raritan, N.J.
The couple met in June 2014 while working together as associates at Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
Julia Ward, Bryant Rich
Julia Niles Ward and Bryant Anthony Rich were married Feb. 23 at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York. The Rev. Kate Dunn, a Presbyterian minister, officiated.
The bride, 32, is the manager of workplace strategy in New York for New York Road Runners. She graduated from Davidson College and received a masters of public administration in nonprofit management from N.Y.U.
She is a daughter of Nancy N.W. Ward and Alex Ward of New York. The bride’s father is the editorial director of book development at The New York Times. Her mother is the vice president and the managing director of the Independent Journalism Foundation in New York, which creates training centers for journalists in Eastern and Central Europe and Southeast Asia.
The groom, 34, is a vice president in the credit research group at Conning Asset Management in Hartford. He graduated from Bowdoin College and received an M.B.A. from Georgetown.
He is the son of Vanessa L. Bryant and Tracy L. Rich of Avon, Conn. The groom’s mother is a United States District Court judge in Hartford for the District of Connecticut. His father is a retired executive vice president and general counsel for the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, for which he now serves as of counsel to the company.
The couple met in October 2016 through the dating app Hinge.
Diana Won, Hassan Ansari
Diana Dae Yeon Won and Hassan Emaduddin Ansari were married Feb. 21 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. Angel L. Lopez of the city clerk’s office officiated.
The couple met at the University of Michigan, from which the groom graduated and received a law degree, and each received a master’s degree in public policy.
The bride, 30, is a program manager in New York for the Pershing Square Foundation, a charitable venture that has provided more than $400 million in grants since 2006. She graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers and received a Fulbright grant in 2011-12 to teach English at the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga in Bucaramanga, Colombia.
She is a daughter of Junghee Won and Jongil Won of Closter, N.J.
The groom, 29, is an assistant professor of law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan, where he teaches courses in legal theory and human rights to undergraduates. He is currently on sabbatical to conduct research in New York.
He is the son of Iram Ansari and Hassan Ansari of Lahore.
The couple met at a Mexican Independence Day party in September 2013, and began dating the next year.
Joanna Genco, Christian Zaino
Joanna Rose Genco and Dr. Christian Joseph Zaino were married Feb. 23 at the Shrine Church of St. Bernadette in Brooklyn. The Rev. Glenn Sudano, a Roman Catholic priest and a cousin of the groom, performed the ceremony.
Mrs. Zaino, 31, is a registered nurse in the Morristown, N.J., office of Garden State Urology, a group practice based in Whippany, N.J. She graduated from Hunter College, and received an associate degree in nursing from Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in Manhattan and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington.
She is a daughter of Phyllis J. Genco and Joseph S. Genco of Brooklyn. The bride’s father, a retired dental technician, oversaw Genco Restorations, a dental laboratory in Brooklyn.
Dr. Zaino, 34, is an orthopedic hand surgeon at the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey in Morristown. He graduated magna cum laude from N.Y.U., from which he also received a medical degree.
He is the son of Anita R. Zaino and Barney B. Zaino of Brooklyn. The groom’s father, who is retired, owned Dental Connections, a dental equipment and servicing company in Brooklyn.
The bride and groom, who each grew up in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, met in 2009 at NYU Langone Medical Center while Ms. Genco worked for one of Dr. Zaino’s mentors. Five years later, after Dr. Zaino contacted the NYU Langone office, where she was still working, to do some research, she asked him out for a drink just to catch up. Instead, he asked her out to dinner in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Pooja Patel, Alastair Rami
Pooja Patel and Alastair Eric Rami were married Feb. 22 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. Angel L. Lopez, a staff member of the city clerk’s office, officiated. On March 5, Jacob Ritter, an interfaith minister, is to lead the couple in an exchange of vows in a ceremony on the beach at the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort on Ko Phi Phi Island, Thailand.
Ms. Patel, 30, works as a director of legal affairs at Glossier, a cosmetics company in New York. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland and received a law degree from Harvard.
She is a daughter of Margi Patel and Navin J. Patel of Gaithersburg, Md. The bride’s father is an independently contracted software engineer for United States Customs and Border Protection in Alexandria, Va. The bride’s mother is a division chief at the Department of Defense in Arlington, Va.
Mr. Rami, 34, works as a team lead at Bridgewater Associates, an investment firm in Westport, Conn. He previously served as the deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Representative Henry Cuellar, Democrat of Texas. He graduated from Northwestern and received an M.B.A. from Stanford.
He is a son of Angela A. Rami and Anand C. Rami of Vancouver, Wash. The groom’s father works in Vancouver as the president of Silicon Innovation, a firm that advises companies that manufacture polysilicon.
The couple met in 2012 at a bar in Washington while both were graduate students.
Naomi Levin, Abe Cohn
Naomi Tanya Levin and Avraham Shneur Zalman Cohn are to be married Feb. 24 at Crystal Plaza, an events space in Livingston, N.J. Rabbi Naftali Citron is to officiate.
The bride, 35, will be taking her husband’s name. Until 2018, she was a software developer at Yext, an online business-management technology company in New York. She ran in the 2018 election as the Republican candidate in New York’s 10th Congressional District. She is on the board of Endowment for Middle East Truth, a pro-Israeli nonprofit group in Washington informing legislators and policy decisions on national security and the Middle East. She is also a vice president on the board of the Manhattan Republican Party. She graduated from Boston University with a dual bachelor’s degree in computer science and biology.
Ms. Levin is a daughter of Larissa V. Levin and Leonid A. Levin of Newton, Mass. Her father is a computer science professor at Boston University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Mass. Until 1992, her mother was a biochemist focusing on cancer research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.
The groom, 31, who is known as Abe, is an intellectual property lawyer at the Cohn Legal Group in New York, a division of Howard M. Cohn & Associates in Cleveland, in which his father, Howard M. Cohn, a patent lawyer, is the managing partner. The groom graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland and received a law degree from Yeshiva University.
He is a son of Basha Cohn and Mr. Cohn of Beachwood, Ohio.
The couple met in 2016 when Ms. Levin and a group of her friends met Mr. Cohn and a group of his friends at a sushi lounge in Midtown Manhattan.
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