Some are reluctant, and most are careful, but the season is starting out with a strong desire to get out and about. This STYLE Magazine is full of stylish simchas and celebrations. Robyn Spizman Gerson starts us off with a how-to on “Cultivating Friendships That Last a Lifetime.” Following that is another how-to on keeping your skin simcha-ready with a glow to go.
After that, this simcha train heads to resort weddings that flourish with floral beauty and vows of “I do.” Our first stop is Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville, Ga., where Alex Morris and David Bull tie the knot while spending the weekend enjoying this spectacular oasis of nature. The traditional three-day wedding allowed the Morris-Bull families to get back out there and spend some real family time together.
The next stop on the simcha train is the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Dallas, Texas. Ali Feinstein says “I do” to Sam Fishman. The Feinstein and Fishman families enjoy another resort weekend wedding. Can you think of any better way to bring two families together than under the chuppah with a flourishing white floral décor? Stunning!
Behind the scenes, we bring you the wedding backstory that brings together Alex Morris (the bride at the first stop) and Sam Fishman (the groom at the second stop) in long-lasting friendship. The two spent their schooldays and formative years together because their parents are best friends, too. It took a lot of collaboration to get things just right. Planning both weddings two weeks apart meant the wedding party had to pull double duty — as well as several of the guests.
Next, we take you on a tour of two local gemachs. What’s a gemach, you ask? Well, you will have to read on and find out how Jewish gems are stored and shared from one simcha to another. And don’t forget the captivating love stories of the past, as well as an Israeli miracle!
In other celebrations, Eli Brafman inaugurates a new venue as he throws a big bash for his youngest son’s upsherin ceremony, the three-year-old boy’s first haircut. And the Garfinkels deserve double confetti because Ali made her birthday about something that is close to her heart, instead of just about herself. These stories are about getting back out there to celebrate life and happiness, and one that goes even a step further: Jeanne Simon, who was turning 70, would not mark her milestone birthday the same way her husband did last year, moving to Atlanta to be close to her family on her special day. Rabbi Larry Sernovitz of Temple Kol Emeth and his wife, Becky, brought their son’s bar mitzvah back to the bimah, while catering to his interest in Pokémon.
So, whether we are ready or not, the world around us is; and right now it’s all about getting back out there.