By Jenny Li ’19 and Sophie Haber ’19
Director of Annual Giving and communications teacher Eli Goldsmith was recently married this summer. The wedding was held in Portland, Ore.—his wife Heather’s hometown—on July 11. Because of the date, the couple decided to stop at a nearby 7-Eleven store after the ceremony.
“We walked into the 7-Eleven, she was in her wedding gown, and I was in my tux, and they gave us free slurpees. The guy who was at the register’s name was Love, for whatever reason,” Goldsmith said.
Goldsmith met his wife while in line to board a plane to San Francisco about three years ago. After walking onto the plane with her, he noticed that another woman was sitting in his seat. This exchange resulted in his introduction to his wife.
“[The woman] said, ‘Would you mind sitting in my seat, it’s right there.’ […] and it was the seat next to Heather. It was very serendipitous,” Goldsmith said.
In memory of how they met, Goldsmith proposed on a private airplane touring Los Angeles. Instead of going to Venice Beach as he had told her, Goldsmith pulled into the Santa Monica Airport and surprised her when they arrived at a small, four-person plane.
“She knew that [the proposal] was coming, and she knew that I had the ring, but she didn’t know where, when or how it was coming. But once we went to the airport, she knew, but she was still very surprised,” Goldsmith said.
For their first dance at the wedding, the couple took lessons with middle school dance teacher, Joe Schenck. In the Burrows Dance Studio, Schenck choreographed and taught them a ballroom style dance with the main elements of a foxtrot.
“The point of a wedding dance is not to pull off a technical number…it’s really to show what your relationship is about and create an experience with all of your guests. From what I can see from the pictures, it looks like that’s exactly what happened,” Schenck said.
The couple chose Italy as their honeymoon destination, a location that Goldsmith described as having a balance of culture and relaxation. Some of Goldsmith’s favorite activities there included touring the Colosseum, walking around Florence and a boat ride they took in the Amalfi coast. He said that this location allowed them to learn and experience interesting things through seeing the art and history, but also allowed them to go to the coast and relax on the beach.
“As I reflect on the wedding, it was really a perfect day… It was simply a beautiful and marvelous day surrounded by our closest friends and family. It’s amazing that [my wife and I] met in such a random, serendipitous way…because it feels like we are perfectly compatible. We are different people, of course, but our core values and way we interact with the world is remarkably similar,” Goldsmith said.