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Pauline Ingrid Beth Shapiro and Russell Graham Singletary

Rebecca, Jonathan and Rosalind Shapiro, Pauline and Rusty, Troy and Gloria Stewart, Miriam and Abigail Schroeder

Photographs: Wendy Plogger

Mother Nature played a big role in the relationship of Pauline and Rusty. The pair met at a housewarming party that Rusty hosted when he moved to Brooklyn after being displaced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. The pair hit it off. After a long courtship, Rusty planned a proposal. But Hurricane Sandy had other plans. The couple was registered to run in the 2012 New York City Marathon, after which Rusty intended to propose; but the marathon was cancelled due to the devastation of Sandy. Undeterred, a few weeks later the couple ran the Brooklyn Marathon. This time Mother Nature cooperated and Rusty proposed at the finish line.

Rabbi Sklarz from Greenwich Reform Synagogue performed the ceremony, which took place at a lake in Rosendale, New York, under a chuppah that Rusty constructed. The day began with a 5K/1- mile run/walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, which was a good thing since the evening ended with a late-night s’mores station by a bonfire.

The bride, daughter of Rosalind and Dr. Jonathan Shapiro of Greenwich, graduated from Greenwich High School and Oberlin College. Pauline is a staff photographer for Sotheby’s auction house in New York City.

The groom, son of Miriam Schroeder of New Orleans, graduated from McMain High School and Vassar College. Rusty is an executive recruiter for Friedman & Co. in New York City.

The newlyweds honeymooned in Cartagena, Colombia, before returning home to Brooklyn.

-Alison Nichols

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