Leni Sherman and Harvey Goldman did not expect to fall in love 10 years ago. Goldman was divorced and Sherman was a widow. And yet, when the two met for dinner, they knew there was something special there.
When the two decided to get married, they knew they didn’t want to do the same things as they had done on their first weddings. They wanted it to be a more relaxed celebration. More than that, they wanted to “delight” their seven grandchildren.
So on July 30, a Beauty and the Beast theme would reign for this couple and their family. 64-year-old Sherman walked down the aisle wearing the signature Belle color — yellow — and a bouquet of red roses at the North Shore Music Theater. 70-year-old Goldman wore the classic blue and gold jacket worn by the beast.
Sherman recalled the special day. She said, “We wanted to do something that was fun, particularly for our grandchildren and something completely different and non-traditional. We wanted to do something that was us, that showed our personality.”
But the Beauty and the Beast theme holds another significance for the couple. Just as the Disney characters found their love, this couple too found their love. “That’s the story of our life,” Sherman explained. “We hope, just like in Beauty and the Beast, to live happily ever after.”
The theme of the wedding was as meant to be as their love story. The two were driving when they came across the theatre and learned that the movie was playing. That was the moment they decided to hold their ceremony and party there.
This was a family affair. Children, spouses and all the grandchildren were there to witness the special moment. Everyone stuck to the theme. The family members chose blue and yellow garments to match the theme. “Yellow satin yarmulkes were made for the men; a red rose was handed to each woman.”
Sherman was walked down the aisle by her son and his wife. The latest version of the movie’s theme song was playing when Sherman was approaching Goldman. The latter too was walked down the aisle by his children.
“Having all of our grandchildren, all of our children under the chuppah and all together was magical and we feel very blessed,” Sherman recalled. The groom made no scruples about wearing that classic beast jacket. “I only cared about one thing: making this woman my wife for the rest of my life,” he explained. “I don’t mind making fun of myself, obviously.”
During intermission, guests were served more food. Then they headed back to the theatre to watch the second act. When the movie was over, everyone enjoyed the dessert buffet and the ice cream sundae bar.
“We had a beautiful, magnificent day,” Sherman added. “We did this because we decided we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. We wanted to have a happily ever after, and what fun to do it surrounded by all our friends and family.”