Elizabeth Winn Rider & David Gershon Schiff

Above: Katherine Rider, Gladys Liddicoat Winn, Elizabeth Rider, David Schiff, Gregory Rider

David and Liz met in New York City through mutual friends. The pair hit it off and dated for three years, after which David proposed in their Greenwich Village apartment. David decorated their home with Liz’s favorite flowers and candles and played a slideshow of photo highlights from their relationship and world travels together. Following the proposal, David escorted Liz to a surprise engagement party held at a restaurant where the couple had gone on one of their first dates.

Reverend Karen Eiler officiated at the ceremony at Greenwich Country Club, where the reception followed. The evening was full of surprise performances for the guests (which included attendees from twenty-five states and twenty foreign countries). The bride honored her late grandfather by playing Chopin on the piano. Then twenty of Liz’s friends from business school performed a choreographed dance. A highlight of the evening was when David and Liz escorted Gladys Winn, the bride’s ninety-seven-year-old grandmother, who is a huge fan of Neil Diamond’s, onto the dance floor for a special dance to “Sweet Caroline.” Finally, the bride and her father concluded the father-daughter waltz with a dance to the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ Safari” in recognition of the many friends and relatives from California in attendance.

The bride, daughter of Gregory and Katherine Rider, graduated from Greenwich Academy, the University of Southern California and Harvard Business School. Liz is a director of strategic partnerships in the travel and lifestyle services division at American Express.

The groom, son of Alan and Beth Schiff of Illinois, graduated from Evanston Township High School and Northwestern University. David is a partner at McKinsey & Co. in Hong Kong.

The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in Bali and Java, Indonesia. They recently moved to Hong Kong.

Photographs: Donna Cheung

Mothers of Greenwich Academy friends: Klara Nagy, Susan Breck, Nanette Burrows, Patricia Palmer, Katherine Rider, Elizabeth Rider, Marsha Mifflin, Cathy Sutton, Sharon Phillips, Nancy Peet, Diana Delano, Barbara Kaytes
Elisabeth and Justin Snyder
Patricia and William Coleman
The wedding party
Father-daughter dance routine to Beach Boys “Surfin” Safari
The wedding cake, with the original cake topper from Elizabeth’s grandparents’ 1941 wedding cake
Elizabeth playing Chopin Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Opus 71, No. 1, with David Schiff
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