Celebrations/Weddings | Weddings

Presumptuous JDate suitor is ‘the one’

Rebecca Light and Joshua Wertlieb (Riso Studio)

Rebecca Sara Light, daughter of Marcia and Ken Light of Tucson, and Joshua Michael Wertlieb, son of Dr. Donald Wert­lieb and Lorre Polinger of West Newton, Mass., were married May 20, 2012 at the Phoenix Art Museum. Rabbi Steven Foster of Denver, Colo., a family friend, officiated.

The matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Kimberly Boling of Tucson. The best man was Shane Black-Macken of Boston.

The bride is a graduate of the University of Arizona and is the owner of Leading Light Events in Scottsdale. The groom is a graduate of Tufts University and is the owner of Scottsdale Wine Merchant.

The couple honeymooned in Paris, Montenegro and Dubrovnik.


Bride and groom with grandmother Betty Light (left), parents Ken and Marcia Light and Lorre Polinger and Don Wertlieb, and grandmother Helen Wertlieb (Riso Studio)

How they met:

After moving from Boston, Josh had barely gotten settled in Scottsdale when he found Rebecca on JDate. Her profile mentioned that she was looking for her “Jewish Prince.” Josh sent a message — the subject line read: “not to be presumptuous …” — that said, “but I think I’m exactly what you’re looking for.” After Rebecca got over the initial shock of the new guy from Boston’s presumptuous nature (with a little help from her friends), she accepted the invitation for a date with the man with whom, little did she know, she would be lucky enough to spend the rest of her life.

 When did you know he/she was the one?

Rebecca’s perspective: Five weeks after we started dating, I left to staff a BBYO Passport trip with 21 teens for 21 days in Israel. I told Josh that I needed to go with “no-strings attached.” I knew Josh was “the one” when I realized that he was who I wanted to call and share my experiences with, each and every day — no matter how exhausted I may have been.

Josh’s perspective: After only a month of dating, we took a six-plus hour excursion to the ER (thankfully not involving either of us). I was so impressed by Rebecca’s patience, kindness and character, it was then that I knew she was extremely special.


The bride shares a moment with her father (Riso Studio)

The proposal:

After several delays with the custom designed ring, Josh faked out Rebecca by strategically placing trick ring boxes filled with everything but her actual ring! Ultimately, after a very long, yet romantic dinner at one of the couple’s favorite restaurants, Different Pointe of View —overlooking the entire Phoenix Valley — Josh got down on one knee and surprised Rebecca with his proposal.

Special memories of the day

Rebecca: While Rabbi Foster (aka Uncle Steve) officiated a warm and heartfelt ceremony, I stood looking at Josh and was reminded of just how lucky I am to have fallen in love with my best friend.

Josh: When Jaden (Boling), our lead ring-bearer, slipped me a very sweet note from Rebecca, while I was waiting under the chuppah for my bride to come down the aisle.

Rebecca & Josh: Our first dance was to “Cruisin’” by Smokey Robinson — performed by Josh’s sisters, Mollie and Miriam. Even with the crowd around us, for those few moments, it truly felt that we were the only ones in the room — and maybe the universe!

Rebecca and Josh sign the ketubah (Riso Studio)

Wedding attire: Josh wore a combination of Tom Ford and Stefano Ricci formalwear. Rebecca wore a gown by Paloma Blanca and shoes by Christian Louboutin

Venue: Phoenix Art Museum

Wedding coordinator: Heather Crabtree, Outstanding Occasions

Invitations/print materials: Idieh Design

Florist: Flora Bella

Caterer: Fabulous Food

Wedding cake: Let Them Eat Cake

Music: Durrell Coleman and the Soulville Band, Los Angeles

Photographer: Riso Studio

Videographer: Simply Cinema

Hair: Jay Olson and Inizio Salon

Make-Up: Diane Aiello and Glam Lounge Artists