Weddings: Schneider-Barkoff, Yuré-Kushins

Britton Eve Schneider and Matthew Jason Barkoff were married May 25 at General Vallejo’s Home in Sonoma. Rabbi Josh Zweiback officiated and a reception followed at Ramekins in Sonoma.

The bride received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Arizona. She is the daughter of Lorin and Barry Schneider and the sister of Cary Schneider, all of Tiburon. She is the niece of Marilyn Schneider of San Mateo. Grandparents are Yetta Schneider of Burlingame, Dr. Meyer Perchonock of Philadelphia and the late Edith Perchonock, and Betty and Frank Herzon.

The groom received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics with a minor in computer science from U.C. Davis. He is director of sales and business development for a software company. He is the son of Sharon and Rodger Barkoff of Los Altos Hills, the brother of Mindie and Jon Romanowsky of San Carlos and Kendra and Lynsey Barkoff of Los Altos Hills, and the uncle of Emma Romanowsky of San Carlos. Grandparents are the late Vera and Al Barkoff and Hilda and Mort Owens.

The newlyweds are living in Mill Valley.

Susan Snyder and Steven Sockolov were married June 1 at Auberge de Soleil in Rutherford. Rabbi Lavey Derby of Congregation Kol Shofar officiated. Their four children, Will, Jenn and Ben Sockolov and Zack Tolpen, held the chuppah in the 90-degree heat of Napa Valley.

The bride is co-owner of Caldwell-Snyder Art Galleries. She is the daughter of Phyllis (and Irwin) Kourland of Los Angeles and the late Gerald Snyder. She is the sister of Janie Snyder of Los Angeles.

The groom is vice president of Rochester Big & Tall Clothing. He is the son of Audrey and Bob Sockolov of San Francisco and the brother of Bill (and Denise) Sockolov of Novato and Lisa Sockolov of Beverly Hills.

After a honeymoon in Southern Italy, the newlyweds are living in Tiburon.


Lauren Yuré and Benjie Kushins were married Aug. 23 at Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg. The ceremony was performed by their close friends Jason Moss and Dory Hacker.

The bride had done graduate work in expressive arts therapy and runs her own business, Arts Reflections. She is the daughter of Jennifer Lee and Geoffrey Allen Yuré of Altadena and the sister of Lindsay D’Ann Yuré of Pasadena. Grandparents are Mary Johnson of Lewiston, Idaho, and the late Rev. Elbert Johnson, and Dr. Milton Yuré of Beverly Hills and the late Anne Yuré.

The groom received a bachelor’s degree in percussion at Berklee School of Music and runs his own business, Pleasant Hill Music Studios, and is a percussionist for the band Five A.M. He is the son of Michelle and Harold Kushins of San Ramon and the brother of Hilary Kushins of Oakland and Shari Kushins of Los Angeles. Grandparents are Beatrice and Morris Horwitz of San Francisco and Florence and Mitchell Kushins of San Jose.

The couple first met when they were infants. Lauren’s parents took her on her first road trip, to San Francisco, for her uncle Marc’s wedding. Benjie was there to celebrate as well, since his aunt Susie was marrying Marc. A little more than 23 years later at a bar mitzvah for Marc and Susie’s son, Lauren and Benjie met up again and took interest in each other. Five and half years later, after a move from Portland, Ore., to the Bay Area, the proposal took place.

Lauren arrived home to find a card on the outside of her front door with the words, “Follow your heart on a path of roses with 10 simple steps.” As she walked through the candlelit house, Cat Stevens’ “How Can I Tell You I Love You” was playing. She moved from station to station, following the instructions on each of the cards. The final card instructed her to put on a blindfold and sit on the edge of her bed, as Marc Cohen’s “My True Companion” played.

Benjie sneaked into the room and took her hand as Cohen’s voice sang, “I take your hand and watch my heart take sail.” The music continued with, “And with trembling fingers, I lift up your veil,” and Benjie lifted her blindfold. There she saw him, on one knee, with her grandmother’s engagement ring in his hand and he asked simply, “Lauren, will you marry me?” She accepted.

At the wedding, the maid of honor was Lindsay Yuré and the best man was Ryan Bernacchi. Chuppah bearers were Michelle Startt, Amy Smith, Adam Miller and Jessica Rosenburg. Bridesmaids were Hilary and Shari Kushins, Nicole Rechsteiner, Katelin Lewis-Kulin, Melissa Jones, Kerry Pal and Porche Lovely. Ushers were Moshe Lutz and Aaron Gross.

After a honeymoon in Maui, the newlyweds are living in Oakland.