Lisa Fonssagrives posing with sculpture. Photographed at Helena Rubenstein’s apartment for Harper’s Bazaar by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1945.
Helena Rubinstein (born Chaja Rubinstein, 1872-1965) was a Polish-born American business magnate. A cosmetics entrepreneur, she was the founder and eponym of Helena Rubinstein Incorporated cosmetics company, which made her one of the world’s richest women.
Happy birthday, Joey! Thank you for being the most amazing friend I could have ever wished for. You are always so supportive, and understanding, and you never make me feel silly when my emotions are all over the place and I can’t string together a coherent sentence. You’re always there to talk, to listen, to rant, and to just be you. Thank you for being you. I hope you like this little prompt I wrote for our babies, June and Eden. Love you!
Scott’s hands trembled as he took the stage to give his best man speech to his friends. He cleared his throat which sent a sharp noise through the speakers and into the humid summer night. The look in June’s eyes could only be described as toughen up, he smiled.
“Hi,” he began. “I’m Scott McCall. Best man to June even though she has a perfectly good brother who I’m sure would happily have taken the job.“ Laughter rumbled through the back garden, and Scott saw that June took Eden’s hand.
“I looked up the requirements of a best man speech online and the main thing I learned is to embarrass the groom or in this case, the bride. I tried to think of some embarrassing stories about June but over the course of the nearly 10 years I’ve known her, she hasn’t done anything remotely embarrassing so I decided to talk a bit about why I think June and Eden work so well together because let’s be serious, no one saw that coming.“ Laughter spread through guests again, and Scott couldn’t keep the smile off his face as June and Eden beamed up at him. He took a deep breath and spoke from his heart because the notes he’d jotted down for the speech had been left in his childhood bedroom by mistake.
“At first glance, you wouldn’t put June and Eden together. June is a brash, straight forward, no nonsense kind of person while Eden is more soft spoken, calm, and openminded. They’re opposites, and that showed when they first met. They argued, couldn’t agree on anything - Eden thought June was too aggressive and June thought Eden was too forgiving. It was unbearable to be around, I was sure it would be the end of all of us because their constant arguing would get us all killed. But overtime that changed. They started to rely on each other, look to each other for comfort - they understood each other like the rest of us didn’t. Eden never underestimated June and June never let Eden’s kindness be taken advantage of.” Scott was sure he spotted a tear fall down June’s cheek. It made him smile a little wider than before.
“So let’s raise our glass to June and Eden,“ Scott said as raised his own glass and the guests followed suit. “In a fight, you’re lethal but around each other, you melt*. Cheers!“ The sound of clinking glasses and laughter filled the night as darkness fell over Beacon Hills. It wasn’t a darkness Scott feared anymore, it was simply the sun setting and the moon greeting him and his friends. He headed for his table but was stopped by an overwhelming bear hug from June. He wrapped his arms around her waist as she cried into his ear, and hot tears made the collar of his shirt slightly wet. They let go of each other when Eden was only a few steps away, carrying the folds of her dress in her arms to offer her legs more movement. Once at June side, she dropped the fabric and took her wife’s hand.
She gave his hand a squeeze with her free one. “Thank you, Scott. That was a beautiful speech, made June cry.“
June ran an index finger under her to avoid smudging her makeup. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.“ Scott chuckled.
“I’m glad you liked it.“
June smiled. “We loved it. I’m just happy you took a bite out of Marco, I didn’t make him best man to spite him.”
Scott glanced in Marco’s direction - he stood with his baby girl on his shoulder, an awestruck look on his face. “Of course you did.”
The rest of the reception was spent dancing, laughing, opening presents, and making memories. Memories June and Eden would look back on in the years to come, and they’d smile because they knew they had proven every single person who ever doubted their love wrong.
1. Oceans - COASTS 2. Helena Beat - FOSTER THE PEOPLE 3. Cardiac Arrest - BAD SUNS 4. Soul Trippin - SWIM DEEP 5. We Won’t Go Home - THE COLOURIST 6. Mason Jar - SMALLPOOLS 7. Wolf Pack - THE VACCINES 8. Float - PACIFIC AIR 9. Corner Of An English Field - TRIBES 10. Feel - BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB 11. Up In The Clouds - DARWIN DEEZ 12. Melt - MYSTERY JETS 13. Bloodshake - PEACE