Delaney Simon and Graeme Smith were married April 6 in an outdoor ceremony on the beach in Malibu, Calif. Leo Sidran, a Universal Life minister and a friend of the couple, officiated.
The bride, 28, is the special assistant to the United Nations special coordinator for Lebanon in Beirut. She graduated cum laude from Barnard College and received a master’s degree in international security, conflict resolution and gender policy from Columbia. From 2013-15 she worked for Afghanistan’s permanent mission to the United Nations in New York, which included assisting negotiations on Security Council reform and small arms and light weapons agreements.
She is a daughter of Emily Simon and Ralph Simon of London. The bride’s father is the founder of Mobilium Global Limited, a mobile technology consultant based in London that provides insight and strategy to companies worldwide in mobile and connected device strategies. From 1993-95, he served as the executive vice president of Capitol Records and Blue Note Records in Hollywood. He also was a founder of Jive Records in London. The bride’s mother, a former entertainment lawyer in London, founded the Women’s Foundation there.
The groom, 38, was until March 1 a political affairs officer for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan. From 2012-15, he was the Afghanistan country director for the International Crisis Group, a global think tank also based in Kabul. He is now a freelance writer and political analyst based in Beirut. He is also the author of “The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan” (Knopf and Counterpoint). He graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto.
He is the son of Lynn M. Gresham of Kitchener, Ontario, and Stewart G. Smith of New Hamburg, Ontario. The groom’s mother retired as an English teacher at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Kitchener, where she lives with her wife, Wanda Manning, a retired nurse. His father is a sculptor based in New Hamburg, where he lives with his wife, Elisabeth Feryn, a freelance photographer.
The couple met in 2015 Kabul during a meeting for political staff of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.