Two Realtors Find Their Bashert

Jimmy Baron proposed to Kira Shalman Karlin in Chicago this past Thanksgiving on the pitcher’s mound at the park where he grew up playing Little League. Both residential realtors who met through work, they married in a backyard ceremony May 20, where their families formally blended with three sons in tow. Fifty close family guests attended the ceremony while others came later for dessert.

In terms of remarriage, Baron said, “You don’t feel the same societal and family pressure to get married as you do when you’re in your late 20s or early 30s. You’re getting married more on your own terms.” Kira is enjoying Jimmy’s playfulness, and said, “Be it the occasional cracked egg on the forehead or his overexaggerated, stuntman-like falls, Jimmy keeps us laughing all day long.

Beth Intro Photography // Jimmy and Kira met in their residential real estate jobs.

Congregation Beth Tefillah’s Rabbi Yossi New, who performed the nuptials, shared, “I am thrilled to have witnessed Kira and Jimmy’s genesis, in watching the relationship bloom. Their romance has flowered as they developed such a deep connection. It’s wonderful to be part of it.”

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Beth Intro Photography // Jimmy Baron wore a kittel, white robe, for the ceremony as the family expresses joy.

Baron, now synagogue president, is known for his past acting and broadcast stardom with such illustrative credits as “Risky Business,” “M*A*S*H*,” “Quincy,” “The Facts of Life,” and locally, as a top radio show DJ, among the highest rated on American alternative radio.

In 2011 he launched his residential real estate career and is now in the top three individual agents at Keller Williams First Atlanta.

Beth Intro Photography // Kira was a radiant bride.

Kira was born in Russia, moving to Atlanta at age 4, then attending The Epstein School and Yeshiva Atlanta. She is also a top realtor at Keller Williams and one of the founders of Live Luxury, their local luxury division.

With it’s New York background in an elaborate and strictly kosher roll out, Eli Brafman’s E.B Catering provided the wedding menu: lamb lollipops, mini salmon tacos, avocado mousse, roasted cauliflower with pesto aioli, tri-colored smashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, sous vide London broil, roasted turkey, red wine onion jam and tostados.

Brafman dazzled with a mélange of desserts: tiramisu, cookie dough, s’mores, chocolate rum, Boston cream pie shooters, fresh mint watermelon skewers, churros with hot Mexican dipping sauce, glazed donut holes, biscotti, and highly touted booze pops.

E.B.’s gold leaf wedding cake was vanilla butter cream. Brafman stated, “It really was special to prepare this wonderful menu for Kira and our shul president. Also, the previous Saturday we catered their aufruf [the groom’s Torah honor] at CBT’s Saturday kiddush. Quite a celebration!”

Beth Intro Photography // The couple dug into the vanilla butter cream cake.

At the wedding, Kira wore a sequined lace column gown alongside Jimmy’s gray rented tux with pink tie. Jim White Designs arranged the pastel, ethereal, romantic flowers and décor in columns high above the table settings.

In terms of melding the families, Jimmy said, “My son Micah was my best man and he and Kira’s sons [Aaron and Max] emceed the ceremony by announcing those who were given honors.”

When asked by the AJT what’s important at this age in starting anew? Jimmy replied, “One big thing is to consider if the person and their family situation will be good for your own children (if you have younger ones). I couldn’t marry someone who didn’t have a good relationship with my son or made him uncomfortable. Our kids love each other and have a great time together. That’s a huge part of why we are so comfortable together. And Micah LOVES Kira so much. She is wonderful to him.”

Beth Intro Photography // The blended family with boys Micah, Aaron and Max loving being together.

How will household duties be shared? “Kira’s a great cook, but we don’t actually split up duties in any formal way. Or we haven’t figured that part out yet.” Jimmy shared that Kira is at her best when something needs to get done. As a force of nature, she always delivers when something big or challenging is looming.”

Kira concluded, “Our boys have taken some ownership for certain chores, depending on who is best suited for the task. With a rising elementary, middle and high school child, many are dictated by their school and after-school schedules.

“One thing is for sure, with three boys in the house, Jimmy has almost given in to the need for Costco.”