Guess what Dolls & Gents? I GOT MARRIED!!!
I’m still on cloud #9 and happy to say that I am now called, Mrs. Geraldino! We got hitched on March 9th, 2014 and it was the best wedding ever!!!
Let me start off with the details of the night before the wedding. My dear friends from Colombia, South America flew up and we spend time with them before getting whisked off to the W Hotel in Hoboken, New Jersey for time apart from my groom.
I stayed in a beautiful suite overlooking the Hudson River with the Manhattan skyline in full view. I had a wedding rehearsal the night before the wedding at Saint Henry’s Cathedral Church in Bayonne, New Jersey and hosted a rehearsal dinner at my home, buffet style. It is the American tradition to have a rehearsal dinner for all of the brides maids and grooms men to attend, along with the parents of the bride and groom to be. This is truly an appreciation dinner and the bride and groom delivers “thank you” gifts to their wedding party. We gave our brides maids an official Walt Disney Collections watch, thank you cards and scented candles with a votive that had our names and wedding date on it; we bought the grooms men all matching pocket squares and bow ties that they were to wear during the wedding ceremony, along with the scented candles and votives that a the brides maids received.
After the dinner, one half of my official witnesses, Lina and I headed back to the hotel where both my hair stylist and another bridesmaid stayed. A few of us chatted a bit and off to bed I went for my rest. I didn’t want to look tired on my big day so no bachelorette party for me!
I woke up bright and early on my wedding day and was excited yet nervous! My glam team came to my room along with my daughter and cousins while I proceeded to be pampered. Everyone made me feel so special and I was so relieved that I didn’t have to do much except, “be” and exist!
My daughter Natasha served me champagne and fruit, painted my nails and handled other important details like making sure our vehicle had arrived on time. My make up artist, Juizy Bella beat my face to perfection as well as, my brides maids faces. Tanisha Monique Moore styled my hair beautifully and was so fast and fierce with her work. My adopted daughter, Juliana made sure my glass of champagne stayed full (this was a very important job); the designer Arlinda of Sofistafunk designed my brides maids outfits and she came to make sure the girls knew how to properly wear their garments. Everyone and everything was stress free!
Before leaving the hotel, we took pictures inside the hotel and bolted out to a shiny new Range Rover which was rented from Gotham Dream Cars, the luxury car club based in New York City and headed to the church because my groom awaited!
We arrived at Saint Henry’s church at exactly 2:58pm and Father Alfie came to the confessional room where I awaited to tell me how beautiful I looked. He was the first person that was not in my party to tell me that.
Needless to say, the entire wedding was so beautiful! The processional song that the groom- Alex and our wedding party walked to was, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach; my entrance was to the same song that Princess Diana walked down the aisle to – which was, “Trumpet Voluntary” by Clarke; the responsorial Psalm, “The Earth Is Full of the Goodness of the Lord” and the Gospel Acclamation, “Praise To You, Lord Jesus Christ” was also sang.
What was very special to Alex and I was the ‘unity candle’ that we lit with the candle that we had made in my mother, Betty Dolores Evan’s honor since she has been deceased for some time. I want to incorporate tokens that would honor her so that spiritually, she was there with us. While we lit the candle, the song, ” Song Bridegroom & Bride” was sang and we also made special time to pray at the Blessed Mother Mary’s feet while the Marian Tribute song of Ave Maria” by Schubert was sang.
Finally, we were pronounced husband and wife and we strolled down the aisle to the recessional, “Joyful, Joyful” by Beethoven! Cantor, Roseann Grossman and organist/music director, Chad Perry did an excellent job!
Our reception followed at the Liberty Science Center where we booked the Observatory Tower. We had butler passed hor d’oeuvres of xavier, tuna tartar, mac n’ cheese truffles, filet mignon and more including; Several desserts, a candy station and the conversation piece was the CHANDELIER CAKE with a few different flavors – lemon, red velvet and rum cakes made by Desserts by Dana. It was absolutely delicious! My partner and attorney, Kojo and his wife ingrid gifted us our last hour of Mojito cocktails which went well with the food and latin band.
Oh, and guess what? We had live entertainment by DJ Ed, who spun hits and Alex’s 90 year old grandfather, a famous latin composer and arranger, Emilio “El Chiripa” Aracena and his band, Soneros de Oriente. Our first dance was so special as we danced to “Dos Gardenias,” a song that his grandfather wrote especially for us. The band and music from DJ Ed was amazing!!!
So much was special about our wedding. My husband Alex had a fabulous tuxedo made by our friends at Harlem Haberdashery’s team of designers (thank you Sharene, Louis and Guy) and everyone kept complimenting him on his brocade fabric and the excellent tailoring of the tux. Alex’s shoes were made in Europe by Bachelor Shoes, where Alex went online and doing it himself. The company really looked out for us by shipping it earlier than expected so that he could have them on time! And I can’t forget my jeweler friends, Joe at Gemelli’s Jewelers, who designed my wedding band of yellow gold, emeralds and diamonds and customized it to fit my engagement ring of emeralds, perfectly. Alex choose a Greek design for his band of 2 true golds.
Believe it or not, for my wedding gown I went to one wedding boutique named Alura’s Bridal Boutique at their Bayonne, New Jersey location. I picked out 4 dresses and when I tried on THE dress, I knew it was the one! I needed no alterations, absolutely nothing at all was done to the dress except steaming it. For my reception dress, I really wanted to wear black and I found the perfect cocktail dress at a store in Manhattan. My husband gifted me a pair of Betsey Johnson’s crystal studded platformed, stilettos which were called, “Wish,” and they had blue soles which went perfectly with both dresses. My vintage white fur jacket topped everything off!
My family and friends traveled from near and far, which made the day so special. We had a nice time and I’d like to give a special thank you to 2 special men whom officiated our nuptials; Reverend (Father) Alfie Pangilinan and Reverend Mr. Doroteo Layosa, II. And, I’d like to thank my wedding party whom are very special to us as well. My daughter Natasha Roberts of Manhattan and Tyrone Robinson of Philadelphia – both of whom walked me down the aisle, giving me away; My mother in law Maritza Liriano and Alex’s uncle Jose Aracena, both of whom escorted Alex to accept my hand, our official witnesses Lina Naranjo & Gabe Serna of Bogota, brides maids Takia Walker and Tammy Smith of New Jersey, grooms men Jesse Liriano & Mikhail Espinal – brothers of the Groom from New York City, and the flower girl Lamya Gentry of Philadelphia.
I must say, it was truly a joyful day that we shall never forget. I pray that God continues to bless our union and protect us from any evil! AMEN