Joy and Andrea
This was a long day for everyone. From the bus full of guests breaking down, bridesmaids emotions running high, to trying to get Joy’s mother there in time. Like I said it was a long day.
It was so brilliant how Gino merged each of their visions together for their wedding theme- fairy tale and hip hop. My role was to get all the guests from curbside and take them to the Belvedere Castle in Central Park where the wedding was taking place. I made numerous trips back and forth. It’s no short walk people and I had over a dozen blisters to prove it.
But the ceremony went beautifully with the violinist and then surprising them with the rapper. At the end of the ceremony Marisa and I put them in a horse and carriage ride for one last element. We had a graffiti artist create a “Just Married” sign to put on back of the carriage as a small wedding gift to Joy and Andrea. Like I said it was such a long day that our nerves were also shot. So when it came down to who was putting the sign on the back of the carriage Marisa and I had a spat. It was silly. At that point we just had enough of each other. (Uh hum, I ended up putting the sign on the carriage.)
Belinda & Jerry
All we needed were chairs for this location, that’s it. The World’s Fair – The Unisphere had such a strong presence that nothing else was needed. On the day of the wedding I was assigned to help Belinda get in her dress and to help her with any last minute touches.
I’ll admit this is not the easiest location to get to so needless to say her sisters that were her bridesmaids got lost. They were not only late, but had Belinda’s shoes, bra and “something blue”. Meanwhile the heavens above were about to open any minute and give us the thunderstorm of the century. The dark clouds were rolling in and the wind was picking up rapidly. At that point we had to start but she refused to come out of the trailer without her shoes, bra and something blue. I tried so hard to persuade her, which then led to begging. I finally said if you want to get married then you need to boogie now or there’s not going to be a wedding! She finally gave up and married Jerry shoeless, braless, and blueless. But I think she was more upset that her sisters weren’t present at the ceremony than she was about her missing shoes and bra.
Bridal Tip 101: If you put your family or friends in charge of any of the personal belongings that you’re going to need on the day of your wedding, make sure they travel with you!
Alison & Skip
Love is Love! Alison’s first marriage was to a woman and now she’s married to a man, Skip. These two as you can tell are so very much in love.
She met him while running errands at Home Depot one day. She happened to look up and saw him and then bulls’ eye! The love cupid shot an arrow through her heart. It’s all about timing and as they say love happens “when you least expect it.” We all have heard that line over and over, but it’s so true. So to all you single ladies out there, here’s living proof.
They clearly do everything together from making their wedding bands to shopping for her wedding dress. That’s what I call a “Dynamic Duo.” Alison had cancer removed a few months back – I so hope she remains cancer free. So I suppose that makes them the “Super Dynamic Duo.”
It was a beautiful day in Washington Square Park, a perfect day for a wedding. Gino put me in charge of crowd control. It was my job to create this personal space for Alison, Skip and guests and of course keep the uninvited “guests” away from the ceremony. However there are some things you can’t control like the man in the fountain playing with his dolls in his underwear. That’s the part you didn’t get to see… you gotta love NYC.
Linda & Curtis
All I have to say is thank goodness Linda and Curtis found each other. I can’t even imagine having my marriage arranged. I would be running for the hills! But that’s what Linda’s mom tried to do, but she didn’t succeed. It must be hard for them not having Linda’s mother approve nor accept their relationship because of it being interracial. I hope when they have their first born that will change the way her mother feels about their relationship. Something has to give….
I call her my modern day bride, she proposed to him on his birthday. Listen up women. We CAN propose to men! I love this story, a woman going after what she wants. Curtis is one lucky guy.
But then a surprise took place on their wedding day. Curtis got down on one knee and proposed to Linda over looking the Brooklyn Bridge! Remember I’m a hopeless romantic so this took my breath away. Then another surprise emerged Curtis wanted Gino to marry them in a checkered cab going over the Brooklyn Bridge and AGAIN at another ceremony in Brooklyn. Ok people let’s do the math here: 2 proposals and 2 weddings. Does that mean 2 honeymoons? Well seems everything comes in 2’s for them. Wait…Does that mean they’ll be having twins?
Meritza and Kyle
These two fashionistas know what they want. I like that! They originally wanted their wedding at 5 points in Queens being surrounded by amazing graffiti. I have to admit it was pretty unique but I knew Gino would come up with an even better location…a runway wedding. Hello! I couldn’t wait to start coordinating this one. I knew this wedding was going to be non-stop for all of us and was looking forward to seeing everything come together.
Meritza teaches pole dancing and Gino wanted us to set up a meeting with her at her studio. But then he decided to drag us with him in work out attire, which meant only one thing. Oy! E for effort Marisa and Gino! In all it was a good meeting, we got all the answers we needed.
Gino made some calls and was able talk Korto in making Meritza’s wedding dress. We were all beyond thrilled! How cool is that? On the day of revealing Korto’s wedding dress to Mertiza both Marisa and I were sweating it out. She was either going to love it or hate it. And she LOVED IT as you all saw!
Lights! Camera! Action! Wedding is on, and she walked the walk. You go Meritza! She looked like a model bride as she strutted her stuff down the aisle. I’ve never felt so much high energy all under one roof. I hope Meritza and Kyle keep their relationship this exciting. You two keep doing what you are doing.
Abigail & David
These two people are beautiful on the inside and out. I have never met a couple so much in love. Yes they’re young but when you know it, you know it.
Gino had Marisa and I meet Abigail and David at the airport. Since it was their first time in NYC and her first time on a plane, he wanted us to make sure they felt right at home. I’m glad we met them because she was shaking like a leaf when I shook her hand. But I reassured her she was now on land and that she could breathe.
I was really amazed by Abigail’s beauty and gorgeous body art. Since both of them had never been to NYC before, I knew in the back of my mind, they had to be married at a major iconic landmark. So when Gino suggested Grand Central Station, I was so excited for them. This building is truly my favorite landmark in all of Manhattan.
Gino decided to have their wedding at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse in GCS that overlooked the concourse. Ok truly one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen walk through those doors. When she made her grand entrance, everyone just stopped to look at her- even the people who were running to catch their trains.
They both showed so much emotion while they were getting married. This wedding will go down in my book of favorites.
Katie & Tim
Katie knows what she wants at her wedding and that’s music. Tim seems to be letting her take the reigns in planning their wedding. She’s a singer and a performer and you can tell Tim is so supportive and her biggest fan. So when Gino suggested Times Square as their wedding location, I was like, “Come on! You can’t get better than this!” You have the energy, the theatre, and the built in guest list, it’s all there for Katie and Tim.
Hmm, if I knew I had to be in the city in 5 hours to get my marriage license and it dawned on me that I forgot a few things at the house, I would have said screw it! My wedding versus the pair of shoes I left in the closet? It’s NYC – you can get whatever you left behind there! As long as you have your husband to be and marriage license, you’re golden.
This is a good wedding tip to all you brides to be (if weather permits): If you’re on a tight budget, secure a venue or location that requires little or no decorating. TS provided everything for us from the backdrop, to the neon lights. So if you are considering wedding locations, wherever you may be, think of places like the park, a famous landmark, or by the water.
In all, Katie and Tim’s wedding was so incredibly exciting. Her voice coach surprising her with her choir was the perfect ending to a perfect wedding. She got her music! I felt like I was watching a Broadway Show in the heart of TS. Well, it sort of was… “Tim and Katie’s Wedding” Bravo, Bravo!
Cassaundra & Joko
Love that Cassaundra is a fellow Texan! It was so endearing to hear Joko say he has chased her from city to city. NOW that’s love. I made a comment saying I wish someone would chase me from city to city and I meant it! I mean who wouldn’t? Ok, Ok… so I’m a hopeless romantic.
You could tell Cassaundra and Joko were so heartbroken when Gino told them that they couldn’t have their wedding ceremony at Top Of The Rock due to the number of guests. They made a comment saying, “We have so many memories there.” I know they do but it’s also about creating new memories.
I was so happy to hear that Joko had spoken to Sandra, Cassaundra’s mom. It was really important to me that those two started out on the right foot on his wedding day because he was about to become her son-in-law.
The wedding day has arrived and everything is in place. We’re about to sail and we’re missing 2 sisters of the bride. Are you kidding me? There goes me, Marisa and Gino running the 100 yard dash to the dock to get them. They FINALLY arrived with literally minutes to spare. I remembered not saying hello just “GET ON THE BOAT!!!” At that point, my stress meter was in the red.
At the very end, it was so special to see everyone come together and celebrate Cassaundra and Joko’s wedding with no drama.
Kira and Damien
Kira, Damien and I have one thing in common. We all love being by the water! I also think of it as my safe haven. They go there to connect with one another and to be able to feel close to Damien’s father, who has passed on, which I find so incredibly special.
Damien said he was nervous taking on the role of step dad to Kira’s son, Nicholas. But he said he knew it was time to step up and be the man he should be. That made me smile. You gotta love this guy. These two are all about building family together.
Coney Island was more than perfect for their wedding location. Gino had Marisa and I decorate the Pergola for their wedding. I couldn’t reach the top so Marisa was getting frustrated with me. I could only reach so far to hang the shell decorations and she was yelling ‘higher, higher!” I could if I was 2 inches taller! But we got it done and it turned out to be such a beautiful altar.
The ceremony was stunning with the ocean and sunset backdrop but The Cyclone was the icing on the cake. I LOVE and live for roller coasters! What an exciting and fun way to end the evening. Talk about the adrenaline!
I wish this family all the best.
Sade and Aaron
I have now met the busiest bride ever! So this wedding was a bit challenging in terms of planning. Never in my history of coordinating weddings did we ever have to chase down the bride. They both are very passionate about their careers, which is good to hear. But it sucks that they don’t make time for one another because they’re both way too busy. One of the secrets to making a relationship work is making time for one another. Ah, one of the great secrets to a successful relationship.
Since we were unable to schedule time with Sade we decided to meet up with Aaron hoping he could provide us with some wedding details. So Marisa and I took a trip to the tuxedo store where he was getting a fitting to get some answers. Sorry Aaron for bombarding with you with a million questions! I could tell he was a bit overwhelmed but hey he left us with no choice. So Marisa and I walked out of there with oh, maybe 3 answers. He really wasn’t any help.
They both had the same vision for their wedding: black tie, open air, rooftop, and sophistication. And they certainly got it. Gino found a penthouse at the Hotel Giraffe that provided everything they were looking for. Aaron’s love for music came into play by him writing the music for their ceremony. How romantic is that!?
Their wedding was so beautiful! When you have a location like that with only 35-40 guests, it really makes all the difference in the world. I have never seen a bride gush with so much happiness. I wish Sade and Aaron much love and happiness and please don’t forget to make more time for one another.
Hi All! I’m Sandra Pena and I’m so thrilled to be part of Marry Me In NYC on WE tv. At first, I was a little timid about having the cameras follow me around while trying to do my best at my job in a demanding environment. I mean, this is the most important day in a couple’s life we’re planning! But as time went on, I tried to just be myself and to have fun with it. I hope you can get a sense of who each of us really are and what kind of weddings we put on at Ultimate USA Weddings. From the outside, I’m sure it looks chaotic and very stressful… and it is! But on the inside, it’s also a truly gratifying and fulfilling experience.
I’m not going to lie, when Gino first brought me onto the team, I had some reservations. I told myself that I would never work with my twin sister Marisa again. Been there done that. We do grind on each other’s nerves from time to time just like any other siblings, but here we are again, two peas in an office pod! We actually have an incredible relationship, which makes working together very organic. The truth is we make a great team. We just needed to help Gino tell us apart. He mentioned highlights to me, and luckily for him it was summer. So highlighting my hair became the simple solution.
We run all over the city… literally… putting together every detail for the perfect wedding ceremony. I always hope that each event goes smoothly, but sometimes it doesn’t always go as planned. Those are the times we pull together as a team and pull off some amazing solutions. Go wedding team! I learn so much from working for Gino, an amazing wedding planner and native New Yorker who knows the city in and out. Including where to get the best facials!
I hope you join us as we plan our couples’ ultimate wedding…a “New York moment” for each bride and groom! I’d love for you to share your thoughts, ideas and even questions after every episode.