Yes, our wedding party is HUGE... As Dominick always says, "go BIG or go home!"
Krystyn and I have literally been lifelong friends... we first met when I was a month old and she was 10 days old. We've been through it all and always said we should be related (and even tried one time, with that whole finger-pricking "blood sisters" thing that was so popular in the 80s)... now we kinda will be related since I'll be marrying into her family. I'm so excited to have her stand beside me on my wedding day. Krystyn and her husband Bob are currently building a gorgeous new house in Saratoga (hello perfect bridal shower spot!), she is a clinical liaison for a pharmaceutical company and is smarter than most doctors... just don't call her a pharm rep!
I will be forever grateful to Erin for being one of the first people to befriend me after moving to St. Louis in high school. We did just about everything together for years... we worked together at Schnucks... me in the bakery, she in seafood, tried our hand at amateur photography, went on countless shopping trips and to parties together, were college roommates at SEMO and had great evenings making dinner and homemade sangria. Erin is a true friend and I am so happy to have her in our wedding. Erin lives in St. Louis and is surgical technician.
Rachel and I met while working for McBride & Son Homes in St. Louis a few years ago and developed a quick and unique friendship over volleyball and far too many bottles of wine. She was gracious enough to let me live with her (untrained dogs and all) before I moved back to Albany. She was also the one to give me the courage (and accompany me) on that first trip back to Albany to visit Dominick. Rachel now lives in Chicago working for a real estate firm.
Adrienne and I have known eachother since kindergarten. We used to joke that we were twins because we both had long brown hair and bangs. After moving to St. Louis, I could always count on a letter, phone call or email from her to keep us in touch. I'm so glad to be back to have her as a friend 'in person' again. Adrienne lives in Albany and works at a pharmacy (with hours that seriously impede our wine nights) but she should be a writer!
Paula is Dominick's 'next door sister' and one of my closest friends in New York. We have spent many evenings at her house bonding over wedding planning (hers and mine) and dinner and wine. I'm so glad to have made such a good friend and am so excited that she will be there with us as we get married. Paula and her husband Michael recently welcomed their first son, Michael Vincent, and live next door to Donna and Yono in Latham.
Amy has been Dominick's closest girl friend since high school. She made the effort to get to know me right from the start, for which I'm very grateful, and always called to include me before I had many friends here. We've become great friends and I couldn't imagine our wedding without her. Amy lives in Latham and is a pharmaceutical sales rep... although I don't think she ever works... kidding ;)
Alex (or Sis, as she is more commonly known) is Dominick's younger sister and I'm excited to soon be able to call her my sister. There is never a dull moment with Alex and we have spent many fun-filled nights together... with an alarming number of odd taxi incidents ;) I'm glad to have gotten to know her and can't wait to be a part of her family. Alex lives in NYC and is 2nd grade teacher in the Bronx. When she's not teaching, you can probably find her in Italy.
Michelle is my soon-to-be sister-in-law, as she will be marrying my brother next year. We have a great relationship and always have a good time together. I couldn't imagine not having her a part of our wedding and I'm so excited to add her to our family when she and Craig get married. Michelle is mom to the craziest (and cutest) dog I've ever met, lives in St. Louis and works in human resources.
Ryleigh is Dominick's goddaughter (Cousin Lori & Chad's daughter) and quite possibly the cutest 3 year old there is. From the first time Ryleigh met Carolyn, there was an inseparable bond and Carolyn now has a friend for life. We're so proud for her to be our flower girl!
Jeffrey, or "Nunz" as he is affectionately known, and I have been friends since we were 3 years old at Calvary Methodist Pre School. We became close friends again during our senior year of high school and have been inseparable ever since. Carolyn often calls Jeff "my other girlfriend". The stories between us over the last 25 years could fill a book, and most everyone knows that the party doesn't start until Nunz gets there. Jeff and I have always have been by eachothers side... from the days of On Broadway and Rumpleminze shots at All Sports to Bermudian Cruises and Bon Jovi concerts. Jeffrey lives in Manhattan and sells digital media for Xerox. I am honored that Jeffrey will be standing next to me when I make Carolyn my wife. Be sure not to miss us reenact "the lift" from Dirty Dancing, its the highlight of most weddings!
Peter and I grew up next door to each other since we were a year old. Over the years our families have melded into one. Peter and I have been through every stage of life together, whether it was cub scouts together, or car pooling back from college together. It is only fitting that Carolyn and I are getting married soon after Peter and Stacey did. After what seems like 15 years of higher education, Peter is now the Assistant Principal at Hoosick Falls High.
Scooter and I met through Fusco and Nunz while they were all playing Lax in '97. Scooter and I would often spend our nights "bumping" in our cars, thinking it was cool. Now we spend most of our time waiting for the next Bon Jovi concert announcements and hold the title of greatest SPAC tailgaters! Scooter lives in Manhattan and works in pharmacetical advertising.
Nick and I have been friends for over 9 years. We originally met when Nick came to work at Yono's and soon had fooled the entire Capital Region into believing we are cousins. During our bachelor days we had a lot of fun spending many nights at Sneaky Pete's and the Pearl Street bars and we have always enjoyed our friendly "rivalry" between "my" USC and "his" Notre Dame, where we once went for a weekend football game and realized that the three years that we were out of college were much more significant than we had previously thought. Nick lives in Clifton Park with his wonderful girlfriend Melissa and works in pharmaceutical sales for MedTronic Diabetes. Nick has become a very dear friend of both Carolyn and I and we are delighted to have him be such big part of such a special day.
Dennis, or "Guy" as we know him, and I have known each other since our Freshman year at La Salle Institute when he uttered the words "Yo, its dumb brick up in this piece" in Dr. Sela's Spanish II class. We've always shared a special bond and have been great friends since we used to take "the long way" to school when I would pick him up every morning. Dennis lives with his girlfriend Janelle and works in corporate finance for Momentive Performance Materials. He'll be the guy next to me all night on the dance floor!
Craig is Carolyn's big little brother whom I have gotten the pleasure to know over the last 2 years. Craig and I have hit it off, bonding over our common love of all 80's hairband music and fondness of sports. We couldn't imagine not having Craig in our wedding and can't wait for his own wedding to his new fiancee Michelle. Craig lives in St. Louis and is an accountant with Buckingham Asset Management.
I met D.O. years ago, soon after he and Nicole married, through acquaintances from La Salle, where Dennis also attended. Though earlier on our times together revolved around Thursdays at Alive at 5, they now include watching Dennis corral his two sons Michael and Joseph whenever they reek havoc on us at dp! Dennis lives in Delmar, owns and operates the Glenmont Car wash.
Joe, or "The Muss" as he is often referred, and I have known each other for over ten years. Despite the fact that Joe had moved back to Syracuse, we remained close and I'm happy that Joe and Nicole have relocated back to Albany. We have shared a lot of great times in the past including Joe's own wedding where they gave me the perfect gift, tickets to Bon Jovi! I look forward to many more great times, as we rock out to Heart and Journey together. Joe works in medical sales for the Guidant Group of Boston Scientific. If anyone goes down on the dance floor, Joe will have the paddles ready!!
Gabriel James is my adorable godson and I was more than honored when his parents Liz (Galante) and Peter Gonsalves asked me to be his godfather over 5 years ago. I cherish all of the moments that I have to spend with him and have enjoyed watching him grow. You can be sure that Gabe and Ryleigh will make the most adorable couple at the wedding!
Joseph Carr has been a close friend of Dominick for several years now after being introduced by Donna & Yono. Joe was one of the first friends of Dominick that Carolyn met and they quickly formed a friendship over the last 3 years. Joe makes wine under his own name in Napa Valley which you will be able to "taste" over the duration of the wedding weekend! We couldn't have imagined our special day without Joe and his wife Dee!
Jaclyn and Dominick have known each other since birth, literally. Donna Chorwat and Donna Purnomo were roommates at Bellevue Hospital in Niskayuna when Dominick was born on the 13th of June and Jaclyn on the 14th. They have gone through Pre School, Elementary School, the awkward years of Junior High and High School together and are still close friends today. It is only fitting that Jaclyn is with us on our wedding day!
Bob is Dominick's second cousin and the husband of Carolyn's matron of honor and best friend, Krystyn. If you have studied this site well, you will remember that it was Bob & Krystyn's wedding where Dominick & Carolyn met. We are honored to have Bob be a part of the wedding and continue to tell him & Krystyn that it's all their fault!!!