A Walk To Remember: Ted Golden & Gerilynn Gioiello – September 14, 2012 (Wedding)

Ted Golden & Gerilynn Gioiello - September 14, 2012 (photos by John Mattera Photography)

The old adage is never date a co-worker. Ever. But sometimes the stars align, fate intervenes and what could end up being a disaster turns into something incredibly special.

Gerilynn (Gioiello) and Ted Golden were both working as longshoremen for ILWU Local 13 when they met in 2006. Gerilynn wanted to get back into shape and began taking walks with Ted, who was also very active. Their first official date was to an Eagles concert at Staples Center in November 2006.

“The funniest part about that night was that after trying to hide our interest in each other from our co-workers, we ran right into them at the concert,” explains Gerilynn. “Of all the places to run into your co-workers!”

Throughout their relationship, the two traveled to various places including Mexico, Napa Valley, and Hawaii – of which Gerilynn says Maui is their favorite place.

“We just enjoy being with each other and experiencing new places with one another,” described Gerilynn. “It’s been like that for as long as we’ve known each other.”

In December 2011, Gerilynn and Ted decided to take a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate Gerilynn’s birthday. Her brother, sister, and brother-in-law joined the two. With reservations set for her favorite restaurant – Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens Hotel and Casino – Gerilynn invited her sister and brother-in-law to join her and Ted for dinner, not knowing Ted was planning on proposing. But that didn’t stop him. He asked her to marry him, and, of course, she said “yes.”

The two married less than a year later on September 14, 2012, a date also commemorating Gerilynn’s father’s birthday, who passed away prior to their wedding. Ironically, Gerilynn’s birthday is December 14 and Ted’s is June 14 – more reasons as to why the 14th was the chosen date. The event was cocktail-style and took place at The Sepulveda Home in San Pedro, a French-colonial plantation-styled home that reminded Ted of New Orleans, where he was raised, and his mother, who passed away a year before the wedding.

More than 100 guests gathered for the intimate ceremony, where Gerilynn’s mother, Carmela, walked her down the aisle to Tom Petty’s “Here Comes My Girl.” Her father was part of the ceremony as well, as Gerilynn had his picture in her bouquet. During the ceremony, Gerilynn was joined by Maid-of-Honors Teresa Pisano, her cousin, and Sofia Rogers, her best friend, who was bed-written due to pregnancy, but was Skyped in by a friend so she could be part of the ceremony.

Ted was joined by Best Men (and sons) Ted and Charlie Golden. Ted’s daughter Juli also shared a reading during the ceremony, while Gerilynn’s niece Kristy sang “The Prayer.”

The reception immediately followed with food catered by Critic’s Choice Catering. Guests enjoyed everything from sliders, to tri-tip, to mac n’ cheese. Specialty drinks were also being served, featuring pomegranate and lemon drop martinis, and beer from Four Peaks Brewery, owned by Ted’s son Ted. And when it came to music, it was none other than 80s music video icon Richard Blade spinning the tunes.

While the night began with Italian music in honor of Gerilynn’s family, she and Ted danced to The Beatles’ “In My Life” for their first dance.

For their honeymoon, Ted and Gerilynn spent more than three weeks in Italy, touring Venice, Rome, and Ischia, the island Gerilynn’s family is from. When the couple got there, her family surprised them with another wedding reception.
“It was just great to be with my family and have them meet Ted,” says Gerilynn. “It was just so nice.”

Currently, Ted and Gerilynn live in San Pedro and still work as longshoremen for ILWU Local 13, and are very busy tending to their puppies. spt

From Puppy Love To Soulmates

Photos by John Mattera Photography

It began as a schoolyard crush.

We all remember that feeling, that queasy stomach every time that person entered the classroom, the nervousness that came when you tried to talk to one another. The awkward glances. The overanalyzing of every word they said and move they made. It’s puppy love and it’s supposed to prepare us for the romantic experiences that would lie ahead in all our lives. For some, puppy love can lead to something much bigger. Such is the case for Petar and Magali (Martin) Blazevic, whose schoolyard crush turned into a lifetime commitment of happiness.

Petar and Magali met in the sixth grade at Miraleste Intermediate School in Rancho Palos Verdes. They entered into what Magali would call, “a middle school romance – the kind where you date for a few days and then move on.” Although their relationship fizzled, their friendship didn’t, and they continued to remain close all throughout middle school and into high school. They both dated other people their freshman year at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, but when their sophomore year came around, they thought they’d give romance another shot and began dating once more. The two have been together ever since.

In 2008, Petar and Magali took their relationship to the next level and the two moved in together. Three years (and two dogs) later, they bought a home in San Pedro.

Just months after purchasing their home, their relationship would take yet another big step. Magali had just completed the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and as a reward for finishing the program, Petar wanted to treat her to a day of whale watching on his friend’s yacht on Easter Sunday. While out on the water, the boat came to a stop in front of a lifeguard tower in Redondo Beach. But this was no ordinary lifeguard tower – this was the same lifeguard tower Petar asked Magali to be his girlfriend their sophomore year of high school. This time around, Petar asked Magali to be his wife, of course, she said yes.

The couple married on July 14, 2012, which was also their anniversary. More than 200 attendants watched Petar and Magali share their vows at Mary Star Church, a ceremony officiated by Father Brian Nunes, who also baptized Magali following her RCIA completion. The ceremony had many special moments, including Magali walking down the aisle with both of her parents. Magali also wore a necklace containing a diamond her grandfather gave to her mother before his passing. The ceremony also featured readings from Petar’s cousin, which was in Croatian, and Magali’s cousin, which was in French – both in celebration and honor of their heritages.

The bridal party was just as special, and consisted of numerous relatives and friends. On Magali’s side were maid-of-honors Lauren Johnson and Alyse Intagliata; and bridesmaids Janessa Reyes, Lisa Vidov, Kristen Boskovich, Kristin Montti, Stacie Ayala, and Katie Tamayo. On Petar’s side were best men Mark Blazevic and Michael Blazevic; and groomsmen Serge Martin, Peter Hazdovac, Drew Varela, Loren Blazevic, Brian Ayala, and Joe Vidov.

After the ceremony, Petar and Magali went to take photos with his grandmother at her home because she couldn’t make it to the ceremony, a moment that meant a lot to both Petar and his grandmother. Meanwhile, guests got to enjoy Croatian spirits during the cocktail hour.

The reception followed at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, where guests participated in lots of dancing, drinking, and of course, Croatian desserts and Kolo dancing (the popular Croatian folk dance). The reception also featured a blessing by Petar’s mother and a speech by Magali’s mother. Petar and Magali shared their first dance to Jason Mraz’s, “I Won’t Give Up.”

The newly married couple honeymooned in Hawaii, where they spent 10 days between the islands of Maui and Oahu. Their favorite part? Staying at the very private, exclusive Turtle Bay Resort in North Shore, Oahu.

Currently, Petar works as a railroad conductor for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Co., and Magali works as a tutor for Academics Etc. in Lunada Bay.

In regards to adjusting to married life, Magali says, “It’s really not that much different than before – besides the fact that I have to change my name on everything!” All joking aside, the two are excited to continue in their love through marriage, and are looking forward to someday starting a family. spt