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

A Lifetime in the Making

(photos by John Mattera Photography)

Ryan and Jenna Lusic’s love was a lifetime in the making. Having both come from Croatian families and being raised in San Pedro, Ryan and Jenna grew up knowing each other, and working alongside the other’s family.
The history between their families runs deep, as both of their didas (grandfathers) were involved with the Dalmatian-American Club. Ryan’s dida ran the catering for the club with Jenna’s mom and aunt both waitressing for him. When he passed away, Ryan’s dad and two uncles took over and Jenna, her sister and cousins began work there while Ryan bartended. Likewise, Jenna’s dida was the manager at Glendale Federal Bank where Ryan’s mom worked for many years.

However, it wasn’t until Jenna and Ryan worked together a second time that they realized they wanted more than a friendship.

Jenna, 26, daughter of Tim and Margie Meadows, began working at the Trump National Golf Club when she was 18. Ryan (or “Hatch” – a nickname given by his dad when he was born because of his “hatchet head”), 31, son of Nick and Kris Lusic, began working at Trump when he was 20. But because he is five years older than Jenna, he had already been working at Trump for three years by the time Jenna joined the staff.

The staff would often get together after work to hang out, which resulted in Hatch and Jenna’s friendship blooming into something more. In May 2006, they began dating. As Jenna would puts it, “Everything just fell into place.” So much so, they got their first dog, Bailey, together the very next year. In 2008, they took their relationship to the next level and moved in together. Then came their beautiful daughter Camryn in June 2009, an addition to their lives that brought much joy.

“We knew we did things a little out of order,” admits Jenna. “But to us, we were committed to each other, and marriage wasn’t a big priority at the time.” That is, until Hatch surprised her with a marriage proposal in October 2011.

Here’s how it went down: Hatch and Jenna, as well as all of Hatch’s family, met at Trump’s for dinner, celebrating his sister and brother-in-law’s seven-year wedding anniversary. The setting wasn’t unusual to Jenna as they often went to Trump’s for dinner. Hatch took Camryn to the back to show her off to the cooks (one of which was Jenna’s cousin Matt). This too was not unusual as Hatch still worked at Trump’s and liked to show Camryn off whenever she was around. Five minutes later, Camryn waddled of the kitchen holding a black box. Close behind were Hatch and Matt, who had a dessert platter in his hand. When Matt put the plate down, Jenna read “Will You Marry Me, Jenna?” spelled out in chocolate syrup. Hatch got down on one knee and proposed only to be answered with an exclamatory “YES!”

“Hatch did such a good job of surprising me,” says Jenna. “He really threw me off by using his sister’s anniversary as an excuse and having his whole family there.” It wasn’t long after that they decided to get married on April 14, 2012, a date that has significant meaning as Jenna had to get married on an “even numbered day.”

“I have a weird superstition with even numbers,” she explains. “I was born on February 4, 1986, was one of four kids, and had an even number on my basketball jersey in high school. I’m sure it’s the OCD in me but everything has to be even numbered – even the number of the gas pump I pull up to. So my wedding day was no different.” Not only is April 14 an even date, it’s also Hatch’s birthday, a factor that made the day even more special.

Having grown up in San Pedro, Hatch and Jenna couldn’t imagine celebrating their day anywhere else. Their ceremony, which was at Trump’s, hosted 300 guests and featured numerous meaningful moments, including Hatch walking Camryn down the aisle, something he was adamant about doing knowing he’d only get the chance to do so one other time in his life when she gets married. Then, as Jenna began her walk down the aisle – to the tune of Prince’s “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” – Hatch met her half way, coming to the altar as one. Additionally, their close friend Jason Dorio conducted the ceremony, and Jenna’s grandmother Joann and uncle Mike said a prayer and shared a blessing during the ceremony.

Hatch and Jenna also wanted to include all of their closest relatives and friends within the bridal party. On Jenna’s side were Maid of Honor Andria Kordic (Hatch’s sister) and Bridesmaids Katie Barich, Kelsie Barich, Christina LoGrande, Heather Thomas, Leea Sarmiento, Selena DeHart, Meghan Smith, Krysalynn Brown, Cara Williams, Danielle Herrera, and Breanna Stipicevich. Junior bridesmaid was Karly Kordic, and the flower girls were Camryn Lusic and Kelsey Kordic.

On Hatch’s side were Best Men Steve Kordic and Chris Lusic, and Groomsmen Matt Meadows, Rick Sysak, Bobby Fain, Danny Fain, Rob Piñel, David Hernandez, Ryan Diaz, Matt Bommarito, Aaron Reynolds, and Danny Sandoval. The ring bearer was Steven Kordic.

The day continued with the reception at Michael’s Tuscany Room, where guests enjoyed taking photos in a photo booth and danced well into the night. “Everything about our day was great,” gushes Jenna. “Our bridal party was amazing and everything just went our way.”

The newlyweds honeymooned in Las Vegas for three days, where they stayed at the New York New York Hotel and Casino and went zip lining and rode roller coasters.

Currently, Hatch and Jenna reside in San Pedro and are excited as Camryn enters pre-school this year. Jenna is a hair stylist at Andre’s Hair Studio, and Hatch is still bartending at Trump’s, works as a longshoreman, and sometimes DJs at places such as Crimson and San Pedro Brewing Co. on the side. There’s also a possibility of Baby #2 sometime next year.

“It’s funny how you can go your whole life thinking marriage was just about a piece of paper,” says Jenna. “But it really is more of an affirmation to each other. It’s special to be husband and wife and it makes the everyday routine more meaningful.” spt