Archives For wedding

Now this is a story all about how my Saturday got flipped-turned upside down. Royalty and the west coast are not involved but Philadelphia serves as one of the backdrops.

The plan was simple: take an early afternoon Amtrak to Philadelphia, attend the wedding of friend/former intern/past-contributor Jessie Holeva, enjoy the reception and catch a train back to Penn Station that would return me to New York well before either last call.

Things went awry from the get-go. What should’ve been a 20 minute commute on the subway to Penn took over double that thanks to weekend construction. I missed my 2:05 train and rebooked for 3:07. But I wasn’t fazed; I figured I’d use the time to run upstairs to our studio, use the restroom, take a deep breath and then head back downstairs.

Right before I did, I went to the men’s room one more time. Our private restroom by the studio appeared occupied so I used the bathroom that the entire floor has access to. Everything was fine until I flushed the toilet. They’re brand new and so the flusher is electric. But it malfunctioned and wouldn’t stop flushing.

Thankfully I bolted out of the stall before any damage was done to me, but that’s not to say that by the time the toilet shut off the restroom wasn’t filled with a few inches of sitting water. I took the appropriate measure of alerting our chief engineer, put myself back together and made it just in the nick of time to my departing train.

The ride down was smooth, pleasant and scenic. If you’re wondering, Amtrak does have Bloody Mary mix; the food cart offers the serviceable Mr. and Mrs. T’s.

A post shared by Ralphie Aversa (@ralphieaversa) on


Upon arrival at the 30th Street Station I was pleased to find out that the convenience store sells greeting cards, a perfect look for the single bachelor en route to a wedding without one. A few minutes after checking out I met my Uber driver, who drove me 20 minutes north of Philly to Cabrini University.

This was my first time on campus and I have to say, I was impressed. It is scenic and close to the big city yet feels somewhat secluded and tucked away, which I enjoyed. The ceremony and reception were fantastic; it was great to reconnect with a few old friends and meet a few more new ones. Jessie looked stunning and of course I’m very happy for her and Justin who fun fact, once put me up for the night after I covered a Young The Giant/Grouplove show in the City of Brotherly Love (another story for another blog).

A post shared by Ralphie Aversa (@ralphieaversa) on


The reception wrapped at 11 and so I grabbed another Uber to head back to 30th Street for my 12:05 am departure. Upon my arrival I was greeted by a closed bar inside the station and then just before I thought we were boarding… a delay.

A two-hour delay.

So where did I go? Following a failed attempt to drink a pint next door inside a Irish pub, I ordered another Uber en route to The Franklin Bar, a speakeasy downtown. There I met a patron from Long Island City who was keeping the bartender, her on-and-off again boyfriend, company. I ended up becoming friends with everyone in the place, stayed until last call and eventually Uber’d back to the station where I encountered almost no food options and… you guessed it, another delay.

My train back to New York eventually left after 3 am. I arrived at Penn Station at quarter to 5 am. Following two Uber drivers cancelling on me and a random guy throwing water on me, I hailed a cab.

And I yelled to the cabbie “Yo homes smell ya later!” I walked in to my bodega; I was finally there. Turkey on a whole wheat wrap; Philly can’t compare.

I’m just wrapping up a rare six day, summer vacation back home in Niagara Falls. It is unusual that I’m home for six days, period and especially so before the middle of July. But, it’s not every year that I not only have the opportunity to stand in a wedding, but serve as the best man. I had the pleasure of doing just that on Saturday, as my best friend Anthony married his fiancé Vincenza.
Especially lately, it seems that every time I return home I am just showered with well-wishes. I can’t really put in to words how much this means to me. From longtime friends and family to friends of family and complete strangers – I’m constantly approached by people who offer words of congratulations and encouragement. To be honest, it’s a little awkward for me at times because I really don’t allow myself to think that I’ve accomplished anything, and there are still so many feats I want to tackle in my career. Regardless, I am certainly in the process of living out my dream in the world’s greatest city, and I am so appreciative of the support I receive from back home. I am proud to be a Niagara Falls, New York native and I will never forget where I came from.

Back to this past week – certainly the wedding provided a number of unforgettable moments. I wrote a little note about it on Facebook, which you can read below. A big congrats to my big bro Anth, and welcome to the family Vincenza!

Play

Life & Style Weekly reports in the magazine’s latest edition about Kim Kardashian’s big wedding set for this weekend in California to basketball player Kris Humphries. Events Editor Juliet Izon talked about the big ceremony and Thursday’s rehearsal dinner on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”

Play

A recent study by Betterment revealed an interesting fact. Of the 3,000 consumers aged 25-45 surveyed, more said they were saving money for a home than for a wedding. Over 80 percent revealed any funds they were putting aside were for short-term, not long-term goals.

Betterment CEO Jon Stein broke down the trends on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”

Download the mp3

This is one of those “Made In LaLa Land” stories…


Catch Leslie on TMZ TV – Weekdays at 6 on Channel 38 – The CW.

Download the mp3

TMZ’s Leslie Harris wasn’t invited, but she did manage to land an invitation to the wedding for Model Gisele Bundchen and Patriots QB Tom Brady.


Catch Leslie on TMZ TV – Weekdays at 6 on Channel 38 – The CW.

Download the mp3
Did you know Timbaland got hitched last weekend? TMZ did – and Leslie Harris called in to The Ralphie Radio Show with the scoop.

Catch Leslie on TMZ TV – Weekdays at 5 on Channel 38 – The CW.

Download the mp3
Did you know Timbaland got hitched last weekend? TMZ did – and Leslie Harris called in to The Ralphie Radio Show with the scoop.

Catch Leslie on TMZ TV – Weekdays at 5 on Channel 38 – The CW.

whose hair is straighter, and how are you putting your dog, (no matter how beloved hemmingway is) in to this photo?

can’t say that i’m surprised though. click here for more from people.

whose hair is straighter, and how are you putting your dog, (no matter how beloved hemmingway is) in to this photo?

can’t say that i’m surprised though. click here for more from people.