Above: The bridesmaids with Francesca
Little did Alexander know that going to his best friend’s thirtieth birthday party would be the beginning of the rest of his life. He had crossed paths with Francesca before (he had known her for years), but on this night love was in the air. The pair dated for two and a half years before becoming engaged on Block Island surrounded by family.
Father Peter Fink officiated at the ceremony at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York, and the reception followed at Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle. Getting to the reception was a bit of a challenge. The bus carrying the wedding party broke down on the highway—the couple has never been so thankful for Uber.
The bride, daughter of Joseph and Maria Bonaiuto of Riverside, graduated from Rye High School and Sacred Heart University. Francesca works for JUB International in Manhattan.
The groom, son of Glen and Teresa Gochal of North Carolina and New York, graduated from Xavier High School, Johns Hopkins University and New York Law School. Alexander works for KPMG in Manhattan.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Paris. They live in Manhattan.
Photographs: Amy Rizzuto