February 3, 2010 > Nuptials
Giovanni Albonese, Jr. and Amelia Anderson
January 23, 2010
Friends and family members happily witnessed the marriage of Giovanni Albanese Jr. and Amelia Anderson on January 23, 2010 at the Hillside Club in Berkeley. The procession of bridesmaids Alice Andersen (Amelia's sister-in-law) and Rowena Roduta was led by Maid of Honor Olga Thomas (Amelia's sister). Giovanni waited in formal clothes with a broad smile and a jaunty hat with Pastor Samuel Nandakumar, affectionately known as Pastor Nanda, and his entourage of "Best Man" Marco Albanese (brother) and groomsmen Vincent Medugno (cousin) and Robert Anderson (Amelia's brother).
Amelia, amazingly beautiful in a white gown, was escorted by her parents, Virginia and Robert Anderson, to the ceremony. Giovanni's parents, Diana Albanese and Giovanni Albanese watched as their son exchanged vows with Amelia. The bride was preceded by flower - or bubble-gun - girl Khristiana Johnson (Giovanni's niece), who led the way with a stream of bubbles, and ring bearers Andrew-Jordan and Elijah Thomas (Amelia's nephews).
Many family members and friends were also in attendance, including Olga Kahler (Amelia's grandmother), Jeanette Medugno (Giovanni's grandmother), Gilda Albanese (Giovanni Sr.'s wife), Marco Albanese (Giovanni's uncle) and his wife Halyna, as well as Marco's children, Maria (Giovanni's Godmother), Oto and Marcella. All of Giovanni's family and friends traveled from Massachusetts to attend the event.
Emotional toasts were given by Best Man Marco and Maid of Honor Olga to the gathering and a reception filled with music, food and samples of Giovanni's home-brewed beer enlivened the afternoon and evening. Guests provided song requests which created an eclectic mix of music that was manned by Marquis Thomas (Amelia's brother-in-law). Marquis acted as emcee for the event, coordinating first dances, speeches and the cake cutting, on top of getting people on the dance floor with his music selections.
Giovanni, Sports Editor of Tri-City Voice newspaper and Amelia Albanese who works at Evergreen College in San Jose will reside in Milpitas.