Love Story: Jamie and George

Gown: Bridal Gallery, Citrus Heights
Bridesmaid dresses: De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos, Folsom
Catering: Linda Condon, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Rancho Cordova
DJ: Rick and Andy Delgado, Sacramento
Flowers/Florist: Dennis Rust, Rust Florist, Sacramento
Makeup artist: KS Artistry, Elk Grove
Hair stylist: Light Reflections, Sacramento
Jewelry: Designs by Mike Lim, Citrus Heights
Shoes: Karen Scott
Favors: Oriental Trading Company

How they met: eHarmony

How they got engaged: George kneeled down, took Jamie’s hand and asked her to marry him, all in front of Jamie’s father, Arthur Gooch. “We all cried together,” says Jamie, “and then we had Champagne.”

Young at heart: George, 70, had been married for 48 years when his wife died of cancer. Jamie, 64, was a firsttime bride.

Longtime ties: George’s sons Tom and Dan were groomsmen; his great-granddaughter Malaya was the flower girl. Two friends from George’s first wedding party, Jose Martinez and Mitch Milewski, were in attendance. His sisters, Evelyn and Pat, also made both ceremonies. Also there: Jamie’s friend of 60 years, Janelle Blanchard. George has known the priest, Father Martin Moroney, for 19 years.

Standout moments: “The highlight for me was my dad walking me down the aisle at his age,” says Jamie. (Arthur, now 87, was 86 at the time.) “That was so special, and he was so happy.” Says George, “Not everybody gets to have their great-granddaughter, their granddaughter and their son at the same wedding.”

‘Idol’ worship: George and Jamie share a love of the TV show “American Idol.” (The couple’s first date was at an “American Idol” concert.) All of the tables at the reception were named after “Idol” stars.

“Being Happy Ain’t Half Bad”: George’s son Dan wrote and performed this song at the reception on the ukulele. (Dan usually performs it with his band, California Lions.) Though Dan wrote the song for his wife, Tina, Jamie and George consider it “their” song.

Music for all: Jamie walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major,” and “Ave Maria,” one of George’s favorite songs, was sung during the ceremony. At the reception, DJs Rick and Andy Delgado played everything from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. “We wanted to have a mixture of songs from our generation and new songs,” says Jamie.


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