SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Kenneth Faulkner-Alexander, (formerly of South Plainfield) married Ronald Pagaoa of Edison on December 30th, 2014 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ. The black tie optional wedding ceremony & reception was attended by 148 of the grooms family & friends. The marriage ceremony took place in the formal foyer and was officiated by the groom’s dear friend, the Rev. John Graf Jr., (also of South Plainfield) with a reception that followed in the east grand ballroom. Standing up for Kenneth as his best-man, was his mother Jo-Ann Faulkner, (also formally of S.P. & owner/director of S.P's own Jo-Ann's Dance Studio/The Performing Arts Center) while Ronald's best-man was his sister, Arleen Kataria of South Bound Brook. Kenneth's parents are Dr. & Mrs. Michael & Jo-Ann Faulkner of Piscataway, NJ and Ronald's mother, Mrs. Jovencia Pagaoa of Jacksonville, Florida. The two readings during the ceremony were done by Kenneth's godson, Drew Catalina of South Plainfield and Kenneth's oldest friend, Kimberly (Williams) Malina of Frenchtown (also formally of South Plainfield) The grooms recited the standard traditional marriage vows, as well as their own personal vows that they read to one another. A candle ceremony took place after the vows with the combined 10 siblings from both of the groom’s families. (Kenneth has 8 siblings & Ronald has 2) Also included in the wedding was the traditional Filipino Coin Ceremony. A close college friend of Ronald's, Cesar Castro of Piscataway acted as the coin sponsor and brought forth the 13 silver coins that Ronald then presented to Kenneth.
Both grooms wore black tuxedos with pewter vests & black bow ties and walked down the aisle to music supplied by a harpist & violinist. (The musicians were a wedding gift given to them by their dear friend Rev. John Graf) John also surprised the grooms (& guests) during the ceremony by breaking out into song! He sang the song “Married” from the Kander & Ebb musical; CABARET. (John and Kenny met doing community theatre when Kenny was just 12 years old!)
The reception began with a special surprise as the grooms’ chose to do a tap dance to Robbie William's version of "Me & My Shadow” as their first dance. Immediately following that, all 20 brothers & sisters (10 siblings plus their spouses) joined the newlyweds on the dance floor for a special sibling dance. Music for the reception was supplied by DJ Johnny Stuart. The meal began with a greeting & toast provided by Dr. Michael Faulkner (father of Kenneth) and a blessing of the food done by another dear friend of the grooms, the Rev. Shawn Moninger of Norwalk, Connecticut. This was followed by each of the best (wo)men, Arleen Kataria & Jo-Ann Faulkner giving their toasts & raising their glasses for the grooms. In between dinner courses, Ronald & his Mother danced to Ronan Keating's cover of "I Hope You Dance" while Kenneth and his Mother danced to Better Midler's version of "Baby Mine". Later on in the evening & with dinner finished, the grooms cut into their cake (a traditional 4 tiered/white-iced wedding cake with a sign atop that read; "Happily Ever After!") It was all "oohs & aahs” as the couple cut into their cake which revealed a rainbow made for them specifically by the master baker at The Palace. This was followed by a decadent Venetian room & cordial bar, and of course, more dancing. The evening ended with a simple, yet sincere thank you speech by both of the grooms, giving special thanks & recognition to their parents while also wishing everyone a happy & safe New Year’s Eve the next day.
Both grooms are college educated... Ronald attended Rutgers for Food Science, while Kenneth attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX for Piano Performance. Ronald is currently enrolled in Rutgers once again, as he is halfway through the MBA program. Ronald is employed as a manager at Ingredion in Bridgewater, NJ, while Kenneth is a freelance Local 802 Union musician (pianist & vocal coach) in NYC as well as the owner of The KFA Music Studio in South Plainfield where he teaches piano & coaches voice students. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon on a cruise ship in Europe, visiting Italy, France, Monaco & Spain for 14 days.
A cinematic edit/video montage of their wedding can be seen online at: https://vimeo.com/128990850
The couple plans on living in the area, Happily Ever After!