The bride wore a fitted, gold lace, rhinestone-encrusted mermaid gown, plunging sweetheart neckline and a rhinestone studded sheer gold veil created by Celine of Corona del Mar. She was a show-stopper as any bride, even in the simplest white traditional gown, wants to be on her wedding day.
Cerise Jadwin-Feeley, one of Newport Beach's most glamorous socialites, married attorney James Casello in what was a remarkably understated and intimate family ceremony and luncheon on a recent Sunday afternoon. The bride was the ultimate exception to the understated theme of the day, which began with a Jewish wedding ceremony at the University Synagogue, Irvine, officiated by Rabbi Arnold Rachlis. His unions marry couples sharing with the congregation explanations of 5,000-year-old Biblical Jewish wedding traditions including a portion of the ceremony known as the Seven Wedding Blessings.
Rachlis blessed Cerise and Jim under the white wedding canopy adorned very simply at its base with white hydrangeas and green ferns. He recited the Seven Blessings: "May your marriage enrich your lives. May you work together to build a relationship of substance and quality. May the honesty of your communication build understanding, connection and trust. May you respect each others' individual personality and philosophy and give each other room to grown and fulfill each others' dreams. May your sense of humor and playful spirit continue to enliven your relationship. May you understand that neither one of you is perfect; you are both subject to human frailties and may your love strengthen when you fall short of each others expectations. May you be the best of friends; better together than either of you are apart."
Rachlis told the congregation that in Jewish tradition the bride and groom are considered royalty. No matter their position in life, on their wedding day everything is all about the two of them.
Cerise was joined on the pulpit by her daughter Tara Claire Feeley, 21, and Jim stood side by side with his father, Thomas Casello. When Rachlis instructed the couple to exchange rings, Jim had two bands to place on Cerise's finger. One of them for their union together and the other for the inclusion of Tara into their new family. Jim also had been previously married but has no children. The bridal party included Cerise's father, David Jadwin, brothers Todd and Brad Jadwin, sister-in-law Diane Jadwin along with Conner, Parker and Natalie Jadwin. Jim and Thomas were joined by sister Judy Gaulkler and her husband, Tony Gaulkler, sister Mary Duncan and nephews Chad and Shawn Duncan.
Following the mid-day service the wedding party and guests gathered for a celebration luncheon at Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Cerise and Jim decided to share their occasion with family and a small contingent of close friends including Patti and Jim Edwards, Jean DeVries, Monica Ruggieri, Ramona Bernamonti, Rosalie Puleo, Kim and Dave Perbix, Terry Davis, Gibson Pagter, Sara and Ross Ortega, Peter Freeman, and jewelry designer Jules Barba, who created Cerise's sapphire and diamond wedding rings. A champagne reception was followed by Sunday luncheon served at banquet tables covered in crisp white linens, centered with blue and white Chinoiserie cachepots filled with white hydrangeas. A jazz trio played in the background as toasts both humorous and sentimental followed in succession. Spotted in the wedding party were Sandra Rosenstein, Deb Restaino, Yoshi Nomura, Diane Osgood, Pam Hymei and Warner Hudson, Ann Doan, Glenn and Paula Gelman, and Joy Brenner.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Montecito at the San Ysidro Ranch and are planning a trip to Italy later in the year. Upon returning, the new Mrs. Casello was celebrated at a luncheon this week at the Balboa Bay Club thrown by friends Cynthia Nolet, Valaree Wahler, Candace Billings and DeVries.
THE CROWD runs Thursdays and Saturdays. B.W. Cook is editor of the Bay Window, the official publication of the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.