Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is set to be married in Manhattan on Saturday.
Since the likely mayoral hopeful made the announcement two months ago, the press has breathlessly covered details of the 300-person fete as they have trickled out. The wedding is also the first same-sex wedding for a high-ranking city official since the state legalized gay marriage.
Quinn is marrying her long-time partner Kim Catullo, a corporate lawyer she met on a blind date, days after 9/11, which she tells Elle was a “quiet one.”
• Guest list: The invite list includes Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, according to The New York Times. Several elected officials including Assembly members Vito Lopez and Deborah Glick are invited. The Staten Island Advance reports that other high ranking political invitees include Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro and Councilman James Oddo, GOP City Council minority leader. At a press conference, Quinn told reporters President Barack Obama is “more than invited to the wedding.”
• The Venue: The details of the wedding ceremony have been kept hush, but DNAinfo reports it will be held at Stage D at Highline Stages, a brick walled space, which usually plays host to Fashion Week shows.
• The Cake: It will be a five-tiered and made of chocolate custard and chocolate butter cream. It will be made by Chocolate Carousel Bakery in Wall, N.J., which is run by Quinn’s college roommate at Rutgers, the New York Post reports.
• The Band: As for the wedding band, The Times reports that after dinner, To the Max, a band that describes themselves on their website as, “the most energetic club and dance band today,” will perform.
• Gifts: Quinn will enforce a no-gift ban on lobbyists and elected officials, because of laws limiting donations to officials, according to the Post. The couple plans to return donations made to a breast cancer fund they started at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Quinn’s spokesman told the paper.
Speaking on WOR-AM, Quinn said she would be wearing a bridal gown, but wouldn’t reveal further details.
“I’m a little bit feeling like I’m 22-years old again, running around trying excessive number of dresses on,” Quinn said.
As far as a honeymoon, no details have emerged yet.
Quinn and her partner, Catullo have much in common. Both are 45, lost their mother’s at a young age, are Roman Catholic and come from working class families.
Both of their fathers, who will walk their daughters down the aisle, fought in the armed services. Catullo’s father let her have his wife’s engagement ring. It was reset with Sapphires to commemorate the month the couple met.