A Rekindled Romance

RACHEL GOODMAN AND RUSH STURGES
ARE GETTING MARRIED
October 22, 2011
Albuquerque, New Mexico

We are so excited for you to be a part of our special day! We look forward to celebrating with you in New Mexico Rachel & Rush style!

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REMAINING

Romance: How R & R Came to Be

Through the eyes of a friend
by Katherine Antonucci

This story should be simple. Boy meets girl at Tulane in New Orleans. Girl meets boy. Boy shows the girl the finer things that college has to offer - they drink hurricanes at Pat O's, do Flaming Dr. Peppers at Gold Mine, spend late nights dancing at The Boot, and they get to know each other over Cajun style dinners in the Quarter. Boy and Girl fall in love and live happily ever after...

Well, that's not the story, but it could have been had Rachel not been so 'Rachel' and Rush not have been so 'Rush'. So here's an unedited version of the complication, heart break, missed opportunities, exhaustion and all the gory details that has ultimately led to the beginning of 'happily ever after.'

R & R met in college. Rachel notices the handsome senior guy living above her apartment and Rush becomes intrigued by the energetic sophomore with a diamond nose piercing living below him. They become friends and it seems our dear Rush is smitten. But there was a problem - Rachel had a long distance boyfriend causing Complication Numero Uno. Over time, however, Rachel becomes smitten as well, breaks up with her boyfriend and things are smooth sailing (at least for R & R) for the time being.

Rachel Goodman and Rush Sturges at Tulane

Rush graduates and moves back to NYC to begin working. Rachel takes her junior year abroad in Paris and then at Semester at Sea bringing us to Complication Number 2 - long distance. Though continents part them, they decide to stay together. But by the second semester, things prove difficult and they part ways with the hope that their paths would meet again.

Well, their paths do meet again. After almost a year of no real contact, Rachel moves to Rush's native island of Manhattan with her girlfriends to pursue a career in advertising. Rush is not far from her mind, but unfortunately we run into Complication Number 3 - Rush begins to date someone else. And while this story could have ended here (Rush agreeing to meet Rachel for dinner or a drink and leading to a premature break-up with said girlfriend), it didn't. Rachel lives in New York for a few years and though Rush is there, their lives do not cross. After four years, Rachel moves to Chicago, her hometown, to begin graduate school.

So it seems this cat and mouse game has finally ended... but not quite. Rachel begins school and one night she asks Rush to be her 'friend' on Facebook. He 'ignores' her request (rude!). However, I (Katherine) also ask Rush to be my 'friend' on Facebook. He 'accepts' (which is even worse because now Rachel knows he is deliberately ignoring her and even worse, Facebook is playing too big of a role in this real life relationship - or lack thereof). Rachel emails Rush and asks him why he will not 'accept' her friend request? He does not respond to the email, but he does 'accept' her 'request'. So now they are 'friends' on Facebook, but not 'friends' in real life. We are going nowhere fast!

But alas, (after one or two more unanswered emails from Rachel), many months later, Rush replies to Rachel's facebook message out of the blue to say hello and to apologize for being "unresponsive" (which is the understatement of the century). They exchange a few emails throughout the month. When Rachel flies to New York for her friend, Suzanne's Bachelorette weekend, they agree to meet up one night, which turns out to be a really special reunion.

BUT, we run into Complication Number 4 - they don't live in the same city anymore! But Rachel and Rush both commit themselves to long distance (which really means that Rush lives on an airplane every weekend for two years) knowing that this time is different. And it was...

So in the end, we have the following institutions, organizations, people and places to thank for contributing to the success of R & R:

  1. Tulane for being the first place they fell in love
  2. Facebook for solidifying their communication
  3. Suzanne for getting married and having a Bachelorette party in New York
  4. New York City for being the second place they fell in love
  5. And of course...

  6. Rachel and Rush for FINALLY getting it right!
Ring: The Proposal

After many months (ok - lets be honest, since the first week that R & R rekindled their romance), of Rachel questioning why they weren't yet engaged, Rush finally popped the question in Asheville, North Carolina at the Biltmore Estate. Rush knowing (and Rachel hoping) that they would be getting engaged soon, they made a few appointments at various venues just to get an idea of what a wedding in Smokey Mountains would look like.

Throughout the weeks leading up to the proposal, Rush had envisioned an engagement weekend filled with cozy nights by the fire and romantic dinners. What he didn't envision was a sniffling girlfriend, sick with the flu, downing packets of Emergen-C, and carrying around a handbag full of cough drops, Kleenex and DayQuil. Not to mention that she was also grumpy because she was looking at wedding venues without a ring on her finger?!?!

After a few failed attempts of asking Rachel to be his wife on Friday night, (picture Rachel declining Rush's request to have a drink on the hotel veranda overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains so she could "put her hair up and get into bed with her Kleenex"), Rush whose been carrying around the ring in his pocket for many hours, takes it out of his pocket and retires it to his briefcase for the night. Saturday morning arrives, Rachel still sick, and the pair departs the hotel in search of potential wedding venues...still unengaged!

After leaving the first meeting, they head to the Biltmore Estate. Rush has fantasies of proposing at every turn. "Stuck on You" by Sugarland is on the radio and R & R are singing along. At one point he almost pulls the car over, but imagines a park ranger interfering and cars behind him honking!

At last, they arrive at their second appointment. Rush attempts to wander off towards a nice shaded tree and asks Rachel to join him. Rachel resists because she is anxious to get to their appointment (typical Rachel). So now, after Rachel interfering with Rush's many attempts to 'put a Ring on her finger', he takes a few steps away from the car and in the parking lot unfolds the most perfect and completely unexpected moment that neither had ever dreamed of.

Rush: Rachel, Asheville is wonderful, but the only thing is, it doesn't mean anything to us. Rachel: Yeah, I know (Rachel barely paying attention to the conversation). Rush: Well, we should do something about that. Rachel: Okay (Rachel maybe paying a little more attention now). Rush: (Getting down on one knee) And when you go into the next meeting I think you should have a little more sparkle (Opening the box). Will you spend the rest of your life with me? Rachel: YES (Screaming...and kissing)!!!

Rachel is shaking at the knees, jumping up and down, screeching, and can't catch her breath! (Rush is afraid that people nearby are going to think he is attacking her).

Rachel Goodman and Rush Sturges at their Proposal
Rendezvous

Ritual

Our wedding ceremony will be held at an off-site location.

Shuttles to the ceremony depart from Hotel Andaluz at 4:00pm sharp. Please note that once the shuttles depart at 4:00pm, they will not be returning to pick up again. Make sure you are on-time by meeting in the lobby at 3:50pm.

Reception

Directly following the ceremony the celebration will begin at...

Hotel Andaluz
125 2nd Street Northwest
Albuquerque, NM

Red Carpet Attire

Hotel Andaluz

...and won't end till the wee hours of the morning! Look forward to cocktails, a decadent meal, and a whole lot of dancing!

The party will continue with some of R&R's favorite late night snacks and more dancing upstairs in the Ibiza Lounge. You will not want to miss this!

Recreation

Thursday

Welcome Cocktail Party
6:00pm - Gary Goodman's house
Albuquerque, NM

Join us as we kick-off a weekend of festivities with an intimate get-together at the home of the father of the bride.

*Shuttles will depart from Hotel Andaluz at 5:45pm sharp. Please be in the lobby by 5:40pm.

At 9:00pm the kick-off party will continue at Hotel Andaluz, Casablanca Room. Help us get a head start on our celebrating!

Friday

We've selected a few group activities to enrich your time in New Mexico. The following activities are optional, but transportation will be provided for those interested. Make sure you select your desired activities on your official RSVP card (sent with your invitation) so we can plan ahead.

Hike the Sandia Mountains

The Sandia Mountains are Albuquerque's most prominent feature and an essential element of Albuquerque Style! One of the most enjoyable features of the Sandias are the glowing watermelon colors they display during sunset (the word sandia is Spanish for watermelon).
*Transportation departs Hotel Andaluz at 9:00am - returns at 12:00 noon

Take a ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway

A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. With a total diagonal distance of 14,657 feet the Sandia Peak Tram is the longest aerial tram in the world. The tramway ascends the steep western side of the highest portion of the Sandia Mountains, passing close to cliffs and pinnacles, as some of nature's more dramatic beauty unfolds before you.
*Transportation departs Hotel Andaluz at 9:30am - returns at 12:00 noon
Ticket Price: Adults $20/Children $12-$17

Wander through Albuquerque's Old Town

Centered around the plaza, Albuquerque's Old Town encompasses several blocks of historic adobe buildings. On one side of the plaza is the San Felipe de Neri Church, the oldest building in the city, which was built in 1793. Surrounding the church, are restaurants, art galleries and shops. Old Town today looks much like it did when it was built centuries ago. Its Pueblo-Spanish style architecture with flat-roofed buildings and soft contours of adobe mirror the Southwestern landscape.
*Transportation departs Hotel Andaluz at 10:00am - returns at 12:00 noon

Explore Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe is like no other city! It's a colorful amalgam of Native America, Old Spain and the Wild, Wild West, and is an intriguing juxtaposition of rustic simplicity and pure sophistication. Santa Fe's unique mix of Native American, Southwestern and Spanish influences is reflected in the city's vibrant arts community, as well as its architecture and ambiance. Stroll the plaza, enjoy the restaurants, and visit the art museums and galleries.
*Transportation departs Hotel Andaluz at 9:30am and will leave Santa Fe at 2:30pm going directly to the rehearsal supper.
**Note that for this excursion, you will NOT be returning to the hotel before the rehearsal supper. So, plan and dress accordingly. Ladies may want to bring a light jacket or wrap in case of a chill at dusk.

Rehearsal Supper

Santa Fe, NM
A Taste of the Old West
Hosted by: Bette and Tom Sturges

Grab your cowboy hat and boots for a rehearsal "supper" that will transport you straight back to the Wild West.

*Transportation for the rehearsal supper will depart Hotel Andaluz at 2:00pm. For those who spent the morning in Santa Fe, transportation will be depart from your Santa Fe drop-off location at 2:30pm SHARP.

**Note: This is an earlier evening, so you'll have plenty of time to rest up before the big day. :) You may want to plan your meals accordingly, as our "supper" will be served earlier than a traditional dinner.

Casual dress suggested ― Western wear encouraged! Save the Manolos for Saturday night, you'll want closed toe shoes for our rehearsal supper!

Saturday - THE BIG DAY

If you missed out on your favorite activities on Friday, you have a second chance to explore New Mexico on Saturday morning, before the wedding festivities commence.

Hike the Sandia Mountains

The Sandia Mountains are Albuquerque's most prominent feature and an essential element of Albuquerque Style! One of the most enjoyable features of the Sandias are the glowing watermelon colors they display during sunset (the word sandia is Spanish for watermelon).
*Transportation departs Hotel Andaluz at 10:30am - returns at 1:30pm

Take a ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway

A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. With a total diagonal distance of 14,657 feet the Sandia Peak Tram is the longest aerial tram in the world. The tramway ascends the steep western side of the highest portion of the Sandia Mountains, passing close to cliffs and pinnacles, as some of nature's more dramatic beauty unfolds before you.
*Transportation departs Hotel Andaluz at 11:00am - returns at 1:30pm
Ticket Price: Adults $20/Children $12-$17

Wander through Albuquerque's Old Town

Centered around the plaza, Albuquerque's Old Town encompasses several blocks of historic adobe buildings. On one side of the plaza is the San Felipe de Neri Church, the oldest building in the city, which was built in 1793. Surrounding the church, are restaurants, art galleries and shops. Old Town today looks much like it did when it was built centuries ago. Its Pueblo-Spanish style architecture with flat-roofed buildings and soft contours of adobe mirror the Southwestern landscape.
*Transportation departs Hotel Andaluz at 11:00am - returns at 1:30pm

Explore Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe is like no other city! It's a colorful amalgam of Native America, Old Spain and the Wild, Wild West, and is an intriguing juxtaposition of rustic simplicity and pure sophistication. Santa Fe's unique mix of Native American, Southwestern and Spanish influences is reflected in the city's vibrant arts community, as well as its architecture and ambiance. Stroll the plaza, enjoy the restaurants, and visit the art museums and galleries.
*Transportation departs Hotel Andaluz at 9:30am - returns at 2:30pm

Golf

For those interested in playing golf, we recommend Sandia Golf Club. Stretching from 5,113 yards to 7,772 yards from the back tees, the Par 72 Championship Course will challenge and delight golfers with a memorable layout routed through the rugged high desert landscape featuring 48 strategically placed bunkers, challenging green complexes and panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains and greater Albuquerque area.
Golf Shop / Tee Time (505) 798-3990

Another option closer to the hotel is the Championship Golf Course at the University of New Mexico. Open since 1967, Architect Robert (Red) Lawrence utilized the naturally hilly terrain on the site to create wide rolling, sloping fairways with many elevation changes.
Tee Time (505) 277-4546

*Due to varying tee times and difficulty in coordinating various schedules, we will NOT be organizing transportation to and from the golf courses. If you are interested in golfing, make sure to contact the golf club directly to schedule your tee time. Your hotel concierge will be more than happy to assist you in arranging for alternative transportation to and from the course.

Sunday

Farewell Brunch
Hotel Andaluz
9:00am - 12 noon

Before we all depart, we'll share our first morning as husband and wife with a farewell brunch at the Hotel Andaluz. Feel free to drop in at your leisure between 9a and 12 noon.

Reservations: Traveling to Albuquerque

Fly into Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ)

Direct flights are available from Chicago on Southwest, American Airlines, and United.

No direct flights are currently available from NYC - connections offered through Dallas and Chicago.

A group discount is offered on AA using the promotional code: 77H1BD

Rest: Accomodations

Hotel Andaluz*

125 2nd Street Northwest
Albuquerque, NM
Reservations: (877) 987-9090
Main Phone: (505) 242-9090
$139 to $229 per night

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque*

- 2 blocks from Hotel Andaluz
330 Tijeras NW
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 842-1234
20% off room rate, reservation code: CR85917

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque*

- 10 minute walk from Hotel Andaluz
201 Marquette Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 247-7000
$89 to $139 per night
Reservation website

Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center

- 15 minute drive from Hotel Andaluz
4803 Rio Grande NW
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
(505) 344-9297
$195 to $360 per night

*Blocks of rooms are held under Goodman/Sturges Wedding

Right Hands: Wedding Party

Bridal Party

  • Ellen Chase Goodman (Mother of the Bride)
  • Gary David Goodman (Father of the Bride)
  • Katherine Antonucci (Bridesmaid) Rachel's oldest childhood friend - after 25 years Katherine's held too many roles to name - few people know Rachel better and love her more
  • Katie Blehart (Bridesmaid) Rachel's dear friend from high school, North Shore Country Day - friends like Katie are few-and-far between
  • Christine Consales (Bridesmaid) Rachel's friend from NYC, they bonded over a love of Core Fusion and Jin Soon manicures - Christine is a friend that always remembers
  • Julia Judlo (Bridesmaid) Rachel's known Julia since Nursery School at Anshe Emet - Julia is Rachel's daily (and sometimes hourly) sanity check
  • Liza Kret (Bridesmaid) Rachel's friend from NYC, they met in side-by-side cubes at work and were soon inseparable - NYC would not have been the same without Liza
  • Shannon Patinkin (Bridesmaid) Rachel's friend from high school, North Shore Country Day - Rachel's partner in crime, better half, and gorging/workout companion
  • Suzanne Soleimani (Bridesmaid)Rachel's friend from NYC, Suzanne was Rachel's HR person at her first job - they were instant friends and Rachel's favorite person to travel with, watch Sunday night TV with, and do just about everything with - (Suzanne is to thank for bringing Rachel to NYC the weekend she reconnected with Rush)

Groom's Party

  • Bette Tritten Sturges (Mother of the Groom)
  • Thomas Rush Sturges II (Father of the Groom)
  • Jonathan Knight Sturges (Best Man) Rush's extremely talented and entrepreneurial younger brother and his best friend
  • Andrew Black (Groomsmen) Rush's oldest friend - they have been close friends since Kindergarten at Trinity School and have shared many memories and adventures in New York City (sneaking out at night as kids) and Palm Beach
  • Marc Borzykowski (Groomsmen) Rush's friend from Tulane - they share many laughs and Italian meals - there is no one on earth that tells Rush the painful truth faster and more often than Marc (he and Stu were there the night that R & R reconnected)
  • Tyler Friedman (Groomsmen) Rush's friend from New York - they became good friends through Teddy - Rush and Tyler share a passion for achieving airline status and Tyler is responsible for Rush's improving wardrobe and accessories
  • Brian Katz (Groomsmen) Rush's friend from Tulane - they met freshmen year on a Riverboat casino in Lake Pontchartrain and never looked back - they conquered the Big Easy and spend many Masters weekends watching and playing golf together
  • Teddy Schwarzman (Groomsmen) Rush's friend from middle school at Trinity, he is the most dependable and consistent of friends - he and Rush have shared more inappropriate laughs than they would like to admit to
  • Mason Sexton (Groomsmen) Rush's friend from Trinity, they became close friends the day Mason entered Trinity's front door - Rush can always count on Mason to be upbeat and a positive force - he is a wealth of wisdom and calming voice for Rush
  • Stu Way (Groomsmen) Rush's friend from Tulane, they became great friends their junior year when Rush stayed at Stu's house most nights because one of Rush's roommates was too filthy to live with - no one stands as solidly with Rush as he does - he is always there (including the night that R & R rekindled their romance)

Officiant

  • Rabbi Herbert Bronstein Rabbi Emeritus/Senior Scholar
    North Shore Congregation Israel, Glencoe, IL
Reminisce: Photo Gallery
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Remarks: Guest Book