Yasmina Moukarzel and John Giordano Amazing Wedding

Hello Tuesday. Summer lingers on. Sorry I am tardy with this most magnificent post, and the wedding of the decade, certainly of the wedding season. Congratulations to Yasmina Marcelle Moukarzel and John Giordano who were married Sept. 30 at St. Mark’s Church in Philadelphia. The duo met several years earlier in 2014 at the Pennsylvania Ballet Gala.

The parents of the groom:
Dorothy Giordano and Frank Giordano, President and CEO of the Philly Pops


Holland Rhoads, Anna Rhoads and celebrity make up artist Kristofer Buckle arrive at St. Mark’s Church for the ceremony of Yasmina Moukarzel and John Giordano.


The guest list was very international, Ambassador Sue K. Brown, Montenegro, Ambassador of Italy to the United States Armando Varricchio and Mrs Micaela Varricchio, in attendance, as well as many notable Philadelphian’s
Lisa Silveri
and Charles Mandracchia

Lynn Levinson and Leo Levinson


Jim Magnatta and Kanra Magnatta


Alexander Hankin, Elaine Mirabile, Devin Gerhert and Danielle Hankin

Anthony Moukarzel, father of the bride with daughter Yasmina Moukarzel make their way through St. Marks garden towards the church. (the floral designer was Roni Bassil)


Philadelphia Boys Choir performed during the wedding



After the ceremony the ring bearers and flower girls relaxed. Ring Bearers: Luke Schwartz, Wesley Paz, Marc and Michael Moucachen, Flower Girls: Axelle Hoyaer, Sofia, Audrey and Julia Harime, Chloe and Sloane Housel (not all pictured here)

Lauren Colabelli, John Colabelli, Nicole Cashman and Nigel Richards

Fashionisto dapper Justin Jeffers is always on hand for grooming tips. Justin and John were each others wing man for years, and now are enjoying blissful relationships.

Nadia Moukarzel and Anthony Moukarzel look on as John Giordano plants a newlywed kiss on his bride. The wedding dress was by Armani Privé. Yas traveled to Milan where Giorgio Armani  fitted the gown himself

Whitney Anderson and Marlayna Gale make their way from the church to the reception at the Academy of Music


Mariellen Benedetto, Drew Sarsfield, Dianne Benedetto and Anthony Benedetto. The following week Mariellen and Drew were married at the Union League.

Christina Snyder and Gregory Snyder

Mary Duong and Mark Nicoletti make their way into the Academy of Music for the reception. Recently Mark posted a story about a young girl who died and a fundraiser in her memory.  Buy a MANNA pie in her memory, for Thanksgiving. The pies are delicious, and it’s a great fundraiser. I volunteer every Thanksgiving at MANNA, join me.

Rebecca grew up in our Kitchen friends with my kids … We lost a wonderful young girl too soon … to keep her memory alive and support the wonderful mission of Manna I’ll buy a Thanksgiving pie for every pie my Facebook friends buy from the link on this post … and I’ll owe you one! Rebecca’s MANNA Pie


Louis Scaglione, President & Music Director Phila Youth Orchestra, Barbara Alton and Rev. Richard C. Alton

JohnJohn Powers Middleton, movie producer. You might know some of his movies, which include The Lego Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie and my favorite TV show – The Bates Motel and model Joanna Prus

Congratulations Yasmina Moukarzel and John Giordano on your wedding day; it was a fairy-tale wedding especially the reception held at the Academy of Music, where the chairs in the theater were covered with a beautiful floor, and the stage became the dance floor and the room was decorated in a way I’ve never seen, making it the most beautiful wedding reception I’ve ever seen. The photos of the room are being held for Town & Country which photographed the day. As soon as they are published I will share the link. The wedding was breathtaking and you must see the photos.

Wedding Planner: Gina Sole

Floral Designer: Roni Bassil

Caterer: Garces

Cake Designer: Jasmine Rae Cakes


  • Philadelphia Boys Choir (reception)
  • Ceremony:
  • Aria Music Group
  • Starlight Music Group NYC
  • Pennsylvania Ballet
  • Guy Manokian