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Christie Honigman Marries Brandon Mandia

Christie Honigman Marries Brandon Mandia

What an amazing weekend for Philadelphia; Chita Rivera was honored by The Voice Gala at Westin Hotel, Stanley Tucci dined at SuGa, Nicki Minaj & Meek Mill stepped out on the town for the first time together since Mills house arrest was over; Usher was in town for The Roots Picnic, he was found wandering around North Philly, also in town the Will Smith family, as Willow performed at the Roots Picnic, and bought fans gifts and Comic Con brought in the big stars like Chris Hemsworth, Lea Thompson and Michael J Fox, but nothing could keep me from attending the wedding of

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Christie Honigman and Brandon Mandia Friday night, at The Reeds Hotel in Stone Harbor.Christie

CJ Honigman and Colleen Honigman (Mother of the Bride) Christie

Parents of the Groom: Gary and Peggie MandiaChristie

Chris Honigman escorts his daughter, Christie Honigman, down the aisleChristie

The stunning gown was bought at Nieman Marcus.

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The ceremony was officiated by Father Jack RyanChristie

Mr and Mrs Brandon Mandia

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Jen Creed Rego,  Mr Rego, front row John “Gonzo” Gonzalez, CSN Sports and wife Colleen Wolfe, NFL MediaChristie

Chris Smith, Justin Pizzi, Ben Haney and Tony FrickChristie

Lexie Norcross, The Philly Voice and Ian LeonardChristie

Judy Munroe and Steve Sidewater (Behind them were Celeste and Peter Madden)Christie

Guests checking out their table seatingChristie

Dad Chris Honigman giving the congratulatory toast and it was hystericalChristie

Erin Como Fox 5 DC (remember Erin used to be at NBC10, then went to Nashville Fox 17, and now is in Washington DC at Fox 5) where she met this great guy Chris Smith.Christie

Sheena Parveen, NBC10 and MoiChristie

The ballroom at The Reeds Hotel fit 150 guests perfectlyChristie

Shelter Haven Harbor.

The house I spent 25 years of summers is behind them with this awesome sunset view, so the wedding was extra special to me.Christie

Ryan Gagnon, Chris Smith, Erin Como, Tony Frick, me, Justin Pizzi, Katie Gagon, Kristin Detterline, Christie & Brandon, Alissa Frick, Vasiliki Tsouris (I think V would be impressed that I spelled her name correctly after 6 years of friendship, w/o looking it up), Colleen Wolfe (nearly hidden), Marisa Magnatta, Sheena Parveen, Ben Haney, Jamie McFadden, Marilyn Kellmer and CJ Honigman.

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Laura Powers, Christie Penn State roommate (I bet she has some great stories), Christie, and  Julie Perkins (both Julie & Laura worked with Christie at KB Consultants – which is when I met Christie about 7 years ago)Christie

friend and Taylor Ciallella (r)Christie

Next up is the wedding of these two – Ben Haney and Jamie McFadden – YEAH!!Christie

Mike Toub and moiChristie

Eddie Tully spun his magic all night

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The cake was delicious, but was cut while everyone ate dinner as to not invoke cheers of smash it in his face, I guess

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The room was gorgeous. OMG I tried to take home a flower centerpiece, don’t look at me that way, we were allowed. The problem, it weighed about 25 pounds cause it was full of water at the top. I got a half a block away and left it on a nice bench outside a store. It stayed there nearly all week.Christie

Ryan and Katie Gagnon, recently moved back to NJ, closer to NYC, expecting their baby boy in about 15 weeks. Katie also works with me at PhillyChitChat and sells my ad space, so if you want to advertise on PCC I’ll put you in touch with her.

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Congrats to Brandon and Christie Mandia

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Brian Sims, Politician, Bartender, Victory Fund Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims

Earlier this month I attended a Victory Fund Fundraiser for Democratic nominee for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 182nd district, Brian Sims at his headquarters on Broad Street.

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund is an American political action
committee dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT public
officials in US political life. Victory Fund endorses LGBT candidates for local, state and federal
office across the nation. In order to qualify for the endorsement,
candidates must demonstrate “community support and a realistic plan to
win,” and back LGBT civil-rights efforts, as well as privacy and
reproductive-freedom issues.

Brian spoke to the 50+ strong crowd and said how important it was to have a GLBT person at the table when policy was being created. As the saying goes it’s imperative that you be part of the discussion instead of being discussed. L-R Harvey L Hurdle, (Here’s an interesting NY Times article where Harvey is featured, about the diff in money if gay couples could marry.) Sherrie Cohen, Chris Dietz, Brian Sims and Angela Giampolo, Giampolo Law Group

Victory Fund Board Member  Susan Atkins, VF Campaign Board Member Angela Giampolo, Victory Fund Board members Harvey Hurdle,

Duane Perry, James Duggan, QueerTimes and Arthur Kaplan and Paul Steinke , General Manager of the Reading Terminal Marketsince 2001. So imagine all those great changes to the RTM happened under his guidance. Just sayin’


Councilman James Kenny, Autumn Bayles, an Aramark vice president and head of the Forum of Executive Women and Michael P Williams, Sr Attorney City Law Department.
Sims encouraged the attendees to support Chris Dietz, an
openly gay man who’s also running for the legislature in Central PA, 
For a much more comprehensive report on the

TONIGHT: Please join Brian Sims – nominee from the 182nd district and soon to be the first openly gay person elected to the General Assembly – tomorrow for Happy Hour at R2L where he will be guest bartending for his favorite charity, Equality Pennsylvania! R2L
Two Liberty 50 S. 16th Street, 37th Floor – Ask to see Table 94, The Barbra Streisand Table, now the Harrison Ford Table too.6PM


NEXT WEEK:
Join celebrity bartenders Philadelphia City Councilman At Large Jim Kenney, Philadelphia Business Journal publisher Lyn Kremer and IBA President Evan Urbania – A portion of the bar proceeds from this event will be donated to the IBA/Sapphire Fund Scholarship Program. 8/29/12 6PM