by Angelo Soriano
I get to marry my favorite artist and we’re doing things a little differently for our big day.
Today, I stand less than a month away from marrying a woman that has far exceeded any dream of mine, and we’ve chosen to enjoy this memory in a unique way (since we don’t have a magic carpet.)
I am so proud to call myself a Broadway performer, swinging eight shows a week in Aladdin. Born all the way in Manila, Philippines, I found someone across the globe, that inspires me to dig deeper, to dive into who I am and what role I play outside the one in the script. She believes in the content of my character(s), both on stage and off. Birthed with the name Lucky (Lucky Angelo F. Soriano), it conveniently blends together who I am and how I feel. I really am Lucky.
My lady is an artist. An expert in directing bodies and hearts. Her name is Angelica Stiskin, and happens to also lead programs at the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. She is not this quintessential bride, having already downloaded Pinterest-ing ideas into a cloud of money, flowers, and tradition. The connection we have embraces passion, skill, and above all, art. The creation of art is not bound by any rules or traditions, so why should love be any different?
We made the choice to get in line at City Hall on a Friday in May to exchange vows, with our closest family and friends. Thirty-five dollars felt right. The display of infinite love doesn’t have to be bought to prove it exists, and if we are going to throw thousands of dollars into one night, we want to glorify the city that teaches us that it’s worth it to stand in line to fill yourself with art and culture.
So, here we are! Instead of having a wedding reception, we are putting all of our wedding funds together, and hosting an evening for New York City, open to the public. We have curated an art exhibition, honoring a diverse selection of artists in our industry. The entire night is supported by talent and creative expression, even the bottomless cocktails!
This scene, symbolic of the dynamic New York City culture, is exactly the way we want to remember this time of love. This is a platform for our community to share their passions with the world. No invitations. No exclusivity. Everyone is welcome! This is not a wedding. This is a ticketed event that celebrates you. A gala of art, and we are simply the hosts (with the help from our Creative Team: Lauren Cox, Michael Waldrop, and Thomas Ford). Our goal is to bring our networks together. From Broadway to ballet, a festival of artistic spirits discovering how lucky we are in the heart of the West Village, with stunning views of the Hudson River.