Sunday, September 21, 2014

Favorite photos from Christine and Fernando's wedding

Christine Breiner and Fernando Duarte, on their way to the wedding reception in lower Manhattan, July 12, 2014. Photo by Martin Orozco.

They met at MIT several years ago while playing co-ed soccer. He was finishing his doctorate in economics and she was a post-doc in math. He got a job at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York and she got a teaching job at Fordham University in the Bronx.

They wanted to have a simple wedding. No more than 40 guests. No gifts, please. The week before the wedding, activities included a trip to the batting cages, watching the Netherlands-Argentina World Cup match with family (he is from Argentina), a pizza party on the rooftop terrace rather than a rehearsal dinner.

Fernando's parents and sister traveled more than 5,000 miles from Mendoza, Argentina, which is wine country, just a hop over the Andes from Santiago, Chile. (Moscow is closer to New York.) The photographer was Martin Orozco, Fernando's brother-in-law.

The ceremony was at the Anglican Church in the Bowery that Christine attends and where she does volunteer work, St. Mark's. Music was provided by a trio of oboe, piano and bass, and a song from Christine's friend Allison.

Where in the world is Mendoza, Argentina?

World Cup soccer, Argentina beats Holland

Martin (brother-in-law), Lucio (Dad), Fernando, me (father-in-law) watching Argentina-Holland
Fernando's Mom, Ana Maria, just retired from work as a mediator. His Dad, Lucio, has been in government and politics and now teaches at the local university, in the political science department. His sister, Mumi is working at the local university as well in the dean's office. Her husband, Martin Orozco, is a photographer and shot the wedding photos.

Fernando went to MIT right out of high school in Argentina, and got his bachelor's, master's and doctorate there.

 Pizza Party


Fernando's Mom, Ana Maria, left, and her sister, Marta, at the pre-wedding pizza party.

Christine's Baltimore friend Allison, with son Ian and husband Richard.

Wedding Day 

Cindy, Christine and Bridget

Fernando's Dad helps him adjust his tie.
Exchanging vows at St. Mark's in the Bowery.

Fernando's Mom and Dad are next to Christine; his sister and aunt are to the right. Patrick and Bridget at left.
Mumi and Lucio
Patrick and Jamie
Bridget and Phillip.

The groom and the bride get down.

Cindy and I do the jitterbug.


  1. Hace años tomé un diplomado en el Centro de Periodismo Digital de la Universidad de Guadalajara y desde entonces ocasionalmente llego a ver alguna entrada de tu blog. Así me enteré de la mudanza de Baltimore a México y de algunas andanzas posteriores en China. Ahora me encuentro con la crónica de una boda en NY y aún sin conocer personalmente a James Breiner, parece como si lo conociera de hace tiempo. Felicidades y un abrazo.

    1. Hola Héctor, gracias por los buenos deseos y qué gusto saber de ti de nuevo. Me agrada mantener contacto con los participantes en los cursos. Trabajar en América Latina ha sido uno de los grandes placeres de mi vida. Un fuerte abrazo.