Deborah Lin & James Gandolfini
While most people were having a cold one, eating hot dogs and relaxing the stresses of work away this past Labor Day weekend, everyone’s favorite mobster was getting hitched. On Saturday August 30, 2008 actor James Gandolfini, the famous mob boss from the hit HBO series The Sopranos, said “welcome to the family” to his fiancée, former fashion model Deborah Lin. The happy couple had been dating for about two years since they publicly announced their relationship in March of 2007. The two got engaged in January of 2008 during a vacation to the Bahamas. Rumors had been flying about the when and where the wedding would take place, but it seems that the couple did a pretty good job keeping the details under wraps.
Honolulu, Hawaii was the romantic setting of the August 30th wedding of The Sopranos star, James Gandolfini to former model as well as a previous Miss Asia World, Deborah Lin.
James, 46, exchanged wedding vows with Deborah, 40, in a short wedding ceremony which took place at the Central Union Church in the bride’s hometown of Honolulu.
The short, twenty minute wedding ceremony consisted of approximately 200 close friends and family, including Gandofini’s former co-star Tony Sirico. The ceremony was said to be lovely with each pew beautifully decorated with white lilies and rhododendrons. “There was a nice big kiss at the end with both hands on the cheeks,” a guest revealed to People magazine, “they looked great.” Lin happily walked down the aisle in an Italian lace gown to her soon-to-be husband while a harpist played the traditional “Hawaiian Wedding Song.” Gandofini’s eight-year old son from his previous marriage, Michael, took the role as his best man.
Gandolfini, probably best known for his role as the criminal everyone loved to hate, Tony Soprano, first appeared in public with Deoborah at the March 2007 New York City premiere of the second half of the final season of The Sopranos. Later in 2007, they became engaged while on a Christmas holiday in the Bahamas. This is the first marriage for Deborah, and the second for James. His first marriage ended in 2002.
Following the pronouncement of becoming husband and wife, James and his new bride headed out of the church to a waiting white stretch limousine. This carried them to nearby resort, Kahala Hotel, for the evening reception.
In the ballroom used for the reception, James and Deborah sat at an elevated table that looked out over the 200 guests who came to share in this special day with them. As a tribute to Lin’s heritage and the locale, the reception took on an Asian flair. The room and tables were decorated with a multitude of white flowers, and the beaming couple both wore long, green leis around their necks.
Ruth Lin, Deborah’s mother, welcomed everyone by saying “thank you all for coming” in English, Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese and Italian. Later, rather than toss her bouquet, Deborah presented it to her mother.
Guests were treated to 3 teams of Chinese lion dancers, who performed to honor Deborah’s heritage. These teams were made up of at least 3 dancers per lion. They cavorted between the tables as the guests dropped dollar bills into each open mouth for good luck.
That was not the only dancing that happened. Mother Ruth used to be a hula dancer with the late Alfred Apaka’s group, and treated the guests to a hula rendition of “The Hawaiian Wedding Song” as well as to “I’ll Remember You.” Michael Gandolfini and some of James’ friends from the East Coast donned hula skirts and attempted to perform a hula to “All You Need is Love.”
Everyone enjoyed lobster, seafood hors d’oeuvres (known as pupu in Hawaiian lexicon), and pork. The formal dinner consisted of Chinese roasted duck breast served over angel hair pasta, Ahi tuna, filet mignon, steamed bok choy, and broiled Mahi Mahi. A final course featuring tiramisu followed, and also included cannolis. The couple cut their wedding cake to the background of James’ friends singing their version of the Dean Martin hit, “That’s Amore.”
The couple of honor was said to have mingled with their guests quite a bit, smiling, and, just generally looking happy and very much in love. The entire reception was described as beautiful and tasteful.
Following the wedding reception, James and Deborah left for New York. They will be hosting another wedding reception there for friends who couldn’t make it to Honolulu. It is said that Ruth Lin will also be on hand for this one, too, in order to offer her special brand of entertainment.
Since the end of his role as mob boss in the hit series The Sopranos, the three-time Emmy award winner had decided to take a shot at the big screen. Keep a look out for his upcoming role in Spike Lee’s new World War II drama, Miracle at St. Anna.