Wedding: Arema Pereira and Rodney George: Sept 18, 2005

The Mangalorean community in the US witnessed the wedding recently of Dr.Arema Pereira to Rodney George. The bride was given away by a beaming father - Dr Manohar Pereira and a demure mother - Penelope, at a beautiful ceremony on September 18, 2005 solemnised at the Columbia University Church in Manhattan, New York.

Church Readings were by cousin Sonal Pereira (Global Marketing Manager at GE’s Global Finance, Stamford) and brother Robin George from Muscat. Rendition of the psalm, by best-man Aaron with the tinkle of lilting piano in the background. The highlight of the touching ceremony with excellent selection of readings and hymns, was the musical quartet on piano and violins, supporting the stunning soloist who constituted the entire choir. Stupendous!

Rodney is a Financial Advisor with Atlas Financial Services in New York. Arema, an alumni of St John’s Medical College (of Bangalore), is currently a Research Assistant in Nephrology at the world famous TUFTS university-New England Medical Centre in Boston Massachusettes - recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a "Doctoral/Research Extensive" institution based on the breadth of basic and clinical research conducted.

The church ceremony was followed by a Reception cum lunch at the Tavern on the Green - the exclusive entertainment resort of kings and queens and the celebrity world of actors and actresses, within the Central Park in New York city. Flowing wine and champagne and exuberant bonhomie kept the spirits high, in the run up to the sit down lunch and formal reception amidst exquisite floral décor in the backdrop of mirrored crystal and over drop of humongous blue crystal chandeliers.

The bride and the groom were toasted by Dr. Brian Pereira of Tufts-NEMC, Sunny from Canada, the bride’s brother Aaron from Notre Dame University…. and cousin Indira Pereira (of the multi-national Enterprise, at Milford) whose good offices were credited for bringing the couple together.

Not in a long time has one come across such a meticulously planned event. On everyone’s lips was just one refrain: What an enjoyable wedding! In actual fact, what was enthralling was that so much family from all over - India, the Gulf, the UK, Canada and all the Americas, took pains to make it for the wedding by either flying in or driving in. There was this grand family feeling pervading, that every one was euphoric and nothing could be better!

Dr. Manohar Pereira of Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman – himself an alumni of St John’s from its first batch, is the son of the late Ligoury Pereira and the late Stella Pereira (nee D’Souza), and belongs to the Bajpe Kuntala-kambla Pereirakamath family. Penelope, the bride’s mother, is the daughter of the late Michael Vaz and Eva Vaz (nee Pereira) – the latter a former Minister in the Karnataka Cabinet.


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