Q: Would you tell us something about your pre-ABS life that most of us don’t know?
I have my very own sculpture by artist Jan D’Esopo. Janmari and I celebrated our wedding in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. We collaborated with the Rejimiento Fijo de Puerto Rico (Fixed Regiment of Puerto Rico) to have a historical reenactment of an 18th-century wedding.
Our ceremony took place at Castillo San Cristobal in the Santa Barbara Chapel. Ours was the first Catholic ceremony to be celebrated in the castle since the late 1800s. We had to apply for special permission from the National Park Service and the Archdiocese, who made an exception due to the historical accuracy of the event. We made our way down the blue cobblestone streets by horse drawn carriage and canon salute to the historic bed and breakfast, the Gallery Inn, for the reception festivities.
In the photo, I am holding a salmon-crested Moluccan cockatoo named Campeche, whose peach plumage was the inspiration for the color of my wife’s wedding dress. My sculpture was made especially for the occasion, you may notice that I have a bit of a ponytail, as I let my hair grow to be more historically accurate. Janmari has a sculpture too. They were a gift from her grandmother, the artist.