Paul Spitale and Jenell Greene “were looking for an exciting, cool, crazy-fun way to get married.”
The engaged Buffalo couple certainly found a way that qualified: They are getting married live on national television.
They are going to be part of 16 weddings officiated Friday in New York City’s Times Square during ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The Friday weddings are part of “GMA’s Epic Wedding Event,” which starting Thursday will result in 100 couples across America and the globe getting married.
Known as DJ Rock when he spins tunes at weddings, Spitale wanted a wedding to remember.
“Because I’ve been a DJ at probably hundreds of weddings and they all seemed to be the same, I needed something different,” said Spitale.
The couple will fly to New York City on Tuesday to get rings, dresses and tuxes in preparation for the televised wedding.
They met four years ago at a concert at the University at Buffalo and became engaged last October in Jamaica in a cool way that can be seen on YouTube. They rode horses in the ocean before Spitale surprised his future wife with a proposal on the beach:
Spitale shot the proposal with the help of a GoPro camera.
An adjunct professor of liberal arts and education at D’Youville College who also is an actor, primarily in commercials, Spitale said school work and finances had gotten in the way of planning a wedding.
Spitale said he is getting his doctorate on May 13 and added that Jenell is a student affairs and diversity training specialist at Canisius College who also is getting a master’s degree there.
The couple, who both are originally from Buffalo, can confirm the story about Buffalo housing getting more expensive for first-time buyers.
“We just bought a house in the Elmwood Village and sunk our wedding fund into repairs,” wrote Spitale. “We really couldn't afford the wedding we wanted: This came JUST in time!”
“We considered eloping because we've been in love for three years and just wanted to be married already. We prayed for a way to get married without the mental and emotional strain. Then, Jenell saw a Facebook post asking for engaged couples to be married on live TV. I emailed them and ‘GMA’ loved our story and invited us on.”
Spitale said their relatives will be there Friday.
“Our core family has basically put their lives on hold to be with us,” said Spitale. “Other friends and family will be meeting us there.”
The couple doesn’t know exactly when all the weddings will take place on Friday, although Spitale expects it will be in the last half hour of the program that runs from 7 to 9 a.m. on Channel 7.
They plan a mini-honeymoon in New York City over the weekend and an extended honeymoon sometime in the future.
Hopefully, in a “cool, crazy-fun place.”