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An Irish- and Italian-American Wedding

During the wedding ceremony, the bride smiles at her groom

A blushing bride glows in her gold-trimmed red sari. Mardi Gras Indians dressed in vibrant feathers move to the beat of a drum. A happy couple, clad in jewel-toned robes, bow reverently before their elders. From jumping the broom to tying the knot, wedding celebrations in America are as diverse as the nation itself. Join celebrity chef and culinary author Lidia Bastianich as her “plus one” on a cross-country matrimonial odyssey in her new PBS prime-time special, Lidia Celebrates America: Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New, airing Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 8pm on PBS (check local listings).

Lidia hugging her nieceIn New York City, witness the marriage of two cultures – Irish-American and Italian-American – with a wedding that holds special significance for Lidia: Estelle, the bride, is Lidia’s niece and goddaughter. As the happy couple feast on both traditional Irish wedding cake and classic Venetian desserts, Lidia muses on the true significance of wedding celebrations.

“It sort of trickles down, this thread of who the family is, the strength of the family, the love of the family…” she says. “This thread trickles down and carries on into this new family that’s being formed.”

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