Amid fanfare yesterday worthy of the World Series, Red Sox owner John Henry married Linda Pizzuti, who has been a fixture on his arm since the two met a year ago.
Surrounded by 50 or so friends and family members, the couple were married in the late afternoon onboard Henry’s 164-foot yacht, the Iroquois, with a reception featuring the music of Maroon 5 held afterward in the outfield at Fenway Park.
There were no sausage vendors on Ipswich Street as long black cars pulled up at Gate B and deposited dapper guests at the curb. More than 400 people were invited to the reception, which was notable not only for its lavishness — a red carpet welcomed guests to the park — but also for its intense security. Anyone working the event was prohibited from having a cellphone, and guests were asked to refrain from taking cellphone images that might surface on the Internet.
The guest list included plenty of VIPs, including ‘‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’’ kvetch Larry David, Celtics chief executive Wyc Grousbeck, Harvard Law professors Alan Dershowitz and Charles Ogletree, former Bank of America chief executive Chad Gifford, documentarian Ken Burns, ‘‘Fever Pitch’’ filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, nightlife impresario Patrick Lyons, Boston Culinary Group chief executive Joe O’Donnell, Fidelity’s Peter Lynch, chefs Michael Schlow and Ken Oringer, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, Hill Holliday founder Jack Connors, and Celtics managing partner Steve Pagliuca, to name just a few
Henry, who will turn 60 in September, met the 30-year-old Pizzuti last summer at Alibi, the bar at the Liberty Hotel. Though recently divorced from his first wife, the Sox owner was instantly smitten and pursued the raven-haired Pizzuti. In a recent Boston magazine story, Pizzuti said she initially rebuffed her millionaire suitor, but finally relented. Since last fall, the two have been inseparable, appearing together at ballgames and benefits, and traveling extensively.
Friday’s rehearsal dinner was held at Tresca, one of Henry’s favorite North End restaurants, where 74 guests feasted on homemade pasta, veal, chicken, and fish. Henry was toasted by a few of his groomsmen, including Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, vice chairman David Ginsberg, and nightclub owner Ed Kane. Jack Welch, the former General Electric chief executive and Red Sox season ticket holder, also offered a few well-chosen words.
From Rowes Wharf, the wedding party could be seen late yesterday snapping pictures on the deck of Henry’s yacht as the boat drifted in the harbor, the Boston skyline used as a background for the photos. Once on shore, the couple were taken by limousine to Fenway.
The reception was held under an enormous tent in the outfield — fortuitous, considering the storms that descended late afternoon — and guests were invited to tour the historic ballpark. Bryan Rafanelli, Boston's premiere high-end party planner, put the day together.
Maroon 5 was selected to play in part because Adam Levine's band also performed at the Red Sox party at The Palm in Denver to celebrate their World Series win in 2007. But the pop band wasn’t the only entertainment planned yesterday. For months, Henry and Pizzuti had taken classes to prepare for their first dance, and the couple chose Michael Buble’s version of the Cy Coleman classic “The Best Is Yet to Come.”
Caption: Larry David arrives at John Henry and Linda Pizzuti's wedding reception at Fenway Park (Maisie Crow for The Boston Globe)
Earlier....Red Sox owner John Henry is getting married today to Linda Pizzuti and the festivities will include a reception tonight at (where else?) Fenway Park. Henry (second from left) and his groomsmen posed earlier today in front of Rondogs in Beverly.
Don't expect camera-phone images of the wedding to show up on the Internet this weekend. Employees working the reception have been forbidden from bringing cellphones to the event. As we told you earlier this week, Maroon 5 has been booked to play the ballpark reception, which is expected to draw about 450 of the couple's closest family and friends.
Party planner extraordinaire Bryan Rafanelli, whose clients have included Boston Ballet, the Cam Neely Foundation, the New England Patriots, and Louis Vuitton, is producing the grand affair. This won't be the first time Rafanelli has decorated Fenway. Just a few years ago, for a Mass. General Hospital for Children benefit, Rafanelli adorned the Red Sox bases and pitcher's mound with daisies and sunflowers.
Here's a glimpse at some of the guests expected tonight:
and wife Cathy Minehan, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
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