Surmounting Obstacles To True Love Profiled In New Lifetime Television Special

The Only Book A Bride-To-Be Needs

In Her Journey To The 'Big Day' Hits Stores

- 'Weddings of a Lifetime; Journey to the Altar' premieres Monday,

February 10th -

'The Lifetime Wedding Planner' debuts in book stores February 5th -

- Special Valentine Movie Weekend February 8-9 -

Feb 03, 2003, 00:00 ET from LIFETIME

    NEW YORK, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Is true love sufficient to surmount the
 many obstacles and lunacy that sometimes surround the months of planning for a
 wedding?  What are the keys to ensuring a problem-free wedding day for both
 the bride and groom?
     In "Weddings of a Lifetime: Journey to the Altar," airing Monday, February
 10 at 11PM/ET -- the 30th episode of the popular "Weddings of a Lifetime"
 series -- Lifetime profiles four couples who had to overcome conflicts such as
 a family rift over music, a level-five hurricane striking days before their
 wedding, a clash between two cultures, and a romance that careers could not
     In conjunction with the program, Lifetime Press and Hyperion Books are
 publishing "The Lifetime Wedding Planner," a combination wedding planner,
 personal journey and semi-historical guide for newly engaged couples.
     Hitting bookstores nationwide February 5th, "The Lifetime Wedding Planner"
 offers invaluable information ranging from etiquette tips on invitation
 wording and receiving line arrangements, to guidelines on picking the
 officiant, registering for gifts and selecting the groom's attire.  In
 addition to invaluable timelines, checklists, cheat sheets and terrific
 money-saving ideas guiding couples through every stage of planning the perfect
 wedding, brides and grooms can also find inspiration in romantic traditions,
 folklore and quotations interspersed through "The Lifetime Wedding Planner."
     Complementing the program and book, Lifetime is also offering a special
 wedding site  ( that includes downloadable planning
 worksheets and links to related relationship and wedding editorial content, as
 well as wedding and relationship games.
     With love in the air, viewers can also tune into a special "Valentine's
 Weekend" of movies on Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9. The
 lovelorn or lovers can enjoy entertaining movies on relationships, romance and
 love, including "Suddenly Naked," starring Peter Coyote and Wendy Crewson,
 about the relationship between an older woman and a younger man.
                            "WEDDINGS OF A LIFETIME"
     Ceres Argent and John Ruzich: Ceres, a Greek, and John, a Catholic, met
 and fell in love at law school. When they decided to marry in Hempstead, New
 York, their families argued over everything from the ceremony (a traditional
 Greek Orthodox ceremony was accepted as the compromise) to what sort of music
 would be played at the reception (the music would be divided evenly between
 traditional Greek and popular American).
     Fernanda Gonzalez and Sam Hurwitz: A wedding in Fernanda's native Mexico
 sounded heavenly. Guests from Jason's native America joined Fernanda's family
 in a town just outside Puerto Vallarta for a five-day destination affair. Then
 Mother Nature struck when a level five hurricane decimated the town,
 destroying their plans. Both families and friends joined together to create a
 beautiful wedding.
     Sharda Aswani and Kirk Fabrizio: Sharda's parents had an arranged Indian
 wedding and wanted the same for their daughter, which made dating, let alone
 finding a husband, a challenge. For many years, Sharda tried convincing her
 parents she wanted to find her own true love. In the end, she persevered and
 landed a blond beach boy from Malibu -- for a traditional Hindu wedding in Los
     Geri Ann Baptista and Jason Allan: Marriage took a roundabout route until
 this couple finally exchanged their vows in a traditional Phillipino (Geri
 Ann's heritage) wedding in Honolulu. After a whirlwind romance in their native
 Seattle, Jason took a job in Portland he couldn't refuse. Unfortunately, Geri
 Ann's job was in Seattle and she couldn't follow. After September 11, Geri Ann
 re-thought her priorities and hurried to Portland.
                       "WEDDINGS OF A LIFETIME" SEGMENTS
     In "Celebrity Look Back," Holly Robinson-Peete relives what obstacles she
 overcame to meet her husband, NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, as she takes a
 look back at their fairytale wedding. "Celebrity Disasters" looks at wedding
 day obstacles faced by celebrity couples such as Sarah Michelle Geller &
 Freddie Prinze Jr. (tropical storm), Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt (ravenous
 guests) and Sharon Lawrence & Dr. Thomas Apostle (lost rings). "Behind the
 Photograph" takes viewers to a unique wedding ceremony -- from the bride's
 hospital bed.
     "Weddings of a Lifetime: Journey to the Altar" is produced by Planet
 Grande Pictures. John Walkin and Eamon Harrington are the executive producers.
     LIFETIME is the #1 cable television network in primetime and the leader in
 women's television.  LIFETIME is committed to offering the highest quality
 entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of
 issues affecting women and their families.  Launched in 1984, LIFETIME serves
 over 86 million households nationwide, available on more than 11,000 cable
 systems and alternative delivery systems.  In 1998 LIFETIME launched a 24-hour
 sister service, the Lifetime Movie Network, now in over 36 million homes, and
 a second sister service, Lifetime Real Women, launched in August 2001.  On the
 web, Lifetime Online ( features informational resources and
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