Ocala Magazine — July 2012
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Frank & Michelle’s Wedding
John Sotomayor

The wedding between Michelle King and Frank DeLuca magically and memorably united two families underneath a sky of soaring rockets and raining rose pedals.

RAYS OF HEAVENLY light shown through the long vertical windows of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church that gleamed on the gathered French billowy fabric that lined the aisles toward the altar. Seeing the light brought a smile onto the groom’s face as he looked upon the sea of guests. It meant the weather would be picture perfect and that would make all the difference in the world as far as his secret plans for a memorable service and reception.

The soft murmur of chatter from the packed room hushed as the processional music began to play, Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel. All eyes turned toward the entering wedding party. As they made their way up the aisle lined with French Pyrenees, Hydrangea, and chocolate colored roses, the wedding party lined up accordingly at the altar  anked by two large Tuscan urns. Once everyone was in place, the bride’s processional began to play – Bridal Chorus by Richard Wagner.Necks craned to get a better look.  then she entered. Her father, Gerald  thomas King, Sr. Gave her away.  the entire room was captivated by the beaming bride.

On Friday, April 27, 2012, many of Ocala’s well heeled gathered in celebration of the marriage of Michelle Renee King and Frank John DeLuca at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church with reception followed at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. Guests  flew in from all over the nation, including DeLuca’s Granddaughter Caydee Denney, an Olympic ice-skater who competed in the 2010 Winter Games now training in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Frank DeLuca is the owner of DeLuca Toyota in Ocala. Since his arrival in 1978, DeLuca has been a staple in town, contributing in many organizations such as the Ocala/Silver Springs Rotary Club, where he served as president, and charities including the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, YMCA, the Historical Ocala Preservation Society, Make a Wish Foundation and the United Way of Marion County.

Over the years he has made a tremendous impact. Chief among them was his involvement with the American Heart Association. DeLuca has been one of three Legacy sponsors since the inception of the Go Red for Women event.Last year, DeLuca co-chaired the inaugural Marion County Red Tie Society event, raising the largest amount in the country. Marion County is now the model for a national rollout of the Go Red for Women’s campaign, the Red Tie Society. His support of Habitat for Humanity of Marion County has been invaluable. Over the past 5 years, he sponsored five habitat homes providing homes for 10 adults and 22 children.

Throughout her adult years living in Ocala, Michelle has also volunteered her time and talent in non-profit organizations that are dear to her heart. The Ocala Sunset Rotary Club awarded her a Rotarian of the Year Award and Paul Harris Fellow Medal. She served on the boards of the YMCA of Marion County and the Ocala Royal Dames Cancer Research, as well as on the board of the Ocala Sunset Rotary Club. She has also helped with the Boys and Girls Club, Historic Ocala Preservation Society, Interfaith, and many other fundraisers.

The ceremony for Frank and Michelle was traditionally Roman Catholic – from the Liturgy of the Word, to the Sacrament of Marriage, including the Exchange of Vows and Blessing of the Rings, to the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

The traditional service was dotted with well-timed humor by Fr. Patrick Sheedy, who is known for his charming wit. In Irish brogue Fr. Sheedy said, “I’d like to take a moment to say that Frank has spared no expense for this lavish wedding,” paused then added, “If you would all be so kind as to stop by his dealership on the way to the reception and purchase two cars each, we should be able to help him pay for the elaborate occasion.”

Elaborate indeed. After the wedding ceremony, guests were ushered out to the lawn for a special surprise.

Rockets & Roses

A well-timed helicopter then appeared and gently hovered above the church at an appropriate altitude. The helicopter team then proceeded to rain rose pedals down upon the delighted guests.

Then it was time to start the reception.Guests made their way to the massive gates of Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club then down the tree-lined path toward the stately clubhouse.

Once inside, the guests mingled in a setting that expressed the couple’s desire to highlight the merging of both families of French and Italian backgrounds.

The décor, done by Dan Hathcock of Unforgettable Events out of Gainesville, was to be understated but elegant. Frank wanted to maximize the use of the ballroom space. Michelle wanted to keep it simple. The outcome was beautiful. Lit With warm, amber lighting, the ballroom contained long rectangular tables decorated with dark brown underneath with a beautiful crew cut lace overlay paired with Chiavari Chairs, which always add a note of elegance of their own. The tables featured old-fashioned nine-point candelabras with a modern twist as they were all glass and a light spattering of rose pedals, reminiscent of the earlier surprise.

Two adjacent rooms that flanked the ballroom as well as the spacious hallway leading to the ballroom contained antipasto hors d’oeuvres stations and bars stocked with specialty wines selected by Frank DeLuca personally that included Cakebread Cellars, Ferrari Carano Chardonnay, and Che serie Pinot Grigio. The signature drink was dubbed the Flirtini, champagne based with a note of raspberry at the bottom of the glass.

The dinner was sublime. Under Michelle’s direction, Chef Matt of Golden Ocala served a meal that combined French and Italian cuisine. For appetizers, Guests dined on wild mushroom tart with fine herbs, arugula and aged balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The entree was a recipe Michelle discovered with Chef Matt’s own spin – orange-maple roasted turkey breast wrapped in prosciutto, duchess potatoes, ratatouille, with glazed baby carrots and warm croissants, banana walnut bread served with whipped sweet cream butter. For dessert, a raspberry sorbet with fresh raspberries and shortbread cookie. The service was synchronized, an elegant touch by Golden Ocala.

The wedding cake made by Ms Debbie Sugar Art was a tiramisu and chocolate/ white cake with raspberry filling that featured a Bride and Groom figurine custom made to resemble Frank and Michelle riding in a red Toyota Solara convertible above the DeLuca Toyota dealership logo, which personalized the entire experience.

The Buzz Katz Band from Orlando kept everyone on the veranda dance floor dancing all night until it was time for the second big surprise of the evening – an elaborate fireworks display. Oversized sparklers were distributed to the guests as they left, which complemented the fireworks finale.

Special Thanks Was Extended To: Fr. Pat Sheedy, Dick Saalfeld, Dan Hathcock, Jackie Ramputi (make-up artist), Tom DeCillo (Falvey’s menswear), David DeSantis (Greiner’s) Golden Ocala and Ana Soler, PIP Printing, Pen and Ink, Pronto Limo, Li’s Alterations, and Sean Kaplan

Honeymooning in St. Barths

Frank and michelle Deluca stayed at the fabulous eden Rock – St Barths, one of the Top 100 hotels in the world, the ultimate luxury retreat in St Barth, caribbean French West Indies.

Eden Rock – St Barths offers impeccable attention to detail, unparalleled levels of service and a driven commitment to creating a unique holiday for the world’s elite vacationers – all in a relaxed and good-humoured way with friendly and efficient staff in every job. Use of the famous French word ‘non’ is banned at eden Rock – St Barths.

The resort is located on a rocky promontory and is surrounded by white coral sandy beaches, blue sea and a lovely coral reef full of wild sea life all of this on the independent and celebrated French island of St Barths. Eden Rock – St Barths is a member of Relais & chateaux.

“A piece of heaven on earth”

LAX magazine

“Might just be the most extravagant creative enclave in existence”

NY’s Black Book

Source: www.st-barths.com/edenrock