2006-05-05 / Columnists

With Beverly Baxter

Shevlin's Rev Up On Big Day

BEVERLY BAXTER One of the things that makes life so wonderful is the witnessing of thegenuine love between two people on their wedding day; and the element of surprise bestowedwhen a couplecreatively hosts theirnuptials their way. Of all the weddings I've attended, this one took the (wedding) cake and kicked it up a tier!

Getting married for the first timewhen you are in the midst of your forties affords a couple many options on how they choose to spend their day. For one, there is little need to bow to thenoblese oblige of tradition; but rather,host a day that honors and depicts who they are as a couple.For Ed (Shevy) Shevlin and Kathryn Daly this meantseveral over-riding logistical questions: Will the parking lot at Saint Francis de Sales Church be able to accommodate 60 motorcycles? Will the neighbors mind? Will his mom need smelling salts?And will Monsignor Geraghty, who officiated the ceremony and who has been known to get onthe back of a Harley in our parades, ride tandem in themotorcade to the reception atThe Beach Club?!

 Mon Dieu! The details a bride and groom have to ponder in order to get it all right. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shevlin III showed howtraditional can have cachet and that "edgy" can also, at the same time,betres treselegant. The couple was married on April 30 by Monsignor Martin Geraghty at Saint Francis de Sales Church in Belle Harbor. The Bridegroom is the eldestson of Edward and Margie Shevlin of Belle Harbor.Sean Shevlin, the groom's brother, served as Best Man. The Bride was given away by her brother Paul Daly. Cindy Michelle served as Matron of Honor.The wedding party consisted of seven Groomsmen and seven Bridesmaids.

The lovely Meagan Shevlin served as Junior Bridesmaid.

Since the couple are members of the NYC Harley Owners Group (HOG), a motorcycle procession of sixty bikers led the wedding party to Tribute Park where they posed for photographs and then ontoa reception for invited guestsat The Beach Club. Shevlin, who is the Head Road Captain for the group,is employed by the NYC Department of Sanitation and works in Rockaway Beach. He is a member and Drum Corporalof the NYCEmerald Society Department of Sanitation Pipes and Drums Band. The band performed andreceived a standing ovation.

Shevlin also renders his passion for the open road to a worthwhile cause, as he serves as Publicist for the HOG organization in their annual Bikers Against Breast Cancer Rally through the five boroughs. Since 1990, the group has raised over 800k for cancer research.This year's rally, to be held on Sunday June 4, is expected to exceed their million-dollar goal. Shevlin is a member of the Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee and was celebrated in this year's parade as a Deputy Grand Marshal.

  Thebeautiful and spirited Mrs. Shevlin, who hails from Woodside, is a Marketing Director for a renownednovelty firm. The couple made their first debut as man and wife as they entered The Beach Club as the HOG Anthem, "Born To Be Wild," played. They danced totheir wedding song, the unconventional, yet very romantic, "Today" by Jefferson Airplane.

Now for the dress, which will surely be the topic of tea and conversation for years to come! The Bride wore acustom-madegown, which she had designed by Prielleon, Couturiers of high-end celebrity bridal gowns.Its line was a nod toward traditional elegance, yet with an unconformingedge.Withcascades of Swarovski Crystals, thedress paid tribute to thecouple's mutual passion of motorcycles as it hadsewn into the bodice the words, Harley Davidson!And, oh yes she did!...as in,wear custom-made laced-up white leather boots! Think Scarlet O'Hara meets Pam Andersen! 

The reception was equally unique.

Think Grateful Dead meets When Irish Eyes Are Smiling and you will have an idea of just how much fun this wedding was! The piece de resistance was a performance by The Great Fredini, the Human Blockhead and Sword Swallower,of the Coney Island Side Show. The Entertainer is often featured on Monster Garage, which airs on the Discovery Channel.

The couple will Honeymoon on a 12-day bike tourofEngland, Wales and Ireland. They willattend a three-dayEuropean Hog Rally in Killarney where they will be joined by dear friends Ben and Mary Keenan. The couple resides in Forest Hills. 

Congratulations to Ed and Kathryn. May you have a lifetime togetheron the open road ofwedded bliss.

Well Done!

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