‘Jumping the Broom’ JCU style

May 5th, 2011

The day a person gets engaged should be as close to perfect as possible. No one wants that special moment to be interrupted by a friend screaming for your attention during the very obvious big moment. No, that would not be ideal at all. Neither does anyone wants to marry into a family completely different from their own, in which morals and beliefs clash constantly. In the new movie “Jumping the Broom,” in theaters May 6, two very different families come together by marriage for a comedic weekend in Martha’s Vineyard.

John Carroll University sensio Rachel Zaccardelli is recently engaged and talked to The Carroll News about it and how two families can come together in marriage.

Carroll News: How did you and your fiance meet?

Rachel Zaccardelli: We met through a mutual friend at a party a few years ago. We were friends for a little bit before we starting dating. I knew I liked him right away, though, because he was funny and sweet.

CN: How, when and where did he ask you to marry him?

RZ: He proposed a few Fridays ago at my sorority formal which was at the Terrace Club. It is a beautiful venue and he couldn’t have picked a better day. Most of the girls knew it was happening that evening, but they played it cool. I had no idea it was happening that night, to be honest. I wouldn’t change a thing about the way it happened, at all!

CN: Were you surprised when he asked you?

RZ: Yes and no. Like I said, I didn’t think it would happen that night.  But I knew it would happen at some point because we had been to a few jewelry stores together. I didn’t know when he was going to do it exactly, but I knew it was coming.

CN: What is it like to be engaged as a senior in college?

RZ: To me, it’s no different than any other engagement. I am sure some people think 22 is too young to be engaged, but I don’t agree at all. I believe everyone should just do what is best for themselves, at their own pace. Besides, I am staying at JCU for graduate school, so we will be engaged for two years while I finish my studies. We aren’t in a big rush, and it’ll be nice to have a longer engagement so that we’ll have plenty of time to plan and save.

CN: In the movie “Jumping The Broom,” the bride and groom, Sabrina and Jason, only knew each other for a few months before they got engaged. How long did you and your fiancé know each other before you were engaged?

RZ: Over two years. Everyone is different though, so I don’t think there is a set amount of time that couples should wait. It should just happen naturally, whenever it feels right I guess!

CN: In “JTB,” Sabrina did not meet Jason’s mother, Mrs. Taylor, until a few days before their wedding. When was the first time you met your fiancés mother and family?

RZ: Probably less than a month after we started dating. We are both very close to our families so it was important to get their approval.  Luckily we all get along really well and our families are very similar.

CN: In “JTB,” Mrs. Taylor is not fond of Sabrina at first and tries to sabotage their wedding. Do you and your fiancés mother get along?

RZ: Yes, she is very sweet. She is excited for us and is such a kind lady. His whole family is great, so I am very lucky

CN: In “JTB,” Mrs. Taylor is the main reason why Sabrina and Jason fight and almost end their wedding. If you and your fiancé argue is it ever due to his mother?

RZ: To be honest, we really don’t argue – but if we did, it definitely wouldn’t be over family things. We are on the same page about that sort of stuff. The most we ever argue about are directions or who gets to pick where we go for dinner. Nothing major.

CN: In “JTB,” Jason’s family has a tradition that is passed down through generation to jump a broom at their wedding. Sabrina and Jason decide they do not want to jump the broom and make their own traditions which were a big conflict in the movie. Are there any special traditions like this in your family or your fiancés family? If so, are you going to do these traditions? If not, has it been a problem with your families that you are not going through with old traditions?

RZ: I am sure most families have the tradition that the bride wears something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. I like this tradition and will probably do that, too. As far as new traditions, I guess I will have to wait and see!