© 2024 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Arts & Culture

Buffalo couple says ‘I do’ on national broadcast

Photo form Paul Spitale's Facebook page.

A Buffalo couple wed on national television Friday morning. Paul Spitale and Jenell Greene said their vows on "Good Morning America" in Times Square. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with the couple as they were traveling to New York City, prior to tying the knot.

Spitale and Greene were part of a 24-hour wedding marathon that kicked off Thursday on Good Morning America. Spitale proposed to Greene last October while in Jamaica, surprising her with a ring on the beach that he captured on video.

“Is that a yes? Asked Spitale in the https://youtu.be/YkvdeAPI7m0">YouTube video. “Yes!” replied Greene.  

The couple wasn't planning to get married until next year as they both worked on their careers and saved to pay for a wedding. Spitale is a teacher at D'Youville College and is graduating with his Ph.D May 13. His fiancé,' Greene, works at Canisius College as a student affairs & diversity training specialist.

Spitale said the couple has been cash-strapped after car repairs and buying a Buffalo home in the Elmwood Village.

“Well yeah, I have a hundred-year-old home, needless to say it’s going to need a few repairs here and there, so I knew what I was getting into when I bought it, but we just wanted to buy a piece of Buffalo charm,” explained Spitale.

The couple was looking for a unique way to marry, so they pitched their story GMA and the television show quickly responded.

“Good Morning American probably called us 20 minutes after we sent the email,” said Spitale.

“My office, as soon as we got the confirmation on Thursday, they had a surprise bridal shower for me on Friday, and they already organized a watch party,” said Greene.

Spitale and Greene were one of 16 couples to marry this morning in Times Square. The couple defines what local stakeholders have been hoping for: a new generation, living and working in Buffalo.

“We are the quintessential Buffalo couple. We were born and raised here, we have stayed here and we plan to spend our futures here,” remarked Spitale.

“Buffalo has always been my home. It has always been were my family is, so to see the city really turning around,” noted Greene.