The Bold and the Beautiful
"Pop-Up" Fan Event
Caroline & Ridge's Wedding Reception
Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York City
Monday, September 14, 2015
The event was
advertised as including a live B&B viewing party, a buffet lunch, a B&B gift
bag, photo ops, giveaways, and a very special "interactive experience." A few
days before the event, it was announced that the "interactive experience" was
actually Caroline and Ridge's wedding reception. Six actors attended the event:
Thorsten Kaye (Ridge Forrester), Linsey Godfrey (Caroline Spencer), John McCook
(Eric Forrester), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester), Ashleigh Brewer
(Ivy Forrester), & Pierson Fodé (Thomas Forrester).
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This was my first B&B event. While I saw one person I knew from GH events, I
was otherwise on my own. I arrived at check-in and began talking to four women
who were in line behind me. As we were checked in, we were given a "wedding
program" and our gift bag. The bag was white canvas with "BOLD BEAU TIFUL" on
it in blue. Inside the bag was a note pad, a brush/sewing kit combo, a beanbag,
a T-shirt (all with BOLD BEAU TIFUL on them), a Bold & Beautiful luggage tag,
and a B&B book called "Forbidden Affair."
We were met by John outside the ballroom in which the event was held. He
chatted a bit with everyone and took pictures with us. There was no assigned
seating, so I waited for the ladies I made friends with in line. When you
walked into the ballroom, the buffet lunch was in the front. Two tables right
next to the buffet were reserved for press. There were a few other tables that
were already filled. We picked a table sort of in the middle of the room. We
didn't realize it at the time we picked what might have been the best table.
(More on that in a bit.) We each had a small bag of Jordan almonds as well as
a wedding picture of Caroline and Ridge.
John was in the ballroom chatting with
fans as we ate. Casey Kasprzyk, the supervising producer of B&B, brought in the
stars one by one. First to come out was Pierson, followed by Ashleigh and
finally Jacqueline. Ashleigh pulled out two raffle tickets for two B&B set
tours. Unfortunately I didn't win.
Soon it was time to watch Monday's episode
of B&B with four of the stars!! They had the episode on DVD. I was glad
because my fear was it would be pre-empted! At the end of the episode, Caroline
and Ridge got married, all alone in front of the beach house of Bill Bell, Jr.
in Malibu. Casey said they were on the Forrester jet and coming to NYC. (Of
course, they were already there.) While they were on their way, there was a
short Q&A with fans. B&B only tapes three weeks out of the month and four days
a week. They taped the episode that we just viewed during the week of August
10, so they tape about 4 weeks in advance. Everyone in the cast gets along
really well. Someone asked how Kim Matula (ex-Hope) was doing, and Jacqueline
said she was doing well. Jacqueline does actually own two motorcycles. A fan
asked what Ivy is going to do now. (In the episode, she was fired by Steffy and
escorted out of the building.) Ashleigh said, "Come to New York for Fashion
Week," which happened to be going on the same week, and encouraged us to watch tomorrow's show. John made it seem like Eric would be back soon.
A fan asked who was older, Steffy or Caroline, but no one was really sure. In
real life, Jacqueline is a year older than Linsey.
By this point, the bride and groom had finally arrived! Thorsten and Linsey
were introduced as the first time ever Mr. and Mrs. Ridge Forrester. I thought
it was very sweet the way Thorsten made sure Linsey got in the room all right.
They had their first dance, right in front of me! We ended up sitting at the
table right next to the dance floor. "Their" table was on the other side of the
dance floor. (The "family" table was next to their table.) So as long as other
fans didn't run up and stand in front of me to take pictures (which happened
often), I had a pretty good view. The "family" also grabbed fans to dance with.
John gave a toast. The wedding cake was cut, and finally was the bouquet toss.
Two women caught the bouquet, and I thought there might be a fight. Neither
was giving it up. Linsey had her picture taken with both women. I honestly
don't know which one took it home. Ashleigh also pulled a raffle ticket for the
centerpiece of the bride and groom's table, but I didn't win that either.
The stars were taken to another room for the meet and greet. The cake was
cut and put out, but barely anyone grabbed cake when we were all allowed to go
to the other room. The stars were broken up into three groups, John &
Jacqueline, Linsey & Thorsten, and Ashleigh & Pierson. Since my main reason
for coming to the event was Thorsten, I went in his and Linsey's line first. I
actually got to meet Thorsten first. I told him he was handsome!! When I told
him I loved Port Charles, he said he enjoyed working on it. I told him everyone
I met only had positive things to say about the show. I got a great picture
with him and moved onto Linsey. I told her I loved her hair short and how I had
just recently cut a lot off of mine. She told me I should cut mine more! She
said it's hair; it will grow back. And I said that's the same thing I say! I
also asked her how she was doing after her accident. (In April, 2015, Linsey was hit
by a car after it was involved in an accident which resulted in both her ankles
being dislocated and a few broken bones.) She said she was doing well. I
picked Jacqueline and John next. I told Jacqueline I was glad she was back on
the show. John told me to sit on his lap for our picture!! Finally was
Ashleigh and Pierson. I got a group shot with the both of them. Both are tall
with Ashleigh being 5' 9" without heels and Pierson being 6' 2", I look short
next to them at my barely 5' 5". I didn't realize it at the time of the photo.
Pierson had told the woman in front of me he was on a Disney show and to check
on IMDb. I did when I got home and realized I had seen him on that show! I
wish I had realized it at the time.
I really enjoyed B&B bringing fans into the experience. I hope they do more
events like this on the East coast.
Check out a video of highlights from the special day!
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