By definition, this blog focuses on socio-political commentary in the City of Carson. However, today I want to celebrate the sense of love, family, and commitment to growth that are not only cornerstones of this great city, but richly embodied in two of its citizens: Rudy and Tessa Mageo.
For the majority of the 18 years that Rudy and Tessa have been a couple, they have lived and loved in Carson, CA, recently purchasing their first home here. A self-proclaimed “Carson Girl,” Tessa, along with Rudy, have been a dedicated team providing encouragement and support to the children at Scott Park- where their children, Isaiah, Elia, and Rudi, participate in activities.
Believing that commitment does not need an audience, and that the legal bond of marriage pales in comparison to the eternal bond of unconditional love, they never felt that a ceremony was necessary. Only when it became the most practical decision, did they finally tie the knot at Norwalk Courthouse.
Disappointed by not being there to celebrate the occasion, Leiga Samuelu, Rudy’s cousin, hatched an elaborate scheme. He decided to pretend that he and his girlfriend, Kimberly, were engaged and planning a wedding, but in actuality the event would be a surprise wedding for Rudy and Tessa. How was this accomplished? The answer is with a lot of love, and even more luck. Leiga and Kim asked Rudy and Tessa to serve as best man and maid of honor, respectively, while friends and family joined in the ruse by making sure the happy couple did not suspect anything.
On August 14th, 2010, after much hard work on behalf of the people who love them most, Mr. and Mrs. Mageo were celebrated in an unforgettable ceremony that was a testament to the impact they have had on the lives of others.’
It is not often that one stands in the presence of love and recognizes it by name. However, to know Rudy and Tessa is to be one of those of fortunate people. Their love is a quiet one, made even more special by its lack of ostentation and grandiosity. It is dependable, strong, and one knows that when all else fades away, it will still be standing- made stronger simply by the very fact that it continues to exist.
Lovers Rock: by Sade, has long been a song that epitomizes their relationship, and it- along with the genuine expression of love in their eyes when they renewed their vows- inspired my husband Savali to write the poem below in their honor.
Through my husband, I have been one of those blessed enough to call Rudy and Tessa “friend.” They have inspired us as individuals- as well as a couple, and no words can fully express how much we appreciate and admire them.
Rudy and Tessa: We love you, and wish you a forever of happiness as your love, strong and unbreakable, continues to be the Lovers Rock.
Lovers Rock Epitomized
it’s all it is, just action…”
cause the fact is
for the lovers’ future…
i looked into her eyes
as “everything that’s good”
strives to be
all she could
i heard it
of the this
clings to her