Baltimore Style on Alex's wedding
The website Baltimore Style got to chat with Alex and his fiancée Lisa Ruocco about their engagement and their wedding. You can read the article below.
To see the pictures of their engagement session, click this link.
Maybe it was the Camembert.
Snacking at home, Alex Gaskarth, the lead singer for pop-punk band All Time Low, couldn’t stand the thought of going back on tour without proposing to his longtime girlfriend. “I had a plan,” he said, “but it didn’t work out. So I kinda just went for it.” He popped the question over a cheese-and-charcuterie board while their dogs, a pit mix rescue and a Papillon, stood at attention nearby.
Ten years ago, at age 16, Gaskarth met his bride-to-be, Lisa Ruocco, when All Time Low played Dulaney High School’s senior barbecue. But it was Ruocco’s best friend, Samantha, who first took Gaskarth on a date.
“Over that time, Alex and I became much closer,” says Ruocco, an events planner at Union 3 Events. “Lisa stole me from her,” jokes Gaskarth.
“Sam’s not too bummed out,” says Ruocco, whose maid of honor is none other than her still-best friend Samantha. “I arranged for us to go on a double date to a movie. After, we went to Friendly’s—you know, the stuff you do when you’re in high school.”
“I was making flirty eyes with Lisa over the table,” says Gaskarth.
Over the decade that they’ve been together, the couple confesses to doing a lot of growing up. Because of Gaskarth’s touring schedule and Lisa’s career, they were—and still are—often geographically separated.
“There was always a magnetic pull,” says Gaskarth. “We always found each other again.”
“The more growing up separately we did, the more we wanted to grow up together,” says Ruocco.
“When that happens,” says Gaskarth, “it’s easy to fall in love again and again and again.”
Gaskarth feels lucky that Ruocco “puts up with” his difficult travel schedule. About once a tour she’ll fly out to meet him.
“Touring is all we’ve ever known,” she says. “But we never get bored of each other.”
“There are times when I’m at wit’s end, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, just get out here already,’ ” says Gaskarth. “But I think relationships need a little bit of tension and stress to evolve.”
Ruocco and Gaskarth both turned 28 in December and are getting married in the spring, after an engagement of about a year. They’ll be tying the knot in an old church downtown, which Alex describes as “a little bit rundown but also really charming.” Their minister will be their friend Jeff, the band’s lighting designer, who got himself ordained online for the event.
“I think we blindsided him with the request,” says Gaskarth. “But he’ll be great. I’m sure he’ll go off on a lot of tangents, but we like that.”
Copper Kitchen will be catering the affair, and Chef Kevin Miller will delight guests with an eclectic menu that reflects the couple’s lifestyle. They’ll have escargot buns modeled on those offered at Fork & Wrench, lobster ceviche like they’ve enjoyed on St. Bart, and Nagoya chicken wings like the ones the band and crew devour whenever they’re in Nagoya, Japan. And of course, there will be a cheese and charcuterie display.
“Food is hands-down the most important part of the wedding,” says Ruocco. “And Chef Kevin is a genius.”
Gaskarth wants to make sure the music is live and constant. They’ve hired Millennium, a Washington, D.C., wedding band, whose front man, Travis Tucker, was an “American Idol” finalist in 2005.
“They never stop playing,” says Gaskarth. “They rotate out, and that’s important because we never want the party to stop. I don’t think anyone will want to leave.”
“We want this wedding to celebrate all walks of life,” says Gaskarth.
Rian Dawson, the drummer for All Time Low, will be Gaskarth’s best man—it was a hard choice for Gaskarth, who considers all of his bandmates brothers. When he bought the engagement ring, they celebrated. “They were so excited,” he says. “They were ready for it.”
Ruocco will wear a dress from Israeli designer Inbal Dror, and Gaskarth will wear a bespoke tuxedo made by Christopher Schafer and his son, Seth.
“It’s not going to be a black tux,” says Ruocco. “We’re trying to find a unique color.”
What do they love most about each other?
“Lisa makes things happen,” says Gaskarth. “She puts up with my craziness in the best way. And she’s a good, giving person. She’s always the person in a group who takes care of everyone, always the one who’s reaching out, making sure everyone is in a good place.”
“What I love most about Alex,” says Lisa, “is his kindness. He exudes kindness. He’s one of the nicest, most genuine people I’ve ever met. He’s never entitled. People say to me that I must feel lucky because he’s in this famous band—and I do admire his talent and enjoy watching him play—but he’s so much more than that.”
Posted by Moe on 15 Feb 2016
Cardiff: Recap video and pictures
Yesterday night, All Time Low kicked off their tour of the British and Irish arenas in Cardiff. A recap video of this first night was posted on the band account. Watch it below.
The photographer Adam Elmakias captured many pictures of this first concert. Check them out in our gallery!
+24 : Concerts > Motorpoint Arena - Cardiff, UK
Posted by Moe on 12 Feb 2016
Throwback Thursday: Chicago 2010
For this week's Throwback Thursday, I have added a few pictures which were taken during Slurpee Battle of the Bands in Chicago, IL back in 2010.
As for the video of the week, watch All Time Low perform the song Circles below.
x06 : Concerts > House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
Jack and Alex to host the APMAs + AP interview
Today, Alternative Press announced through a video that Alex and Jack will host the upcoming Alternative Press Music Awards for the second year in a row on 18 July 2016 at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH.
They also posted an interview which they did with the band a while ago. Watch both videos below.
Check out the official photo for the AP Music Awards in our gallery.
x01 : Photoshoots > Future Hearts Era > 018
BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show
This morning, Alex and Jack were on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with host Nick Grimshaw. If you missed it, you can listen to the whole show on this link.
During the interview, they talked to The 1975's Matty on the phone. You can watch the video of the conversation below.
Check out two pictures which were taken on the show in our gallery.
x02 : Appearances > 11 February 2016 - BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw
Cardiff: Setlist and pictures
All Time Low is currently kicking off their Back To The Future Hearts UK Tour with a first show in in Cardiff, Wales. Check out the setlist, which is being updated every 5 minutes, below. It will be used on the whole tour.
Kids In The DarkThe photographer Hannah Bowns has posted the first picture from this tour and it is now in our gallery. Check it out!
A Love Like War
Dancing With A Wolf
Lost In Stereo
Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don't)
Bail Me Out
Do You Want Me (Dead?)
Break Out! Break Out! (a different song off Put Up Or Shut Up will be played every night)
Don't You Go
Old Scars/Future Hearts
Something's Gotta Give
Dear Maria, Count Me In
x01 : Concerts > Motorpoint Arena - Cardiff, UK
Kerrang! Magazine: Valentine's issue
Today, the Valentine's issue of the British magazine Kerrang! was released in the United Kingdom. It features an article on Jack and Alex talking about their friendship and the band's upcoming tour with Good Charlotte. You can get the scans in our gallery now.
If you do not live in the UK, you can still purchase the magazine online. Go to this page for more information on how to get it.
x06 : Magazine scans > Kerrang! Magazine
BBC Radio 1: Gregathlon
Yesterday, All Time Low were on BBC Radio 1 with Greg James, who is currently doing a Gregathlon for charity. You can watch a video of the boys running with him below.
New pictures from this appearance were posted in our gallery. Check them out!
+07 : Appearances > 9 February 2016 - BBC Radio 1 in Cardiff, UK
Back To The Future Hearts Tour preview
Alex has just posted a sneak peek video on his Instagram account, teasing us about their first show in the United Kingdom tomorrow. We can guess that this video will be used as an intro to the upcoming concerts. Watch it below.
Edit: Rian also posted a video similar to the one shared by Alex. Click this link to watch it.
Watch Jack's video here.
Posted by Moe on 09 Feb 2016
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