Ramona Rizzo, Mob Wives Star, Engaged to Joseph Sclafani, Planning Wedding Without Him

Celebrity News Feb. 14, 2013 AT 1:45PM
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It's not exactly a fairy tale, but it may just have a happily ever after. Mob Wives princess Ramona Rizzo is engaged to reputed Gambino family soldier Joseph "Joe Boy" Sclafani and planning a June ceremony with 500 guests, the New York Post's Page Six reports. Not among them? The groom.

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Sclafani is currently behind bars at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center for his involvement in a cocaine-trafficking scheme and a marijuana grow house on Staten Island. He is expected to serve more than a decade in prison. But Rizzo -- the granddaughter of Bonanno family soldier Benjamin "Lefty Guns" Ruggiero -- isn't going to let that stop her from having the wedding of her dreams.

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"We've known each other since we were kids," the bride-to-be told the Post's Page Six on Feb. 13. "It's not the normal love story because he's incarcerated. But if you're in love, you can make it work."

Rizzo's plan to make it work, she said, will include "pass[ing] around the phone" at their June nuptials so Sclafani can speak to her and their guests. (Among those expected to attend are Rizzo's Mob Wives co-stars Karen Gravano and Renee Graziano.)

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"He didn't want to begrudge me a wedding," she told the Post of her fiance. "He said, 'Even if I can't be there, have a party. I'll be there in spirit.'"

"People should find their own way of love," she added. "Maybe the key to a happy marriage is not having a husband in your face all the time."

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