We are back from recovering from our oldest son's wedding this past weekend. The first thought that comes to mind is "the other 4 kids we have left in the damn nest better stay in the nest for the next 10-15 years!" The week leading up to the wedding was nothing short of chaotic. Then again, that seems to be usual for us here! Tuxedo fitting, dress fittings, back and forth to the florist, down to the reception hall to drop off decorations for the arch on the beach, candles for the tables, hair appointments and nail appointments. I'm tired all over again just typing that shit out! Every one in our house was on extra strength crazy! Even the dog was excited... I'm not sure for what, it wasn't like he was invited! The morning of the wedding I found him like this:
I suppose that was fine compared to my wife and our youngest daughter realizing that the wedding was getting closer and they had to shower, do their makeup and hair because they stood there like this:
Meanwhile I'm on the couch with coffee, (I'm actually lying it was a mimosa, three of them), in sweat pants and a tank top looking like:
My wife was texting me every five minutes from the salon asking me what I was doing, if I picked up the flowers from the florist and if the boys took them to Staten Island. My response was simple.. "Nope, we're having coffee and talking about random things". Of course that prompted a large amount of text messages from my wife telling me what time the wedding started, what time the flowers had to be at the Bride's house, what time we needed to get ready and what time we needed to leave. Which of course just prompted this response from me:
What? It's a wedding, you're suppose to have celebratory drinks the whole day, right? In any event, the Groom and Best Man (our two oldest sons) come strolling in around noon and decided that getting dressed was second to ripping out on guitars for about an hour. The Groom comes up and announces, "You know what time it is?" Here we are all thinking he's about to say it's time to get married, he announces it was officially Mimosa Time. Man after my heart! Alessandra comes down for Tammy to do her makeup, because Bianca was at the Bride's house as she was the Maid of Honor. Alessandra looks at me and asks if I know how to curl hair with a hot iron. Psssssh of course I do:
So hair is done, makeup is on... Alessandra and Tammy... not me! I tell our little guy to put his suit on and do his hair. I remind the Groom and Best Man that Garage Band is over and it's time to get ready. I jump in the shower, get my tux on come out and my beautiful wife tells me I look Joe Pesci! Um....
Listen, I know I'm a short Sicilian but Joe Pesci? Come on.. couldn't you at least give me Robert DeNiro? What do you guys think? You think I look like Joe Pesci here:
Yea... I didn't think so.
So off to the wedding we go. Driving in a tux has got to be one of the most uncomfortable feelings in the world. Every time I had to turn to look over my shoulder I basically managed to choke myself with the top button and tie. I'll skip through the part of all the family pictures and waiting around for the ceremony to start and get right to the ceremony. It was on the beach, which was absolutely beautiful but difficult to walk in dress shoes and socks. I was concentrating on not tripping and falling face down in the sand like this:
We managed to make it down the isle safely with no problems. The ceremony was beautiful and now we officially have another daughter! The reception was just as amazing. I for one did not stop dancing from the first song to the end of the night. I John Travolta'd myself all over the place. I thought who I was for sure. Thinking it was Saturday Night Fever:
Which was fine... until the next morning when I went to get out bed and walked like this:
I damn near broke a hip doing some Cuban slide dance. Too much Cuban in my slide I think!
In any event, all the chaos leading up to the wedding was well worth watching our son and new daughter dance their first dance as husband and wife. Check out our Bonus Features for a slideshow of some pictures from the Gaydy Bunch Family's first wedding!