Wedding of The Century
of you remember watching Lady Dianna wed Prince Charles back in the
very early 80’s. It
was a HUGE event! I
forget the final numbers, but the broadcast was said to reach almost
every TV in the world. In
fact, I think the Neilsen ratings even eclipsed that of Jerry
Springer’s, “I Married A ‘Carney’ Who Turned Out To Be My
Trans-Gender Cousin” episode (still one of my all-time favorites).
The event is burned into my memory, and I still marvel at the
fact that the entire world was united, at the same time, exposed to
the romantic pageantry of a wedding attended by an entire nation of
Brits with bad teeth. It
that little gathering was a grade school PTA meeting compared to the
no-hold-barred, blow-the-doors-off, raucous, in-your-face
Matrimony-Fest that was the union of Gabriele Jessica Kubo and Scott
Kenneth Dannemiller on September 7th, 2002.
OK… maybe I exaggerated a bit, but Gabby and I both were so
thrilled that the day turned out like it did, that we have both
dedicated a good 30-40 pages worth of journal entries on it.
To save you the time of sifting through it all, I’ve
attached the groom’s play-by-play highlights.
I will weave in the bride’s point of view when available.
Gabby will soon add her embellishments to this in due time.
You see, she has a job, and is earning our daily bread while I type
all of this.
Wake Up Call
(Groom’s point-of-view only)
am sound asleep on my ex-roommates futon.
After downing two fermented beverages following Friday
night’s rehearsal dinner, I have no trouble sleeping like a baby. I know… I hold my alcohol about as well as a kindergardener.
As an aside, I’ll save my groomsmen the trouble of replying
back to all of you to tell you I actually drank “Chick Drinks”
– cider – in lieu of beers that night.
Trust me, I am still a man, just one who gets bloated after a
Budwiser. This being my
wedding weekend, I wasn’t taking any chances.
in my deep slumber, I dream of the wedding.
I am to the point that the bridesmaids have just walked down
the aisle, the flower girls have just done their thing, and I am
waiting for the first glimpse of my beautiful bride.
The organist begins to play “The Wedding March.”
Wedding guests rise to honor the lovely bride as she enters
the church. The doors
to the church open to reveal her radiant beauty…
Golf’s cancelled, go back to sleep”
door to my temporary bedroom opens and I see standing above me my
shirtless, unshaven ex-roommate, clad only in boxers, scratching
horror subsides once I realize that Matt is not my bride, but
rather, just came in to wake me up.
My only wish at this point is that this image won’t stay
burned into my brain throughout my honeymoon, preventing me from
performing my “duties” as the new husband. Matt turns on his heels and makes his retreat.
It’s 7:00 am. I am awake. About
20 groomsmen, junior high school pals and family members were
supposed to be playing golf with me this morning while the girls got
their hair done, nails done, and whatever other female torture needs
to happen before a wedding can take place.
I can hear the raindrops on the window and know my plans for
a nice morning on the course are gone.
Granted, I am secretly relieved that the 20 of them won’t
be able to witness my fanatical play (I regularly shoot a 125-130,
but I don’t want to brag too much here). I turn on the TV.
we suspected, Tropical Storm Faye is making her way from the Gulf of
Mexico into Central Texas,” reports Jim Spencer, our friendly TV
weatherman. The radar
image on the screen shows a wide band of dark red curling its way
over Austin. The “curl” is huge, and the band of rain looks never
ending. Jim continues,
“Our estimates show that Faye will drop from 10-15 inches on the
city in the next 36 hours.” I
wish Jim Spencer would shut his pie-hole.
The guy is pronouncing gloom and doom on our wedding day, and
I haven’t even crawled out of bed/futon yet.
I’m too excited about the day to sleep, but now I have no
plans to speak of. I
decide to call Gabby to see if she is stressed and needs me to run
any errands for her.
are you calling me?”
woke up early, and obviously there won’t be any golf today.
I was wondering if there were any errands you needed me to
Nothing I can think of.”
I was just asking.”
hon… but why did you call me?
I think this is against the rules.
We shouldn’t be talking to each other today.
I’m startin’ to feel some bad mojo here”
know… sorry. Bye.”
the bride and her entourage had a breakfast of homemade waffles,
fresh fruit, and a variety of squeezed juices, Joel and Matt (a
couple of groomsmen) had other plans for me.
We went to “Ole’ Taco”, an ultra-greasy place that
serves all manner of breakfast taco.
You can order everything from plain egg tacos, to tacos made
from stuff that shouldn’t legally be classified as “meat”
(namely Goat, Cow’s cheek, and Pig stomach).
Matt and Joel went for some Goat and Cheek respectively,
while I stuck with migas, a Mexican mix of corn chips, grease, eggs,
sausage, grease, sour cream, salsa, grease, and cheese.
It went down smooth, but, on top of a nervous/excited
stomach, I had a crazy feeling my breakfast would be “talkin’ to
me” all day and into the evening.
hardly ever get to see my family, so I ditched the guys after
breakfast. I went to
the hotel to meet up with my mom, dad, brother, sister, and their
families. The rain
meant that the kids were holed up in their hotel rooms.
Gabby’s 7-year old niece, my two 5-year old nieces, and a
couple of two-year old nieces and nephews were all in various stages
of sugar-laced ecstasy. I
love them, but if they didn’t get some room to roam, there would
be several kid-sized holes in the wall of suite 323 in a hurry. We packed up and headed to Gatti-Land for lunch.
There, we ate pizza (I am truly testing the limits of my
cast-iron gut), and “played.”
was not a relaxing afternoon. Another
name for Gatti Land would be “Bozo the Clown’s Acid Trip.”
Better still, it’s like a casino for 6-year-olds.
It takes all of your money and your humility, and, if you won
enough tickets at Skee-Ball, sends you home with a whoopie cushion
and a pair of chinese handcuffs.
Granted, Gabby and I had our birthday parties there this
summer (no lie… another story altogether), but on my wedding day,
it sucked the life right out of me.
My guess was that Gabby was having an entirely different
“Wedding Day” experience than I was.
the time we got back to the hotel, I felt like I had just spent 16
hours inside a slot machine. Everyone
was beat. All of the
kids were going to take a nap, and the adults as well.
The only wild card?… Abby
(Gab’s neice and soon to be mine as well) wasn’t napping.
She is a fantastic kid, full of energy and intelligence. I love her to death. Still,
I hadn’t envisioned that I would be spending my wedding day taking
care of a soon-to-be neice
wanna’ play tennis in the hallway, Soon-To-Be-Uncle-Scott?”
she asked (both her and Josh hadn’t given me the full
“uncle” title yet).
go see if your dad is back from running errands with the other half
of your family.”
(Abby’s dad) was having his own fun-filled afternoon of tending to
other family. We went
to their room to see if he had returned.
When we got there, the room was empty, and I was exhausted.
Abby was bouncing around the room.
do you wanna’ go play in the elevators or bounce this ball down
the stairs?” Abby asked sweetly.
looked up at me, so cute, and so sweet.
Normally, I would be all over a game of “Take Over The
Elevators/Get Our Families Kicked Out Of The Holiday Inn.”
Today… not so much. The
problem is, I have seen times when Abby has gotten incredibly upset
when somebody wouldn’t play with her.
Tantrums have ensued. Punches
have been thrown. Britney
Spears’ name has been taken in vain.
Still, it was my wedding day, so I proceeded boldly.
I was desperate.
is my wedding day, and I am REALLY tired.
I am supposed to marry your Aunt Gabby tonight.
It would be REALLY bad if I fell asleep on her when I was
supposed to say ‘I Do’. (I
fumbled around and found the TV remote and flipped around nervously
to the Cartoon Network. Some
new, freaky kids/adult cartoon was playing.
As an aside… whatever happened to Buggs Bunny or Super
Friends? All cartoons
today are crap). If I
let you watch cartoons, do you PROMISE to leave the volume at level
2, and NOT LEAVE THE ROOM, and let me take a 30-minute nap?”
I waited for the explosion.
Abby’s little arm stretched out toward me with her hand in a fist.
The fist moved a bit, and a little pinky extended.
There was silence for about four seconds.
that?” I asked.
swear,” she said.
we locked pinkies and the deal was sealed.
That girl’s pinky swear was as good as gold! Ten minutes into my nap, Owen came back to the room.
I woke up to find that, in those ten minutes, Abby had
constructed a fort out of all of the couch and loveseat cushions,
and was watching Patrick Swayze in “Road House,” that crappy
movie where he played a gay bouncer or something.
Not exactly TV-G, but harmless enough.
Thank God Owen was understanding.
I got up, thanked him, and moved upstairs to resume the nap
in my parent’s room before getting ready.
The Dressing Room
dressed for the wedding took place in two stages. Again, the process was not what I had envisioned.
first part involved taking a shower in my parent’s bathroom at the
hotel. It was a bit
weird getting ready for the biggest day of my life, but still having
to wait for my mom to finish taking her bath.
Even though it wasn’t all “pomp and circumstance”, I
enjoyed the process. It’s not every day I get to just shoot the bull with my
mom. So, we talked
about the joyous events to come while I brushed my teeth and she
finished spraying her hair. Sure,
it was awkward having my mom see me standing around in my “Wedding
Night” boxers, but we got the chance to have some meaningful
conversation and joke around while no one else was within earshot.
It was a rare private moment on a very public day, and I will
always treasure it. That’s the God’s honest truth.
I may not treasure are the pictures my mom took of me wearing my
“Wedding Night” boxers. The
“Wedding Night” boxers were a gift from, strangely enough,
Gabby’s godmother - commonly referred to as Aunt Chris.
Aunt Chris is one of the sweetest people on the planet.
As a wedding
shower gift, she bought ME some shiny black silky boxer shorts
emblazoned with shiny gold music notes and flashing red guitars.
She made me promise to wear them on the wedding night. So, I promised. “Pinky
are without a doubt the best undergarment I have ever owned, aside
from that brief period (pun intended) in first grade when I had some
Green Lantern Underoos. These
boxers look like they are straight out of Liberace’s “Special
Drawer”. So… as soon as mom saw me don these things, she instantly
captured the Kodak moment, laughing the whole time. I still haven’t seen the photo, but if I ever get drunk
enough, I may pass it along to you in a future story.
Again, this was not what I anticipated when getting ready on
my wedding day. Once I
was clean and dressed, I grabbed my tux and headed for the church.
It was three hours before the wedding, so I didn’t want to
put on my tux only to get it all wrinkly.
TV and in the movies, getting ready for a wedding is a big event.
The groom is surrounded by lots of groomsmen.
They are all together in a spacious dressing room with a full
length mirror. All his buddies are razzing him.
There are slugs on the shoulder, and loads of one-armed
reality, my experience was different.
None of my groomsmen had arrived at the church yet.
Pictures were starting in 30 minutes, so I figured I had
better put on my tux. The
dedicated “groom room” was the choir room in our church.
I thought about changing in there, but it wasn’t a very
secure area. I had
visions of our good friend and Associate Pastor/Chief Wedding
Marrier Person, Nancy, coming in and seeing me in my “Wedding
Night” boxers. It
wasn’t so much the embarassment I was worried about, but rather,
the burning question of, “Is parading around in
flashy, silly/seductive, Vegas-Style underwear in the HOUSE
OF THE LORD considered a sin against God and Man?”
I thought hard. I
don’t think Jesus owned a pair of these babies… and I don’t
think anything like them was ever created on ANY day in Genesis.
(”And God said, LET THERE BE WACKY MEN’S PANTIES… AND
IT WAS GOOD” … nope… doesn’t ring a bell)
Without a clear answer to my quandary, I made my way to the
bathroom stalls to change.
putting on a tux would take any normal man about 5 minutes.
It took about 20. Because of my slight fear of all public restrooms I became hypersensitive to
cleanliness. The first
challenge? How do I
change shoes and socks? Certainly,
a groom can’t let any part of his wedding clothing touch a
semi-public restroom floor! Gabby would surely notice!
My Lord, come to my aid!
at that very moment, I became the embodiment of the super-flexible
Chinese acrobats you see on stage in Vegas.
Contorting my body into all sorts of strange positions, I was
able to complete the following “20 Steps To Getting Dressed For
Your Wedding In A Public Restroom” program WITHOUT any clothing
(socks included) coming into contact with the tile floor.
Remove left athletic shoe and left athletic sock
while balanced on right leg.
Balance on right leg while putting dress sock onto
Slip on left black shiny dress shoe
Realize that I don’t have tux pants on yet, so I
can’t put on tux shoes!
Remove tux shoe, step left foot on TOP of tux shoe.
Balance on left foot on tux shoe while removing
right sock and right athletic shoe
Still balanced, put right dress sock on right foot
Realize I am 10 feet away from tux clothing on
Step right foot on TOP of athletic shoe
Try to shuffle my feet over to the tux on the
hanger, without actually putting shoes ON my feet
Realize athletic shoe under right foot has rubber
soles and too much traction for “shuffling” maneuver o be
Put right foot on TOP of other tux shoe.
Put on shirt, tie and vest.
Put pants on one leg at a time while trying to
balance on one leg on TOP of tux shoe.
Lose balance, nearly fall, catch myself by grabbing
onto side of stall door
Make mental note to now wash hands
Put on tux shoes one at a time while balancing on
one leg. Lean butt
against stall wall when losing balance
Make mental note to make sure butt of pants remains
covered for entire night for hygienes’ sake.
Tie shoes, wash hands…
Put on jacket, go into choir room.
a snort,” he said.
a snort?” I asked.
best man pulled a flask from his inside tux pocket.
(don’t ask where the nickname comes from), it’s tradition.
Every wedding I have ever been in, the groom takes a snort
from my flask.”
a guy has two options in this situation.
Option 1 is to follow Nancy Reagan’s advice that was burned
into my brain in third grade and “Just Say No”.
I’m not really a drinking man.
One swig of hard liquor usually has me praying at the
porcelain altar. However,
my hands were shaking, I was on the verge of tears, and I was
thirsty. I said to myself, “It’s well over an hour until the
wedding is supposed to start. Heck!
I could use something to settle me, and I have a WHOLE PACK
OF BREATHMINTS!” So,
I sniffed the top of the flask and winced.
Sure enough, I think he had filled the thing with a mix of
battery acid and turpentine. I
took a small drag out of it.
my heart started beating again, I let out a breathy sigh and said,
“Smooooooooooth” <cough> <cough>.
Sure, my breath could now peel paint, but I felt strangely
calmed – soothed. Unfortunately,
this little stunt caused me to have to pee like crazy.
So… in my haste to relieve myself, I almost bumped right
into my beautiful bide on my way to the bathroom.
Luckily, the wedding coordinator spotted me quickly, and
hustled Gabby out of the way before I actually got a glimpse of her.
If that would have happened, I’m sure the ground would have
burst open and swallowed me. I
think that’s how the tradition/superstition goes, anyway.
that debacle, we boys turned our attention to more pressing matters
– The University of Oklahoma was taking on Alabama in one of the
first college games of the season.
Since all but one of my groomsmen grew up in the Sooner
State, it was necessary that we follow the progression of the game.
In between taking pictures, my geek groomsmen figured out how
to get the play-by-play audio and graphics to come up on the ancient
computer in the choir room. I think the machine was built a couple
of years after the Chinese mastered the Abacus.
Whatever the case, the boys brought the machine back from the
dead, and we we’re listenin’ to football!
the time came for the groomsmen to begin ushering guests into the
sanctuary, my job was to remain behind in the choir room and get the
scoop. I would then
relay the information out to the front lines at commercial breaks.
While I was in the choir room alone, Gabby’s Maid Of Honor
came in to check on me. She
had a small box and a card in her hand.
wanted me to give you this, “Miranda said, smiling.
pride myself on being the one in the relationship who does the
Miranda was handing me a gift from Gabby, and I wasn’t prepared.
I didn’t know what to say.
First, I felt bad that I didn’t buy Gabby anything.
Next, I was totally blown away by the fact that, in the midst
of putting together all the wedding details, she thought to get me a
gift. I looked at the card, still tucked into its envelope.
going to cry if I read this,” I warned.
don’t read it!” Miranda begged.
“Just open the gift and read the card after I leave, ‘cuz
if YOU cry, then I’M gonna’ cry.”
agreed and opened the box. Inside
there was an antique watch wrapped in a monogrammed handkerchief.
The watch was the coolest gift I have ever received.
It’s WAY TOO COOL for me.
made it,” Miranda added.
made this watch?!” I
spouted. Holy crap!
The girl is a babe, AND a watchmaker?!
Dang! I hit the
you idiot,” Miranda corrected, “she made the handkerchief!”
took a closer look at the handkerchief.
Gabby had obviously spent quite a lot of time on it.
She had stitched some moroon-colored flowers into it, and
some other pretty intricate vines and such.
In the middle of the design was the Letter “D”
(I assume for my last name).
I was really curious how she had so much time to do all of
have to read the card now, Miranda, sorry.”
opened the card, addressed to “Almost Uncle Scott”, and began to
read. I started to cry.
I’m outta’ here. Too
much for me!” Miranda
said as she walked out the door.
finished reading the card, blotted my eyes with the handkerchief,
and tucked it into my tux coat pocket.
Even though it didn’t match my tie and vest combo, I
didn’t care. It was too cool to leave sitting in the box.
The watch, on the other hand, presented a problem.
I am known to lose small things.
I pictured myself later that night, getting’ jiggy wit’
it to “YMCA”, “Mony Mony”, or some other trashy wedding
reception song, and inadvertently flinging it into a decorative
potted plant, never to see my prized possession again. The ol’ white man’s overbite kicks into high gear after a
bit of the bubbly, ya’ know!
This being the case, I stashed it into my bag of clothes and
made sure to leave it with the boys to load into my truck.
this task was completed, I kicked back and checked on the game.
OU was losing, which presented a small problem.
My best man is a HUGE Sooners fan!
At the rate the game was going, the final horn would blow
around 6:30, the start time of the wedding.
If the Sooners were to lose, that would cause Marty to launch
into a tirade of expletives heard only on Navy sailing ships and Tu
Live Crew albums. I had
a vision of the organist playing the first few notes of
“Hornpipe” as chairs came flying out of the choir room and
stained glass shattered at the 150 decibel yell of, “G%# D&!@
Sooners! You Suck
S&%$!” I crossed
my fingers and hoped for a miracle.
As time was winding down, my prayers were answered.
The Sooners scored one touchdown… and then ANOTHER when
they recovered a fumble and ran it back for a touchdown.
Deal sealed. Sooners
win 37-27. The Lord’s
Name shall not be taken in vain today.
remainder of our waiting time was relegated to joking around,
playing guitars, talking football, and discussing the question of
whether I would be allowed to remain in my pool playing league once
I was married. To this day, I am proud to say my “Boys Nights” are still
intact, as are Gabby’s “Girl’s Nights” which I believe
involve pillow fights and playing the old board game “Dream
all got into a single file line and made our way into the sanctuary.
The organist was playing, and the church was full of people.
It was SOOOO COOL to have all of our favorite people in the
same place at once. Standing
at the altar, I watched each of Gabby’s bridesmaids come down the
aisle. Then, all of the
nieces made their way down as flower girls.
Way too cute! I
was doing everything I could to keep myself together.
However, once Gabby rounded the corner and I saw her in her
wedding dress for the first time, I got all choked up.
had no clue what her dress looked like.
She DID tell me that it was ivory, so I pictured Gabby in
this big, foofy, off-yellow dress… you know the color… the one
that looks like it has spent 25 years in the smoking lounge at an
airport. Needless to say, I’m not a big fan of ivory.
I knew she would look beautiful, but wondered if the dress
would be something I liked. Granted… I would have loved for her to choose a black
leather mini skirt and low-cut backless top, but I KNEW that
wasn’t an option.
she came around the corner and started up the aisle, she took my
breath away. I bit down
on my lip like it was my first Twinkie after 40 days on the Survivor
show. Through misty eyes, I could see that she was absolutely,
positively, without a doubt the most beautiful thing I had ever laid
eyes on. She was so
amazing that it almost hurt to look at her!
Her dress (to me) was white, and very simple, and it looked
like it was made especially for her.
Wow! The image will be burned on my brain forever.
made her way up the aisle in record time.
In fact, we don’t have any really good photos of her
walking, because she nearly mowed down the photographer on her way
to the altar. I’d
like to think that’s because she couldn’t WAIT to get married,
but I could be mistaken. I
expected that Gabby would be bawling like Niagra Falls.
Heck, she cries at everything from the Drew Barrymore Movie
“Never Been Kissed” to Puppy Chow commercials.
But her walk down the aisle was tear-free.
She looked happy (which was good).
rest of the ceremony is sort of a blur.
What I do remember:
family, something akin to the Osmonds, sang and played lots of
friend Jeanie sang a song… REALLY well!
best man didn’t lose the ring (SURPRISE!)
said my vows without crying
said her vows, and started crying on the third word
started crying when Gabby started crying
I started bawling, a couple of my groomsmen coughed and mumbled
something like “dork” or “woosy”.
bunch of people in the congregation started to cry. (similar to
the “Contagious Puke Fest” in the movie Stand By Me, but
this time it was with tears and not puke)
pastor, Nancy, said some wonderful things about marriage.
got to kiss the bride.
ceremony was really special… that’s all I know. Afterward, the rain came down in buckets.
The wedding guests got soaked going out to their cars while
the rest of us stayed inside and took the obligatory family photos before leaving the church.
This was pretty uneventful, save for us trying to get
pictures with all of the kids from our families.
Getting six kids with age ranges from 2-9 to all look at a
camera and smile at the same time is not as hard as, say, achieving
world peace, but a little harder than say, trying to determine what
race Michael Jackson is today.
We actually succeeded in doing this.
This solution? All
of the adults (including the photographer) moved behind the camera
and started jumping up and down like idiots.
I only wish we could have had a picture of THAT!
It was much better than a shot of Gab and me with the kids
looking like “what the heck are all those adults doing jumping
around like idiots?”
the pictures were over, it was time to head to the reception.
Gabby dubbed me the “Chief Transportation Officer” for
the wedding. It was my
job to figure out how to get us from point A to point B. Our original plan was to borrow a friend-of-a-friend’s old
RV with shag carpeting a velvet curtains.
Unfortunately, that became unavailable at the last minute.
So… I called to see how much one of those quaint, fancy
trolley cars would cost us. When
they quoted the price, I asked, “Is that for just ONE trolley, or
the whole fleet?” The
lady knew I was a cheapskate from then on, and flagged my
application. No go there!
I tried the limo companies, and had the same problem. After a handful of calls, I finally found a place that would
rent us an air-conditioned shuttle bus, capable of transporting 30
people, for the low-low price of $135.
DEAL! Sure, it
ain’t glamorous, but there IS overhead luggage storage in case it
we made our way out to the shuttle bus.
The rain had tapered off a bit, but the sky was still spittin’
at us. I gallantly
shaded Gabby and her dress with the largest umbrella I could find
and walked her to the bus. Inside,
we found the rest of the wedding party, half-in-the-bag from
drinking canned beer out of a cooler.
I had put Matt and Joel in charge of “Bus Refreshments.”
What they weren’t able to finish while listening to
football before the wedding was quickly being pounded by men in
tuxes and women in very nice dresses.
Who says Coors Light can’t be fancy?!
All I needed was a koozy and a plate of Buffalo Wings and I
woulda’ been ready for Monday night football!
Gotta’ love a Texas wedding!
we got to the reception, Gabby really had to pee. Apparently, when you are wearing a wedding dress, the simple
task of going to the potty becomes a group effort.
I had no way to relate to this until Gabby and I recently
dressed as Disney Pez Dispensers for Halloween.
When constructing the costumes, I didn’t plan for such
things as “emergency trips to the potty.”
I soon found that wearing a floor length box constructed of
carpet pad required 2 for peeing.
Now, I can relate to her plight.
The girls made their way to do the necessary lifting and
holding of the dress while I waited for my bride so we could make
our grand entrance.
like the wedding, the reception was a blur.
As soon as we arrived, I grabbed the microphone at the DJ
table and thanked everyone for coming.
Gabby said a few words, too.
Funny stuff as I recall, but she didn’t have much time to
speak. You see, in every picture of us from the wedding where a
microphone is also present, I either have it in my hand, or am
reaching to take it away from someone.
Am I a spotlight hog? Hmmm…
must go to therapy and get that one checked out.
Anyhow, the thank-yous ended with me saying the blessing
before we all ate. The
most interesting thing about the prayer was that I thanked God for
everything (friends, family, peace, happiness, joy, puppies,
kittens, the ten commandments) EXCEPT the food!
greeted a few folks after the blessing, and then made a bee line to
the front of the chow line! That’s
one of the side benefits of getting married.
You get to be first in line for EVERYTHING!
Now that I know this, I plan on wearing a tux to EVERY
WEDDING I ATTEND FROM NOW ON!
food was wonderful. All
of our friends told us that we wouldn’t have time to eat because
everyone and their dog would be coming up to us, congratulating us,
and talking our ears off. In
truth, Gabby and I sat down at a table to start eating, and we were
the only ones sitting there. Here
it is, the biggest day of our lives, and we’re eating alone –
like the kid at your elementary school lunch table who picks his
nose and eats paste. Finally
a few people, out of pity I think, came and sat with us.
They didn’t talk to us much, but we appreciated their
food, we did the “mingling circuit.”
Our goal was to spend the entire night together, because we
had heard stories of people who saw their new bride/groom once at
the wedding itself, then never made contact again until their first
anniversary. I stopped
short of buying one of those “people leashes” for Gabby – you
know – the ones you see moms using at the mall to keep their kids
attached to them. It
would have been a nice measure of security, but luckily she kept me
close by for the entire night, so it wasn’t needed.
the mingling, we did the obligatory cake cutting, toasting and such.
Miranda and Marty(our Maid of Honor and Best Man) did a fine
job telling people how lucky we were to have eachother, since no one
else on the planet would ever be able to stand spending a lifetime
with us. Seriously, the
toasts were touching, and we’re lucky to have friends like them. Both Gabby and I cried which is no surprise.
Heck, I tear up watching old “Baywatch” reruns or
“Saved By The Bell.” Fake
near drownings and adolescent angst always tug at my heartstrings.
came my surprise serenade to Gabby (yet another chance for me to
grab a microphone. Hmmmmm.
I detect a pattern here).
I wrote a little song for her and gave it to her as a gift.
Even though singing for her makes me nervous, I bit the
bullet and did it anyway. It
was a pretty special moment, and we have some nice photos and a
video to commemorate the event.
Even though Gab will never hear me on stage opening for
Aerosmith at the SBC Center belting out a tune for her, this was the
next best thing.
rest of the night is a mixture of really bad “white man’s
overbite”-type dancing, and unbounded joy.
We had more fun at our wedding reception than any other party
we’ve ever been to (sorry T.J.
your kindergarten b-day party did ROCK, especially with the
Stretch Armstrong and Pin-The-Tail-On-The-Donkey, but this one takes
the cake). We ate
Oreos, slurped Ice Cream Bars, drank wine, danced, wore stupid hats,
and made general fools of ourselves.
Pretty much what happens in our lives every day, just on a
the end of the night, we loaded up into my Explorer, now decorated
with silly string, confetti, streamers, and some peanut butter under
the door handle.
As we drove off to the Hotel Stephen F. Austin, we waved
goodbye to a fantastic night.
We had the time of our lives, and I know that I would do it
all again in a heartbeat.
The journey of 1000 miles begins with that first step.
I’m looking forward to the trip.