Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What happens...

in Vegas stays in Vegas. Well, kittens, unless I'm there. Sooooo Today's tale is one about the wedding. But first, a little back story. The bride - Toni - is one of my favorite friends. Sure, I was John's friend first, but Toni will tell you that she has stolen me, and I now belong to her. So, Toni is pretty bad ass. Like WAY more bad ass than I am even! I'm pretty sure she could kick my ass, that kind of bad ass. Even though I'm about four inches taller than her. She's Chicago South Side Italian, if you know what I mean. I adore her. Ok. Enough back story. SO, the wedding. John and Toni, in all their popularity, had to change the venue for the wedding THE DAY OF THE WEDDING. They found out that their first location would only hold 20 people, no exceptions. Um, well, this doesn't work for the more than 20 people that showed up to see them happily wed. It took a while, but a new location, an accommodating location, was found. A flurry of texts and phone calls ensued. I was amused as I played my penny slots. Oh, boy. Here we go. I even had to call the usually very calm, cool, level-headed John back at one point. "What's up?" "We didn't hear back from you!" "Ok, well I got all of the texts....new place....blah blah blah...didn't realize I had to call back." "Well, ok. I can't keep up with who knows about the change and who doesn't." "It's fine. Do you need me to call people? Do you need anything else?" "No. Sorry. It's been a stressful day." Get to the new venue nice and early. It's hot. There's misters along the wall. Laura and I sit by the misters. I, like a queen, sit and wait for people to approach me. As it should be. Crowds and crowds of people, all over this little parkway. Some trashy, some not. Our group? Not trashy. The bride wore a lovely floral summer dress. The groom looked awesome. There was a hat, perhaps a fedora. Our turn! I go to enter the chapel. I stop. Huh - where to sit? John looks up, says "Well, Von, I think you're just going to have to stand in the middle!!" I opt for John's side. yada yada yada get to the vows. Time for John's vows and ring. The preacher laughs as Toni puts a blinking plastic ring on John's finger. "Okay....." he says. The blinking plastic rings were my idea. Bride and groom are getting tattoos instead of rings. Not ring tattoos, ala Pam and Tommy, but some kind of symbol that means something to only them. I think it's cool, and bad ass. John says "I DO!" really loudly and really happily. Toni's turn. On goes the blinking plastic ring. Preacher reads some vows, do you Toni blah blah blah..... and she nods Um, what?!?!? Is my bad ass friend going to cry?!?!? Preacher stands there - prods her for a verbal answer. "I do!" all squeaky, because she's crying. That's it - I lose it. Like lose it. I'm a blubbering romantic in general, but at the one wedding where I expect it to be no tears good time, I was blind-sided. I was, and am genuinely happy for these two.

9 comments:

Another Kiwi said...

What a cool story. Yikes! nightmare time with the change of venue. We won't tell that you cried, Von

Brando said...

I agree with AK, what a nightmare with the venue. But how awesome how everything turned out.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

It must've been raining inside, Von, or maybe the pipes were dripping.

Sounds like a really cool, awesomely informal wedding.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I believe that we should start a fund to send Von to Las Vegas at the same time as Brando. LOLs would result, if not jail time.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Plus it could qualify as economic stimulus, ZRM.
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Von said...

LOL - thanks all!
I like Z's idea!! let's do it!!
B4 - so funny you say that, as it's raining in my living room right now.
No joke.
Landpeople provided buckets, have turned off their water, and will be showering at my place tonight.
stay tuned on that.....

Jennifer said...

Von is happening. We're happy she didn't stay in Vegas.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

What Happens in Milwaukee, ends up on Happy Days.

Von said...

Thanks Jennifer!
GOOD ONE Z!