Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Weddings can--& should--be fun!  I don't mean like this:

(Reworked from several old posts.)

I called this meeting because I thought it would be fun to look through our family album:  

Let’s start with the wedding of my daughter & son-in-law.  (Note: My slip is not showing!!  That’s the way the dress was designed.)  From left to right, they are: My son, Matt (the best man), me, my son-in-law, Nameless, Bud & my other son, Blake (the maid of honor!!).  Before the ceremony we were discussing if it was really a crystal glass that the groom stamped on & broke in a Jewish ceremony.  We got our answer when the best man, after the stamping, turned to the guests & clearly mouthed the words "light bulb".  Of course, I hired a guy to come & serenade them in Italian--wearing a duck costume!!  It’s not often that my husband out-funnies me, but I have to give credit where credit is due.  I gave a toast to the newlyweds saying that I hoped they would be as happy in their marriage as my husband was in ours.  That got a big laugh, but my husband got an even bigger laugh when he made his toast. He said.  "May you be as happy in your marriage as my wife thinks I am in ours!!"  We had had a cake server engraved with their names & the date, which broke in half when they tried to cut the cake.  They've been married almost 30 years, so I guess their love & vows were stronger than the cake server.

Nameless & her husband look a lot alike!!

The second of our kids to get married was Matt. (I keep reminding that marrying Linda was the smartest thing he ever did!!)  He met his wife, Linda, while he was working at Chapman College & she was coaching (& playing with) the men’s water polo team.  She is totally at home in the water & their home is filled with fish pictures, statuettes, etc. With our name being Fischer, they are now “Fishman” & “Fishlegs”.  I remember in the evening after their afternoon wedding there were a dozen or more of us (but not the newlyweds!!) laying on or near our hotel bed eating pizza & watching "Moonstruck" on the TV.   I designed a fish bride & groom cake decoration, about 5 or 6 inches tall, with a veil, wedding bouquet, top hat & bowtie & had it made by a glassblower on Olvera Street.  I don’t know what movers they used when they left for Connecticut, but they should have used someone else.  Linda told me the first question they asked her was if she had any bubble wrap.  Below is a drawing of how I remember it looked before it was (unsuccessfully) moved to the east coast.

It looked like this, only cuter & more detailed,
& it was about 6" tall & made of glass:

When our youngest son got married, he & his wife eloped to Las Vegas.  Not to sneak by us—we loved his wife--& still do.  I guess they didn’t want all the fancy trappings that go with a formal wedding.  Soon after their return we threw them a wedding reception.  I decided I had a right to see them get married, so I performed a wedding ceremony.  (No, I am not a minister.)  It was short & went something like this: “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to reunite this man & this woman in holy matrimony.  Please join hands.  Diane, do you promise to love & honor Blake & to let him have the TV remote control?  ‘I do.’  Blake, do you promise to love & honor Diane & to put the toilet seat down?  ‘I do.’  I now re-pronounce you husband & wife.  You may kiss the bride!”  They were later married (again!!) in a Catholic church in Florida, where her family lives.  We had not met her family before.  At the reception at her sister’s home her father told me that he & his wife loved our Blake the first moment they met him.  Sometimes I don’t know what I’m going to say until it comes out of my mouth.  What came out was, “Really?  What do you think of him now?”

My granddaughter, Nameless III, looked exactly like me when we were both babies was absolutely beautiful when she was little--& she still is!  One night, her father was in the kitchen visiting with me while I was cooking dinner.  (I told you I used to cook dinner!)  He said that he knew all parents thought their children were beautiful, but that she was special.  He said Nameless II, his 3 year old, was beautiful, but this 1 year old was even more so.  He asked me my opinion.  I told him I agreed with him, but as her grandmother, it was possible I was just a little bit prejudiced.  He said, “No, I’m right, & I’m not the only one who thinks so.  My mother thinks so, too!”  I guess that proves it.  This is a picture of my 1 year old granddaughter:

When our sons were in the Cub Scouts, Bud was the troop leader & I was the head den mother.  We were talking to some of the other parents about our upcoming trip (our first) to Paris.  We said we were booked into a hotel room that was at one time occupied by Mistinguett, who had been a famous actress, singer & courtesan (hooker? mistress?) & that the furniture was mirrored & that there was a fur bedspread.  One of the fathers, Abe, was a furrier.  He asked for a nude photo on that bedspread.  We told him OK.  When we returned, we hosted a dinner for all the adult leaders & their spouses.  After dinner we told them that since we had a captive audience, we knew they’d love to see slides of our trip.   We showed them a few pictures of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs d’Elysee, etc. & then this one, below.  I don’t think it was exactly what Abe expected, but it got a standing ovation!!

I was impressed by the weddings of two of our nieces.  One of them was proposed to in a restaurant at a large round oak table.  Her husband bought the table from the restaurant & they used it for the wedding guests to sign in & get their seating assignments.  They now have it in their home.  Another niece (her sister) & her husband were very much into swing dancing. They had footprints, like you'd see in dance instruction, painted down the aisle & also on their cake.  After the ceremony, I can't remember if she changed or if the bottom of her wedding gown came off, but she was wearing a short skirt.  The guests lined up & she & her husband swing danced with everyone at the wedding!!

The cake looked sort of like this, 
but the feet were in a straight line down the aisle:

And, of course, cartoons:

What beautiful memories these pictures bring back----fishducky