Dante and Silas are married dudes now!

This is going to be really long, so please don’t feel obligated to read it. You can always just enjoy the pretty pictures 🙂

From Ben:
And, Oh, what a wonderful wedding it was. Dante and Silas were married Saturday, February 12th at 1:00 p.m. in the Koala Cove clubhouse. Dub handled all the arrangements and David performed the ceremony. Alex was Dante’s best man and I was Silas’. Members of the wedding party wore red neckties and suspenders. All the Table Rock gang – including the kids were there… as were the grandparents, Denise and Scott, Jim and Carol, Dr. “C” and his wife, Silas’ parents and sister, Dante’s father, Nathan and Diana and Ms Evelyn.
Alex, Denise, Carol and several of the guys (and kids) had decorated the clubhouse in white, black and silver with bouquets of red roses. It was beautiful! Following the ceremony we had tons of food and drinks while everyone visited and congratulated the grooms. Travon and Pop-pops took what must have been thousands of pics and will make a “wedding memories” book for the newlyweds. A “chocolate fountain” to dip fresh strawberries in was a big hit with the kids. Dub even tried dipping a piece of celery in the chocolate. I asked him if it was good and he said “celery’s better without chocolate.”
After everyone had filled up on food and drink, the kids were looking for something to do – so Silas’ sister (Sage) picked up a guitar and started playing “She’ll be coming round the mountain.” It’s a favorite of the kids that Silas taught them in music studies. Their favorite part is “Then we’ll all eat purple pizza when she comes.” Everyone joined in and it was lots of fun. After that, Sage played – and she, Silas and Dante sang “Puff the Magic Dragon.” The song was “new” to the kids and, I swear, it was like a religious experience. All in all, it was a perfect wedding and we’re excited to have Dante and Silas as the newest members of our Table Rock gang!
From David:
Ben has done a good job of describing the wedding ceremony and festivities… but I want to tell you about a conversation I had with Dante’s father during the reception. He (Marco) approached me and asked if we could talk. So we took our drinks and went over to Denise and Scott’s house for some privacy. At first, he seemed hesitant to talk but after a while he opened up. He said “I was wrong about you and I owe you people an apology. When Dante told me he was marrying Silas I was pissed. Then he told me about the “Table Rock gang” and that really set me off. I hired a private investigator to check you out and he said you were a “nest of queers.” I got even more upset and told Dante if he married Silas – not only was I not coming to the wedding, I never wanted to see him again. I know I hurt him but I was just so upset. Then, your son started calling me. He said ‘Dante is your only kid so you should be here for his wedding.’ I told him I wasn’t interested. The thing is… Dante’s mother was the love of my life but she got breast cancer and it spread all over her body and she died when he was six years old. I’ve been married twice since then – and divorced twice – so Dante is the only family I’ve got. I wanted him to marry a nice Italian girl and have babies so maybe we’d finally be a real family. Then he tells me he’s gonna marry a dude. I just thought “How fucked up is that?” But Dub kept calling me and telling me about the “Table Rock gang” and about the kids and the school and all that and somehow it didn’t seem that awful. So after he called me the fourth time, I told him I’d come to the wedding. He told me I had to wear a white shirt, red necktie and red suspenders. I said it was the dumbest thing I’d ever heard of. I asked him why red suspenders and he said ‘so your pants won’t fall off.’ I’m telling you, if that kid ever runs for President, he’s got my vote. 🙂 Anyway, I’m here and I see what amazing people you are and how happy your kids are and how many friends you have and now I feel like a total asshole. I don’t know what to do next.”
I helped myself to Scott and Denise’ liquor cabinet… freshened our drinks and said “Here’s what I think you should do. I think you should go ask Dante and Silas to come over here to talk. I think you should tell them exactly what you’ve just told me. You should ask them to understand and forgive you.”
So that’s what he did. Then, they got Travon to take pictures of him with the happy couple and it turned out to really be a perfect wedding. I’m guessing we’ll be seeing more and more of Marco as time goes on 🙂

Got ’em “hitched”… and now it’s on to Christmas…

Gram and Matt are married now…and a glorious day yesterday was. There’s much to tell you, so let’s get to it. We had the biggest crowd ever for a wedding here at the house. Several of Gram and Matt’s friends drove up from Springfield, as did Gram’s minister who performed the ceremony. Due to the minister’s schedule, we held the ceremony at 11:00 a.m. with a lunch reception following. Of course the Northland 12 were here, plus Chad and lots of others.
The house was already decorated for Christmas and Dub and Denise did the major part of the planning. At Dub’s insistence, all the guys wore white shirts with red neckties and suspenders. When Cal, Alex and Bella (aka “Izzie”) arrived, we were surprised to see her in a white blouse with a red tie …and suspenders (we assume “to keep her skirt from falling off”).
As you might expect, Pop-pops took care of photographing and video recording the whole thing. It’s cool that Angie will be able to watch it by video.
After eating ridiculous amounts of food (thanks to Denise, David and Costco) we all went outside and “threw birdseed” at the newlyweds before they jumped into Matt’s car to leave for their honeymoon. Chad and the kids had had great fun decorating the car with flowers, “just married” signs, balloons and, of course tin cans.
With the wedding behind us, we can turn our attention to plans for Christmas. David, Dub and I will open our gifts on Christmas eve… as a big Christmas day is planned with the whole gang over at Scott and Denise’s Briarcliff condo.
We hope you guys all have wonderful plans for a magical holiday season!
xoxo Ben and David