Over the weekend I was going through a box of family photos, and came across several vintage wedding photographs.
And I couldn’t help but smile, because for some reason they reminded me so much of the movie, The Godfather.
I don’t know if you’ve ever attended one, but most Italian weddings are openly emotional.
Lots of crying, laughing, and screaming.
Italians do that normally, but during a wedding the emotions are turned up about 150 decibels.
And being from a VERY Italian family, I always remember the weddings (both the church service and reception) simultaneously having a joyous, yet serious ‘feel’ to them.
Joyous because it's what Italian people do best… celebrate LOVE as if they invented it.
And serious because I couldn’t help but notice a look of worry and warning from the mother and father of the bride, to the mother and father of the groom, as if they were saying…
“Your son better take good care of our daughter, because if he doesn't…WE'LL HAVE HIS KNEE CAPS BROKEN BY THE MOB!”
All in all, Italian people mean no harm; they’re just very protective over their family.
Protective to the point of hiring a hit man with a rope and two cinder blocks.
Here are some photographs I scanned of my mother and father's wedding. And also a few from family members that I honestly don’t know WHO they are because I wasn’t even born yet.
*notice the style of the bridal dresses.
|Center: my mother and father. Right of my mother: her father.|
Isn't it funny how back then, not everyone smiled in photographs? Whoever the woman is in the front row left, she looks as though she hit the BAR several times before taking this photo. OMG...she looks as though she's going fall over onto my mother's train!
|My mother and father: Mary and Frank|
|I have no idea who these people are. But look at the SERIOUS look on the father of the bride's face. And look at those BIG mafia cars in the background.|
|Right: the same gentleman (father of the bride) in the photo above.|
Right after that photo was taken, I bet he took his new son-in-law into his private office and gave him an extra pep/warning talk.
Brando as Don Vito Corleone:
"Look goombah, you better take good care of my little girl. Or ELSE."