54: Allison's Wedding
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While wedding day tradition calls for a bride and groom to remain
separated prior to the ceremony, an exception was made on September 27, 2003. Here,
my cousin Allison is called in to convince her husband-to-be, Chris, to go ahead with the
ceremony ... even though it means that he will be featured in a www.jeffthomas.com photo
You know that an event is serious business when you get three Thomas men to show up
The ceremony took place on "The Canandaigua Lady."
We'll call it "The Love Boat," for the benefit of the next few photo captions.
My Dad, Mom and Aunt Wil enjoy the festivities, while Uncle Glenn keeps an eye out for
1970s television icons Tom Bosley, Florence Henderson, and Cloris Leachman.
These party guests mercilessly ridicule me for pointing out that
Captain Stubing and "Murray" from The Mary Tyler Moore Show look so
much alike that "they could be brothers."
The part of Julie, your Cruise Director, was played by my cousin Katy, pictured here with
her husband. Meanwhile, my cousins Noel and Seth try to impress some ladies by
claiming to be "Gopher" and "Isaac."
"One more Love Boat joke and you'll be walking the
plank," this group warns me.
Uncle Earl proudly escorts Allison down the aisle. Later, a friend recalls the
"rest of the story": A nervous Earl would successfully reach the altar with his
daughter, but continue walking solo across the boat's deck. Earl overstepped his
mark so much, in fact, that the proud father of the bride would enjoy the rest of the
ceremony while treading water in Canandaigua Lake.
When it's time for the bride to toss the bouquet, Mom joins the single
girls "just to keep Dad on his toes."
Finally, members of my family convince me to unscrew the camera that's attached to my face
for a quick pose with the happy bride.
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