If you’re a female belter in the musical theatre world, one of the songs you always want to perform is Sondheim’s “Not Getting Married Today” from Company. Quite frankly, it steals the first act.
Here is Heather Laws doing the number justice in the 2006 revival:
The funny thing about this wedding was .. well, Jenni is pretty much like that all the time. She is just generally high-strung. She doesn’t know how to relax, or sit still, or take a nap. She is a chronic worrier and a workhorse. On top of all of this, she has several seasons of Hip-hop Abs in her collection.
I think I’m very fortunate in this situation. Jenni and I are not lovey-dovey, touchy-feeley sisters. We do not often say “I love you”. We are, however, fiercely protective. (And Italian.) So while her getting married yesterday very much could have gone horribly wrong and caused a meltdown for me, I was overjoyed.
We’ve known Michael, her new husband, longer than she has. He was family before they even met. And I know he will take insanely good care of her. They are a great balance, although he is just as energetic as she is.
But I think they have something that is crucial and can’t be taught or learned. They laugh together. A lot.
At their bridal shower last weekend, someone looked lovingly at Bryan and I and said what a good match we are. I smiled and said,Yeah. We have fun together. We laugh a lot. When the laughing stops, we’ll be in trouble.And I believe that. Humor and respect are two things you can’t learn and must have in a marriage. Jenni and Michael are set.
And my GOD. Could they be a prettier couple?
So I wish them great things and multiple successes and all that jazz, but most of all, I’m grateful for one thing. That same someone who told Bryan and I we were a great match? When I was 13, she gave me the best advice ever: “Make your own money, Sarah. Find a man who makes you laugh.” Jenni and Michael are going to be more than fine; they will be great.
Many thanks to the insanely talented Diana Klingler Photography – she caught moments that took my breath away!