If you’ve been following the story of Dom loves Mary, we are at the part where I join the family. If not, you can go back and read about Mary, Dom , their wedding ,reception , honeymoon and Babies Make Four.
To start, you have to hear the story of how my husband and I were re-united eleven years after we had dated in high school.
It basically goes like this.
My mother-in-law happened to see my father at Theresa’s Italian deli in Erie, Pa. She found out I was living in Dallas.
Since Michael had just been transferred to Dallas 6 months prior, she decided she needed to let him know “Debi Cantoni, that nice Italian, Catholic girl lives in Dallas!”.
Our wedding, November 9, 1984
Long story short, he called, we met for a drink ( at the “Magic Time Machine” restaurant- too perfect:) and 1 and 1/2 years later we were married in the same church Dom and Mary, as well as my parents, had been married in.
On November 9, it will be 28 years!
Michael, Mary and Dom before our wedding.
They had been waiting for this day for 29 years. Just as it was at their own wedding, the RSVP’s flew in and 375 guests were in attendance.
The four of us ready to attending a Sementelli family wedding.
I quickly became “the daughter they never had”. Over the years, they continued to brag about my art and calligraphy projects to anyone who would listen. During our weekly Sunday phone calls, they wanted to know all the details about what I was doing.
They’d pick out small gifts for me during their stay in Florida. When they came to visit us, Mary would take over cooking dinner every night and take care of laundry ( always on a Monday:) and cleaning. Dom would go through our “fix it list” with the skills of the best handy man.
Mary and Dom at Michael’s 30th surprise party.
A year after we married, I threw Michael a surprise 30th birthday party on The Circle R Ranch in Flower Mound, Texas.
I knew the best gift I could give him, would be to have his parents there with us to celebrate.
So I flew them in as the additional “big surprise”.
Dom making home made “ravs”.
At Christmas, they brought the holiday dinner with them on the plane. Carefully packaged in Styrofoam, the precious hand made ravioli would be the featured entrée.
And just thinking about the stuffed artichokes and breaded eggplant gets my mouth watering.
The aroma of pepperoni bread, the best cheeses, lunch meats and olives, would fill the area around their seats. They brought the party with them.
Christmas dinner 1988.
New Year’s Eve
This picture of the four of us was taken as we were on our way to a special New Year’s Eve event at our club. I remember watching them throughout the night. When they slow danced, they moved together effortlessly, smiling, with that knowing look that comes from time spent together.
Monday’s post: DomLovesMary: The Grandchildren arrive!
What’s been your favorite post of this series?? I’d love to know.
The font family features three different versions of the alphabet, a set of “Add Ons” that will include words like “and, to, of, for, at, etc…in addition to 124 flourishes to be added to either the upper or lower case so you can create your own custom look!
It will be released on myfonts.com on my Correspondence Ink foundry page any day now. Just waiting for it to go “live”!
I’ll be sponsoring a give away of a wedding item using the DomLovesmary font on Brenda’s blog on Tuesday, October 30th. Subscribe to my blog to get the details.
In the meantime, my first cursive font, Belluccia is still available at myfonts.com and fontbros.com..
- Belluccia was named one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.