Really big fun at the Tramazzo family wedding |

Really big fun at the Tramazzo family wedding

April E. Clark
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
April in Glenwood

This was one of those weddings that make a person text their high school exes. No, not one of those online dating soulmate-match-made-at-three-in-the-morning virtual heaven. Or the shotgun-style that comes with a small present nine months later.

This is the kind of wedding years in the making.

Enter my old newspaper colleague/loveable friend Rob Tramazzo and his beautiful and smart new wife, Vicki. They went to a homecoming dance in high school back when Young MC’s career was well, young. Like 20 years way back.

It’s what gives this story its charm.

Most everyone remembers their high school romances. This is contrary if there are too many to recall, indicating either a superlative dating prowess or epic dating failure. The newly wedded Tramazzos obviously remember the homecoming dance. Maybe she was wearing satin and he a corsage with a rose and baby’s breath. They may have not known it until recently, but the perpetual flames of young love bolstered at this dance were still smoldering inside them like a coal seam fire. I’m sure it had everything to do with Rob’s mastery of the dance floor.

He does have moves like Jagger.

If that “90210”-era homecoming dance was a premonition in the two-decade tale of Rob and Vicki, the wedding reception was the story’s Uncle Jesse-marries-Becky-in-“Full House” moment. To put their romance into greeting card verbiage it was, simply, written in the stars. Wouldn’t it be great if it really were?

That sure would make things easier.

Rob loves Vicki, there is no doubt. And Vicki loves Rob. They obviously have found the compromise that helps couples grow old together. Rob had his “Blues Brothers” cover band at the reception so he could sing “Mustang Sally.” Vicki’s DJ was all over the hits from Duran Duran – a band she still holds in the highest regards. And who can blame her with those foxes John Taylor and Simon LeBon?

Sorry, Rob. They are Duran Duran after all.

Even down to choosing the music that makes them dance, for reasons of homecoming or otherwise, Rob and Vicki know that a happy husband and a happy wife lead to a good life. The key is to make the marital bliss universal. Like an amusement park. With chill rides like bumper cars and carousels, while the other end of the park holds in store upside-down roller coasters and fast-moving whitewater rafting simulations. At Married World, each day at the park is different.

The key is not to miss out on the fireworks.

If marriage is like an amusement park, Rob and Vicki’s will have all the perks. There will be cotton candy, those glass mirrors pumping ’80s bands, glow-in-the-dark necklaces, “Footloose” re-enactments, Blues Brothers re-enactors, a Tilt-a-Whirl, a log ride, a place to buy sunscreen, a shake-’em-up fresh lemonade stand, a stand-up roller coaster, and a house of fun with moving floors. This could be the next great marriage model/family destination.

Tramazzo World does have a nice ring to it.

Seeing Rob and Vicki exchange vows, share their first dance as husband and wife, and catch up with friends after the reception over late-night pizza – with fresh mozzarella and tomato – was more fun than any amusement park. Being a part of the Tramazzo friends-and-family network is like “The Godfather.”

Without the creepy horse head-in-the-bed part.

Think fun instead of Mafia violence. With bear hugs, kisses on the cheek, the Mashed Potato and the Funky Chicken. And I mean the dance moves, not the pizza toppings.

This is, after all, Tramazzo World.

April E. Clark has reached the end of the 2011: Year of the Wedding run. She wonders who will be next to marry in 2012. She can be reached at aprilelizabethclark@

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