MAFIA WEDDING A LAVISH BASH

Published: Monday, Oct. 17 1988 12:00 a.m. MDT

The wedding of Felippa "Gigi" Bonanno was a family affair. The 24-year-old granddaughter of former Mafia chief Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonanno was married to her high school sweetheart, Christopher Russ, in a lavish weekend ceremony arranged by the very proud father, ex-con Bill Bonanno, in Los Gatos, Calif.

There was a 14-piece orchestra, a menu including shrimp, filet mignon and asparagus, a large ice sculpture and a replica of the seven-tier wedding cake Bonanno cut at his 1956 wedding."My friends, they all say, `Bill, we always know when you've put something on,' " said Bonanno, who was choked up when it came time to give his daughter away. "I don't know if you'd call it crying but, yes, my eyes were moist . . . OK, so maybe I did cry."

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