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Chiesa Del Purgatorio
Date of Wedding
Aug 12, 2013
I was working in my parent’s restaurant when Vito and his cousin arrived for dinner and I just happened to be their waitress. Vito began to come in regularly after that and it was not long before we were on our first date. Vito was here studying but was from a small town in Italy’s Sicily region called Cattolica Eraclea. Quite coincidentally, my mom was born and lived in that same very small town. Our relationship blossomed and I knew in my heart that one day, we would be together forever. It was just meant to be but Vito, after finishing his studying, had to return back to Italy. We managed a long-distance relationship for a short time until Vito, being a traditional Italian man, thought it was time for me to meet his family. So, for the Easter holidays in 2011, I was off to Italy to meet the family. I met Vito in Rome and then headed over to Sicily to meet the family. On Palm Sunday, I met his mom and brother for the first time, as well as his sisters who had arrived from Milan and we immediately bonded. It was a most memorable Easter and I felt blessed that I was able to spend it with Vito’s family. We went out for a drive one day and came upon Realmonte, a small town about 10 miles from Vito’s hometown. Vito stopped at “Il Madison”, a reception hall set on a mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The hall itself was magnificent but it also had an outside gazebo with the most spectacular views of the sea and Italian countryside. I turned to Vito and said, “One day, when we get married, this is it where will happen." In 2012, for my 30th birthday, Vito surprised me and took me to the Caribbean. Little did I know that the vacation was not the only surprise Vito had in mind. After a great dinner and wine, Vito handed me a small box, which I thought was a pair of earrings. As I opened the box, my eyes lit up by the sparkle of a beautiful diamond ring. While tears of joy rolled down my cheek, I lovingly accepted his proposal as Mariachis began to surround our table and sing in celebration. As we talked about our wedding, we were sure that we wanted to something different and my mind went back to “Il Madison”, the place I had been dreaming of for the past year. In December 2012, myself, Vito and my parents went to Sicily not only for the Christmas holidays, but also to set the plans in motion for our wedding. We wanted to have all details of the wedding confirmed while we were in Italy as the thought of trying to pull this together from another country was overwhelming. We booked the ceremony at a lovely little 400 year old church called “Chiesa Del Purgatorio” in Vito’s hometown and I was over the moon when were able to confirm the gazebo at “Il Madison”, then all the other details seem to fall into place. Then, the day finally arrived. And we had the best time of our lives! It was a gorgeous hot sunny day. The ceremony at the little church was exquisite. After the ceremony, we walked about 300 feet to an outdoor cocktail reception and as a surprise, our best man had his 500 fiat decorated for us. After the sunset, fireworks announced our arrival at Il Madison. We ate, we partied and we danced all night long with our families and friends. One memorable moment was the cutting of the cake as it is something very traditional and important for Italians. While we slow danced, the waiters came out each holding a cake with a flame and performed a traditional dance, and then they brought our wedding cake to the middle of the dance floor. It was spectacular. At the end of the evening, we had a sweet table filled with pastries, traditional Italian cakes, nutella crepes and different flavoured candy confetti’s. It was a perfect day filled with lots of love and emotions. My wedding day, a day I will never forget.