The day before the wedding I landed in Ancona and literally suffocated as I exited the plane, Naples in April was quite fresh in comparison! There were 40°C (forty degrees – FORTY, can you believe it? At night I’ve kept the windows open, the air conditioning on, no blankets nor sheets and I was still feeling pretty hot)! Me and some friends of the the bride drove all the way from the airport to the small town where the groom lived.
If you could picture the good stereotype of Italy you would see what I saw when we arrived at Stefano’s house: a long table full of happy people that laughing, drinking beer and gasping a bit out of heat, were eating the 4th portion of Lasagne that the groom’s mum had cooked. How happy I was when they said there was some for us too, I love lasagne (and I was quite hungry).
At a close gorgeous farmhouse, a special dinner was arranged by the groom’s family for all the friends and relatives that had travelled all the way from France, UK, Spain and Italy. We ate, laughed and drank some good Italian liquor. I miss Italy’s food and summer evenings.
After dinner Stefano took us all to the place where Aurelie was staying for the night. We sneaked under her bedroom’s window and he sang. He sang for her. He sang in Italian, in French, and he spoke in English. He said “tomorrow is just the beginning”.
And that was the first time I cried. Ok, only a tiny bit, but I did.
You probably remember Aurelie & Stefano from their engagement photos. A bit of their back-story is in that blog post, but we can’t leave untold the bit of how Stefano proposed.
Before proposing to Aurelie, he called her father to ask for her hand in marriage, and her father was so happy that he replied “You can take her hand, the other one as well as both feet if you want!”.
Then Stefano took Aurelie to Domo, his hometown, in the village’s church and explained her how he grew up in this place and its community. He got on one knee and opened a little blue box, and proposed.
They went to the Belvedere just outside the church and Stefano sang ‘Save the last Dance for me’ by Michael Buble, which was also the song they did they first dance to. Yes, he kind of likes singing for Aurelie.