I can hear wedding bells! I even have tears of joy just thinking about this day right now. I don’t know how I’ll go telling what seemed like a fairytale without shedding a few tears. It was an early start Sunday morning and Mum and I were heading towards my sister’s apartment with a quick stop at the local patisserie to get some croissants. It still seems quite surreal even thinking about it now but walking in and seeing the bride-to-be was certainly an unforgettable moment.
I don’t know where the 5 hours went that we had to get ready but they just seemed to pass by and next thing we knew, we were on the water taxi to the church! We all couldn’t believe that after all the stress of the dress being finished, our hair being done, make up and everything being absolutely perfect that somehow we had arrived to the church early. It was quite the contrary to my sister as usually she’s a little late so I expected her to be but just as we were walking towards the ceremony, the photographer kept telling us to “stay, stop! We’re too early!” that was all something we really didn’t expected to hear. There was absolutely no rehearsal for what was about to happen which made it even more amazing.
Before I knew it, I was walking down the aisle and at this point, I had it altogether. Even though I had seen my sister in her wedding dress just before an a few times before we left for Italy, it had no effect on how the tears streamed down my face as she walked through the door. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. To all be here, friends and family, in this truly extraordinary church from all sides of the planet made it even more like a fairytale. There are so many great moments from the ceremony that I’m not going to select a couple – I am going to share them all. As soon as Rhiannon walked through the door, I looked over at Ryan and heard him gasp. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the groom’s face as their bride walks down the aisle. Everyone was absolutely mesmerised as we all felt the powerful energy in the room. After an introduction and a reading, it was time to say the vows – I am getting a little emotional even looking back on it now. I had read my sister’s vows just earlier that day and got a bit teary so I thought I wouldn’t cry during this part of the ceremony but I was so wrong. The groom went first and to see my brother-in-law choke up talking about his love for my sister made me feel so happy for Rhiannon that I was crying tears of pure happiness.
After the ceremony, we walked just a minute over to the nearby churches and palaces to have a photo shoot. It was so spectacular! I’ve got some photos above with the red chairs that show how grand these places were. It was also time to take ‘selfies’ with the flower girl, as she absolutely loves selfies! Around thirty minutes later, we walked to the nearby canal and found our transport waiting for us to take us to the reception. Guess what it was? It’s not that hard to guess… It was a gondola! Going on a gondola shows you another side of Venice and I’m glad I finally got to experience one. I was lucky enough to share the experience with the other bridesmaids and of course my sister and new brother-in-law! There was nothing better than popping the bottle of champagne to celebrate such a momentous occasion. I certainly felt like royalty on this day as we gracefully stepped off the gondola into the lobby of the hotel that was on the Grande Canal. I’m just kidding about the graceful step – we almost climbed up the stairs! The photographer was going to take photos of us getting out of the gondola however he realised how unflattering that was and how we needed an extra hand to get onto the jetty! Little moments like that always gave everyone a giggle.
The reception kicked off with cocktails and drinks in this beautiful ballroom as they set up the rest of the reception. It opened out onto a tiny balcony but this little balcony gave you a view that you couldn’t see anywhere else. There was the Canal Grande in all its glory and the sun was setting in the distance, it was perfect to say the least!
ThThe night started with some speeches and of course speeches continued through the night! We had a beautiful entrée of Ravioli filled with Mozzarella, Zucchini Pesto, Parmigiano Cream and baked Tomatoes followed by a main of Beef Fillet Mille-feuille with Asiago Cheese and Walnuts Sauce. It was all so beautiful and it was quite pleasant to have a dish that wasn’t so Italian! I have to mention a little something about my short and sweet speech. I really didn’t know what to say so I truly made it up on the spot! It seemed like we all had the same idea when we did our speeches and were reminiscing back to the time when Rhiannon and Ryan first met. I did too. One moment that really stood out to me was when Ryan took my sister, Rhiannon, on their first overseas trip. This was the first time that my sister would not be around for six weeks and as a nine year old. I didn’t like this at all! Ryan and I didn’t get off to a good start but I knew that these two were meant for each other. I had a picture of them from the newspaper that they found scrunched up in my pocket one day! It wasn’t until the night of the reception that they found out I kept that picture of them in my pocket everyday when I was at school. It acted like a little reminder of my sister and I had a piece of them with me each day. I am so so happy for them to finally take each other’s hand and say I do. My sister is my best friend and my brother-in-law is my mentor. I look up to them so much and I can’t wait to have more amazing times togther! They’re currently on their honeymoon and doing something a little different – trekking through South America! Here’s to more wonderful times ahead and I will never forget the day that was my Sister’s wedding.