Once the dress was ordered, everything else started to fall into place. After consulting with the leaders of our church in both the US and in Italy we decided that we would have the temple ceremony first, in Washington DC. After our reception, we would leave on our honeymoon and then, after a short stop back in DC to pick up all our legal documents, we would fly over to Italy. There we would have another, simple ceremony, for Mario’s friends and family.
The only main issued that remained was to actually decide WHEN this was going to happen.
Mario and I continued to go back and forth. There were so many factors to take into consideration: the schedules of our families, his busy season at work, the best time for me to leave my job. Not to mention the fact that the seasons in DC are known to be a little unpredictable. Neither of us wanted to have a huge delay, but there just never seemed to be the perfect date.
Finally we realized that this was our problem. There was never going to be a perfect date. We had to make the best decision according to what worked best for our future life together. And we had to stick with it.
Once again, we looked at our calendars. We needed two weekends: one for the DC wedding and one, 2 weeks later, for the Italian ceremony. After that, we would just have to make it work.
It seemed like were never going to agree. But finally, after laying out all the potential possibilities, we kept coming back to the same weekend.
February 5th. We were getting married on February 5th.