June 10, 2010 — Wedding Day!
Understandably, everyone was up early. Allie had thoughtfully put together a wedding-morning breakfast for the couple. After a knock on their bedroom door, she whisked in with a tray of sweets and colorful espresso cups filled with strong coffee.
After a nibble and a sip, the groom-to-be was nudged out and the bride’s bedroom became a hubbub of activity.
But it’s not all about the bride…there’s a groom, too.
The civil ceremony at the Municipio was scheduled for 10:00 a.m. It was time to leave. Gianni, Donatella, and Nakita hadn’t yet shown up, but we knew we’d meet them along the way.
As Nichole descended the villa steps, she saw a single white butterfly flit past her. During all the days we had been at the villa, none of us had seen any white butterfly. It was a lucky omen, and maybe also a clandestine blessing sent by absent parents from a place unknown. It was a magical morning, and on such days, magical things can happen.