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The Wedding

Posted by Ben on June 20, 2009

I can say pretty safely that we all slept really well last night and woke up feeling much better than the day before. We had our first class session this morning in the classroom in the Villa Maderni which was pretty cool. We learned mostly about the history of the region and its place within the larger Roman sphere of influence. We had planned to go to the neighboring church after the class to see an ancient inscription among other things. However, our plans were changed once we found out there was a wedding going on in the church. We got out of class a little before noon and went to watch the newlyweds emerge from the church since it was right across the street from us. Several interesting things happened during this process. The first step was for a giant sheet with a heart painted on it to be spread across the doorway:

In order to escape, the bride and groom had to cut the heart out from behind.  Once that was accomplished, they were greeted with showers of confetti, some of which is still on the street now.


They were then approached by a woman carrying a box, which looked kinda like a treasure chest.  Upon opening the box, several white doves flew out, two of which headed almost immediately back inside the church.


The last part of the ceremony we saw involved the groom pulling the wife down the street in a little cart that had tin cans tied behind it.


And all of this was before lunch!  Pictures from the afternoon trip up Mount Generoso will follow shortly after I sift through them all.



One Response to “The Wedding”

  1. Aw, man, jealous. I saw no weddings in Riva. That’s incredibly picturesque.

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