Fairy tale wedding honours heritage
By Nerida Blok
Kylie and Anthony Hyde experienced a fairy tale when they married.
The young Goonellabah couple travelled to northern Italy to marry in the same church in which Kylie's grandparents exchanged vows in 1946.
Kylie, 24, a teacher at Holy Family Catholic Primary School, decided she wanted to marry in the same 311-year-old church on her grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary.
"I was lucky Anthony agreed," she laughed.
The pair married on September 10 in the town of Ono Degno.
Members of both families made the long trip to the wedding.
"It was amazing," said Kylie.
"It was my mum Gracie Bisaro's first time back to the town she was born in."
Anthony, 26, who works at the Casino meatworks, said he had no idea what to expect but agreed it was spectacular.
"The scenery and the warmth of the village people made our day," he said.
Geographic location may have set this wedding apart but there was no escaping the inevitable last minute hiccups.
The wrong bridal bouquet was delivered, guests became lost and the bride was late.
"But we were just so happy ? it didn't matter," Kylie said.
Kylie said the reception involved 40 people, mostly comprising family still living in the Italian town. Family and friends back home shared in the celebrations with a second reception, for 150 people, last Saturday at the South Lismore Bowling Club.
She said they were grateful to Michael and Suzie Hanley, photographer friends from Classic Colour Studios, for 'capturing some lovely memories we will have for ever'.
The words written in a card given to the couple summed up their experience: 'I hope your marriage begins with once upon a time and ends with happily ever after.