Florence has always played a huge part in Craig and Sharlene’s romance. After all, it’s where he proposed!
After meeting at 19 and spending 8 years together, the two went on holiday traveling through Europe. While on an evening walk in Florence, the two paused to look over the Santa Trinita bridge and watch the sunset. It was there that Craig dropped to one one knee and asked Sharlene to return to Florence as husband and wife. And two years later, they did just that!
The two were originally planning on marrying in their hometown of Melbourne, Australia and honeymooning in Italy. Unfortunately, things took a tragic turn: Sharlene’s grandmother lost her fight to cancer nine months before the wedding. Three months later, her grandfather followed.
Despite having the venue booked and guest list ready to go, the couple turned their plans around.
“With a giant void in my life, this great loss was enough for us to reassess what we truly believed our wedding should be,” Sharlene explained. “The decision was made to cut our losses and stay true to ourselves, to travel to a beautiful destination with our closest friends and family — and what place was more meaningful than Florence?”