Dad and Mum had met by chance over the Australia Day long weekend in 1965. Dad had just come back from Frankston beach with his friends and had seen Mum at a mutual friends house. A few days later with a little push, he got the courage to come over and ask my Nonno for permission to take Mum out. They weren't allowed to go anywhere, but Dad tells me that one summers day, they were allowed to go for a walk to the local milk bar which was at the end of Haresta Avenue.
While talking to each other, they realised that they were both at the same Italian movie night at the Noble Park Town Hall a month or two before they had met, but they didn't know each other then.
Dad had told me that he would go over on Friday and Saturday nights to share a meal with Mum and spend time with his new family. He wanted to go more often, but most of them had to get up very early for work so it could only happen on those two days. Mum told me that they would get up early as the ones leaving for work had to get ready and then walk to the station in good time to not miss the train.
Mum and Dad got engaged on 2nd July of that year, which was a day after Mum had turned '21' yrs old.
They both worked really hard to save money and in November of 1965, they bought their first home at 15 Gloria Avenue, Dandenong. Dad told me that he had moved in a few weeks before they were to be married to get it all ready. Dad had asked Mum earlier if she wanted a honeymoon in Sydney or the house and of course Mum had said the house. Forty years later Dad would eventually take Mum to Sydney, but he was so unwell that I don't think they saw much, but he knew in his heart that he had to take her.
On the 18th December of that year, they married at St Mary's Church in Dandenong. The entrance to the church was from Foster Street with amazing bluestone steps that flowed all the way down. Unfortunately in 1993, they decided to renovate the church and took those memorable steps away. Dad and Mum recalls the ceremony being just after lunch and once it was all over they went for photos at a photo studio in the Vanity Arcade in Dandenong. They then went back to Nonno & Nonnas' house as Nonna had prepared lots of food for the celebration. They had also ordered their wedding cake from Bruno's cakes.
With all weddings, you have your ups and downs, but overall it was a beautiful summers day and they were happy together.