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The day was truly unforgettable for this young American couple. They were able to get married in Rome thanks to his sister, who lives a few yards away from the tomb of the first apostle and pope.

ASHLEY RENÉE
Sister to the groom
"When we arrived to St Peter Basilica in the morning, we entered from the side, so you really did not know what was happening and what to expect. And then they were rounding the corner, were the crowd of people would normally be. They actually spread aside like the Red Sea, and Amy was a beautiful bride just walking down the middle, just looking so lovely, and of course, walking to the little chapel.”

The process to marry in St. Peter's Square is easier than it appears, however, it does require patience.

ASHLEY RENÉE
Sister to the groom
"They had to present all of the sacraments, all the certifications of their sacrament to show that the had indeed received them, in other words they really had to show that they were Catholics and in good standing.”

Afterward, the couple had to file all the paperwork with their Italian embassy to legalize their marriage. The cost for using St. Peter's Basilica for the ceremony is 500 euros, or about $670.

ASHLEY RENÉE
Sister to the groom
"They got married on a Saturday, and the date was October 13, which is the feast of the Miracle of Fatima. It was actually the 95 anniversary of the Miracle of Fatima, so we were quite sure that Our Lady planned all the details to care everything for us.”

Their intimate wedding had only 30 guests, although the ceremony can accommodate up to 100. Following their wedding, Amy and Steven went on a seven day cruise for their honeymoon. However, they returned to Rome right after for the canonization ceremony of seven saints, and a general audience with the Pope. All added, it made for an unforgettable wedding in Rome, with memories they will forever cherish.


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