"and if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it's a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end." -Pico lyer Sandra and Leonardo met in Las Vegas, Nevada back in 2011. In Sin City with friends and both happened to be staying at the Hard Rock Hotel. It was on that day of August 18th 2011, that they noticed each other at a pool party, and that's where their story all began. No one goes to Vegas expecting to meet anyone, but by God's will they did. They had found each other and had no idea what life was about to have in store for them. Four years later, Sandra and Leonardo's love story continued. The chapters and pages of them speaking on the phone daily, taking frequent trips to visit each other had finally ended as Sandra followed her heart, took a leap of faith, and ended up moving to New York to be with Leonardo. Later that year they decided to make things official and legally tie the knot in New York's City Hall. Sandra, the Portuguese Toronto Native, was now able to be with the man of her dreams, the Sicilian Brooklyn- born Leonardo. He would stand proud next to the woman he met and grew to love years ago in Las Vegas, a place where everyone expects to get lucky and win the jackpot, but no one expects the jackpot to be the greatest gift of all, love. Some call it luck, but Sandra and Leonardo call it fate. They had both won, to say the least. Since it was a God's will that the couple came to meet, they decided to keep the faith alive and practice their Roman Catholic upbringings. It was obvious their wedding was going to take place in the Catholic Church, but they decided to make it even more meaningful, by getting married in Sicily. The wedding will take place in the same town Leonardo's whole family is from and also in the same church that his parents got married in. This ceremony will be a celebration of the love and the unbreakable bond Sandra Santos and Leonardo Buttitta share as both families join together in Parrocchia Madrice Church in Bagheria, Sicily. "Everyone you meet will have a part to play in your story. And while some may take a chapter, others a paragraph,and most will be no more than a scribbled notes in the margins, someday, you'll put their name in the title" - Beau Taplin Sandra and Leonardo hope to be surrounded by as many loved ones as possible as they exchange their holy vows of matrimony and continue on their exciting journey together. They value that unions are not formed by giving yourself away, but by coming together in acceptance of each others' souls. Two minds, two hearts, two flames, two contributors, two architects buildings their worlds together. So please come and join both families as the happy couple adds yet another chapter to their infinite LOVE STORY.
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4:00 PM, August 11, 2018 Parrocchia Madrice Piazza Madrice, Bagheria, PA 90011