M A R I O & A N N I E
The Cinematic Highlights
Why are we here?
It’s to celebrate a mystery.
The mystery of love.
Without a doubt, Mario and Annie are a perfect match. Their devoted family and friends attest to this—and anybody who sees them together will immediately say the same.
So it’s difficult to imagine that there was once a time before they fell in love— that there was even a moment in history when Mario had to fight for Annie’s affection.
He fell for her, and tried. He failed, and tried again. It was an arduous journey for Mario, one that truly tested his love for Annie. But as the saying goes, “When two people are meant for each other, no time is too long, no distance is too far. They will always gravitate back to each others arms, no matter how far they wander.”
On the day of their wedding, there was an overwhelming sense of ecstatic joy. Mario couldn’t be happier to be there, to testify that something he never believed would happen was indeed taking place that day. But it is absolutely unmistakable in Annie, who could contain neither laughter nor tears as she recited her vows to her groom.
Perhaps this is the mystery of love of which they speak. That you would be the perfect match for a once-complete stranger, and you would choose to become one flesh with them. That even if they confessed to having a million imperfections, you still believe that you received the better end of the deal, that you got luckier than you had ever dared hope for. And that in spite of your own human limitations, you find the courage to utter promises that would take a lifetime to keep.
The mystery of love is that it gives you every reason to take that plunge into the unpredictable and unknown. As Mario and Annie lock lips at the end of the film, we see them pausing and can only guess that they do so to savour that moment, that moment that only seemed like a distant fairytale they once hoped for.