They Key to Locking Love
By Ann Staples
Liza and Dave were history buffs looking for adventure before they settled down into married life, but they found so much more. A great itinerary took them to the places they had read about, but a twist of fate changed the whole scope of the trip.
While they were exploring the Italian Riviera in northeastern Italy, they spent a day in the Cinque Terre region. While enjoying a delicious meal of bruschetta and pasta in a quaint café, their friendly server noticed the spark between Liza and Dave. She assumed they were in the area to see the very special place for lovers around the world. When the young woman asked the couple if they were here for the historic Lover’s Walk they wondered what she was talking about. The server shared what sounded like folklore, but it turned out to be a very real place with a long romantic history.
A quick reset of the GPS took them on a scenic walk to the “Via dell’ Amore” (Lover’s Walk). Along the trail were several gates, chains, and even a tunnel that was covered in love notes, graffiti with sweet messages, and most importantly, with all kinds of locks. There was even a plaque with a tribute for the 40th anniversary of the classic Beatles album, Abbey Road. Dave and Liza wondered what that had to do with this little gem of a place, but once they read the tribute that included the famous lyrics “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
The couple was so moved by what they were seeing. People had shown their love for each other by affixing all types and sizes of locks along the Lover’s Walk, many had even thrown the key over the edge into the sea. Right then and there Liza and Dave didn’t just change their GPS for that day, but they also changed the course of their wedding theme. These locks symbolized something more than a sweet tourist stop. They meant security, commitment, forever.
Life is truly a journey; nobody knew that better than Dave and Liza. They had been down the road of sacrifice to get degrees and start careers. Before they met they had each determined not to “settle”, but would the right one ever come along? Tired of the dating scene, Liza decided she would set her sights and go after what she wanted, not just accept what came after her. Dave was feeling similar things, and stopped looking for the right woman. Instead he worked on becoming the right man, hoping that would attract the right person to him. That is when the stars aligned and these two met. After many long walks filled with conversations about short and long-range goals they knew this was the real deal.
After their European vacation they started researching
the Love Lock idea. Surprisingly, it led them around the world and right back to their own backyard in Southern Utah! Love Locks are now being locally made and on display at 231 S. Main in St. George and also in Springville. They quickly went to see them and asked their wedding planner to figure out a way to incorporate it in their celebration. They first decided to get each other locks, write something special on each one, and hang it on the Main St Gate. It was truly a unique way to show their loyalty and commitment to each other as they added their own personal lock to the others in a public place that they can revisit in the years to come and share with their posterity. On their wedding day they were so excited at the prospect of having their very own “Hearts Together” Love Lock tree which they and their parents all put locks on as part of the ring ceremony. It was such a meaningful gesture for the both of them, and is something they will keep close and treasure forever.True love will never be broken!