Tim had a gondola dressed for cruising and was expecting his couple at any moment. Next thing I knew, this couple showed up wearing incredible period costumes and Venetian masks.
I thanked God that I had my camera, and in short order, started snapping pictures.
I never really got their names, and with the masks, I have no clue as to their true identities.
So to keep the mystery alive, and in an effort to give them some kind of name, I call them "The Couple in White".
I could be exaggerating here, but I suspect they may be the best looking couple I've photographed so far.
After our visit by the office, Tim and the costume-clad couple made their way to the gondola.
The lady boarded like a true Venetian.
Without any fuss, she lifted her dress just enough to step onto the forward trastolini, and made her way to the comfortable seat - all without rocking the boat or stumbling about, which is so common this far from La Serenissima.
I know I've been raving here about the couple, but their gondolier Tim Reinard was on his game too; wearing the standard gondolier togs, along with a Venetian mask of his own, and a red sash just to commemorate the occasion.
The couple didn't tell me much about themselves except that they were there to celebrate their anniversary.
They had no idea that I would be there with my camera, and it was my understanding that there wasn't a costume party to attend at the end of their cruise - they were just celebrating in style. Just the two of them.
To me that was the most exceptional thing about them.
...Well, that and the fact that they looked fantastic, and were quite obviously very-much-in-love.
But sitting in the gondola, with a masked gondolier a poppa, the whole thing gained a much more natural look.
I stopped by, with my camera, and there they were.
But just as quickly as they materialized, so too, did they disappear.