Seventeen-year-old Alix of Hesse looked at the face of her beloved, Tsarevich Nicholas, for the first time that day, and saw it light up with joy. She was standing at the back of the cathedral preparing to walk down the aisle to stand beside Nicholas. She wore a white, lacy dress with a veil and a long train. Nicholas was tall and handsome in his dark suit, his dark brown hair neatly combed and his blue eyes dancing with excitement.

As the organist began to play, Alix slowly began to walk down the aisle, every step bringing her closer to Nicholas. As she got closer and closer to his face, which was shining with love for her, she felt her heart pound with excitement.

It had to be you, it had to be you
I've wondered around, finally found somebody who
Could make me be true
Could make me be blue
And even be glad just to be sad thinking of you

They'd first met five years previously, when he'd been sixteen and she'd been twelve, at the wedding of a mutual cousin. Alix had thought that Nicholas was the best looking boy she'd ever seen, and he'd been enchanted by her beauty. He'd been so sweet, and also quite shy. He'd smiled at her, and she'd smiled back.

"My name is Alix," she'd told him.

"I'm Nicholas," he'd replied. "But most people call me Nicky."

Although they'd only had a few minutes to talk, they'd quickly forged a special bond, and wrote to one another regularly after they'd gone back home. Although they'd only met once, over time, Alix had come to feel closer and closer to Nicky.

Some others I've seen
Might never be mean
Might never be cross
Or try to be boss
But they wouldn't do

At first there had been an obstacle over the difference in religion, but in the end Alix wanted so badly to be with Nicky that she agreed to convert from Lutheranism to the Russian Orthodox faith. Nicky's parents had wanted him to marry a woman of higher status, the daughter of a monarch, but Nicky had been resolute in his determination to marry the woman he loved.

At last Alix was standing at Nicky's side, her gloved hand tucked beneath his arm. Waves of excitement flowed through her at the warmth of his touch. At the end of the ceremony, Nicky lifted her veil and kissed her lips for the first time, his kiss sending tingles down Alix's spine, the promise of passion so long delayed at last to soon be fulfilled.

For nobody else gave me a thrill
With all your faults, I love you still
It had to be you, wonderful you
It had to be you

They'd both waited for this day for ever so long. Nicky had dreamed of holding Alix in his arms countless times. He'd never so much as given a second thought to wanting to be with any other woman but her, and knew that she felt the same way about him. Their love for one another was pure and innocent, and they were both filled with hope as they looked forward to beginning their new life together.