There is something about a destination wedding in Sicily that will truly captivate you. From the breathtaking landscapes to the unique architecture to the rich cultural history, Sicily has all the makings to steal the hearts of those who travel there. Katia and Roberto hoped to do just that for their guests who were traveling all the way from Australia. And it’s clear from all of these beautiful photos that they certainly succeeded in highlighting all that this amazing city has to offer.
Captured by the talented Mario Colli Photography, Katia and Roberto’s wedding at La Falconiera was lavish and elegant down to the last detail. Their extravagant event featured chic white flowers and modern décor alongside more traditional elements like classic Sicilian cuisine. Roberto is striking in a black tuxedo, the perfect compliment to his stunning bride, Katia who wore a ball gown by the Sposa Group with a beaded sweetheart bodice.
In the heart of the city, Katia & Roberto’s Sicilian affair incorporated modern elegance with Italian authenticity- rich in color, culture and of course, food! Enjoy!
Real Destination Wedding Advice from the Bride
How many people attended your destination wedding?
How and why did you choose to have a destination wedding in Sicily?
I wanted to celebrate the most beautiful day of my life with my family and friends in the place I was born. I love my country, the beautiful surroundings/landscapes, the culture. I chose the Falconiera venue because I loved the view and outside set up. My brother got married there and I really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. The service was excellent!
What were your sources of inspiration when choosing your colors, flowers, cake, decor?
My inspiration was the Sicilain sunset with pastel colors. The flowers very simple, but beautifully arranged! Simple and gorgeous, native of Sicily! The food had just a ‘touch’ of the flavors of Sicily! And the cake with cream and wild strawberries was to-die-for.
Was there something unique or special that you incorporated into your wedding theme?
I had an American/Australian style wedding in Sicily, which is quite unusual!
What was your favorite wedding detail?
Certainly the ceremony set up in the garden, with the beautiful arch and lanterns. The florist did an amazing job, considering it was his first ‘Australian’ style wedding. The violinist and the piano made for a magical atmosphere when I was walking in. The photographer Mario was awesome! I felt so relaxed. It felt natural.
Was there any tradition that you skipped for your destination wedding or a tradition that you put a “destination wedding” spin on?
I did not take my photos after the ceremony. I had ‘first look’ pictures which I found awesome as I could enjoy every moment before the ceremony. It was the best choice ever. My husband and I, were so relaxed. We went to Taormina, an amazing town known for its colors, medieval streets and romantic air. It’s my favorite destination!
What was your favorite part of having a destination wedding?
Definitely the excitement of getting all my Australian guests to Italy. I promoted Sicily and the rest of Italy so much. I was so happy that they could come and enjoy my beautiful country. They used the wedding as an excuse to visit Italy and they loved it. They all had such a beautiful time. They loved Letojanni, Taormina, Castelmola, Amalfi coast, Cinqueterre.
What was the most memorable thing to happen on your wedding day?
The violinist did not play when he was meant to, and I had to turn around and scream: “Where is the violinist?” Everyone was looking at me and laughing!! The most emotional moment was certainly the first reading from my nieces and nephew. They organized a special speech for me–certainly very touching for me and all my guests. Tears were in most of people’s eyes!
What was the biggest challenge in planning your destination wedding in Sicily?
To find a celebrant. There are not many American/Australian style weddings in Sicily, since most of the people get married at church, as per tradition!
What’s your advice to others planning a destination wedding in Sicily?
It was hard to arrange accommodations for all my Australian guests. Everyone had different plans. Some people stayed few days, other people stayed a week or more. It was time consuming looking at venues in Sicily that could suit everyone’s needs. I would definitely recommend using a wedding planner or a good travel agency. I was lucky enough to have my sister in Italy to check those venues in person. Having someone there definitely helped me a lot with all the arrangements, and especially in getting competitive prices.
Photographer: Mario Colli Photography
Floral Designer: Il Fior dei Fiori
Reception Venue: La Falconiera
Makeup Artist: Roberta Cardullo Make-Up
Dress Designer: The Sposa Group
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alannah Hill