Thinking of having a destination wedding, then I would recommend a visit to the wonder place of Cefalu, Sicily. This little town on the coast was just adorable, cobbled streets, old churches, live music playing throughout the town and the food, well it’s Italy, as you can imagine it was delicious. My favourite being this little cafe just off from the beach where they served the most amazing Cannoli, sweet tooth paradise!
Julian and Danielle wedding here was just gorgeous, everything you wanted for a rustic Italian wedding! The people, food, beach and a gorgeous rustic Italian villa with magnificent vistas overlooking acres of lush green vineyards. As the sun started to set and a warm breeze blew in off the coast you could just feel the magic of this place in the air, a place I would love to visit over and over again.
WORDS FROM THE BRIDE
We were going back to Danielle’s home in Australia (Perth) for Christmas, so Julian decided to ask then – while she was with her friends and family. He asked on Christmas morning in her childhood bedroom – best Christmas day ever! We spent the next week drinking champagne as everyone wanted to celebrate with us, and it was summer holidays in Australia so there were lots of catch-ups and events planned anyway.
Choosing the Venue:
We saw four venues but this one was ‘the one’, and we knew it the moment we saw it. Beautiful and rustic courtyard, gorgeous view, and the food were incredible. It was absolutely perfect – and the staff were incredibly accommodating.
The wedding inspiration:
We wanted it to be relaxed, summery and a little rustic. Just because that suited us as a couple – so a little church by the beach, followed by outdoor drinks, then an outdoor reception at a winery in the hills – with the first and last courses mingling rather than seated – was perfect. For the decorations at the venue, we went for rustic, along with all the stationary.
I spent a good few months looking and probably visited about 8 places. I wanted something a little bohemian, and when I put this on I couldn’t take it off. It’s designed by a wonderful and incredibly talented lady called Sanyukta Shretha who is based in Fulham. She is from Nepal and all her gowns are hand-made in a social organisation she sponsors in Nepal to help marginalized women. She refers to her gowns as ‘eco-gowns’. Knowing everything she does to support the people of her community at home made me love the entire experience of buying my gown even more amazing. When the Nepal earthquake hit she started a fundraiser among ‘her brides’. She raised a significant amount of money – so satisfying to know I was a very small part of it.
Too many! Arriving at the reception and getting to mingle with everyone eating and drinking. The speeches when the sun was starting to set and people were rather merry. Reading our personalized vows in the courtyard at the reception venue with all our family and friends.
Advice for couples:
Don’t spend forever searching online for ideas – get out and see what is out there! And remember that people are just there to see you, they don’t mind about things going wrong or not to plan.
Really glad we got married in Sicily – it was perfect, and so many of our family and friends came to a beautiful part of the world and had amazing holidays they wouldn’t have done otherwise. We are also really glad of doing so much to help them plan and attend – and day trips before and after – made it like a 7-ay wedding and meant we got to spend more than one day with them. As one of our guest’s said ‘Why have a wedding day when you can have a wedding week!’
Who went above and beyond?
Big Love (we aren’t just writing this as you are reading it!) and Sicilian Wedding Day.
AWW THANKS GUYS!!
THE WEDDING TEAM
San Sebastiano Chiesa
Food trucks or carts: NA
Cake: Santa Anastasia
Wholesaler based in Sicily (unknown)
Don Liborio Asciutto
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