Monday March 24 2014.


Emma and Leon, an Irish couple, were looking for somewhere really ‘Italian’ to celebrate their wedding, but rather than a crowded touristy resort they wanted to find a quiet and private spot.  Touring around Sicily they were swept away by the stunning views from the Borgo San Rocco and knew that their’s would be a rustic Savoca wedding.

rustic savoca wedding


Savoca is a small village, very un-touristy, but notorious as the place Francis Ford Coppola shot The Godfather (because the real Corleone was too developed).   It does look other-worldly with the stone streets and hazy natural light, another destination to add to my bucket list!

godfather savoca wedding

Beautiful bride Emma says “the day turned out exactly how we had imagined, completely easy and rustic, full of authentic Sicilian atmosphere and filled with natural beauty.”  Emma even arrived at the ceremony in perfect Italian style with a vintage tuktuk.

vintage tuk tuk wedding

The ceremony itself was held in an unusual boat hull shaped wedding hall, built with heavy wooden beams.


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Emma chose her dress to match the rustic charm of their destination wedding, heavy antique gold beads adorned the bodice and hung loosely at the back.

antique gold wedding dress

I love unexpected back details on wedding dresses and these chains are seriously stunning.  With such a statement dress and given the scorching heat, Emma wisely opted against a veil but wore a plaited up do accessorised with fresh flowers.

chain back wedding dress

wedding savoca sicily

The other elements of the day followed a loose red and white colour scheme.  The bridesmaids’ dresses were red and flowers were a nod to home with a mix of white peonies, field daisies and bright red gerberas,

peonies daises bouquet

After the ceremony , the guests toasted the newlyweds and enjoyed traditional Sicilian calia which symbolises good luck for the couple’s marriage.

sicilian calia

Finally guests were taking back to the Borgo San Rocco to feast on rustic Italian dishes and dance the night away under the stars surrounded by the striking Peloritani mountains.

borgo san rosso wedding

Huge congratulations to Emma and Leon, and big thanks to the fab Fotografo Professionale team for sharing another breathtaking wedding with us.

fotografo professionale wedding


Photographer: Fotografo Professionale –

Wedding Planning: Opera Wedding –

Venue:  Borgo San Rocco –

Flowers & Decor: Michelangelo Finocchiaro –