Our Destiny Destination Wedding in Sicily
Sicily, Love at First Sight!
To us, Sicily has always been an incredibly fascinating destination. A mix of cultures, heritages, landscapes and flavours, which give the island its own identity and make it a very unique place. After reading books and watching movies about this stupendous island we planned a journey to experience and explore this special place ourselves.
We planned our ambitious trip in every detail as there were so many places we wanted to visit during our stay. Our adventure began in September 2016, a lovely period to visit Sicily. After planning every detail, our journey from Munich to Catania began in September 2016. An ambitious 18-day road trip was attending us with a long list of must-sees throughout the entire island.
Our Arrival in Palermo
After a week of exploring the southern coast, we crossed the island and reached Palermo. We had booked an accommodation choosing a cozy renovated apartment in the heart of Palermo, with a beautiful terrace overlooking the city. This is where a fateful encounter took place: we met Daniela, a warm-hearted, wonderful girl. Daniela was, at the same, a very professional tourism manager, during our stay in Palermo everything was perfect. Who would have ever imagined that later she would have become... our wedding planner!
Daniela welcomed us at the apartment bringing delicious Sicilian pastries and introduced us to the place. What was to be a brief formal introduction became a 3-hour chat about Sicily and its culture sipping several cups of expresso coffee.
As we couldn’t arrange a food tour on short notice for the next day, Daniela offered to show us around the city and have us try out some of the Palermo specialities. We spent a really enjoyable and relaxing day with her in the streets of Palermo. Certainly, we also had the chance to get to know each other personally. Daniela told us about her dream to become a wedding planner in Sicily. A very interesting idea, we thought. We were not engaged yet, at that time, but one of us, the one who had planned the trip for a specific reason, was very interested in Daniela’s idea.
Romance at the Island of Lipari
The next day we left Palermo directed towards Cefalu to reach the amazing island of Lipari. We had booked another hotel in Lipari, this is what Marie thought. Instead of a hotel, I had reserved a romantic Aeolian-style home just for the two of us, in a secluded place with a splendid view of the Tirrenian Sea.
On the 27thof September, 2016 we got engaged at this very special place. An unforgettable romantic moment with candlelight and the breath-taking view of the sea. At this point Marie understood that I had organized the whole trip for this very special purpose. A magic moment that couldn’t have been more perfect. The same night we both dreamed about getting married in Sicily.
Back Home Planning Our Wedding
Back in Germany we shared our idea of a wedding in Sicily with family members and friends. To our surprise most them were excited about this idea and expressed their willingness to come. We remembered when we met Daniela in Palermo and her telling us about her dream and we thought it was a sign of destiny. We contacted Daniela and asked her to assist us to make our dream come true.
Arranging the Great Event
Since then many months had passed. In all that time we constantly thought about the lovely town of Cinisi we had visited. Our desire was to celebrate our wedding ceremony at the beautiful ancient church of Cinisi set in the town square, behind which the stupendous mountains reached the sky. During that time we went to Sicily twice to plan and organise our wedding with “My Sicily Wedding” Daniela and Luna, her business partner. They were always by our side to guide us through this romantic, although complex journey. With their support we were certain to have taken the right choice of coming to Sicily for our wedding. Every minute of our stay was a wonderful experience, the unique hospitality, the friends we acquainted in those days. A wedding is a very special once-in-a-lifetime event. Why not make it even more special by doing something unique in an extraordinary place, diving into another culture so different than ours. These memories are sure to last.
A Different Approach
During those days we discovered that there are quite a few differences between the German and the Sicilian culture regarding a wedding. The German way of planning tends to be very different. In Germany we plan every single detail and solely follow this plan. Deviating from the plan or not having a detailed plan worried us a quite a bit. In Sicily the plan unfolds as you go and you know this will happen. No need to worry. This is something inherent to Sicilian culture. We also learned a very important lesson regarding life in general. We should try to be more relaxed, patient and sometimes a bit more flexible with our plans. Worries are invain as long as we do not know better. Everything will work out at the end the way it is supposed to – just like our destiny.
Sicily Captured our Hearts
Maybe this is how Sicily captured our hearts. We are sure we want to return. Who knows, maybe we will retire in Sicily some time in the future. With a little house by the sea surrounded by olive and lemon trees, a glass of fine Sicilian wine in our hands and enjoy life without too many worries.
With (and in) love Marie & Martin