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A Sicilian Wedding in Italy’s Ancient Town of Modica

Photography by Antonio La Malfa.

Returning to the ancient city of their engagement, Virginia and Florian were wed inside a Baroque church dating back to 1308 in Italy’s Modica. Soaring ceilings, colossal columns, and opulent interiors set the scene for the quintessential romantic Sicilian ceremony.

For a timeless countryside reception, the couple invited 100 guests to a historic stone farmhouse, La Chiusa Country House. The 1872 masseria is a sun-drenched series of beautifully worn, interconnected spaces surrounded by olive groves, pomegranate and carob trees.

The Sicilian wedding was captured by local photographer Antonio La Malfa.

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Our Story

Names / Virginia & Florian

Location / Sicily, Italy

Wedding Date / September 17th, 2022

Guest Numbers / 100

Florian & Virginia Wedding

Our Engagement Story

He proposed to me during our first trip to Sicily after Covid. I was organizing a shoot for our homeware brand Studio Sicily and on the set table was a box. When I opened it, turned around and he was kneeling. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It really meant so much to me because he’s not naturally romantic.

Florian & Virginia Wedding

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sicily wedding venues

The Setting


Wedding Location

We fell in love with this location through photos. We had not seen it in person. It had everything I was looking for – simple elegance. A charming masseria surrounded by olive and carob trees.



Our inspiration came from the venue – the centrality of the baglio, Modica stone, and the open space of the Sicilian countryside.

Florian & Virginia Wedding

“A charming masseria surrounded by olive and carob trees had everything I was looking for – simple elegance.”


I loved Antonio La Malfa’s elegance and sense of nostalgia – everything looked like a treasured memory with him.

Florian & Virginia Wedding

Florian & Virginia Wedding

Style Notes


Ceremony Décor

Our wedding ceremony was styled with simple and ethereal elements in order to keep the focus on the beautiful architecture of the church. We decided to use eucalipt and olive leaves for the ceremony because of the soft texture. Also, it’s a really strong flower and can resist in the high September temperature of Sicily.


Reception Décor

For our reception we had teste di moro with white peonies and olive branches, a few stylish elements, as in my bouquet, and a handmade doily under each guest’s plate.

Florian & Virginia Wedding

“Our wedding ceremony was styled with simple and ethereal elements in order to keep the focus on the beautiful architecture of the church.”

Florian & Virginia Wedding

Wedding Planner & Stylist

Simona was our wedding planner. She worked with us to help plan our dream day. We planned our wedding in one year and we were in constant communication with her. She took care of everything, met with suppliers, did trials, and finalized all details so that the day would run smoothly when it came. We basically just had to show up and say yes!

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Fonts, colors and details followed the main style with particular attention on choosing a fine paper with a luxurious texture that was pleasant to touch. Our invitation was calligraphed by Veronica at Verygraphy.



Favors were artisanal handmade ceramics to tie in with the table decor and the overall style. The intention was to gift something to use but also to be preserved in time and shown in a corner at home.



Our wedding cake was a 3-layer tiered cake, covered with a cream blanket decoration. Inside, it was vanilla sponge cake, Italian chantilly, strawberry drawstring.


Food & Beverages

For the aperitivo, we set up a cocktail-style setting with finger food, traditional food corners, and lounge areas in the garden to enjoy the relaxed summer day. Sicilian “Bancarelle” were the stars.

Then we had a setting for dinner. Risotto was chosen as the first course, and two options for the main course; one with meat and one with fish. Overall the menu was refined Italian food made with genuine, raw materials, and ingredients of excellent quality.

Florian & Virginia Wedding

Florian & Virginia Wedding

Fashion & Beauty Notes


Bride’s Dress & Shoes

A bustier dress with a sweetheart neckline, embroidered top sloping downward onto the wide blush silk skirt, made in Italy. I bought it in Milano, at Le Spose di Giò atelier. I fell in love with my shoes which were made in Italy by Alaïa, bombe sandals with heel and ankle cuff, adorned with carefully hand-applied ball and pyramid studs.


Wedding Rings, Jewelry & Accessories

Our wedding rings were simple gold bands, and my earrings were vintage Oscar de la Renta from the 90s.

Florian & Virginia Wedding

The Details


Florian & Virginia Wedding

Florian & Virginia Wedding


Marco Patti from Taormina, our very talented friend, was playing in a band and came to play at our wedding.

Florian & Virginia Wedding

Our Advice


If I could give other couples one piece of advice…

The wedding is one day out of the whole storybook. The details matter but never let that override the story and the love you have together.

Florian & Virginia Wedding

Our Contacts


Wedding Venue / La Chiusa Country House

Wedding Stylist & Planner / Brilliant Wedding Sicily

Photography / Antonio La Malfa

Bride’s Dress / Le Spose di Giò

Bride’s Shoes / Maison ALAÏA

Hair / Marta Giuspino

Makeup / Sara Gerratana

Stationery / Verygraphy Calligrafia

Ceramics / Studio Sicily 

Florist / Lorefice Fiori

Cake / Valentino Catering

Catering / Valentino Catering

Entertainment / Marco Patti from Taormina



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