A second wedding in Sicily! Hotelier Sir Rocco Forte’s skincare guru daughter Irene throws a lavish big day with Princess Eugenie in attendance – after marrying tech whizz beau in a low-key ceremony last year
- Sir Rocco Forte’s daughter Irene has married tech whizz Felix Winckler in a lavish ceremony in Sicily
- Bride donned cream lace gown and flowing antique white veil by designer Luisa Beccaria for the occasion
- Couple posed for snaps outside church’s enormous flower arch before enjoying a luxury wedding reception
- They initially wed in ‘very intimate family affair’ last year in London amid strict Covid-19 restrictions
Sir Rocco Forte’s daughter Irene has celebrated her nuptials with tech whizz Felix Winckler in a lavish destination wedding in Sicily – a year after they tied the knot in a low-key ceremony in London.
The Oxford graduate, 31, who is Wellness Director at her family’s £340million hotel empire and founder of Irene Forte Skincare, said their vows in a ‘very intimate family affair’ in London last September after their original wedding in Italy was delayed amid strict Covid-19 restrictions.
However the couple were joined by friends and family over the weekend for the main event in Agrigento, with guests including Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, as well as royal Pierre Casiraghi, who is the son of Caroline of Monaco.
Irene donned a stunning cream lace gown with puff sleeves as well as a flowing antique white veil by designer Luisa Beccaria for the occasion, sweeping her hair back into a neat bun for the event.
Sir Rocco Forte’s daughter Irene, 31, has married tech whizz Felix Winckler in a lavish destination wedding in Sicily – a year after they tied the knot in front of friends in a low-key ceremony in London (pictured, walking down the aisle with Sir Rocco while Princess Eugenie watches on)
Among the VIP guests to attend the big day were Princess Eugenie (left), who joined her husband Jack Brooksbank at the wedding. Meanwhile the bridal party wore cream dresses for the occasion (right)
The couple organised the second event in the Arab-Norman cathedral of Caltabellotta, which had been decorated with hundreds of flowers lining the aisle, before throwing a reception in the Verdura Resort.
Guests were wowed by the sight of three traditional Sicilian carts, finely harnessed, huge event lighting of the square with the lights of the village festivals and a luminous composition in which the large initials of the names of Irene and Felix.
Attendees dined on an all-Sicilian dinner, based on macco di fave, prawns from Mazara del Vallo and mashed potatoes, the work of the famous chef Fulvio Pierangelini.
Later the couple put on an enormous fireworks display which delighted guests.
The reception venue was decorated with huge Sicilian illuminations (left), before guests were treated to an enormous fireworks display (right)
Last year, she shared two stunning photographs of her tying the knot with her boyfriend of several years in London, captioned ‘19.09.20’ along with a heart and dove emoji.
In the snaps, she showed off her smart white bridal suit, with a tuxedo jacket by Yves Saint Laurent and a statement pillbox hat with veil by Jane Taylor London.
The bride’s elegant heels were by Aquazzura, while her chic bouquet was by Ellie Hartley Flowers in Mayfair. She was styled by Tatler’s Fashion Director Sophie Goodwin.
‘It was a very intimate family affair instead of a wedding originally planned in Sicily that same weekend,’ due to COVID-19 restrictions, a family friend told FEMAIL.
The church’s doorway was decorated with an enormous floral arch made up with greenery, white and pink flowers (pictured)
Meanwhile the church’s aisle was decorated with stunning floral displays resembling an English country garden (pictured left and right)
Irene donned a stunning cream lace gown with puff sleeves as well as a flowing antique white veil by designer Luisa Beccaria for the occasion, sweeping her hair back into a neat bun for the event
In one of the images shared by Irene, the couple, who became engaged in January last year, are seen standing outside their wedding building, sharing a kiss while surrounded by their family and friends.
A second shows the pair walking down the streets of London, hand-in-hand, before a beaming Irene and her husband turn back towards the camera.
Irene kept her long, blonde locks down while sporting stand-out diamond earrings and a smattering of glamorous makeup.
Friends rushed to congratulate the pair on Instagram, with British TV presenter Pips Taylor writing: ‘Huge congratulations.’
As guests arrived at the wedding in remote Sicily, they were greeted with a huge band playing outside the church (pictured)
Attendees could be seen strolling up the hill and into the church ahead of the event, before they were greeted by were wowed by the sight of three traditional Sicilian carts, finely harnessed (pictured)
Meanwhile Irene and Felix wowed guests after installing enormous Sicilian illuminations to light up the sky at the lavish reception
Jessica Richards, the owner behind Brooklyn based beauty company Shen, beloved by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Rachel Weisz, added: ‘Oh my gosh gorgeous congrats! Sending so much love and happiness your way.’
Groom Mr Winckler, who is the co-founder of Reflaunt Resell Service, which encourages brands to embrace the second-hand marketplace, is no stranger to society romances, having previously courted Princess Caroline of Monaco’s daughter Charlotte Casiraghi.
Meanwhile Irene previously dated Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, the half-brother of Cressida Bonas for five years before splitting in 2016.
Sir Rocco Forte’s daughter Irene married tech whizz Felix (pictured together) in a ‘very intimate family affair’ last September
The Oxford graduate, who is Wellness Director at her family’s £340million hotel empire and founder of Irene Forte Skincare, revealed the happy news on Instagram with this picture
Miss Forte, who runs an eponymous skincare line, often posts about her beau on Instagram, including loved-up messages to mark his birthday.
Irene’s older sister, Lydia Forte, who is director of food and beverage at Rocco Forte Hotels, married her husband Greek shipping heir Dimitri Chandris four years ago.
Their Tuscan wedding was one of the society events of 2016, with guests including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Other high society couples who decided to wed in more low-key, private nuptials this year because of the pandemic include Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Cressida Bonas and Harry Wentworth-Stanley.
Miss Forte, who runs an eponymous skincare line, often posts about her beau (pictured together) on Instagram, including loved-up messages to mark his birthday
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