Italy Weddings / Nicola & Matt at Masseria Torre Ruggieri

I have had Puglia on my mind lately.... Starting to plan a new wedding there is one of my happy places. And it was not the exception when I first met Nicola & Matt for site inspections. I was so thrilled when they decided Masseria Torre Ruggeri was the right place for them (that place, as you may know, has a special place in my heart).

The beauty of a perfect location is that its own beauty is enough to drive the design of the event. The colors of Puglia: the light colored buildings, the muted green of olive groves and the blue sky and sea are enough to inspire the uninspired. 

This location has a beautiful citrus grove where Nicola & Matt chose to have their wedding ceremony. An existing backdrop (a structure that possibly was meant for staying in the shade on hot days - I am actually guessing here so if you know the reason for it, let me know!) decorated with locally made urns and neutral flowers was all the space needed.

And what can I say about a long dinner table in the middle of an olive grove?  String lights, candles, traditional masseria style chairs with straw seats and miniature locally produced olive oil doubling as place cards (and takeaway favors).  As much as I love color, sometimes, simple minimalism is just right.

{venue} Masseria Torre Ruggeri {photo} Les Amis Photo {floral} Amsicora Fiori {catering} Eventi D'Elite {lighting/sound} Gio Service {DJ} Sergio Cacciatore {hair&makeup} Viviana Veglia



Italy Weddings / Molly & Graham at Masseria Don Luigi

I love Puglia. So every time I get to go there for a client wedding, my heart sings. I actually met Molly & Graham at Graham's cousins wedding in Tuscany (which we planned). When I met them, little did I know that 15 months later, we would all be back in Italy, to celebrate their wedding.

Pretty set on having their wedding in Italy, they took me up on my recommendation and we went to Puglia on a scouting trip a few months later... Needless to say, they loved it and I can perfectly understand why. The authentic Italian feel, the beautiful locations, the gorgeous ocean, the weather, the people.... THE FOOD!!!!!! After visiting quite a few locations in three days, they decided that Masseria Don Luigi was the perfect spot for their wedding.

Little did we know that our original plans for 50 guests would end up growing a bit.... OK, quite a bit, and this beautiful couple ended up having almost 100 friends and family join them in Italy to celebrate their wedding!!!  While the September weather was not as warm as we expected it to be (not a bad thing after having been in Puglia for a horrible heat wave only a couple of months before), it was still wonderful and beautiful (and the fire pit on the night of the wedding certainly helped!!)

The festivities kicked off with a great welcome dinner at the Coccaro Beach cClub, with wonderful food and delicious wine in true Italian style But the wedding itself was truly amazing.

With a ceremony set in a secular olive grove, next to a 500+ year old olive tree, guests enjoyed themselves while Molly & Graham said their vows and became Mr & Mrs.  After the ceremony, a fabulous Italian style aperitivo, with, among other things, a seafood station and a live cheese maker, offered a variety of food for every taste. Tess & The Yellow Cabbies, a wonderful Tuscany based band, played while guests enjoyed the food.

The newlyweds had their first dance as husband  & wife in the olive grove, under the string lights, before everyone headed into the reception space. Using long wood tables and whitewashed chairs, we were looking for a very clean, light, southern Italian feel. Our florist created beautiful multi piece centerpieces with candles on the two long tables, and each place setting was finished off with a custom menu and a small olive branch, a nod to the location and to the Molly's Italian heritage. After speeches and a wonderful sit down dinner, guest enjoyed the cutting of the cake (which was suspended in a "cake swing", Masseria Don Luigi's signature cake "table") followed by a wonderful (and exaggeratedly diverse) dessert display.

After everyone ate to their hearts content.... Tess and The Yellow Cabbies began playing again and everyone truly danced the night away (while taking some time off in the fire pit to relax and recharge)!

{photo} Marco Odorino Photography {venue} Masseria Don Luigi (hair and makeup} Jessica Berulier {getting ready venue} Borgo Egnazia {floral} Amsicora Fiori {catering} Il Fagiano {bar service} Joe Bar Catering {live music}  Tess & The Yellow Cabbies {bridal gown} Mikaela by Paloma Blanca { bride's shoes} Stuart Weitzman