Oh, Puglia. Where do I even start with this one!?
I’ll firstly take you back to 2013 when Hamish + Sara married under the Tuscan sunshine at Montestigliano. With Australian/Swedish Australian heritages, it was only expected that many of their guests would have flown over from Australia to party with them.
A quick fast-forward to 2016 for Emma + Shaya’s wedding, also in Tuscany, where I worked with the wonderful Alice from Italian Style Weddings.
These two celebrations of love came together to create the opportunity for me to photograph Nae + Dave’s wedding week-long celebrations in Puglia back in May of 2019. Hamish + Sara know Nae + Dave well, both being Australian and with work connections between them. The icing on the cake was the recommendation from Alice too.
This was truly four of the best days.
The Wedding Welcome Dinner
Nae + Dave chose to host a welcome dinner on the Monday night at Cala Masciola Beach Club, part of Borgo Egnazia, their main wedding venue. This was the perfect opportunity for them to begin their celebrations and catch up with friends and family; many of whom had only recently stepped off the plane.
Borgo Egnazia put on an Italian spread of the most gorgeous breads and salads, fresh fish and meats, fruit and dips followed by a sit down dinner with speeches and many, many glasses of bubbles.
The Wedding Day - Ceremony at Borgo Egnazia
Wednesday morning. We arrive at Borgo Egnazia for a pre-wedding meeting with Alice and some of the other suppliers before we head to Nae’s villa to begin bridal prep.
It’s just incredibly stunning. A sprawling estate of private villas, restaurants and cafes, golf buggies driven by dark and handsome Italian men. What is there not to love!?
Special note here to Nae’s bespoke wedding dress by Philippa Galasso which definitely features in my top 5 of all time.
Groom prep shots here by my incredible second photographer, Davide. Who also means a bloody good tiramisu.
The Dinner at Masseria Don Luigi
After heading down to the Ocean for a few couple portraits as the sun went down we made the ten minute journey to their second wedding venue, Masseria Don Luigi.
On entry there were more Italian feasts laid out and you guessed it – more bubbles.
The food is definitely one of my favourite parts of photographing weddings in Italy. I feel like Italian restaurants in the UK tend to be heavily focused on pasta and pizza, whereas my experience of being in the country is that it’s much lighter. Especially on the coastline where fresh fish and salads are plentiful!
Many of these detail shots are from Davide, who arrived ahead of me as I was with Nae + Dave by the ocean.
The evening was perfect. The dinner tables were laid out in the olive grove with festoon lighting and a purpose built stage for the dancing.
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