Oh my. Oh my. Oh my. This Puglian countryside wedding is simply spectacular. From the wedding ceremony in the forest complete with fairy light moon gate altar to the Aperitivo hour in the olive grove, not to mention the wedding breakfast and party in the cobbled courtyard, this is romance at its most beautiful (and most appetising: don't read if you're hungry!). The bride's gorgeous Anna Kara wedding gown, with long sleeves, lace bodice and soft skirt, finished off by a floor-length veil from RMW recommended supplier Britten Weddings, adds extra magic to this destination wedding, which is just oozing with love, emotion and whimsy. Enchanting.
Puglian Countryside Wedding at Tenuta Tresca Liz & Danny: We found our venue via our wedding planner, Lucette at House of Luce. Lucette is based in Amsterdam and specialises in affordable wedding planning in Italy. She has the most exquisite style, is a wonderful person and is highly organised; she was an incredible find and we can’t recommend her more highly. We visited Puglia 16 months before our wedding to view five venues and absolutely fell in love with Tenuta Tresca, an old farm house in the middle of the countryside. As soon as we walked up it felt like we were in a special secret garden made for us. It has a forest area where we had our ceremony, a courtyard where we had our dinner and party, and an olive grove where we had drinks and aperitivo. It was perfection.
Fairy Light Moon Gate AltarThe style of our wedding was a mix of rustic Italian with romantic bohemian details. The venue, our own style, countless brainstorms with Lucette and extensive research on Pinterest inspired us. We like organic, imperfect touches rather than polished and perfected styling. I made my own signage on Photoshop, bought gold frames online, and found lots of our decorative touches on websites such as Etsy. The venue was adorned with lights - a festoon light canopy, fairy lights dripping from trees, giant Puglian luminaire lights on the stage - and we had a fairy light moon gate altar for our ceremony, which later turned into the backdrop for our photo booth. Traditional Puglian Food Food was high up on our priority list, and we wanted to treat our guests to a real feast of typical Puglian cuisine. Tenuta Tresca is known for its sensational food and exquisite hospitality, and they really delivered. After our ceremony, we had ample amounts of serve yourself aperitivo positioned around the trees in the olive grove, with fresh mozzarella chefs showing our guests how it’s made. For dinner we had risotto, langoustine ravioli and seabass, plus aubergine parmigiana for the veggies. Our glasses were always full and second servings were offered up for all courses. Our cake was also a nod to traditional Puglian style, with cream and pastry covered in berries. We didn’t want anything too expensive and intricate, and felt it was a fun opportunity to do as the locals do; after all, they know how to do their food best! Our guests played with sparklers whilst we cut the cake which made for a sweet photo moment.
Processional Music: Bloom by The Paper Kites Ceremony Readings: Soul Mates by Lang Leav; If I Should Fall Behind by Bruce Springsteen First Dance: Falling in Love by UB40
I don't know about you, but I have fallen head over heels for this dreamy wedding day set in the stunning Puglian countryside. Fancy a similar fairytale setting yourself? Italy is a firm favourite amongst RMW readers, and we have plenty of idyllic Italian weddings to inspire you.
Venue: Tenuta Tresca | Dress Designer: Anna Kara | Veil: Britten Weddings | Bridal Shoes: Pier One from Zalando | Bridal Jewellery: Etsy | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Groom's Shoes: Common Projects from Mr Porter | Wedding Planner: Lucette from House of Luce | Stationery: Etsy | Band: Club Live | Biodegradable Glitter: Eco Stardust | Humanist Celebrant: Michael Laird | Videographer: Marco Schifa