If you’re considering a Mediterranean destination bridal shoot or wedding, or even just looking for inspiration for a themed wedding, you’ll be blown away by these images from Wedding Tales. They explored 6 areas within the region of Puglia, the heel of Italy, and captured the iconic Mediterranean imagery of the region perfectly.
They start in the serene countryside near Ostuni, specifically at a bed-and-breakfast called Masseria Moroseta. Here, the rich colours of the dark green olive groves and the blue ocean come together for a beautiful natural background. Contrast that with the crisp white and clean lines of the contemporary luxury masseria. This would absolutely be a spectacular wedding venue both visually and emotionally for a relaxing weekend getaway!
Hillsides covered in whitewashed stone towns add an amazing soft cream and gold colour palette as well as stunning texture and depth to the images taken in the unique town of Alberobello, which is known for trulli, stone huts that have conical roofs. Their bride looks gorgeous in a long lace gown featuring a deep neckline and open back with her hair styled in a classic Italian simple braid.
Then they move to Polignano a Mare and show off the jaw-dropping jagged coastline and its amazing geometric-style architecture of the buildings and homes. It’s a gorgeous juxtaposition between the hard and soft – the rough coastline and the tranquil water – and the bride is perfectly at peace in a simple slip-style dress looking over the sea.
If history fascinates you, then you’ll love the town of Matera, one of the oldest-inhabited cities in the world. Everything about this setting is ancient, and the photos are so gorgeous – just rich with Old World romance.
The world-famous city of Lecce is known for baroque-style architecture, rich history and culture. I love the editorial style of these photos, with the bride in a darker beige satin gown flowing out behind her as she travels the charming city streets. There are a few pops of colour that would make wonderful colour choices in your wedding palette – like the deep turquoise of the door, the rosy pink terra cotta planters, and yellow-gold reflections of the sun through the alleys.
Lastly, the design team captures the rocky coast of Santa Cesarea, known for its ancient thermal baths (Terme di Santa Cesarea). The visual of the bride standing on the dark rocky brown cliff looking out wistfully over the rough blue and white sea can easily set you off in a world of daydreaming about your own wedding plans and honeymoon getaway. Definitely put the region of Puglia in Italy on your list of considerations!
From Wedding Tales….Puglia is a truly multifaceted destination. From its seemingly endless olive groves and black and gold rocky coast, to its hidden, picturesque villages and impressive historical cities: this unspoilt region located in the heel of the Italian boot is full of surprises. We went over to explore and discovered a region that’s quite easy on the eyes – to say the least –, and especially on our camera lens.
After a leisurely drive through endless fields of olive trees, we arrive at our masseria, in the midst of a verdant oasis. Puglia is dotted with masserias, i.e. renovated farmhouses bursting with character, where you can spend the night in rustic yet luxurious surroundings.
Masseria Moroseta is a delightful bed and breakfast, a mere stone’s throw from the town of Ostuni, and more-over: quite near the airport. This place exudes tranquillity, which is reflected in its architecture. The building is the pinnacle of equilibrium and balance, but above all: it oozes calm. In short, the perfect place to get some rest after your long journey there.
Pablo, the owner, welcomes us with open arms and treats us to a little tour. In addition to the exclusive rooms, the swimming pool, the many cacti and chickens, the property offers a unique view over the olive trees right up to the Adriatic Sea. For those with marriage on their minds, Masseria Moroseta is the ultimate destination; if a cosy, small-scale and unique wedding is what you’re in for, you’ve defnitely come to the right place.
After our stay in Masseria Moroseta we head further north, towards the coast. Our next destination is Polignano a Mare, a charming fishing village. We have a brief stop in the peculiar town of Alberobello, to soak up some of its history. The town was listed as a UNESCO Heritage site, because of the trulli, small cone-roofed limestone, which used to house entire families.
As soon as we arrive in Polignano a Mare, we go for a stroll down the old city centre. Seeing this is a coastal town, we can enjoy the distinctive fresh seaside smell. Getting lost in the historic centre’s narrow streets is bliss, as are its many tiny bars all over.
The city is located on steep, rocky cliffs, overlooking the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea. The location offers wonderful views of the city, bathing in sunlight, with waves gently lapping against the rocks down below.
After visiting these quaint villages, we feel the urge to explore the region’s past. Our journey brings us to Matera, known for being one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Once we enter Matera, it’s as if we’re transported back in time. The views are mind-boggling: it seems as if Matera has been hewn from the living rock. Wherever you look, you can see the infamous cave dwellings, or sassi. Matera’s oldest caves have been inhabited since prehistoric times, and people remained there until well into the previous century. This place is simply steeped in history. That’s why many filmmakers decided to use this setting for their movies; Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004), Ben-hur (2016) and Wonder Woman (2017) to name but a few.
You can spend hours wandering through the alleyways. The town reminds us of a labyrinth, made up of staircases, alleys, gates, churches, and caves – a truly unique location. Venice or Paris have nothing on this town when it comes to romance. Quite the place to pop the question!
Although we fell in love with Matera, we decide to journey on to Lecce, capital of the province by the same name. Lecce offers a lovely blend of the past and the present: there are a lot of contemporary shops and restaurants, but you can also visit a Roman amphitheatre, museums and churches in typical central Italy Baroque style.
When you turn the corners of the charming little streets, you walk out onto spacious squares. With impressive buildings, gateways and portals giving out onto the squares, you’re easily reminded of their former grandeur – an oasis of calm in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city.
Even though a larger city has a lot to offer, by now we’re looking forward to some peace and quiet. We head to the coast, in search of the Terme di Santa Cesarea. The rocky coastline takes you back to the past, a past that is still very much alive in the ruins of the ancient thermal baths. This is a place to relax: basking in the sun, you become one with nature and the history of this beautiful town.
Here is where our journey comes to and end, but we take with us many beautiful memories, and look forward to the many exciting things ahead.
Destination Bridal Shoot In Puglia Team :
Photography : Wedding Tales
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