Oh, hello there, wedding day perfection. The bride… the groom… the venue… the color palette… all of it! Every single detail was a true reflection of the bride and groom, yet blended together seamlessly for an event that will surely be appearing on wedding day vision boards for years to come.
Here’s how I captured this exciting, energetic destination Masseria Potenti wedding!
Everything, from the place cards (yes, those are tiny tambourines with hand painted portraits of each guest) to the well planned tablescape featuring Tuscany and Coralina ceramic dishes- was done with careful intent for a truly unique wedding and guest experience. Both Malin and Philip gave special consideration to their individual cultures so their big day was a magical mix of the best traditions from several different worlds.
The color palette featured blue and pops of yellow, reflecting Malin’s Swedish heritage. And what a luxurious color palette it was. The color story also included notes of coral and additional shade of blue that created an exquisite balance against the stark white backdrop from Puglia’s Masseria Potenti.
The color story extended from the stationary and tablescape, into the other details of the wedding, including the bridesmaids dresses. Malin opted to have her ladies wear dresses of their own choosing, within a coral color range. The result was mismatched perfection that left a lasting impression in real life and photographs. The difference in each dress allowed bridesmaids to stand out and choose dresses to suit their own style, yet still remain part of the group. So unexpected, yet still incredibly chic all at once.
Malin’s dress was sheer perfection, literally. The simple silhouette allowed the lace detail to take center stage, and Malin wore it perfectly. The dress was just as stunning in person as it appears in photographs. It stood out against the bridesmaids dresses, but still created an overall image that worked so well together.
Masseria Potenti has an array of photo ops on the property, including a vintage, cherry red car. But nothing provided the same beauty that we found from the natural landscape. The most incredibly unique trees and plants framed the venue’s buildings with the most lush and lively green hues. To add even more color, baskets with lemons and peppers were strategically placed on tables to compliment the green, and offset the blues and corals.
The outdoor ceremony was impressive, to say the least. It took place outside the Masseria, in front of a massive, ancient olive tree, exactly what you envision when you think of Puglia. The tree itself provided a brilliant photo backdrop. Guests were seated in benches, rowed facing the olive tree. Aisles were lined with olive branches and white flowers, complimenting Malin as she walked down the aisle to a violinist playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The entire sequence of events was quite emotional, for guests and the couple alike.
As a wedding photographer, I love getting to witness the exciting moment after a couple is just married. There is so much emotion that creates that translates so well in a couple’s wedding day photography gallery. That’s one of the major reasons why I love building a “just married” couple’s session into the wedding timeline to capture photography gold.
For this Masseria Potenti wedding, we followed their ceremony with a “just married” session among the cacti that’s native to Puglia, Italy. The timing of their ceremony and reception left us with the perfect soft lighting from the sunset.
As guests made their way from the wedding to the tables, they were greeted by a full on sensory experience, with a floor to ceiling tablescape and an 11 piece band. Dried flowers hung upside down above the long, rectangle tables. The ceramic plates mentioned earlier were rimmed in gold, and flanked with gold flatware. Guests found their tambourines hanging with the dried flowers, marking their seats at the table. It was fun to capture guests reactions as they found their seats and enjoyed chatting with one another. Although the tables were lengthy, they allowed guests to still converse across the table, creating an intimate setting.
While the guests dined, they also listened to speeches and shared so many laughs. They toasted the newlyweds, prosecco and rosè while listening to the band into the late hours of the night. When the speeches were done, Malin and Philip cut into an absolute masterpiece of a cake, a multitiered white layer cake, adorned with pinky orange flowers and apricots. It was the icing on the cake for the color palette as a whole… quite literally! Next to the cake was a fantastic champagne glass tower… because bubbles and cake are a must.
Guests danced the night away underneath a pergola of twinkling lights. They enjoyed traditional Italian treats and an Apulian fireworks display above the olive treetops. The entire experience from beginning to end was truly one for the ages.
I don’t think I’ll ever get over how exciting it is to share my lovely Italia with the most fabulous couples! This destination Masseria Potenti wedding is case in point how incredible these celebrations are.