A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy


In the enchanting year of 2016, Dania, a radiant spirit hailing from Honduras, and Florian, a charming gentleman from Netherlands, met at the dazzling Cannes Festival. Their paths crossed during the festival, surrounded by their entourages of friends, all caught up in the same captivating narrative. Little did they know that this initial encounter was the spark that would set off the fireworks of an extraordinary love story. 

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Fast forward to the post-lockdown era in Dubai, where Dania and Florian found themselves unexpectedly rekindling their connection. What began as a friendship slowly blossomed into something profound. A shared realization dawned upon them – they were destined to transcend the boundaries of friendship, embarking on an exciting journey as a couple ready to weave a tapestry of love, laughter, and enduring memories.

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The Planning

In a whirlwind of six months filled with non-stop effort, fun planning sessions, and more Zoom meetings than they could count, a symphony of perfection finally emerged. The trio – Florian, Dania, and the designer, Bárbara from Bárbara Murguia Event Studio – set out on an exciting scouting adventure through the enchanting landscapes of Southern Italy. In the designers words, the chemistry among them was like magic, instantly solidifying their bond as an unstoppable team.

A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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The Theme

The brilliance of the theme and the ingenious design were born as a tribute to the surrounding location. The vision was to create something exquisite, blending effortlessly with the diverse locations, each highlighting the essence of love – a constant motif. From Florian’s proposal to Dania in January, months of careful planning unfolded with meticulous precision.

A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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The Venue

The peak of their adventure unfolded in Bari and Fasano, where serendipity played its part, guiding them to discover the absolute perfect venue. It was like the universe conspired to make their journey even more incredible!

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Set in Puglia, a blossoming destination, emerged as the epitome of elegance for the celebration. The La Fortezza venue, with its rich history and imposing presence amidst olive groves overlooking the Savelletri coast, became the canvas for their dreams. The meticulously restored 15th-century castle provided an exclusive backdrop for high fashion and destination events. 

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A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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The Couple’s Favorite Element

Choosing a favorite element from their wedding turned out to be a mission impossible. The perfect balance achieved among the venue, mouthwatering culinary delights, the couple’s infectious charisma, and flawless execution turned the event into a masterpiece of pure elegance. Yet, amidst all the grandeur, the real delight was discovering remarkable individuals with captivating stories, all converging in this spectacular setting to collectively create a work of art.

A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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The couple’s post-ceremony stroll from their sacred vows to the awaiting greenhouse was a breathtaking experience. The transformation of the surroundings was nothing short of enchanting, leaving both Dania and Florian profoundly impressed by the sheer beauty that surrounded them. It was a moment when the orchestrated magic revealed itself, casting a spell that etched itself into the fabric of their favorite memories.

A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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A Grand Destination Wedding in Southern Italy
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As the echoes of the celebration linger, the couple’s favorite moment remains elusive—a testament to the overwhelming beauty encapsulated in every facet of their journey. It’s a journey filled with love, laughter, and memories that will forever hold a special place in their hearts.

The Wedding Vendors

Designer & Planner @barbaramurguia

Production @itinera_events

Photography @ksemenikhin_wed @andy.nasta.wedding @__themanoir @jorgebraud.weddings

Video @marcoabba

Decor @rutgermflowers

Venue @pettolecchiacollection

Dress @galialahav

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