Masseria Le Carrube in the heart of Puglia
Deeply immersed in the Mediterranean scrub, the pure white walls of Masseria Le Carrube stand out against the pale blue sky. The tradition of whitewashing the walls of ancient buildings dates back to the middle ages and has earned the nearby historical town of Ostuni the nickname of white town: “In Ostuni houses are white, of milk and lime, they are so white they make your eyes hurt, pure white: walls, windows, doors, staircases, everything is impossibly white.”
The whiteness of Masseria Le Carrube and the green hues of the local vegetation were the main inspiration for this event, bathed in the summer sun and cooled by the shade of centennial olive trees.
When this couple contacted us for the renewal of their vows, we felt that this magnificent Masseria, with its spacious gardens and courtyards, was the perfect place for them. Le Carrube has been recently restored preserving its rustic flavor with the traditional tile roof, and the walls with the stones in view on the inner side.
This venue can host the different moments of the event in the wonderful Mediterranean garden with pergola, in the two orange groves or the luscious olive grove, and has also spacious inner halls for the banquet in case of unfavorable weather conditions.
A Welcome Cocktail for all guests was arranged in the main courtyard of the Masseria. We cooperated with Angelica of Flower Addicted to create a Flower Market setting with lots of white and pale pink flowers placed near a traditional Ape car (three-wheeler in the fifties style), which served as a drink bar. The buffet was served on an old stone table with these delicious appetizers:
- Apulian taralli
- Fresh vegetables with Pinzimonio and Yogurt dip
- Black and green olives
- Cherry tomatoes
- Prosciutto cut in front of guests & cantaloupe
- Small panzerotti bites
- Pizza bites
- Small arancini
Stone and iron tables were decorated with flowers in the same pastel color palette, while the cacti vases placed around the area provided a Mediterranean atmosphere.
Vows Renewal Ceremony
The ceremony took place under the luscious olive trees in the Olive Garden. The inspiration for the ceremony setting was boho-chic with a Mediterranean flavor. Tambourines, feathers and macrame dream catchers were hanging from the olive branches, fluctuating slowly in the warm wind. The traditional flower arch was replaced by a tripod decorated with pampas grass, white roses, and pink proteas.
After the ceremony, cocktail was served on the upper terrace. Succulents, pampas grass, glass and copper candleholders, and terra cotta pots formed a minimalist and sophisticated decor that blended perfectly with the white walls of the Masseria.
Dinner under the stars
Dinner was served in the main courtyard with all guests gathering around a single long table. This is a tradition at Apulian banquets and it is fantastic to enjoy the banquet all together. Lunaria garlands, bunches of oregano and ears of wheat, pads of prickly pear cacti were hanging over the table, decorated with napkins in natural linen with the initials of the couple embroidered ton sur ton. The dinner menu consisted of traditional Italian recipes that used fresh local produce.
- Insalata caprese
- Fiori di zucchina con la ricotta
- Carpaccio di zucchina con croccante di semi
- Caponata di verdure al forno
- Vitello tonnato
- Carpaccio di polpo
- Parmigiana di melanzane
- Caprese salad
- Zucchini flowers with ricotta cheese
- Zucchini carpaccio salad with cryspy seeds
- Seasonal vegetables caponata oven bake
- Vitello tonnato
- Octopus carpaccio salad
- Eggplant parmigiana
- Troccoli with lobster, fresh tomato bits and basil
- Veal scaloppine with lemon sauce and risotto with crunchy vegetables
- Sea bream fillet in almond crust, lemonade thyme with crunchy vegetables
Near the main table, we arranged a gelato cart, a candy area for kids on a vintage style Ape car, and a fresh fruit buffet on the old stone table.
Dinner was followed by a breathtaking fire game show. After the cake cutting on the vintage Ape car, all heads turned up to the sky for the spectacular fireworks. The party continued with dancing until 2 am.
The event was photographed by Gianluca & Mary Adovasio, they captured perfectly the fantastic atmosphere. Enjoy the photo galleries and feel free to contact us if you want to plan your wedding in Puglia at this fabulous Masseria!
Image Credits: Gianluca & Mary Adovasio ©.