A beautiful, laid back Masseria Montenapoleone wedding in Puglia, Italy (with first look!) - Claire & Will

I have been DYING to blog these previews but I headed straight off across Italy from this wedding to The Secret Retreat and had no time at all. 

This was such an incredible wedding and it was in the most perfect setting... being back at Masseria Montenapoleone I felt pure joy with a tinge of sadness because the guys from the workshop last year weren't there. Apart from one. I was lucky enough to have my beautiful friend Lucy Woodrow Photography with me to help out.  Thank you. xxx

Claire & Will found me online and we'd only met briefly for a rather rushed coffee at Euston Station but when I saw them the day before the wedding it was honestly like catching up with friends. We chatted by the pool, beers in hand, and I met all of their loved ones who had travelled from all over the world to be there. 

That's what made the wedding (and I'm sure the days that followed) extra special, having everyone there... even baby Ari - just 7 weeks old so many of the family hadn't even met her.  I will admit to getting a bit of a lump in my throat when Claire said 'this is probably the only time we will ALL be together". 

And then Ari unleashed a 'punami'... and let's just say that Claire's beautiful mum won't be eating pesto in a hurry. :)

The wedding itself was perfection... the stunning Eliza Jane Howell dress, the room where Claire and her friends got ready - a cave FFS!, the first look (absolutely NO dry eyes) among the citrus trees, Claire & Will walking down the aisle together to be married by Claire's dad, Will's younger brother playing the piano as they made their way in (he practiced solidly for 6 months), the incredible brass band who walked everyone back up from the ceremony grotto, the wonderful food (always a highlight at Masseria Montenapoleone), Claire wanting so badly to get into the olive grove that she didn't even think twice about climbing the wall in her frock... and of course, Will's EPIC dancing.

A quick thank you to Giuliano and the team, especially Doriana, for looking after me & Lucy and keeping us hydrated!  We love you and will be back.

Claire & Will - what can I say... I'm sad it's over, I could have done it all over again the next day, even in that heat.  Thank you both for being so relaxed and trusting me implicitly, it was so much fun and I kinda missed you the next day!  I hope you love these previews.  Speak soon, much love xxx

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