Classic Puglia Destination Wedding at Masseria Spina

February 20, 2020 | brooke

Belinda and Luca decided on a classic wedding in Puglia, Italy at Masseria Spina to create a unique and cultural experience for everyone attending! When planning their wedding, the couple focused on keeping the wedding as authentic as possible, with local food, art and entertainment to ensure everyone would have a memorable experience and learn a bit about the region itself. If you’re a lover of all the details and pretty colors, you’re sure to swoon over all the reception details Benevent Planner helped curate for the couple’s romantic vibe. We can’t wait for you to get inspired by every photo Lisa Poggi captured of this couple’s incredible Masseria Spina destination wedding day!

The Couple:

Belinda & Luca

The Wedding:

Masseria Spina, Puglia, Italy

Our wedding ceremony was quite traditional, in the local cathedral in the centre of town. We were limited in the amount of flowers we could have as well as the song choice and instruments. We loved this as it meant we could keep the wedding ceremony simple and not take away from the most important part of the wedding, the religious ceremony. We were lucky enough to have Luca‘s family priest marry us, which was quite a special moment for Luca‘s family and ourselves.

Our wedding planner, Elena from Benevent, custom designed and created the cushions, ottomans and pouffes which we had in the aperitif area. She is so creative and the different colours and prints really added to the fun atmosphere and the overall theme of the wedding.

We loved the aperitivo set up in the ancient olive groves of the masseria. It was beautifully set up with bright and colourful flowers and traditional farm-house props, with plenty of seating areas for our guests. Guests were able to eat local cheese, panzerotti (fried pizza dough), seafood, cured meats and more! We had a 3-piece band singing romantic ballads which really added to the atmosphere as they walked through the area serenading our guests.

I think our wedding planner and designer, Elena (Benevent Planner) was so lovely and easy to deal with. She was creative and put forward ideas that we fell in love with immediately. She not only provided us with a beautiful wedding design, but worked with us on our run sheet and the production schedule in order to ensure that every detail was taken into consideration and executed perfectly. We honestly had such a stress-free experience planning this wedding from the other side of the world, and we had full trust in her team that they would create something really special. We were also really confident in our suppliers and knew their past work and what they were capable of creating!

Our main wedding colours were shades of blue as well as burnt orange, toffee, terracotta and natural tones. We wanted colours that were vibrant and fun, but also earthy and relevant. These colours were seen throughout our wedding stationery, linen placemats and florals. Elena from Benevent was so creative and did such a great job ensuring that the design and theme was carried out through all elements, working closely with Angela from Flower Addicted Angelica to ensure everything worked well and was cohesive. She completely nailed the brief!

Lisa Poggi is fantastic to work with! We had such a great time on the day working with a fun and creative team. She really worked with us to create the most beautiful photos and has such a great eye for detail when capturing each and every moment, as well as all the creative details. We were so happy with all our suppliers and really feel as though their contribution and talent added to the overall look and feel of the day.

I really love the images Lisa took of us as we entered the reception with the backdrop of the Rosoni lights (typical Italian style festa lights). It just shows our joy and excitement, surrounded by all our family friends standing up singing, dancing and having the best time! This photo sums up the whole emotion and experience of our reception dinner.

The entertainment was so lively and energetic, we were so shocked to see everyone out of their seats with their tambourines, singing and dancing. We even had Luca‘s grandmother get up and join the fun which was fantastic to see!
Another surprise for our guests was the firework display! We had everyone stand on the steps of Masseria Spina to watch the fireworks as we cut our wedding cake! Our saxophonist then started playing and lured everyone into the dancing area where we continued to dance at the afterparty.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Lisa Poggi
Event Planning – Benevent Planner
Ceremony Venue – Duomo di Monopoli
Reception Venue – Masseria Spina
Floral Design – Flower Addicted Angelica
Catering & Cake – Masseria Spina
Live Music – Radici del Sud
DJ – Mimmo Radogna Sax
Videography – Giorgio Giurierri
Stationery – Dodo Design
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – This June
Wedding Dress – Pronovias
Linens – Simply Seated
Rentals – Che Scena
Transportation – Puglia Autoclassica
Rings – King Street Design


Congratulations, Belinda and Luca, we’re so happy you chose to share your day with Junebug! If you’re loving the vibes of this Masseria Spina wedding, we think you’ll swoon over this intimate and natural wedding at Borgo Pignano.


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Simple Ceremony Readings for Your Wedding

February 19, 2020 | brooke

photo by Maggie Grace Photography

When it comes you choosing the readings for your ceremony, you might be feeling a bit lost—especially if you’re a couple who likes to rock to the beat of your own drums and go the non-traditional route. Have no fear! We’re here to help, babes. When thinking about your ceremony readings, it’s important to choose something that represents the two of you. So, if cool and casual is your thing, a simple ceremony reading might be the best fit for your day.

Here are Junebug’s favorite simple ceremony readings for your wedding:

  1. Atticus Poetry

  2. I just need you and some sunsets.

    A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

    We ate well and cheaply
    and drank well and cheaply
    and slept well and warm together
    and loved each other.

    photo by Anni Graham

    Butterflies Rising

    you said,
    tell me where you’ve been, love

    and i thought of all the lost roads,
    and dark corners,
    and heavy work, and heartbreak,
    and of all the healing

    and i just said…
    on my way here

  3. Heart Talk by Cleo Wade

  4. And if you want love…the really good kind…you are going to have to get your hands dirty.

    Apricot Memoirs by Tessa Guinery

    Life should be lived with a spirit of
    adventure, loads of good conversation
    and a heart ready to celebrate others.
    Love your lover. Make love under the
    stars. Let your heart feel risk. Keep it
    wild. Let spontaneity lead, keep things
    fresh, and say “I love you” a million
    times a day. Share a meal and some
    rouge with your tribe. Don’t be tight-
    fisten with what’s in your hands—be
    generous! Generous with your words,
    your creativity, and your love. Live
    large, and heed to your convictions.
    Don’t let me sun set upon anger,
    and be bold even when you feel like
    retreating to your safe, little cave.
    Most importantly, have faith and,
    love God with all your heart, mind,
    and soul.

    photo by Henry Tieu Photography

  5. “the one” by Rupi Kaur

  6. they should feel like home
    a place that grounds your life
    where you go to take the day off

  7. The Nightmare Before Christmas

  8. “My dearest friend, If you don’t mind, I’d like to join you by your side. Where we could gaze into the stars, and sit together, now and forever. For it is plain as anyone could see, we’re simply meant to be.”

    photo by Katelyn Ortego

  9. Van Gogh

  10. I feel
    there is
    more truly
    than to
    love people

  11. Jane Austin “Sense & Sensibility”

  12. My heart is, and always will be, yours.

  13. Sex and the City

  14. “His hello was the end of her endings. Her laugh was their first step down the aisle. His hand would be hers to hold forever. His forever was as simple as her smile. He said she was what was missing. She said instantly she knew. She was a question to be answered. And his answer was ‘I do.’”

    photo by Maggie Grace Photography

  15. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

  16. “Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.”

  17. “There Will Be Time” by Mumford and Sons, featuring Baaba Maal

  18. But in the cold light I live to love and adore you
    It’s all that I am, it’s all that I have
    In the cold light I live, I only live for you
    It’s all that I am, it’s all that I have

    photo by Cedar & Pines

  19. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

  20. If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.

  21. Mother Teresa

  22. Spread love
    wherever you go.
    Let no one
    ever come to you
    without leaving

photo by Kayla Esparza Photograph

We hope these simple ceremony readings have you inspired, feeling a little mushy, and ready for your turn to say them at the alter!

RECOMMENDED READING: 13 Unexpected Wedding Ceremony Readings

photo by Maggie Grace Photography


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Stylish Industrial Detroit Wedding at Galleri 2987

February 19, 2020 | brooke

When Lizzie and Robert’s wedding vision was inspired by their favorite bar—an intimate, literary-inspired speakeasy—and we’re obsessed with how they pulled it off at Galleri 2987 in Detroit. Instead of a registry, the duo asked their guests to each bring a book that was important to them and, in return, the couple gave copies of their favorite books as favors. From these simple, clever ideas, to stylish details that Every Little Detail helped to plan at every turn, we’re certain you will love this day! We’re grateful ME+HIM Photography was there to capture it all with brilliance.

The Couple:

Lizzie & Robert

The Wedding:

Galleri 2987, Detroit, Michigan

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Since we wanted the wedding to be comfortable, we wanted the vibe to reflect places where we like spending time. Part of our inspiration came from our favorite bar, an intimate, literary-inspired speakeasy. We’re also pretty low-key people, so we didn’t want the vibe to be overly formal and overwhelming. This led us to our natural and understated decor.

We both love to read, and books have been important to us throughout our relationship. So instead of a registry, we asked our guests to bring us books that were important to them. In return, we gave copies of our favorite books as favors. We chose a selection of books that both of us had read and loved, collected several copies of each, and had a bookshelf in our reception space. We wrote notes about each choice so that guests could choose and take home a book of their own.

Don’t worry about tradition or trends–trust your own instincts and your vendors. Your vendors probably have a lot of good advice and expertise (ours certainly did). However, only you can decide which traditions you do and do not want to include (or if you want to make up something completely original!).

The Wedding Team:

Photography – ME+HIM Photography
Event Planning & Floral Design – Every Little Detail
Wedding Venue – Galleri 2987
Catering – Bigalora
Cake – Sweet Heather Anne
DJ – AB Music
Stationery – Jade Social Design
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Detroit Glam Squad
Wedding Dress – Sarah Seven
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Brideside
Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Tux Shop on Woodward


Congratulations, Lizzie and Robert, and many thanks to Junebug member ME+HIM Photography for sharing their day with us! For more of ME+HIM’s work, be sure to check out their page in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.

RECOMMENDED READING: Etsy Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Actually Want to Take Home


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