Catholic & Hindu wedding in Puglia
After two years of planning, and re scheduling because of the pandemic, they made it!
A & P fell in love with Masseria Grieco in 2019, and started dreaming to celebrate their wedding day with family and friends. Unfortunately, as all of us know, Covid pandemic arrived in 2022 so they had to postpone to 2021 first and then to 2022.
Finally in April 2022 their Catholic and Hindu wedding in Puglia could be happily celebrated.
A, the groom, is Italian but he has been living in London with the bride, and their children, since many years.
The couple wanted to celebrate not only their wedding, but also their heritage, combining two different cultures, so they decided to celebrate both a Catholic and a Hindu wedding in Puglia.
Catholic Ceremony was held in the Church of Cisternino in the morning and then in the afternoon a Hindu ceremony was arranged at Masseria Grieco.
Masseria Grieco is a stunning venue in Val d’Itria, one of the most breathtaking areas in Puglia.
This Masseria has stunning outdoor areas, including a beautiful pool, a romantic and characteristic courtyard, ideal to host the dinner, as well as other panoramic corners.
It has 25 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 60 guests.
The wide outdoor spaces of the Masseria allowed us to plan a perfect Hindu wedding in Puglia.
Two days prior this Hindu wedding in Puglia, a Mehndi Party took place.
The party started in the afternoon, with food and drinks, then a Mehndi artist, who is originally from northern Italy, performed her magic with henna on the bride’s hands and feet and guests hands, getting ready for a real Hindu wedding in Puglia.
After everyone enjoyed dancing as in a perfectly traditional Sangeet gathering.
On the Wedding day the getting ready started very early in the morning, because the Catholic ceremony started at 10.30 am in the Church of Cisternino, which is 15 minutes away from the Masseria.
Bride and Bridesmaids got ready in the biggest room of the Masseria, where they were able to enjoy this special moment all together.
P. was wearing a beautiful lace wedding gown with a high collar.
She arrived at the church with an amazing vintage car, and the driver was the brother of the groom. The groom and his mum entered last, while all the guests where already sitting in the church. When P. made her entrance she was stunning and the ceremony was very emotional!
After this Ceremony A & P drove back to the Masseria on the Vintage car, followed by all the guests that were on two buses.
When they arrived at the Masseria a Indian vegetarian buffet lunch was waiting for them in the Pool area. The Indian chefs flew directly from UK to serve this very special meal.
The sun was shining bright and the lunch time was very enjoyable.
When the lunch was over the guest went to their rooms to change their attire, and get ready to attend the Hindu wedding in Puglia.
P. changed her make up and hairstyle as well, thanks to the amazing make up artist and hairdresser, that came from Fasano.
During Hindu ceremonies it is very common for brides to wear a red dress, usually with rich embroideries, however P. decided to wear a lovely coral and white sari.
As every Hindu wedding also this Hindu wedding in Puglia was announced by the Baraat, a procession that the groom performs with his family and friends. The Baraat started in front of an Apulian Trullo, with the Dhol Players and dancers followed by the groom’s side.
With the rhythm of dhol players and dancing the procession reaches the Mandap, where the actual ceremony takes place and where the couple will be finally joined, with the blessing of their relatives, by the Hindu Pandit.
The Hindu ceremony starts without the Bride, because the bride generally enters after 20/30 minutes from the beginning of the rite, escorted by one of her male family member, while the groom is hidden behind a piece of fabric.
The groom and the bride are allowed to see each other only after the Kanyadaan, the part of the rite where the father of the bride, or one member of the bride family side, offers the bride to the groom, putting her hands on the groom hands. This Hindu wedding in Puglia was so special and perfect!
After the ceremony the newlyweds and the guests enjoyed a fantastic aperitif in the Aia of the Masseria, and a fantastica Pizzica Band with Pizzica dancers joined by Dhol Players and Indian dancers enchanted the guests with folk music, the peak of two cultures mixing together.
The bride’s bouquet, as all the wedding flower decorations, were made by the talented Angelica from Flowers Addicted. We were definitely addicted to the result for this Catholic and Hindu wedding in Puglia!
The dinner was set under a crystal marquee in the courtyard, as in April evenings can still be a bit cold and it is better to keep the crowd warm.
During dinner there were some speeches and the Indian dancer did a Bhangra dance, which is a mix of various folk dances from all across the region of Punjab.
The Italian menu proposed by Casaresta Caterer was a delicious Apulian Wedding dinner.
After the dinner guests moved under a stretch tent to start the dj set, with dancefloor and open bar.
The perfect end for an amazing Catholic and Hindu wedding in Puglia.
Catholic and Hindu Wedding In Puglia, dream team:
Wedding planning: Italian Wedding Designer
Wedding Coordination: Sumblimae
Venue: Masseria Grieco
Caterer: Casa Resta
Photographer: Francesco Gravina
Videographer: Sergio Eblo
Florist: Flowers addicted
MUA: Daniela Vinci
Hairdresser: Princess Parrucchieri
Tent: Vision tent
Audio equipment: Sona Service
Dhol Player: Mony Dhol Player
Bollywood dancers: Aishanti Company
Mendhi artist: Pinklish Makeovers & Henna