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Flavia Pennetta and Fabio Fognini’s grand slam destination wedding, Puglia

When renowned celebrity tennis players, Flavia Pennetta and Fabio Fognini chose to have their destination wedding in Puglia, I was delighted to be their Puglia wedding photographer service. This happy high profile couple tied the knot in a beautiful 15th-century cathedral, perched on the white town’s highest hilltop of Ostuni. Naturally, as their local Puglia wedding photographer I was more than happy with the simple, yet stunning location.

Flavia Pennetta and Fabio Fognini, became household names when Flavia won the US Open in 2015. In keeping with her style on the court, Flavia Pennetta’s wedding to Fabio Fognini was a classy affair. The couple, who had been together since 2014, tied the knot On 16th June 2016 in Flavia’s hometown of Ostuni. The wedding reception was at Masseria Torre Maizza, in Savelletri di Fasano, in the province of Brindisi, Salento. The happy couple employed a top local of Puglia wedding professionals to make sure the big day was a huge success.


Puglia Wedding Photographer: Rino Cordella and Luigi Cordella
Puglia wedding couple: Flavia Pennetta and Fabio Fognini
Puglia wedding ceremony date: 11 June 2016
Puglia wedding ceremony location: Cathedral of Ostuni, province of Brindisi
Puglia Wedding Reception Venue: Masseria Torre Maizza, Savelletri di Fasano, province of Brindisi
Puglia wedding Planner: Flavia Robbe
Puglia wedding Florist: Vincenzo Dascanio
Puglia Wedding dress: Atelier Emmè


When Ostuni Cathedral and Masseria Torre Maizza, swung open their doors to welcome the happy couple, I managed to capture and document the air of romance, elegance, and magic as the newlyweds celebrated the most important day of their new life together.
The Latin-cross shaped cathedral interior was packed with the happy couple’s family and friends who were overlooked by three beautiful 18th-century frescoes. The three-portal façades, topped by rose windows, decorated in medieval symbology and cherubs provided a spectacular historical backdrop for wedding photographs with a truly local feel.

This theme was carried through as Flavia, Fabio and their guests celebrated the reception the sixteenth century Masseria Torre Maizza.
This wonderful estate is located on a hilly area just a few kilometers from the Salento coast. Steeped in history this former watchtower was used to prevent Ottoman and Saracen invasions, and later became a place of hospitality for pilgrims and Benedictine monks. Today it is a refined  luxury resort surrounded by ancient olive trees, colorful orchards, traditional vineyards with a lingering delicate scent of jasmine.

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Lighting can be a friend or foe to a wedding photographer? The enchanting finishing touches created by crystal chandeliers created exception lighting effects.
Among the guests were many of the tennis family, including Pennetta’s former doubles partner Boris Becker and her teammates in the all-conquering Italy Fed Cup team, Francesca Schiavone, Sara Errani as well as Domenico Criscito, Giovanni Malagò.

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Getting ready: Flavia Pennetta, Wedding dress by Atelier Emmè and Fabio Fognini.

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When dreams come true: the wedding rings and the US Open 2015 cup.

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Flavia’s entrance surrounded by affectionate family, friends, and fans.

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Flavia and Fabio at Ostuni Cathedral.

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Romance and fun: Flavia and Fabios’ wedding reception at Masseria Torre Maizza, a wonderful wedding venue in Salento.

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