Rino Cordella

Puglia destination wedding: local reggae star Angelo Cisternino and his bride to be Veruska Urgese

Angelo Cisternino aka Blazon, co-founder and DJ from Boomdabash, the nationally acclaimed band from Salento rocked up to church on his trademark black motorcycle. The bride was wearing a fairy-like white wedding dress embellished with refined colorful floral embroidery. And Marco their 4-year-old son waited for them at the altar gazing through his big brown eyes at the church packed with the bride and groom’s family and friends. Thus began the wedding of Angelo Cisternino and Veruska Urgese. My day was spent capturing the story of their day.


Puglia Wedding Photography: Rino Cordella & Luigi Cordella
Bride and Groom: Veruska Urgese and Angelo Cisternino (aka Blazon, turntables and Boomdabash sampler)
Puglia Wedding ceremony date: 1 June 2018
Puglia Wedding ceremony location: Parish All Saints, Mother Church of Mesagne, Brindisi province
Puglia Wedding reception venue: Masseria Li Surìi, Manduria, province of Taranto, Puglia
Wedding Planner: Gabriella Fasiello Puglia
Wedding Florist: Rollo Flowers Puglia
Wedding Music: Raffaele Passiante




Angelo and Veruska exchanged their vows overlooked by eighteen fascinating religious statues, in front of marvelous polychrome marble altar, grand organ and paintings of considerable artistic importance, on June 1, 2018. The 15th century Collegiate Church in Piazza IV Novembre in the quaint village of Mesagne, Brindisi is home to Boomdabash and their reggae music. This is the heart of Salento and the Collegiate Church is a fine example of Baroque architectural beauty. The church has a Latin cross layout and beautiful façade, and according to the historian Diego Ferdinando, it is built on Byzantine chapel.

After Angelo and Veruska pledged their for one another they went onto the wedding reception at Masseria Li Surìi. Nestled into the hills between Manduria and Avetrana (in the province of Taranto), a few kilometers from the Ionian Sea, this historic 16th-century estate is surrounded by about ninety acres of olive groves, vineyards and Mediterranean plants. Angelo and Veruska, chose this evocative venue steeped in the tradition and history with backdrop of poetic Puglia landscape to celebrate their big day.

Amazing fresh farm-to-table food was served up and washed down with local wine. The happy couple sang and danced, laughed and rejoiced with their nearest and dearest and I observed the big day as it unfolded, naturally and unobtrusively, capturing the themes of love, music, and poetry. I work very close to the action and try to blend in with the guests as much as possible. My shots of the newlyweds and guests freeze in time the intriguing details of the connection between people, those subtle glimpses and glances, smiles and hugs.

Angelo and Veruska Puglia Wedding photos: Nature, architecture, history, and Salento tradition.

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