Holy cannoli! We can’t get enough of Christine and Craig’s modern but classic Tuscany wedding at Villa Mangiacane. The property’s bright peach exterior and the surrounding 600-acres of lush vines and groves matched perfectly with the neutral color palette that the couple, along with their planner—Blooming Eventi—picked out.
Our favorite detail? The Vespa bar—complete with Aperol and Campari. Or maybe it’s the fireworks going off as the couple cut their cake. Okay, there might be too many to choose one favorite detail from this real wedding. Stefano Santucci Photography beautifully captured every romantic, thoughtful, and candid moment of the day.
Blooming Eventi’s Vitoria Mariane on the Wedding Day
“Christine and Craig’s story begins almost 12 years ago as juniors in high school. What started as best friends ultimately blossomed into a passionate relationship. The couple knew they wanted to plan a destination wedding for their closest family and friends. In college, Christine studied abroad in Florence and fell in love with everything about the countryside. While researching wedding venues, they decided on Villa Mangiacane in Tuscany.
While planning her wedding, Christine leveraged her professional skill set and work experience to produce a magical weekend that blended Florence and the Italian countryside. She knew most of her guests had never visited Tuscany, and wanted to create a unique, once in a lifetime experience. When deciding on a theme for her wedding, she fell in love with the motif of “an elegant, romantic, and jovial evening set in the heart of Tuscany!” A few accouterments that her guests can’t stop talking about: the Vespa Bar, gelato cart, and fireworks.“
Christine and Craig
Villa Mangiacane, Tuscany, Italy
Why They Chose the Villa Mangiacane
Villa Mangiacane felt very special with its unique history and beautiful grounds. We loved the fact that the venue could house a majority of our family and friends, keeping everyone together for a fun weekend in Tuscany. Plus, the villa is a short car ride from the Florence airport, making it easy for guests.
The Couple’s Most Memorable Part of the Day
Walking into our dinner reception following the ceremony and aperitif was our favorite memory of the evening. As the sun set over the Italian countryside, my husband and I joined our closest family and friends in the villa gardens overlooking the vineyards and olive groves. The scene was exactly as I had envisioned throughout my planning, and I felt overcome with happiness seeing everyone enjoying themselves.
Their Italian Wedding Favors
We gave our guests custom handmade straw bags by Italian Summers. The bags were filled with local products: individual Cacio e Pepe spice packets (from Mercato Centrale in Firenze), a bottle of Mangiacane Chianti Classico wine, and mini bottles of Mangiacane-produced extra virgin olive oil. Our wedding hashtag was #CacioePulver, so we wanted to bring the hashtag to life by serving Cacio e Pepe during the wedding dinner and providing the spice in the welcome bags for guests to enjoy back home!
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Stefano Santucci Studio
Event Planning – Blooming Eventi
Venue & Catering- Villa Mangiacane
Floral Design – Flowers Living
Bar Service – Mercury Events
DJ – Wedding Music and Lights
Videography – Emotional Movie
Invitation Design – Courtney Markgraf
Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist – Giulia Cresci
Wedding Dress – Berta
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Amsale
Groom’s Apparel – Ralph Lauren
Rings – Ultimate Diamond
Rentals – Preludio Noleggio
Favors – Italian Summers
Congratulations to Christine and Craig on their special day at Villa Mangiacane! We’re in love with every single photo captured by Stefano Santucci Studio. Thank you to Junebug member Blooming Eventi for sharing it with us! To see more of her work, visit her profile in our directory of best wedding planners in the world!