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Reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside or the vineyards of Napa, California, Gervasi Vineyard is a romantic getaway close to home in Northeast Ohio. From a lovely Tuscan outdoor pavilion to a charming indoor greenhouse, this picturesque destination offers a multitude of venue options to celebrate your wedding day and events leading up to it.
Northeast Ohio but now lives in Australia,” Cardinale says. “It’s fun to say we’ve had couples come from as far as Australia to say ‘I do’ at Gervasi.”
Tuscany at Every Turn
The Villa Grande is the cornerstone of Gervasi Vineyard. The impressive stone and stucco building features a unique sawmill design, which ties into the history of the estate (it was originally a sawmill). Old- world décor, including paintings by local and native artists, create a Tuscan-themed ambiance throughout the venue.
“There is no stone left unturned when it comes to the small details at Gervasi,” Cardinale explains. “Much of the Tuscan- themed décor has been replicated from Italy or custom-made from a region of the country where the family frequently visits. From furniture to decorations, every piece has been meticulously selected to fit the look and feel of the property.”
Located inside the Villa Grande, the Ballaria ballroom is a versatile venue for wedding receptions up to 120 guests. This lovely space features coffered ceilings, wrought-iron chandeliers, wine barrel decorations and patio doors that open to a cobblestone veranda. Surrounded by lush greenery, the veranda is a popular outdoor locale for intimate weddings of 50 guests or less.
For brides who want the attributes of both an indoor and outdoor venue, the Conservatory is a great option. Located in the heart of Gervasi, this charming green- house features a variety of plant life, from palms to ferns, rustic chandeliers and breathtaking views of the manicured grounds.
“The Conservatory was originally built to be a greenhouse, but we started using it for smaller weddings and cocktail hour as well,” Cardinale says. “Brides love that it is such a unique space.”
The Gem of Gervasi
With idyllic views of the 5-acre spring- fed Lake Gervasi and North Vineyard, the Tuscan pavilion is an awe-inspiring setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The open-air structure features a stone and stucco interior, rustic wood ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers.
Each opening around the perimeter of the Tuscan pavilion has cream-colored awnings that provide protection from weather as well as a soft, romantic décor. A brick pathway with antique-looking gas lamps leads up to the pavilion.
“The Tuscan pavilion is truly magnificent with views of the vineyard on one side and picturesque lake on the other side,” Cardinale says. “The vineyard looks simply beautiful when in full bloom, and the scenic lake provides a dreamy, fairytale-like setting.”
Weddings of up to 200-300 guests are recommended for the Tuscan pavilion, although smaller weddings can also be accommodated. This venue, truly the gem of Gervasi, is available May through October.
A Rustic Space
Perfect for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and engagement parties, the Cantino Cellar Room is a charming, rustic space located on the lower level of the Bistro.
The focal point of the Cantino Cellar Room is a grand wood-burning fireplace. The room features beautiful stonework, wood ceil- ings, and French doors that open to a brick terrace with panoramic views of the lake.
Located on the terrace behind the Bistro, the Piazza Outdoor Patio is a seasonal venue with casual dining and entertain- ment. “This is a popular place for guests to mingle throughout the wedding weekend,” Cardinale says. “Live music is offered every evening, and we have cornhole and bocce courts for a fun, casual atmosphere.”
Comprehensive Catering Package
Event coordinators on staff at Gervasi Vineyard help the bride plan her dream wedding, from the décor to the reception menu. Gervasi has recommendations for
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