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 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 Sophia Ballaria (ballroom) is a versatile venue for wedding receptions up to 120 guests. This lovely space features cof- fered 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 wedding ceremonies. For brides who want the attributes of both an indoor and outdoor venue, the Conservatory is a great option for small, intimate weddings. Located in the heart of Gervasi, this charming greenhouse fea- tures a variety of plant life, from palms to ferns, rustic chandeliers and breathtaking views of the manicured grounds. The gem of Gervasi With idyllic views of the 6-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, which holds up to 300 guests, 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 drapes 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 magnifi- cent 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, fairy- tale-like setting.” 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 ceilings and French doors that open to a brick terrace with panoramic views of the lake. Outdoor entertainment Located on the terrace behind the Bistro, the Piazza Outdoor Patio is a sea- sonal venue with casual dining and enter- tainment. “This is a popular place for guests to mingle while visiting the proper- ty,” Cardinale says. “Live music is offered every evening, and we have cornhole and bocci 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  LOVE § MARRIAGE § HOME § LIFE § 71   COURTESY OF GERVASI VINEYARD BLACK BOX PHOTOGRAPY 

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