When Genevieve and I first heard about plans to build Gervasi Vineyard, a vineyard and winery with a full-service restaurant in a historic barn in Canton, Ohio, we had no idea that the final product would be what it is today. As avid wine and food lovers, we jumped on the chance to check the place out once it opened. After walking around the property, it quickly became obvious that there was potential for Gervasi to become a world-class location for wedding ceremonies and receptions. As it turns out, they were two steps ahead of us because shortly after the restaurant opened, construction on the open-air pavilion began and savvy brides started planning their receptions there.
One of the first things that people often say when they drive onto the property and walk up to the main building is “This is in Ohio?” The Tuscan inspired architecture, landscaping, and interior decoration all make it very easy for visitors to lose themselves in the environment and just enjoy the surroundings. Along with the food and wine, of course. On several occasions this past summer, Genevieve and I have taken the kids to Gervasi for a relaxing afternoon on the grass near the lake, just behind the barn. The kids love running around on the grass, playing corn hole (it’s an Ohio thing) and bocce ball while Genevieve and I relax on the Adirondack chairs by the water. There’s just something soothing about the setting which goes a long way in making it a fantastic place for a wedding.
One of the more recent additions to the Gervasi Vineyard property is The Villas; six four-room buildings providing overnight accommodations for the couple, their families, and possibly the bridal party. One huge advantage of reserving all four rooms in one of the Villas is that the bridal party now has full use of the beautiful common space in the middle of the Villa. This makes for a perfect spot for the bride and groom to get ready with their bridal parties and it provides a safe location for everyone to stash their belongings during the festivities. We have seen it work out very well where the groom, the groom’s family, and groomsmen all share one Villa, and the bride, the bride’s family, and the bridesmaids share another. That way, they each have separate but close getting ready spaces.
The Villa Grande
The Villa Grande is a Tuscan inspired event facility nestled near the back of the property with a 1920 square foot ballroom featuring stucco walls, carpeted floors, and rustic chandeliers. There is a large atrium area with soft seating, mezzanine, and a fireplace. There is also an outdoor partially covered veranda which connects the Villa Grande to the nearby Villas. Unlike the Pavillion, the Villa Grande is available year-round for receptions up to 120 guests with both indoor and outdoor spaces for ceremonies and cocktail hour. The Villa Grande also serves as a central hub and lobby for the nearby Villas.
Located right next to the Villa Grande and The Villas is The Conservatory; an elegant, beautifully made greenhouse that can accommodate smaller wedding ceremonies of up to 40 guests. Potted plants and lush greenery are maintained year-round and the Tuscan inspired construction materials and rustic wrought iron chandelier add to the ambiance.
Gervasi Vineyard offers a stunning array of options for your wedding ceremony and reception both indoor and outdoor. The conservatory is perfect for small intimate weddings while the Pavilion is large enough to hold a crowd. The staff is phenomenal and while it’s extremely close to the Belden Village shopping area, you really feel as if you spending your day in the Tuscan countryside. It’s no surprise that Gervasi has become the premier wedding venue in Stark County. If you are planning a Gervasi Vineyard wedding, we think you would be very happy if you chose us to photograph it. Below you can find lots of past couples that have made that same decision.