INSPIRATION - A Look at Wedding Trends Captured at GREEN UNION Partner Venue, Elmore Court
Published on: 25th December 2019
27th December 2019
Destination weddings remain popular - their intimacy is a major draw, and also a bonus for the carbon footprint, and especially when your party can all stay together in the same place, and the honeymoon is also taken care of at the same time (just don't forget the carbon offsetting of all the flights, and to travel direct whenever possible!). It's also important to choose a venue with its own eco credentials; today, we take a tour of an exceptional destination wedding venue in Italy...
Picture this: a 12th century Tuscan castle, surrounded by glorious gardens, romantic courtyards and picturesque terraces. Add in breath-taking views over the surrounding vineyards, olive groves and forest and you have the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding.
The exclusive, privately-owned estate of Castello di Vicarello lies in the heart of the Maremma region, providing a magical setting for both smaller intimate celebrations and larger events.
The team will take care of every detail, from food and wine, flowers, table settings and marquees to photographers, vintage car rentals and hair & makeup. Civil ceremonies can be held at the estate within the castle itself, a romantic spot in the garden or a tranquil olive grove, or alternatively the local church can host a Catholic ceremony.
The estate provides a myriad of unique settings, whether a BBQ on the panoramic meadow, an aperitif in the atmospheric courtyard or on the roof terrace as the sun sets. Experience a gala dinner under the stars, followed by an open barrique bar. There are no restrictions – revellers can dance to a live band and celebrate with a DJ until the sun rises.
At Castello di Vicarello food is both a passion and a way of life. Seasonal organic produce from the surrounding estate is incorporated into authentic Tuscan cuisine, with menus tailor-made to the wedding party’s wishes and tastes. All vegetables are grown organically on the estate, and meat and cheese is all raised locally and organically. Game is from the family’s nearby hunting estate, so the food miles are very low! Alongside, guests can experience award-winning organic wines from the Baccheschi Berti family’s vineyards surrounding the castle.
Nine stunning suites will accommodate the wedding party and closest friends, whilst other guests can stay in trusted nearby venues with a shuttle service to and from the castle.
Whether following on from a wedding at Castello di Vicarello, or following a UK ceremony, honeymooners will enjoy the tranquillity and romance of the estate. The new Suite Torre occupies the highest point of the medieval castle and boasts 360 degree panoramic views. An entire floor to yourselves, with a fireplace, marble bathtub and private terrace overlooking the estate will ensure an unforgettable stay.
Or for total seclusion, the elegant Spa Suite is located a short walk from the castle, with far reaching views over the valley and river below. With its own steam room, sauna, sundeck and al fresco hot tub this contemporary suite offers privacy for couples seeking a sense of calm and well-being after their nuptials.
A wedding at a private estate offers guests the opportunity to spend time together aside from the ceremony, and at Castello di Vicarello there are a range of pre- and post-wedding activities such as cooking lessons, wine tasting, spa treatments, horseback riding and hiking.