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A Destination

We would like to thank you for considering Bella Terre Reception Hall and Vineyard for your special occasion. Our desire is to create an unforgettable memory for you and your guests in an extraordinary and unique facility.

Bella Terre was designed to provide an amazing atmosphere for wedding ceremonies, receptions, special dinners, corporate meetings and other events and celebrations. Our facility can comfortably accommodate up to 400 guests and is located just 15 minutes from Omaha.

 
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Our Annual Open House is turning 20!! In honor of 20 holiday tradition-making years we want to celebrate with drawings, discounts, and holiday cheer! Here’s what you need to know for this festive weekend!

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Friday, November 30th - 4pm - 9pm

Hors d'Oeuvres - Cocktail Hour (or should we say hours) - Seasonal Specialties

Live Holiday Classics from 4pm-8pm by The Dapper Kings

Saturday, December 1st - 12pm - 8pm

Christmas Movie Classics - Seasonal Specialties

Live Holiday Classics from 4pm-8pm by The Dapper Kings

Sunday, December 2nd - 12pm - 5pm

Christmas Music Classics - Seasonal Specialties - Christmas Movie Classics

Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be making a special appearance on Sunday from 12pm - 3pm! Bring the kiddos to be sure their Christmas wishes get in early :)

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Enjoy the award-winning photography of John and Debora Scanlan, Bella Terre wine and tastings, live holiday music, specialty cocktail bar, and seasonal refreshments all weekend! Held at the enchanting, old world Italian villa, Bella Terre. Nestled amidst the rolling Loess Hills, experience the images that brought this venue to life.

Cheers to 20 Years Festivities!

  • Drawings and giveaways for Bella Terre events throughout the year

  • Ticket pre-sales for Bella Terre’s third exclusive La Tavola event; just in time for Valentine’s Day, fellas!

  • Red Barn discounts in honor of the place where it all began (details to come closer to event)

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As always, we want to help create a memorable holiday meal for those in need. By donating a healthy non-perishable food item at this year’s event, you will receive a 20% discount towards any Scanlan photograph! 

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About


About


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The idea of starting an event center was nothing we had planned to do from the start. We heard the idea from a couple who ran their own reception hall. They said it was a very rewarding business and that we should consider it ourselves. It sounded very intriguing but we had our hands full with our own photography business, so we really didn’t think much about it.  Where things really started to get interesting was one evening while talking over dinner with John’s sister and husband, we shared with them about what we’d heard and we started tossing the idea around almost as a joke due to how busy we already were. We were very surprised when they told us that “we can do this”. That dinner started the three year process of bringing Bella Terre to life. From that night on, we were off and running.

Because of our love for Italy, we had always dreamed of planting a vineyard on our property. That sparked the idea of creating an Italian-style villa on 8 acres of vines. The original design concept and creation are very personal to us because we wanted our photography to be the main inspiration. So we modeled the interior after an Italian village based on our imagery. Elements, such as the balconies and windows that ornately decorate the upper walls were sculpted after the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, a doorway taken in Cortona, an awning from a well known restaurant in Portofino, as well as colors, textures, and hidden words and phrases are all brought to life from an image that we photographed in Italy as well as our own personal connections. The vineyard represents the beloved Chianti region of Tuscany; one of our favorite spots. And, of course, the gates that overlook the valley come from a garden that rests on Lake Como. Between these intricately romantic gates, the wedding ceremonies take place.

After much deliberation the name “Bella Terre” was created. It is Italian for “beautiful lands”; where one beautiful land meets the other; Italy and Iowa. Both are unique in their own way but they come together to enhance the natural beauty of the Iowa countryside where Bella Terre is nestled.

We can only hope that the images that have inspired us in this adventure also inspire others who visit Bella Terre. After all, you can see Italy from here!


 
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Meet Us!


Meet Us!


Ciao everyone!

We love family, fun and making people happy, and what better place to achieve that than at an Italian winery in Iowa!! Come see us, we would love to work with you!!

 Haley - Manager

Haley - Manager

 Courtney - Event Coordinator

Courtney - Event Coordinator

 Jordan - Event Coordinator

Jordan - Event Coordinator