— Time to celebrate —
— Time to celebrate —
Cover Image by Brittnee Rakosky
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.
As you may have noticed, our logo consists of three trees. These trees remain ever-green and since have become a trademark to the villa. At Bella Terre, family is always at the forefront much like in the Italian and Irish cultures (two that are very near and dear to our hearts). The color green, however also is a very important part to our culture as a company. The love and marriages we see at Bella Terre are everlasting and ever new and thus represented in the ever-green of our trees. Green symbolizes new life each Spring, it symbolizes the luck of the Irish, it symbolizes happiness! I could go on and on about why such a color could mean so much to someone, but I won’t. Instead; I’ll let you visit to see the green grapes ripening for harvest to become our special blends, to see the rolling, lush Loess Hills, and to get lost in the green vines that meander across our 8 acres.
I love what Bella Terre is and my only hope is that everyone who visits us leaves better than they came; renewed and refreshed with a sense of whimsy only a vineyard in Iowa could give!
Cheers and welcome to the family!
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!
Meet the dedicated talent that brings our Bella Terre events, winery, and venue to life! Our passions include designing, planning, and implementing new ideas to assist in making your wildest events come true. Find out more about the Bella team by clicking on us below!