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If you’re searching for the perfect venue to have your fairytale wedding, look no further than the beautiful Château Élan. Château Élan is a luxury winery and resort located in Braselton, GA, which is approximately 45 minutes from Athens. It was founded by Donald and Nancy Panoz after frequent visits to the area, and it soon became a sprawling 3,500 acre award-winning winery and resort that houses several restaurants, a golf course, and a spa. This venue and its dreamy landscapes are sure to leave a lasting impression on all of your guests!

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Château Élan has something for every couple on the search for the perfect wedding venue. Whether you want a more intimate vineyard wedding, a lush ballroom wedding, or something a little more modern, Château Élan has you covered! The amazing backdrops at this venue include climbing grape vines found in the vineyard and the beautiful, timeless architecture of the buildings. These make for extraordinary views for you and all of your wedding guests. Do we even need to mention all of the incredible wedding photo opportunities that Château Élan offers? It’s pretty remarkable!

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A major enticing element of Château Élan is the award-winning winery. Simone Bergese, who has been at Château Élan since 2013, is the winemaker there whose expertise has lead to over 150 prestigious awards for the Château Élan wines. Besides the grapes grown in Braselton, Bergese is also using grapes from other regions of California to bring in different notes of flavors to these exceptional wines. At Château Élan there are four different categories of wines; Muscadine Wines, Super Premium “Fingerprint” Edition Wines, White Wines, and Red Wines. With all of these choices, there is definitely something for everyone to drink! Château Élan offers tours and wine tastings that you can book on their website, so be sure to check that out here!

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An additional perk of having your wedding at Château Élan is that it is also a resort. If you have a lot of guests traveling to the wedding, Château Élan has plenty of rooms for them to stay in! It is located only 30 minutes north of Atlanta, so this makes arrangements extremely easy for those arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Perhaps the cherry on top is that Château Élan has its very own wedding specialists and catering team that are there just to help you and your significant other with the whole wedding planning process, which we know can be pretty stressful. Many reviewers have said that the Château Élan wedding specialists and catering team, along with the rest of the staff, went above and beyond for their weddings. This is a huge perk that comes in addition to having your wedding at Château Élan!

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As if Château Élan isn’t breathtaking enough, it will undergo an extensive $25 million renovation this year! The renovation will include a modernized design with Southern and French undertones inspired by the local scenery. The renovation is set to be completed by November 2019, so keep this date in mind if you want to have your wedding after these upgrades! To read more about the renovation plans click here, and if you think Château Élan is the perfect venue for you, click here and start planning!


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