Chateau Appony wedding
Slovakia is a small country in the middle of Europe. Actually, it’s the exact middle. And perhaps you have heard that Slovakia has many fairytale castles that you can book for your perfect wedding. Today’s blog is about the wedding at Chateau Appony.
Why is this mansion remarkable? The Chateau Appony is a Renaissance manor house inhabited by the Appony family for over six centuries. This manor house is set in the beautiful surroundings of almost 7 hectares of English parkland in the western part of the village.
Chateau Appony underwent structural modifications in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1844, it was rebuilt in a classical-neo-Gothic style and expanded into a three-tract building. The owner of the manor, Anton Apponyi, wanted to transfer his famous library from Bratislava, which had about 25,000 volumes, to Oponice, and there were not enough suitable rooms in the manor for it, so he had an extension made to the northern wing of the estate, where the book collections were transferred. The room is 23 m long and 10 m wide, and part of the library was located in it. The library was preserved after 1945 with about 10 000 volumes of works from the beginning of the 16th century. We took a few pictures in that library after midnight.
As I previously mentioned, you can use 7 hectares of parkland for your Chateau Appony wedding outdoor ceremony. In case of bad weather, you can use the interior of the Blue Lounge or the Carriage House. They both are appropriate choices with their distinctive charm. If you prefer a romantic church ceremony, you can use the local church in the center of village Oponice, only 5 minutes from the mansion.
The day of Magdalena and Filip’s Chateau Appony wedding was great weather. So we had an outside ceremony and later an inside reception. Such a great choice.
For the First look, I opted for the balcony supported by six metal columns in the Renaissance wing facing the park. First, I tried to take photos from the ground, but then I jumped to that terrace and discovered the best place for all group shots and sunset portraits. Great light and that view!
The rooms accessible from the corridors have vaults with lunettes; on the ground floor, there are ridge, cross, and Prussian vaults. I also loved to take photos in the corridors vaulted with cross ridge vaults or Prussian vaults with inter-vaulted bands, in the extension with mirrored ceilings with fabions. Such a fantastic experience for such a lover of history as I am.
I also have to mention that although it smells of newness and freshness, the mansion’s premises have an incredible historical story. In the past, it has housed such luminaries as members of the Roosevelt presidential dynasty, Josephine Baker, the Maharaja of Patiala, Thomas Cardeza of Titanic, Queen Geraldine of Albania, and many others.
Did I arouse your curiosity with this Chateau Appony wedding? That’s good! Europe is full of equal venues and since I’m back, rest assured I’ll bring you lots of weddings from similar places. Well, I promise at least two more fantastic venues this wedding season!
Let me know how you like this Chateau Appony wedding in the comments below. And if you like the photos too and are planning your own wedding, let’s have a cafe or a drink and see if we can create something beautiful together.
Wedding venue and catering: Chateau Appony
Bridal makeup and hair: Veronika Harhovská
Bridal boutique: Le Spose di Milano
Bridal gown: One and Only by Milla Nova
Bridal shoes: Christian Louboutin
Brooms tux: Hugo BOSS
Florist: Kvetinový ateliér Peony
Cake: Baking Moments
Music and light: DJ Feri
Photo: Jan Freire for Freire Wedding Photo