Ulfsby Gård: A castle wedding in the countryside of Åland
By Alejandra Cerda Ojensa | Photos: Alice Åkerblom
If you’re looking for a magical castle-like space close to Sweden and Finland to get married in, look no further. Ulfsby Gård, an 18th century family-run farm close to Mariehamn is one of the most beautiful spots to choose.
Ulfsby Gård (‘gård’ meaning ‘farm’) has been in the family for 10 generations. Today, hospitality manager Erika Gustafsson has taken the reins from her parents and is running the farm she grew up on.
“Our family mansion is something special. It’s very important for me to guide our guests to create that magical moment for their most important life event – their wedding,” Gustafsson says.
The granite walls of the main venue, Stensalen, were built in the 19th century. They are one meter thick and create a castle-like ambiance.
“The walls are enhanced by the chandeliers and golden framed mirrors. All the details create a harmonious atmosphere. Our venue is unique, which is why we want to offer it for people to experience,” she adds.
Ulfsby Gård is only 8 kilometres from Mariehamn and a 15-minute walk from the local church, Jomala Kyrka, which was built in 1280. This makes Ulfsby Gård great for weddings. As the venue faces west, guests can enjoy a fantastic sunset view, while beautiful photos can be taken next to the fountain or on the fields.
From next year, the family will also offer a place for loving couples to stay. “We are currently renovating an old cabin just outside the venue for the married couple to stay. The cabin will be carefully restored to honour the farm’s roots and will be a beautiful place for the newlyweds,” says Gustafsson.
Ulfsby Gård is close to the city, but still in the countryside, surrounded by Åland nature. “Accessibility is important for us, which is why our venue is adapted for wheelchair users. We also have a fully equipped bar and a complete restaurant kitchen.”
As a guest, you can decide whether you’d like to create your special day by yourself or if you want Gustafsson and her team to plan the whole event for you. Enquiries from prospective visitors are happily welcomed.
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