It only took one date for Raleisha to know Matthew was “the one”. In a loud atmosphere, she could barely hear him and went back and forth in her head on whether she should leave or tell him the truth.
Bright yellow florals, an abundance of greenery and the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country are the backdrop for this gorgeous multicultural wedding shoot at Ma Maison, expertly planned and designed by Austin wedding coordinator and event designer Malleret Designs.
Spanning 10,000 miles of rolling hills dotted with winding rivers and sparkling lakes, the Texas Hill Country is one of the state’s—and, more recently, the entire nation’s—favorite spots for easygoing, elegant, fun-filled destination weddings. And it’s easy to understand why. First, there’s the expansive green landscape, which becomes a riot of color each spring when Indian paintbrushes, buttercups and much-beloved bluebonnets cover the gentle rises of this scenic region. Then there are the quaint towns, filled with gracious inns, lovely shops, barbecue joints and brewpubs, and tons of historic sites, from legendary Texas dancehalls to 19th-century farms to mansions-turned-museums. The Texas wine country, meanwhile, continues to grow in popularity (and in wine quality), with many wineries offering tours, tastings—even on-site accommodations, and private-dining options for unique rehearsal dinners and engagement parties.
But it’s the wide range of wedding venues in the Texas Hill Country that are the real draw of this coveted destination. Looking for a picture-perfect historic colonial chapel, complete with an antique wedding bell? Does your dream reception take place inside a gleaming grand hall, with soaring ceilings, sparkling crystal chandeliers, and a dance floor as big as all of Texas? Maybe you’re envisioning a resort-style wedding, with championship golf, tons of activities to entertain your guests, and a luxurious on-site spa, where you and the girls can relax and reconnect? You’ll find all of these, plus proximity to San Antonio and Austin—two of the state’s liveliest, most fun-filled cities—at these 4 gorgeous Texas Hill Country wedding venues.
Do you want to exchange your vows in a charming chapel and celebrate your nuptials all in one magical setting?
At wedding venues with on-site chapels, you don’t have to worry about the logistical challenges of moving from one venue to the next after your ceremony. Instead, these venues offer a serene setting for the ceremony, then afterwards, guests simply stroll over to the adjacent reception area. From grand and spacious chapels to intimate, traditional chapels, you’ll want to check out these 13 wedding venues with on-site chapels we love!
Top Photo: Courtesy of Ma Maison | Bottom Photo: The Bird & The Bear Photography
Its name, translated from the French, means “my house,” and at Ma Maison, that intimate, gracious, at-home feeling is what you can expect—plus more gorgeous Hill Country views and luxurious celebration space, inside and out, than you could ever imagine.
Let’s start with The Grove, this Dripping Springs’ venue’s most beloved ceremony spot, where a canopy of lush live oaks forms a magnificent backdrop for your marriage ritual—and room for up to 600 guests offers enough space for ALL of your nearest and dearest.
Photo: Jessica Scott Photography
For more intimate ceremonies, there’s the picturesque Green Cathedral—a fabulous forested spot featuring a reclaimed antique French gazebo straight out of a fairytale.
Photo: Jenna McElroy Photography
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When it’s time to party, Ma Maison’s 4,000-square-foot Great Hall greets guests with exposed beams, chandeliers and antique French accents, along with ample space for a seated dinner or food stations, along with a dance floor and multiple bars. Side wings—one adorned with a stone fireplace—can be used for extra seating or lounge areas, while the balcony gives guests an outdoor respite from the festivities, at any time.
Photo: Jerry Hayes Photography
Ma Maison owner Karen Moise is quick to point out that “wedding guests who are interested in local tours that include some ‘sippin’ in Drippin’ will not be disappointed.” For a true Hill Country destination wedding experience, schedule a guest trip to Hamilton Pool—a nature preserve with a 50-foot waterfall that plunges into the head of a steep box canyon, followed by an evening on Mercer Street, where numerous bars and a dance hall with live music offer a perfect spot for pre-wedding revelry.
Click here to find out more about this gorgeous, French-influenced Hill Country wedding venue, and schedule your Ma Maison tour to coincide with a little springtime Hill Country escape. Bon voyage…et bonne chance!