A week after moving back from Stuttgart, Germany, Ian, an Opera singer and the venue director of Conroe event venue Madera Estates, met Paul at McGovern Centennial Gardens during a holiday party in 2016. Two years later, Paul proposed to Ian in NYC after a Broadway show, on top of the iconic Empire State building. It was only fitting for the couple to select Madera Estates for their winter nuptials! “As the venue owner of Madera Estates, we knew immediately we wanted to play to the strengths of the venue, while also doing something completely different and unique to us,” says Ian. “Our leap day wedding was a vintage, Spanish-inspired evening filled with an abundance of candlelight. Deep and rich colors of navy, burgundy, and saffron were complimented by talavera and handmade wrought iron pieces.”
Guests were greeted upon arrival with flower-adorned beer burros and the women in the wedding party wore Frida Kahlo inspired headpieces. The couple tied the knot in a romantic twilight ceremony followed by a show-stopping fireworks display. The celebration moved indoors to Madera Estates’ Hacienda and the newlyweds made their grand reception entrance with adorable alpacas. The evening’s entertainment kicked off with Ian and Paul’s first dance where a drag queen interrupted them acting as a jilted bride! A churro bar and boozy hot chocolate fueled guests for a lively “La Hora Loca” featuring characters on stilts and light up foam sticks. The greatest challenge Ian faced while planning their festive wedding was, “Letting go! As an industry professional, it was hard to not micromanage the process or even day-of details. I call it the blessing and the curse!”
We are so excited to feature this handsome Houston couple and their vintage Spanish-inspired wedding, captured in such detail by Ama By Aisha. Congratulations, Ian & Paul!
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.
Why wait to marry the love of your life? If you’re seeking an affordable option to tie the knot in a picturesque setting then set your sights on 15 Acres! Nestled in Hockley, 15 Acres has not one but THREE elopement packages to choose from to accommodate any budget.
It’s time to head to the hills…the Texas Hill Country that is! Nestled on a 100-acre longhorn cattle ranch lies the epitome of country elegance, La Estancia Bella.
Custom-built by the Barr family, La Estancia Bella was designed with a specific goal in mind: to create the perfect space for authentic Texas Hill Country weddings while providing a memorable experience for couples and their guests! Located in Wimberly, this family-owned wedding venue will whisk you away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city to its serene, pastoral grounds.
On date nights, Jessica and Sy would watch Masterchef and came to love the winner of season one, Whitney Miller. So what better way to propose to Jessica than to ask their favorite Masterchef winner for help? After Sy received a personalized video from Whitney, the proposal all came together during a family beach trip. “Mrs. Slater had her laptop open and called me over and said ‘Come watch this video,’” recounts Jessica. “I recognized who it was and thought, ‘Oh fun it’s Whitney from Masterchef!’ But then she said my name and that Sy had something to ask me. I was in shock! Then Sy grabbed my hands, told me he loves me, and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes!”
For their summer wedding, Jessica and Sy chose the sprawling green grounds of The Estates at Pecan Park for a timeless wedding celebration. The couple exchanged vows in a sun-drenched outdoor ceremony where Jessica’s favorite moment was seeing her groom at the altar. The newlyweds took full advantage of the venue’s blank-slate ballroom and large windows to create a bright and airy reception enhanced by a delicate wedding palette of grey, white, gold and eucalyptus.
We invite you to celebrate this sweet young couple’s timeless summer wedding at The Estates at Pecan Park, along with us, by scrolling through dreamy images from Amy Maddox Photography. Congratulations, Jessica & Sy!