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Rustic-Gorgeous Texas Ranch Wedding by Christine Meeker Studios

Boots, Goode Co. BBQ and a beautiful ranch setting—Andrea and Cameron’s wedding is a Texas classic…with plenty of delicious twists. There’s the lovely hand-hewn altar with its repurposed wood doors and charming crystal chandelier. There are the boot-wearing b-maids in their sweetly mismatched frocks, the groom’s and groomsmen’s cream linen suits and dapper pink ties. There’s bride Andrea herself, with her tousled locks and miles of pretty pearls. And, of course, there’s that enchanting, open-sided Jacqueline Chapelle tent, which hardly needs decor enhancement of any kind (though we do love the couple’s choice of deep-pink table linens and classic gold chiavaris). Kudos to Triple L Designs for its work on this evocative wedding.  Thanks to Christine Meeker Studios for the great photos, and congratulations to Andrea and Cameron!

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Photos: Christine Meeker Studios ~ Bride’s Dress: Enzoani from Weddings by Debbie ~ Bride’s Shoes: Corral Cowboy Boots ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Shakespeare Harris ~ Cake: Cakes by Gina ~ Consultant: Triple L Designs ~ Flowers: A Classic Bloom ~ Tents: Jacqueline Chapelle French Tents & Decor ~ Venue: Parrish Family Ranch

 

 

Venues We Love: Houston Area’s Historic Dance Halls

Back in the day (by which we mean the 1890s), folks used to gather to kick up their heels at the local dance hall. These legendary meeting places typically featured large wood plank floors, a stage and saloon. They were the place to go for a good time. And they still are.

Texas Dance Hall Wedding

Schulenberg’s Sengelmann Hall (above), which opened its swingin’ doors way back in 1894, used to play host to town locals who would come for games, drinks, dancing…and the occasional brawl (the hall’s carved marble pillars still bear 19th-century bullet scars!). Sengelmann still has all its dance-hall charms, like pressed tin ceilings, a bucolic biergarten and mahogany bar, but it’s also got lovely ceremony and reception space, plus tons of experience hosting true Texas weddings. Keep it simple—barefoot ceremony, buffet, beer—or add lush floral arrangements, linens, lighting and rentals for a country-chic celebration. Just make sure to set out an extra chiavari or two for the ghosts

Texas Dance Hall Wedding

Over in Cypress, Tin Hall touts the fact that it’s been hosting special events for more than a century. We love this circa-1889 hall’s awesome 4,400-square-foot dance floor and ample party space (with two full floors, the site can accommodate 1,200 guests!). Of course, with 40 wooded acres surrounding it, Tin Hall also has plenty of fine outdoor ceremony space and photo ops. And even though it’s one of the oldest reception halls around, it offers newfangled wedding extras, like a computerized light show and high-tech sound system. Something old, something new…someplace wonderful! (Cheers to local Hazel West Photography for the Tin Hall kissing couple on the left, and to I Heart Photography of Austin for the Tin Hall smoochers on the right.)