For Crystal and Michael, friendship has always had a special meaning. Once their relationship turned serious, Crystal took Michael to meet her family in California, where, to Michael’s surprise, she introduced him as her “friend.” Crystal hasn’t been able to live it down from that moment on, which brought a light-hearted and fun twist to their wedding day.
A quaint coffee date in college turned into a proposal on a gorgeous autumn day in Lake Tahoe, CA, for Mackenzie and Ryan.
On March 30, 2021, the couple’s timeless Brenham wedding was at Deep in the Heart Farms, a property with 150 acres of rolling green hills and ancient oak trees. The couple knew they wanted a wedding that highlighted the “beauty and true meaning of marriage” from the start. So after an emotional first touch, Mackenzie and Ryan pledged their love in a light-filled chapel with an altar decorated with lush greenery and pops of blush and ivory Peonies, Roses and Ranunculus.
Just 40 miles north of Houston, Conroe, Texas, is surrounded by piney forest and the 22,000-acre Lake Conroe. Conroe is the perfect blend of starry nights and city lights, where relaxation meets adventure. And, in Conroe, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Stroll through the streets of downtown to shop the variety of stores and boutiques, and stop into one of many delightful breweries for lunch. Looking for a little more adventure? Conroe boasts many great hiking trails thanks to its forest surroundings, or enjoy a day on the water and rent a boat or paddleboard on the lake.
With so much to see and do, Conroe makes the perfect location for a destination wedding. Plus, in Conroe, there’s a wedding venue for every wedding style! From luxurious estates to rustic-chic barns, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that these seven stunning venues are so close to home.
Ashton Gardens is a longtime favorite Houston wedding venue for Texas couples, with two locations to serve you. Get inspired by these 5 gorgeous real weddings at Ashton Gardens, featuring their iconic on-site wedding chapels and stunning wedding reception ballrooms!
1. Hannah + Ryan: Dusty Blue, White and Green Wedding at Ashton Gardens West
One of the best directions to turn in your Houston-area venue search is…NORTH. The beautiful region of north Houston, with its densely forested enclaves, shimmering lakes and resort-style hotels, has become a favorite among Houston couples for destination-style weddings conveniently close to home.
It also happens to house some of the most unique wedding venues in all of Texas, from grand estates to luxury barns…to the nation’s largest renaissance festival, where weddings are heralded by royal trumpets! If you’re interested in having an enchanting forest wedding near Houston, you’ll want to check out these 8 unique wedding venues we love!