Located a block from “the drag” (Guadalupe Street) in Downtown Austin, Texas is a historic wedding venue called Chateau Bellevue. Since 1929, Chateau Bellevue has been maintained and preserved (and managed) by the Austin Woman’s Club. According to the website, “Architecturally distinctive rooms and antique furnishings inspire a timeless ambience at Chateau Bellevue.” And I definitely have to agree…
While photographing a wedding there, I observed many unusual features about Chateau Bellevue. Because of the hilly Austin topography in the area, the backside of the venue is multi-level, including an elevator transports guests back and forth among 3 levels. However, the San Antonio street-side of the complex presents a facade of a flat, single level building. Chateau Bellevue features arched stone walkways next to outdoor plazas and patios. Most of the building’s exterior is lined with aged, thick stone in the style of early 20th century/late 19th century American architecture. In fact, the rear of Chateau Bellevue looks almost as much like a reinforced 18th century fort as it does a wedding venue.
Just as the website description stated, the interior is lined from wall-to-wall with antique furniture, which lends a certain timelessness and genialness to the venue. The main ballroom can accommodate medium to large wedding parties and includes wood flooring, high ceilings, a beautiful staircase (which makes a grand entrance for new brides wanting to impress their guests) and French doors that open onto the stone patio.
Chateau Bellevue is a 1st class venue for Austin weddings or other events located in central Austin. Parking is free and relatively abundant. Need more information about scheduling Chateau Bellevue for your wedding? Contact Amber Dodson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Chateau Bellevue wedding hotline: (512) 796-2583
Chateau Bellevue of the Austin’s Woman Club is located at 708-710 San Antonio Street, Austin, Texas 78701
A few weeks ago I was talking to one of my friends who’s an engineer and who I consider to be very analytical (and very smart) and we were discussing technology. He made a point about technology, and in particular smart phones, causing people to develop shorter attention spans. At the moment he made the point, it didn’t seem very important, but the point about short attention spans has been haunting me lately. So I’ve decided to go with change (instead of fighting change) and I’ve committed to make shorter blog posts, much like my “burst blogs”.
My idea is to write a short paragraph related to photography at least once per day and include a new photograph associated with the discussion topic. That way things will stay short and fresh (and hopefully more palatable for the new generation of short attention spans!)
Here’s another wedding photo from Chateau Bellevue (Austin Woman’s Club). Enjoy!
15 photographs of 15 places that I’ve photographed weddings in and around Austin, Texas. These are some of the more well known wedding spots in Austin. I frequently get asked by brides where I’ve photographed weddings around Austin. Of course there are many more places that I’ve photographed over the years, but here are some of the more popular and well known locations for weddings in and around Austin, Texas…
1. Star Hill Ranch – Near Hamilton Pool in west Austin, it’s a remake of an old west town, complete with a main street lined with old churches, bars and other antiques – amazing!
2. Driskill Hotel – Austin’s most famous historic hotel, since the 1800s on the famous 6th Street in Downtown Austin.
3. Villa Antonia – Italian villa-style in the Texas Hill Country – a superbly popular wedding venue.
4. Avery Ranch - North Austin hot spot that’s affordable and on a golf course!
5. Austin Woman’s Club (Chateau Bellevue) – Historic event location located in the heart of Austin – filled with antique furniture and design from the early 1900s.
6. Canyon Of The Eagles – Best kept secret in Burnet, Texas, just north of Austin – featuring unrivaled privacy and sweeping lake views of Lake Buchanan.
7. Renaissance Hotel – The most fantastic hotel in the Arboretum in North Austin.
8. Vintage Villas – A beautiful venue in the Hill Country overlooking Lake Travis.
9. Casa Blanca – Southern plantation-style mansion on the banks of the San Gabriel River, just north of Austin.
11. Chapel Dulcinea - Austin’s famous “free” wedding chapel, located in South Austin.
12. Angel Springs – New premier, secluded wedding location in Leander/Cedar Park area.
13. Green Pastures – Austin’s oldest and most famous “world class” restaurant – a classic venue that includes peacocks and acres lush, green vegetation.
14. Kindred Oaks – Another hidden treasure in Williamson County (north of Austin), featuring solace in a rural setting that makes you feel at home.
15. Mercury Hall – South/Central Austin’s original restored early 20th century church, placed among oaks – quiet in an urban area that is close to downtown.