Austin Americana Studio’s latest wedding was captured in downtown Fredericksburg, at the Market Platz and at the Farm Bureau, just outside of town. Everything about this little Fredericksburg wedding had Central Texas makings; It featured Texas music, boots, hats, pickup trucks, fiddlers and the Hill Country, just to name a few things.
A new, up-and-coming and popular location for brides to get married in North Austin is Avery Ranch. I’ve photographed several weddings at Avery Ranch Golf Club and I’ve never been disappointed by the beauty, convenience and charm that it has to offer brides and grooms.
Located near the major intersections of Highway 183 and 45 Toll Road, Avery Ranch is slowly becoming one of Austin’s premier places to live, work and get married. It is conveniently located between Austin and Cedar Park, centered in the North Austin area, where much of Austin’s growth is happening at the moment.
Avery Ranch is a master planned community that features a medium sized community of classy homes, restaurants and entertainment nearby and featuring Avery Ranch Golf Club. Despite the luxurious overtones that the area exudes, I’m told by brides that Avery Ranch is quite affordable, as compared to some other known event venues in Austin. It features a large lake, golf greens as far as the eye can see (relatively speaking) and the venue itself, which includes the clubhouse/restaurant and the separate ballroom.
One thing that I loved about Avery Ranch was the beauty it offers an outdoor wedding ceremony. The golf course greens and the lake intersect just behind, and below, the Avery Ranch Clubhouse. Adjacent to the clubhouse and overlooking the lake is a green area shaded by large oak trees which features a concrete patio with stone pillars upholding a wooden trellis, where the wedding ceremony is held, overlooking the glassy lake. It’s a wonderful experience and a great place to have a wedding. Did someone say beautiful sunset location?!
From the Avery Ranch Website:
Avery Ranch boasts a beautifully furnished 4,000 square foot banquet facility with up to 200 person capacity and a dramatic lake-front view of the Texas Hill Country. A Full-Service professional catering staff will pamper you with semi-formal to formal dining packages, and we offer dramatic sunset ceremonies complete with a backdrop of Avery Lake.
S-E-R-V-I-C-E is our middle name. Do you have a special occasion, corporate meeting, club gathering, party or reunion in the coming months? We can help with any banquet or special meeting needs you may have. The Lakeview Room is fully equipped with state of the art audio/visual equipment that’s perfect for corporate meetings, wedding presentations/videos and more. Our Cordon Bleu Chefs will customize a menu specifically for your event. We have a complete set of services to make your event a success and have planners to assist you to ensure everything goes smoothly. Call Bob Brady at (512) 248-2442 ext. 3 for more information.
I wrote about Kindred Oaks a few months ago but wanted to share details (and my photos from a wedding there) about this great venue again, and also share about the open house they have each month…
This past week I was invited to attend Kindred Oaks Estates monthly open house and show off some of my wedding photography. If you are unfamiliar with Kindred Oaks Estates then let me tell you about it. Kindred Oaks is an event venue neatly nested in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, north of Austin, east of Leander and west of Georgetown - off of Highway 1431. The venue can accommodate medium sized parties for weddings or other events and has the ability to host both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Kindred Oaks is known for it’s friendly staff and it’s beautiful view overlooking a small lake.
Once per month (each 2nd Monday) Kindred Oaks sponsors a “meet and greet” between brides and preferred vendors like photographers, florists, officiants, etc. It gives brides the opportunity to meet face to face with vendors, most of which have worked at Kindred Oaks. It’s also an opportunity to see Kindred Oaks and meet the staff at ZuZu’s Petals, the sister floral provider to Kindred Oaks.
Although the weather went from bad to worse on the night that I visited, we all made the best of things and a number of brides still turned out for the monthly meet and greet. Not only did I meet some nice brides-to-be, but I also got to meet Travis, from “Say Cheese” Photobooth Rental, Wedding Officiant Connie Holmes Larson and Andy Peterson from Studio 563 – all of whom I enjoyed talking with and would book in a heartbeat if I were having a wedding. They’re contact information is below.
At any rate, if you missed all that the Kindred Oaks Open House night has to offer, the next one is scheduled for April 12th (double check the website). Don’t miss it!
If you’d like more information on Kindred Oaks, contact Elaine at (512) 260-9690 or visit their website, www.kindredoaks.com
Vintage Villas is quickly becoming one of the most popular and premier locations for Austin weddings. Although it’s only been around since 1996, more than 1,000 weddings have occurred at Vintage Villa, at least according the VV website. Set high above Lake Travis on 6 acres of Hill Country land, it boasts a beautiful view of the lake, especially at sunset.
Vintage Villa is considered a full service wedding venue, offering catering, sleeping accommodations and lots more. Weddings occur at VV year round and are booked far in advance.
When I met with the couple who were to marry at Vintage Villas, we realized that I would be available to photograph their engagement session at Lady Bird Lake in Austin, but my wife and I would be gone to Costa Rica for our own wedding/honeymoon when the wedding at VV was to happen. So the newlyweds agreed to allow my fantastic second shooter, Jamie, to photograph their wedding. Like many of the photographers I work with, she is a fantastic photographer and I knew she would do a great job. And how…
The wedding turned out great on a Spring, Texas evening. I hope the couple were as pleased as I was…