Best Wedding Venues in Austin, Texas

And so my search for best wedding venues in Austin continues with part II, including South Congress hotel, Whispering Oaks Estate, Woodbine Mansion, and the Preserve at Canyon Lake

My last blog post featured four amazing wedding venues. But as I continue to meet new people and explore more of Austin, I find that my list of best wedding venues continues to grow. There is just an endless amount of charming spots!

South Congress Hotel

First stop for part II is the South Congress Hotel. This venue is a locally-owned boutique hotel that has three unique restaurants, a coffee and bake shop, a rooftop pool, lobby bar, and two retail shops. Most importantly, it’s conveniently located off the popular Congress street! The perfect spot to explore Austin, view the Capital, and visit a lot of cool murals.

Here your guests (and dogs) can stay for the wedding and feel right at home. As for your wedding, you can the option of having it inside or outside, or both! A great perk since weather cannot be predicted ahead of time.

Let’s not forget to mention all the hidden spots in and around South Congress hotel, making it one of my favorites and thus making it on my list of best wedding venues in Austin.

**photos taken and edited by me for Photos by MKay**

Getting ready at the South Congress Hotel.
Intimate moments between the bride and her mom.
Bridal portraits outside of the bride's room at the South Congress hotel.
First look between the bride and groom.
Exchanging of gifts and formal pictures.
Behind South Congress hotel are some really cool spots to take pictures.
Time to say "I do" at the South Congress hotel.
Walking down the aisle.
The wedding ceremony at South Congress hotel.
South Congress hotel wedding ceremony.
They are pronounced husband and wife!
Another hidden gem at the South Congress hotel.
Walking down South Congress street for photo opps with murals.
Love this street shot with the capital behind the bride and groom.
This mural is found in Austin, Texas, right by the South Congress hotel.
Setting up for the wedding reception.

Whispering Oaks Estate

Another one of the best venues to get married is the Whispering Oaks Estate. At this Dripping Springs location, you feel one with nature. Nestled on acres of lush lawns and mature oaks, this property provides a secluded and scenic backdrop for intimate celebrations.

Ideal for smaller weddings, the Whispering Oaks Estate can accommodate up to eighty guests. Here you are surrounded by gently swaying oak trees while receptions are hosted in a climate-controlled indoor event space. You and your guests can stay overnight in the farmhouse. Other amenities you can enjoy include an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, and a fire pit.

And let me just tell you, golden hour here is a dream. The light that comes through the oak trees is absolutely magical!

**photos taken and edited by me for Photos by MKay**

Wedding ceremony at Whispering Oaks Estate.
Getting ready indoors at the wedding venue
Groom getting ready.
Special moments between mom and son.
The bride about to get into her wedding dress.
First look with dad on her wedding day.
First look on the porch at Whispering Oaks Estate.
Love a good and romantic shot that features one of the best wedding venues in Austin.
Outdoor wedding ceremony at Whispering Oaks Estate.
About to say "I do" surrounded by their closest friends and family.
Outdoor wedding ceremony at Whispering Oaks Estate.
First kiss as husband and wife.
Off to their wedding reception.
Family photos on their wedding day.
Entering the climate-controlled reception area.
Toasts during the reception.
Cake-cutting.
Golden light at the Whispering Oaks Estate is everything.
Such a cute couple and so much fun to photograph.
This Austin couple has waited so long to finally be married.
Last photo before they dance the night away!
Special dances with their parents.
The grand bubble exit!

Woodbine Mansion

Just when you thought you had seen it all …

Welcome to Woodbine Mansion, another gorgeous wedding venue that provides both indoor and outdoor spaces to get married.

While a lot of the best wedding venues in Austin are found in Dripping Springs, this one is in Round Rock, only 19 miles from Downtown. This historic landmark location has had such a dramatic renovation and it has paid off. Its lush grounds, magnolia trees, beautiful architecture, grand staircase and chandeliers, make it one of the most magnificent venues yet!

You can read its history here and see what it was and how it came to be the most beautiful wedding venue.

The outside of Woodbine Mansion.
The indoor spaces at Woodbine Mansion are a dream!
During spring, these flowers come out and really make the wedding venue pop!
The chandeliers inside the Woodbine Mansion are grand and beautiful... perfect for any wedding.
Love the architecture of Woodbine Mansion.
Just picture yourself walking down the grand staircase.
This room or any place on Woodbine Mansion's property is the perfect spot to say "I do."
This room is one of the getting ready spots and has so much natural light.
I highly recommend renting a getaway car to end your wedding night!
Another spot to have your wedding ceremony. Not only is the architecture stunning, but this spot is lined with magnolia trees.
I love this spot at the Woodbine Mansion.
Lanterns line this beautiful walkway and is another perfect place to have your outdoor wedding ceremony.
No matter where you go at Woodbine Mansion, it's picture-perfect!
Inside one of the smaller spaces, you'll find a lot of natural light, wood floors, high ceilings, and grand chandeliers.

The Preserve at Canyon Lake

Let’s talk about a venue that has it all: The Preserve at Canyon Lake. An amazing couple, inspired by their own wedding, dreamt of creating a venue of their own. There is breathtaking scenery and spectacular views everywhere you look. And under a canopy of hundred-year-old oak trees sits an outdoor ceremony site. Or you can say “I do” inside their chapel, with the comfort of air conditioning but with the Preserve at Canyon Lake’s towering panoramic windows overlooking the lake.

The Ballroom offers a simple yet elegant space. The interior is light and airy providing a blank canvas to personalize and create the dream wedding. Natural light pours in from the windows to make for perfect photo opportunities, not to mention the exposed wood beam ceilings and fireplace that provide a sense of warmth and coziness.

The Preserve at Canyon Lake is just magical. There are no other words!

The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!
The Preserve at Canyon Lake wedding venue that is full of spectacular views, surrounded by nature, and serenity!

Woodbine Mansion Wedding: 50 Shades of Pink

This Woodbine Mansion wedding styled shoot was a dream. I know when most people hear about ‘pink weddings,’ they think of Barbie or Pepto-Bismol. So when Kelsie from the Groovy Wedding Co. and I started discussing this “50 Shades of Pink” wedding, we had one goal in mind: to make it classy and a wedding that is to die for! A wedding couples would actually want to have.

Location

Choosing a venue is always tough. There are so many beautiful places in Austin. However, picking one that’s a good fit for our “50 Shades of Pink” styled shoot proved to be challenging. We wanted something soft, elegant, and classy. Also, one that doesn’t clash with pink!

We lucked out because Woodbine Mansion has it all! Not only does it have magical magnolia trees, lush grounds, and neoclassical details, but also the most ornate chandeliers, mirrors, and staircase!

Located in charming downtown Round Rock, it is the perfect venue! And so our plans for our Woodbine Mansion wedding styled shoot was set.

Fun, Classy, and Unique

One of the main purposes of styled shoots is to show couples different ways to envision their wedding. Vendors put their heads together to come up with unique things to include that make a wedding special and unforgettable.

For example, our Woodbine Mansion wedding styled shoot included a cotton candy bar, featuring homemade lychee cotton candy and edible toppings. We also included a frosé bar because, well, we all love frosé all day! And both of these little details go a long way! Not only are they yummy, but guests will be talking about them years after the wedding!

Little details make up a big story, from jewelry and stationery to signature drinks and the venue itself! I could go on and on listing all the little details that Kelsie thought of (i.e. a charcuterie board with pink gummies, personalized jean jacket, the cake that had details that resembled cotton candy, etc.) … it was magical!

The Groovy Wedding Co.

You may recognize Kelsie from our branding session together, so if you want to know more about her and her company, check out my earlier blog post.

She is the mind, soul, and designer behind our “50 Shades of Pink” styled shoot. Every detail and vendor you see in these photos were brought to life because of her!

Not only is Woodbine Mansion gorgeous with its magical magnolia trees, lush grounds, and neoclassical details, but it has the most ornate chandeliers, mirrors, and staircase!
Our shoot couldn’t have been timed more perfectly. Woodbine Mansion only has about two weeks when their wisteria grows and showers their property with a pop of purple.
Fine Day Press and Fail Jewelry are two exceptional vendors we used and this flat lay shows off their talent!
Love this personalize jean jacket by Heart to Home Calligraphy
Celebrations Bridal and Prom allowed us to use their beautiful gown.
Another stunner from Heart to Home Calligraphy with flowers by Lavender and Lily Floral.
The frose bar is something special and unique that couples and their guests would love at their wedding!
Consider having a signature drink at your wedding, and a cotton candy bar!
This personalized charcuterie board was exceptionally yummy.
I love how Cakes Couture incorporated cotton candy texture throughout their cake.
I love how Cakes Couture incorporated cotton candy texture throughout their cake.
Just another perspective of the cake.
All the little details that make a wedding special.
I love this tablescape that's pretty in pink, simple, and impactful.
This Woodbine Mansion wedding has it all, both the tablescape and the backdrop!
Who doesn't love a good frose with cotton candy on a hot, summer day in Austin, Texas?
I don’t know about you, but I love cotton candy drinks!
Mellisa was a beautiful bride!
Mellisa makes the most beautiful bride!
Just look at the gorgeous staircase, florals, wedding gown, and chandeliers!
Lavender and Lily floral did a superb job on the wedding flowers.
This room at Woodbine Mansion is a stunner!
Accessories are all that matter and these pink shoes are to die for!
The bride getting ready for the ceremony.
The back of this wedding dress is beautiful and the staircase at Woodbine Mansion was made to display it!
Although we couldn't find a pink car, we liked the pop of red!
Although we couldn’t find a classy, pink car, we loved the pop of red that ATX Classic Cars provided.
There is no better getaway car!
How beautiful is the 1971 Buick GS?
ATX classic cars has a good collection of cars for any event.
Personalized jackets are in right now!
Our Woodbine Mansion wedding couldn't have been more perfect.
Frose on a summer day? Yes, please!
Mariposa Lane Events provided the custom and homemade cotton candy.
I love how this playful detail added to our shoot.
The cotton candy added a touch of playfulness to this styled shoot.
Strolling, enjoying Woodbine Mansion in Round Rock.
Trying to figure out where to open their rose.
Cheers to the happy couple!
An unexpected POP!
And so our Woodbine Mansion wedding ends with petals and a dramatic kiss!

Bride’s Hair: Styles by V ♥ Bride’s Makeup: Riev Beauty ♥ Bridal Boutique: Celebrations Bridal and Prom ♥ Wedding Planner: the Groovy Wedding Co. ♥ Frosé Bar: Blush Bar ♥ Florals: Lavender and Lily Floral ♥ Wedding Venue: Woodbine Mansion ♥ Photographer: Sweet Memories Photography ♥ Videographer: Huckleberry Wedding Films ♥ Creative Catering: Mariposa Lane Events ♥ Cake: Cakes Couture ♥ Car: ATX Classic Cars ♥ Stationery: Fine Day Press ♥ Jewelry: Fail Jewelry ♥ Rentals: Premier Events ♥ Calligraphy: Heart to Home Calligraphy ♥ Models: Mellisa and Adam

A Zilker Park Engagement Session: Megan and Jameson

Megan and Jameson are a fun-loving, goofy, and adventurous couple who love nature and their city. So what’s more perfect than a Zilker Park engagement session? It has both nature and city views that are to die for!

First Encounter

These two first met in 2018. Jameson was out with friends on West Sixth Street when he ran into Megan and her mom. They all spent the entire night drinking and dancing together. Before he left, Jameson got Megan’s number and asked her on a date. In her words, “a really beautiful first date” and she has “loved him more and more every day.”

Engagement Session Representation

After speaking with the couple, I learned a lot about who they are. They love to travel, work out, play board games and poker, camp, hike, play volleyball, and watch “Psych” and “The Office.”

Learning this information helped us decide where to do their pre-wedding photos. Their Zilker Park engagement session couldn’t have been a better representation of who they are as individuals and as a couple. Especially so when they asked for their session to consist of “fun, laughing, flirty photos with a couple of romantic ones.” I would say it was a success!

Such beautiful nature at Zilker Park!
We mixed both fun and flirty, and super romantic photos during their engagement session.
Megan could most definitely be a model!
This Zilker Park engagement session was beautiful, especially with all that gorgeous light coming in!
Megan and Jameson are so cute together.
The traditional ring shot!
Because what's more romantic than dancing at Zilker Park?
These two are such naturals in front of the camera
Love a good silhouette shot!
Aren't they so beautiful?!
Although I prefer natural shots, the look-at-the-camera ones are just as perfect!
They are too adorable.
I love that they played with each other and just had so much fun.
They were just talking but I couldn't pass up the moment to capture it.
Golden light is everything!
Downtown Austin is just so charming and the perfect backdrop!
Leading the way ...
Just having fun in downtown Austin.
Couldn't resist capturing that golden light, even if there is traffic in the background.
Love the Austin skyline!
These two love their home city!
This is one of their favorite positions to be in so we had to incorporate it!
Walking down the pedestrian walkway in downtown Austin.
I love the shots where the guy kisses her hand. Very traditional and old-fashioned and sweet!
Channeled my inner creative side and did a long exposure!

Cheers to November

I cannot wait to celebrate their big day in November!! Cheers to just six months (but a lifetime full of happiness, laughter, and adventures)!!

A Whispering Oaks Estate Wedding

This Whispering Oaks Estate wedding was utter perfection! And another fun and special wedding to second shoot for with Photos by MKay!

Kathleen and Blaine have waited years to finally say “I do.” Now that the day is finally here, they couldn’t have asked for a better day. Sun shining through the trees, slight wind blowing, and surrounded by their family and friends, these two are united as one.

Whispering Oaks Estate Wedding

This quiet and secluded Estate sits on 50+ acres of beautiful ranch land nestled in the Texas Hill Country. And is the perfect venue for any wedding, especially Kathleen and Blaine’s!

Little Love Notes

Snipits from Kathleen and Blaine’s love notes to each other (that had us all tearing up):

Kathleen: “You are my person. You make me happier than I have ever been … I can’t wait to spend forever with you. Let’s do it, I’m ready!”

Blaine: “Kath, we’ve been together for so long and been through so much together. It’s just so special to be here with our family and best friends, and I’m so excited for our future. I love you so much.”

Second Photographer Opportunity

It is always a joy being Amanda‘s second photographer. Not only is she talented and fun, but she gives me the flexibility of being creative. Plus, it’s also a great opportunity to photograph at venues I’ve never been to before.

As always, all photos you see are taken and edited by me for Photos by MKay:

This wedding venue is charming and beautiful!
Kathleen's beautiful wedding dress hanging.
Wedding decor and details.
Getting ready.
Blaine putting on his wedding attire.
Detail shots of their wedding vow books.
Kathleen about to get into her wedding gown.
There's nothing sweeter than a mother-son moment!
Best friends helping each other out.
First look with dad.
First looks with dad are always emotional!
First look between Kathleen and Blaine.
Had to get a few shots from outside of the house because the views are just beautiful!
There's just something magical about this place ...
Kathleen had bought sentimental and personal gifts for her parents as a 'thank you.'
Wedding ceremony decor and details.
Mom coming down the aisle.
Even though they had just had their first look, Blaine still couldn't hold his tears back.

Even though they had just had their first look, Blaine still couldn’t hold his tears back. Not only had they both been waiting what felt like an eternity to get married, but she was so elegant and beautiful walking down the aisle…

Ready to say 'I do"
Hands holding and gripping tight!
The wedding ceremony consisted of a lot of laughter and a lot of tears!
About to say their wedding vows.
Saying their vows to each other.
Blaine had Kathleen crying during his wedding vows.
They put the wine in a box with love notes to open up on their anniversary.
And they're officially married!
Walking down the aisle as a married couple!
Big, fun group shots!
The wedding cake from Cakes Rock!
Wedding reception decor and details.
Signature drinks are always a hit at weddings!
The couples' first dance
The end of their first dance as husband and wife.
Saying a quick 'thank you' to all of their friends and family.
Time for toasts, starting with Kathleen's sister.
The best man had everyone laughing during his toasts.
The dads had their turn at toasting their kids.
Cutting the cake!
It was a messy cake-cutting but they made it through and sealed it with a kiss.
The cake looks super yummy!
Golden light hour with the couple.
That golden light is everything!
Such sweet moments between Kathleen and Blaine!
I love portrait time!
Time for some fun running shots!
Golden hour tends to be romantic!
Kathleen's laugh is contagious!
A candid shot of them walking through Whispering Oaks.
More beautiful photos from golden hour.
Always make extra time for these portraits ... it's a beautiful moment
Love.
A little pick-me-up during their portrait session.
Father-daughter dance.
Mother-son dance.
Time to party!
More reception photos.
Wedding exits are always unique and fun!

I always love a grand exit … especially when bubbles are involved!

Kathleen and Blaine's bubble exit!
Their wedding ends with a grand bubble exit!

Wedding Venue: Whispering Oaks Estate ♥ Coordinator: A Bride a Day Weddings ♥ Primary Photographer: Photos by MKay ♥ Second Photographer (all photos in blog taken by): Sweet Memories Photography ♥ Videographer: Huckleberry Wedding Films ♥ Officiant: I Pronounce You ♥ Cake: Cakes Rock ♥ Florals: Wild Bunches Floral ♥ DJ: Spark the Night Entertainment

Bluebonnet Engagement Session: Shawna and Brandon

After receiving an inquiry to do a Bluebonnet engagement session earlier this year, I realized that it is a thing here. I’m not from Texas, nor have I lived here long, but one thing I found out is that Bluebonnet season is huge and one of the busiest times for photographers!

Welcome to Texas

Originally from south Florida (small world, right?!), Shawna and Brandon are planning their wedding in Maui in the Fall. However, since they currently call Austin their home, they really wanted to do a Bluebonnet engagement session at Muleshoe Bend Park.

Of course I had to do a little scouting and research because I am naive. I had no clue that Bluebonnets are the state flower or that Bluebonnet season is a huge deal!

About the Couple

A fun-loving and silly couple, Shawna and Brandon met at 16 and 17 years old in high school and have been together ever since. They are obsessed with their dog, Zoe, and prefer hanging out with her at home rather than going out. So, of course, Zoe had to be in the photos. And if you know me, you know that I am always excited to have a fur-baby in my photos!

This Bluebonnet engagement session was adorable with Shawna, Brandon, and their furbaby!

How cute is the custom sign that Shawna had made for Zoe:

Zoe was the perfect model with her custom sign!
Romance between S+B in the field of Bluebonnets.
This Bluebonnet engagement session was absolutely sweet and romantic!

Zoe was a bit camera shy; however, with some coaxing and me making some crazy sounds (think howling, cat noises, barks, and whistling), she gave me some great head tilts and puppy faces!

Zoe can't wait for her humans to be married. Until then, she'll be a part of the save-the-date Bluebonnet engagement session.
My first Bluebonnet engagement session and I love it!
This Bluebonnet engagement session is for their save-the-dates.
Muleshoe Bend Park is found in Austin, Texas and is a perfect spot for a Bluebonnet engagement session.
Isn't this couple so beautiful?
Bluebonnet engagement session | Austin, Texas
I love detail shots showing off the ring.

This series of shots crack me up. I told Brandon to tell a joke. It not only resulted in getting Shawna to laugh, but he ended up laughing so hard that he cried!

This fun-loving couple was so much fun to photograph!
Definitely my favorite shot out of all of the photos I took!
Bluebonnet engagement session | Austin, Texas
These two are getting married in Hawaii in November but needed photos for their save-the-dates!
Allowing Zoe to run around the field was the highlight of her humans' session!
Couldn't resist a few ring shots!

Congratulations

I’m so thrilled to have had a chance to meet Zoe and this beautiful couple. Wishing you both the most amazing Maui wedding and an even more wonderful journey together as a married couple! Congratulations, Shawna and Brandon (and Zoe)!!!