Austin outdoor wedding venues
Are you getting married in Austin? Are you dreaming of the perfect outdoor wedding ceremony? As a wedding photographer in Austin, I’ve shot a lot of weddings. I thought it would be helpful to write a little about some of my favorite Austin outdoor wedding venues. Nothing beats a good outdoor wedding. I’m sure as a newly engaged couple you want to find a wedding venue that is going to fit your style + budget. The choices available are probably a little overwhelming so I hope this helps you narrow things down as you search for the one!
Mercury Hall wedding venue
Mercury Hall – Mercury Hall is a unique wedding venue. Not only is this venue really in Austin (it’s just a few minutes from downtown Austin) but the reception hall was once a chapel. It is a great venue for small to mid-size weddings. You can get married under the beautiful oak tress on the lawn which is what I recommend or you can get married indoors in the chapel like space with stained windows. Again, I really like this space more for outdoor ceremonies. If you plan to move the reception indoors, keep in mind the hall isn’t that big. If you are planning a larger wedding (over 150 guests), I would definitely utilize the outdoor space for your reception. Looking for more photos of Mercury Hall? Here is a Spring wedding I shot for Katherine + Wendall.
The Lookout Austin – I recently had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at the Lookout + I instantly fell in love. The views of the hill country are unmatched. If you are looking for a place with gorgeous views at sunset, then The Lookout will not disappoint. This is a great venue for large weddings. The property has a lot of space for your guests to wander. This is really helpful when you are transitioning from ceremony to reception. Keep in the mind, this venue is entirely outdoors. There is a covered pavilion that is open on the sides. I’m not sure what they do if it rains sideways but I say embrace it. It will be worth it no matter the weather. Want to see more? Check out Jacqueline + Michael’s wedding at The Lookout!
Thurman’s Mansion – Do you love Texas BBQ? Salt Lick has a couple of awesome wedding venues for the BBQ loving couple. The colonial style mansion set overlooking the famous Salt Lick BBQ would make a gorgeous backdrop for any bride. It has a back up space for indoor weddings in case it rains. I would love to see a wedding utilize the great lawn for an outdoor reception. The grand home lit by professional lighting company like ILD would be a stunning backdrop. Highly recommended!
Pecan Grove – Another Salt Lick wedding venue. This one sets at the edge of a creek. It’s more rustic than Thurman’s Mansion. The reception hall feels a little like it should be on a camp ground pavilion which I freaking love. For the quirky bride, I think you’ll love this place. If you are torn between this + Thurman’s, personally I think the PG has a much nicer bride’s getting ready room. For photos, a nice bride’s room is really important. So maybe that will throw you over to this one. Want to see more Pecan Grove wedding photos? Check out one of the funnest weddings I’ve ever photographed!
Chateau Bellevue – This wedding venue is in the heart of downtown Austin just blocks away from lively 6th St. This historic home from the 1800’s is the vintage bride’s dream. Due to its small footprint, this wedding space is really only suitable for smaller weddings. You will love the intimate courtyard for the outdoor ceremony. It definitely feels like you could be in a French chateau.
If you are getting married in the winter months, you need to know it gets darker in the courtyard earlier because of the lower elevation. So be careful that you allow for an earlier ceremony so you don’t run out of light. Also, I recommend you do a first look if you are getting married here. Once your guests arrive you will quickly find there are few places for privacy. Summer brides – FYI, the upstairs is not air conditioned. Hey, it’s old! Forgivable?
Springdale Farm – I have to post about the only urban farm wedding venue in Austin. This little haven on Austin’s east side is a real treasure. From the Scandinavian farm house to the beautiful oak tree ceremony site, this is one venue I hope sticks around. Sadly, this may not be a possibility as neighborhood residents have had a hard time adjusting to the events that take place here. It will be a huge loss for Austin weddings if this place loses its permit. I hope people will continue to support this wonderful place. Have a look at the sweetest DIY wedding at Springdale Farm you’ll ever see here. I can’t think of a more perfect venue for the bohemian Austin bride or lover of farm to table than Springdale Farm
The Plant at Kyle – The photo at the top of the post was also taken at The Plant at Kyle. While this is technically outside of Austin, it is still one of my top choices. If I were getting married today, this would definitely be one I would have a hard time saying no to. The Plant has an industrial feel yet it is placed in a natural outdoor setting. Your ceremony under the trees will be so romantic. The screened in porch is perfect for the laid back wedding. It’s really the perfect blank wedding canvas. There are so many great spots on the property for portraits. If you are looking for something with a modern hill country vibe, this place is perfect! You can see photos from Kelly + Carlton’s Plant at Kyle wedding here. I can’t wait to photograph another wedding here!
Check back soon for part two. There are so many Austin outdoor wedding venues to choose from. This topic definitely requires another post or two! I hope you’ve found this helpful in your search for a place to get married in the Austin area! Feel free to ask me any questions about these venues. Just use the contact form to reach me!