I have not written nearly enough about the awesome wedding venues in Houston. Today this stops!! With Houston being so big, there are a ton of venues to choose from. And honestly? If they are a bit of a blank slate, you can transform a lot of spaces into the look that you want with draping and flowers. But then, then there are other spaces that have a ton of character and leave a lasting impression. In this blog post I am highlighting The Dunlavy and The Farmhouse.
I found out about this venue from a friend, and at the time I had no idea it was also a wedding venue. It was just a cool place to have brunch and ogle all the chandeliers. Then I was commissioned to photograph a wedding there with another photographer and my perception of the venue changed. It grew! The venue is located on the banks of Buffalo Bayou and Lost Lake in Houston, with glass walls that surround the dining room, so you see all the natural beauty during a ceremony or while you eat. The chandeliers are what make this space so unique, and as a photographer I just love how they add ambiance to all photos taken there.
This space is meant for smaller weddings, with a max of 150 people for capacity. As someone who had 75 people at their wedding, I have a place in my heart for smaller wedding sizes. It allows you to splurge on awesome things like a cool dress or bitchin’ flowers! On top of wedding looking baller here, I love the food!! Every dish I have had at a wedding there has been creative and delicious.
As this venue is a restaurant when not hosting events, it doesn’t have a space for anyone to get ready, thus all my couples have gotten ready at a hotel and then traveled to the venue.
This venue is almost the exact opposite of the Dunlavy in several ways. First it’s a barn venue, so it has a totally different feel to it. It has both the barn as a space for the reception, plus a chapel for the ceremony. I love how it is painted all white inside, making it a blank slate for anything the couple wants to do! It’s located in the north side of the Houston area, in Montgomery, which is a really beautiful area.
I love this venue because a lot of thought was put into its design. The bridal suite, with its more modern chandelier, is gorgeous. The groom’s space is also really nice, with lots of TV’s, a lounge area and easy access to the back porch. As a photographer, I love all the windows in both the barn and the chapel. It makes all the images easy to capture. Honestly, you would have to work hard to take a bad photo here!!
With this venue being so large, there’s ample space for a bar area, dinner, a photo booth and dancing. The website says they can accommodate up to 300 people, which is great for people with a big list of family and friends. I can tell you that 300 people doesn’t feel tight, and the venue can handle it.
So which venue do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!
Farmhouse images taken while photographing with Kari Marie Photography.
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