Photo: Courtesy of The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell
Though Houston proper isn't known for farms or barns per se, it's a short road trip to the rustic and romantic. Check out these five idyllic venues for a wedding with country-chic style — just outside the city limits.
The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell (Above)
Located in Round Top — a tiny charming town known for its twice-a-year antique festivities just about 90 minutes west of Houston — The Prairie is the bed-and-breakfast brainchild of Shabby Chic founder, Rachel Ashwell. It was always her dream to have her own place like this in the country and this place just happens to be home to The Pearl Barn, which was personally decked by Ashwell using her Shabby Chic Couture collection. The exterior of the barn is made of new timber, with vintage wallpaper on the interior walls and reclaimed wood on the ceilings. Think chandeliers, tin accents, harvest tables, windows that filter in the perfect amount of sunlight, and a whole lot of magic in the middle of the country. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Moffitt Oaks
A gem just about 30 minutes north and west of the city center, Moffitt Oaks is six venues in one Tomball location. The Barn has wooden doors and a covered outdoor fire pit, juxtaposed with crystal chandeliers and central air and heat. It maintains the authenticity of a countryside barn without sacrificing comfort or style — cozy-chic at its best! Plus, there's also The Ballroom, Arbor, Lakeside, Cantina, and Manor, which has three junior suites and the bridal suite. Each suite sleeps two, has five vanity stations with Hollywood lighting, and a private bathroom. Bonus: Overnight guests have access to the resort-style pool and outdoor fireplace, plus delicious breakfast and mimosas. And, in case he's wondering, the groom's quarters have several big-screen televisions. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Hickory Creek Ranch
The Barn @ Hickory Creek Ranch
About two hours north of town, The Barn @ Hickory Creek Ranch is a beautifully restored old hay barn originally built in 1951. The family-owned Crockett location got a transformative makeover when the owners' daughter chose it as her wedding venue. They added large crystal chandeliers, ivory drapes, stained concrete floors, a private and air-conditioned bridal suite with private bath, prep kitchen, bar and a covered patio — all of which overlooks a 31-acre private lake. It's no surprise many other brides have followed in the family's footsteps and walked down the aisle of this elegant space, which also offers onsite parking. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Oakwind Bed and Breakfast
Oakwind Bed and Breakfast
Less than an hour south of Houston, Oakwind Bed and Breakfast in Alvin has
The Big Red Barn in its 20-acre backyard. As pretty as a postcard, the barn is open for weddings — as is the 6,000-square-foot colonial style estate and its 200-year-old oak trees, shaded gazebo, pergola, and veranda. James P. Briscoe, nephew to former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe, and his wife built the property in 1977. Oakwind has several indoor and outdoor nuptial packages, from an intimate party for two to 300 guests. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Kairos, The Celebration Barn
Kairos, The Celebration Barn
If you've considered tying the knot in the Hill Country, put historical Fredericksburg at the top of your list. Not only is it the kind of place where you trip over cute and cool at every corner, but also it boasts a barn with a story. Kairos, The Celebration Barn, is surrounded by lush green everywhere you look. The verdant venue is designed and built around a vintage Ohio barn frame made of hand-hewn white oak beams and topped with a weather vane. Originally crafted in an Amish community in the 1850s and transported to Texas, the two-level interior features a grand limestone wall with a sculpted fireplace and hand-carved oak mantle. The main dining/reception area is almost 1,500 square feet and can accommodate up to 120 seated guests. Two large flagstone patios provide views of the pond, pastures, and hills. Tip: This town is known for bed and breakfasts aplenty, and we can't get enough of the Fredericksburg Herb Farm. There are darling accommodations, a gourmet restaurant, and a 5,000-square-foot spa on the pretty property, so it's an ideal spot for out-of-town guests to stay or for hosting a bridal brunch or spa day.