Choosing a venue can be so difficult. Having been in the wedding industry as a photographer for as long as I have, I have found that choosing a venue can be one of the biggest stressors for an engaged couple. Think about it, this one decision may affect your date, your catering, your style/color scheme, and your wedding size. There are so many factors going into this decision. So I’m here to hopefully take a little bit of the pressure off. All of these venues have amazing amenities to offer and of course beautiful backdrops for photos! And through this blog, I hope you can find your dream venue that brings your vision for your big day to life!

So, if you’re ready to find a stunning wedding venue in Austin, keep scrolling!

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01. Villa Antonia

The Villa Antonia is an absolutely gorgeous venue in the Hill Country of Texas. With multiple indoor and outdoor ceremony options, groom and bridal suites, and amazing staff to coordinate day-of logistics, this venue is guaranteed to help you have the most perfect wedding day.

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02. Commodore Perry

The Commodore Perry estate is a gorgeous architectural landmark in Austin. It is located on a private 10-acre walled property and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. With outdoor and indoor ceremony options, and stunning greenery, this venue will no doubt create the most beautiful wedding day.

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03. Woodbine Mansion

The Woodbine Mansion has been one of the most well-known homes in Round Rock since 1900. From its neoclassical details to the lush greenery and towering magnolias, this venue offers a picture-perfect setting to create the best day for you and your guests.

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04. The Mansion

The Mansion opened its door in 1931 and since then has been a favorite place to celebrate and entertain. The staff at the Mansion pride themselves in giving their couples the freedom to create their perfect day. While they are there to give recommendations for catering and other vendors, they give the couple complete freedom over these decisions. If you’re looking for freedom with the support of an incredible staff, this may be the place for you!

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05. Hotel Ella

Hotel Ella is a stylish boutique hotel located in the historic Goodall Wooten House. The house was built in the late 1800 and was renovated in 2013, so it offers the perfect balance of history and modernity. If a modern but antique-style wedding piques your interest, this may be the perfect place for you.

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06. The Allan House

The Allan house is a victorian style mansion offering both indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. The blend of victorian charm and modern sophistication provides a timeless feel for your wedding day. With two private suites for the bridal party, decorative outdoor lighting, a catering prep kitchen, and an outdoor sound stage, this venue offers everything you need to make your day more than perfect.

I hope you enjoyed my list of 6 of the most stunning wedding venues in Austin. If any of these venues caught your eye and you’re ready to book a photographer, click here, and let’s check off one more thing on your wedding to-do list! If none of these were right for you, click here to check out more of my favorite Texas wedding venues.

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So what even is a first look? It’s when you and your partner see each other for the first time on your wedding day before walking down the aisle. First looks are becoming way more popular in the wedding world. More and more couples are choosing to go the first look route instead of waiting till they’re walking down the aisle. If you’re on the fence about going with a first look or picking the traditional way, keep reading for 4 reasons why you should consider a first look!

Only Alone Time Together

Wedding days get busy. From getting ready with your bridal party and greeting all your guests and family photos, most couples rarely get a moment alone. First looks allow you to actually spend some time with just the two of you. When you wait till you’re walking down the aisle to see your partner you’re not able to talk to them or really embrace them. But during a first look, you can, talk, touch, and interact with your partner! It’s truly a beautiful moment and I get to capture such raw emotions that you will remember forever.

Less Pre Ceremony Nerves

If the idea of being the center of attention makes you uncomfortable. If you don’t like having all the eyes on you. Doing a first look is a great way to ease some of those nerves. When you choose to do a first look you don’t have as much pressure on you. Getting to see your soon-to-be spouse will feel like a weight is lifted off your shoulders and you can finally take a deep breath.

More Intimacy

With first looks, you can choose to let your family and bridal party watch or keep it between just the two of you. If you’re wanting more intimacy on your wedding day first looks are a great way to do that! Some couples will read letters to each other or choose to read their vows privately. This moment allows you and your partner to just be together and feel all the emotions.

More Photo Opportunities

Who wouldn’t want more photos on their wedding day?! By having a first look you have the opportunity to get more photos. Planning a first look is a great way to guarantee all the time you need to get all the bridal party photos, family photos, and photos with you and your significant other done. I may be a little bit biased because I’m a wedding photographer and I love extra photos, but this is my favorite reason for having a first look! You can start taking portraits together right after the first look. Plus since you’ll get all the photos done ahead of time you can plan out a slot in the timeline for sunset photos!

I hope this blog helps you decide which route to take when it comes to doing a first look. For more wedding day inspiration check out “Top 7 San Antonio Wedding Venues,” by clicking here.

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