5 Incredible Top Austin Wedding Venues for the Perfect Outdoor Ceremony


Are your clients dreaming of an outdoor wedding ceremony surrounded by natural beauty and Texas charm? Look no further than the capital. The warm Austin weather and lush greenery provide an ideal backdrop for a perfect outdoor ceremony.

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With so many outdoor venue options, finding the best venue for your clients can feel overwhelming. To make it easy, we’ve compiled a list of five incredible Austin wedding venues that will take your breath away. Whether looking for a traditional or a more modern wedding setting, you’ll find an outdoor venue that matches your client’s budget and style from this list.

1. Whispering Oaks Estate

Sitting on a 10-acre private property, the Whispering Oak Estate is a premier outdoor wedding venue that opened in 2017. It provides a perfect blend of natural beauty and elegant touches, making it ideal for a rustic-chic wedding. With a variety of options for indoor and outdoor spaces, it’s a great choice for a secluded and romantic setting.

Once you rent the property, you get full access to the amenities on the wedding day until 11:00 pm, including the main house and guest house for separate bridal and groom preparation. The climate-controlled space can accommodate up to 80 guests, with an outdoor ceremony space and a backup rain plan.

The event space features an indoor projector and built-in bar for your reception, perfect for speeches and toast. It also has 80 fruitwood wood folding chairs, ten 60″ round reception tables, and four 8-foot rectangular tables. After the reception, guests can have a fun time at the outdoor cocktail and yard games area.

2. Pecan Springs Ranch

The beautiful Pecan Springs Ranch sits on a secluded property surrounded by pecan and oak trees, just 10 minutes west of downtown Austin. The venue features a creek, fresh springs, and a pond that create a natural and idyllic setting for your special day.

The outdoor ceremony site offers several options, each with unique settings and views. And if the weather doesn’t cooperate, the property has several bad-weather plans to ensure the day goes smoothly.

If the couple enjoys privacy, the venue offers a separate bride’s house to ensure comfort as they prepare for the big day. The climate-controlled building includes a prep kitchen, a groom’s area, and a glass back wall opening into a 2000 terrace. This building provides a perfect indoor option for the ceremony or reception.

3. Rambling Rose Ranch

Rumbling Rose Ranch is a unique and affordable outdoor wedding venue just 15 minutes from downtown Austin. It offers everything outdoor wedding lovers want, including an open-air dance floor, a roofless structure covered in stunning vines and flowers, and a nearby covered arena for a rain plan.

One of the most exciting features of the venue is the freedom to have animals on the property. If your clients and guests are pet lovers, they can bring them to the ceremony, making the day more memorable.

And if on a tight budget, the couple doesn’t have to worry as the ranch is affordable, with their most popular collection beginning at $4000. For such a reasonable price, they can enjoy quaint getting-ready areas for everyone, ample parking areas, and the freedom to bring their vendor of choice.

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4. Villa Antonia

Villa Antonia is a beautiful wedding venue located just northwest of Austin. It offers a view of the Texas Hill Country, experienced event coordinators, and a unique layout that allows indoor and outdoor space flexibility.

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Once you hire the venue, you enjoy exclusive use of the villa based on your contracted time. It comes with a venue manager for the day of logistics. It also has an onsite parking team that includes golf cart shuttles from the venue’s three parking lots.

The venue offers several outdoor ceremony and reception options, including two terraces with a stunning view of the Texas Hill Country, a stone gazebo, a Rose Garden with a connecting greenhouse, and the Villa courtyard.

In addition, the property offers a beautiful and unique photography setting, including year-round lush landscaping and flowers, three fountains, and a waterfall with a koi pond. Other features to enjoy when you hire the venue include:

  • Bridal Suites with fireplace, beauty bar, private bathroom, balcony, dinette, and a large terrace
  • Groom’s Den with a wet bar, comfortable seating, a private bathroom, and two balconies overlooking the courtyard
  • Dining and seating options, such as 300 white resin-padded chairs, built-in bars, a Chapel, 30-60″ round reception tables, additional tables, a large built-in serving table, and a caterer’s kitchen

With the venue’s experienced coordinators and amenities, this venue is a great option if you want a romantic venue with a sense of elegance.

5. Vintage Villas

Vintage Villa is a stunning full-service wedding venue overlooking Lake Travis. The venue features two gorgeous venues with floor-to-floor ceiling picture windows and an expansive view of Lake Travis and its stunning sunsets.

It has a unique Hill Country setting that offers a picturesque and secluded location for the special day. With an outdoor wedding venue and an indoor reception space, this venue allows you to choose the best option for your client’s event. In addition, the 44-room hotel provides guests with comfortable accommodations.

The villa provides in-house catering with an in-house chef who will create customized menus to match the couple’s taste and budget. Their staff will serve guests throughout the night, ensuring everyone is well taken care of. They will also assist with the reception and rehearsal dinner, taking the stress out of the planning.

Make Your Client’s Event Memorable

As a professional Austin wedding photographer, you can make your client’s event at any of these venues memorable by utilizing your skills and expertise to capture the unique beauty and features of the venue.

For instance, if the wedding is at the Vintage Villas, take advantage of the expansive views of Lake Travis and its stunning sunsets to create romantic images that capture the essence of the venue. You can also apply your technical skills to compose shots that creatively capture the architectural features of the venue.

Similarly, if the event is at the Pecan Springs Ranch, you can focus on capturing the property’s natural beauty, including the lush greenery, creek, fresh springs, and pond. You can then use these to create stunning and naturalistic images that evoke the serenity of the venue.

Whichever venue the couple is holding the ceremony, work with them to create personalized images that reflect their style and personalities. With every photo, make sure you take advantage of different settings and backdrops for beautiful and romantic portraits of the couple.

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