It was love at first sight.
As soon as we pulled into the gravel driveway of Oak Tree Manor, Mr. Wallaby and I were in love. The old oak trees were even better than the venue’s online photo gallery. We were both giddy at the idea of getting married under this tree:
Oak Tree Manor also includes a charming old bed & breakfast:
There’s plenty of room for a 150-guest reception under the trees:
Photo from Oak Tree Manor on Facebook
As well as a brand new reception hall (as new as 2011!) in case of rain:
Photo by Blackbird Productions from Oak Tree Manor on Facebook
There’s beautiful landscaping all around the property:
Photo by Tara Swain Photography
If the weather is nice, we’ll dance the night away under the trees:
Photo by Michelle B. Photographie
When we arrived at Oak Tree Manor for our first appointment, we were greeted by the events coordinator, Haydee Lara. Haydee showed us around the property and answered my 1,000-plus questions about rentals, bathrooms, outside florists, etc. Mr. Wallaby and I were super happy to learn that Oak Tree Manor was just the right size for our guest list (which we were estimating at about 150 guests). It’s also in a relatively rural area (as far as Houston goes!), so it provides the perfect space for a down-home country wedding. Even so, it’s only a few miles from a nice hotel for our out-of-town guests, and it is less than 20 miles from Houston’s main airport. Lastly, we couldn’t believe how inexpensive the Oak Tree Manor quote was compared to most Houston venues. They provide beautiful grounds, a great brand new reception hall for inclement weather, all tables/linens, catering, and setup/take-down. We bring flowers, a cake, a DJ, alcohol (they do not charge a corkage fee!), and any other decorations we can dream up.
Oak Tree Manor was the first venue Mr. W and I visited, and although we toured several other prospective venues, we booked Oak Tree Manor within three weeks to make sure we had it nailed down. Also, by booking the venue, we had chosen our date! The rest of wedding planning could commence.
Did you fall in love with the first venue that you visited? Or was your venue search longer and more drawn out?