Reveal: Our Venue!

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:

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Photo by Joshua Tyi Photography via Woodlands Bride

Oak Tree Manor also includes a charming old bed & breakfast:

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Photo by Clayton Austin via Green Wedding Shoes

There’s plenty of room for a 150-guest reception under the trees:

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Photo from Oak Tree Manor on Facebook

As well as a brand new reception hall (as new as 2011!) in case of rain:

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Photo by Blackbird Productions from Oak Tree Manor on Facebook

There’s beautiful landscaping all around the property:

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Photo by Tara Swain Photography

If the weather is nice, we’ll dance the night away under the trees:

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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?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Wallaby

Location:
Houston
Wedding Date:
November 2012

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 4:30 pm

    So I totally saw your venue on Green Wedding Shoes a while back (the shot with that gorgeous bed and breakfast and hanging dresses) and thought it was one of the prettiest shots I’ve ever seen: you definitely have a stunning venue!!

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    misssapphire 202 posts, Helper bee @ 4:37 pm

    OMG that tree! LOVE IT!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:29 pm

    That tree is amazing, what a beautiful venue!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:20 pm

    That tree is incredible! Hopefully it will be nice and colorful in November.

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    Red Poppy 19 posts, Newbee @ 7:28 pm

    Your venue looks perfect!! And not to be repetitive, but the tree!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 7:32 pm

    I am in love with your venue!! The tree? Dancing outside under the twinkle lights. I think I’m in heaven.

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    pattygrade 12 posts, Newbee @ 9:32 pm

    wow,so romantic. I love that tree.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:22 am

    We only visited two venues (the one venue is a botanical garden with multiple spaces, so technically we saw more than 2 spaces), but booked both – one for ceremony and one for reception. As much as I like to do “thorough” research, I felt my online research was good enough and only visiting two is A-okay! :)

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    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:44 am

    That TREE! Wow. What a stunning setting. I can’t wait to see your photos! :)

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    chrystie 56 posts, Worker bee @ 10:21 am

    absolutely stunning. i wish that place was in philly!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:48 pm

    What a gorgeous venue! The giant tree on the property reminds me of the one at ours. You’ll have to get lots of outside photos with a setting that beautiful.

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    Engagement rings, Guest @ 3:54 am

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    mswallaby 2059 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:39 am

    That’s exactly what we said… THAT TREE! It’s so fitting for Mr. K and I. We love the outdoors, and getting married under an enormous tree is so special.
    @RapunzelRapunzel: Thanks! Yes, that’s how I found the venue – from that blog post!
    @Blonde17Jess: I know, I realized for a lot of vendors, we did thorough online research, interviewed one vendor and hired them on the spot. Online research can go a long way!
    @Mrs. Pain au Chocolat: Your venue does remind me of ours! I hope we have beautiful weather like ya’ll had, so we can take some pretty portraits out under the trees :)

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:47 pm

    holy cow, your venue is stunning. Love it.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:51 am

    It was the last venue I visited that I loved! And I second others, this venue is amazingly beautiful!

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