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Austin Wedding Photographer: 15 Popular Venues in Austin, Texas

15 photographs of 15 places that I’ve photographed weddings in and around Austin, Texas. These are some of the more well known wedding spots in Austin. I frequently get asked by brides where I’ve photographed weddings around Austin. Of course there are many more places that I’ve photographed over the years, but here are some of the more popular and well known locations for weddings in and around Austin, Texas…

1. Star Hill Ranch – Near Hamilton Pool in west Austin, it’s a remake of an old west town, complete with a main street lined with old churches, bars and other antiques – amazing!

Star Hill Ranch - It's Like Being On An Old West Movie Set!

2. Driskill Hotel – Austin’s most famous historic hotel, since the 1800s on the famous 6th Street in Downtown Austin.

Street View Of The Driskill Hotel In Austin

3. Villa Antonia – Italian villa-style in the Texas Hill Country – a superbly popular wedding venue.

Bride Descends The Winding Staircase at Villa Antonia

4. Avery Ranch – North Austin hot spot that’s affordable and on a golf course!

Avery Ranch - North Austin's premier place to live, work and have a wedding on a golf course!

5. Austin Woman’s Club (Chateau Bellevue) – Historic event location located in the heart of Austin – filled with antique furniture and design from the early 1900s.

Austin Woman's Club

6. Canyon Of The Eagles – Best kept secret in Burnet, Texas, just north of Austin – featuring unrivaled privacy and sweeping lake views of Lake Buchanan.

Bride & Groom at Canyon Of The Eagles

7. Renaissance Hotel – The most fantastic hotel in the Arboretum in North Austin.

Reception Setup at Renaissance Hotel Austin

8. Vintage Villas – A beautiful venue in the Hill Country overlooking Lake Travis.

Villa Antonia Wedding

9. Casa Blanca – Southern plantation-style mansion on the banks of the San Gabriel River, just north of Austin.

After Dark Shot of The Back Patio of Casa Blanca in Round Rock

10. Zilker Clubhouse & Zilker Park – Zilker Park, located in Central Austin near Lady Bird Lake & Barton Springs, is a historic, natural treasure to Austin.

Zilker Park Wedding - A Rose

Zilker Club House Reception - Austin, TX

11. Chapel Dulcinea – Austin’s famous “free” wedding chapel, located in South Austin.

Bridesmaids Approach Chapel Dulcinea

12. Angel Springs – New premier, secluded wedding location in Leander/Cedar Park area.

Angel Springs Wedding

13. Green Pastures – Austin’s oldest and most famous “world class” restaurant – a classic venue that includes peacocks and acres lush, green vegetation.

Green Pastures Wedding

14. Kindred Oaks – Another hidden treasure in Williamson County (north of Austin), featuring solace in a rural setting that makes you feel at home.

View Of The Lake From Kindred Oaks Outdoor Chapel

15. Mercury Hall – South/Central Austin’s original restored early 20th century church, placed among oaks – quiet in an urban area that is close to downtown.

Mercury Hall Wedding Reception

Green Pastures Restaurant Wedding

Green Pastures

Green Pastures Mansion at Night

I know that I say it a lot, but I have a new favorite wedding venue in Austin: Green Pastures Restaurant. Now let me tell you why…

Green Pastures Restaurant (also known just as “Green Pastures”) is beautiful inside and out, it’s charming, it’s staff are the friendliest (really!) I’ve ever met and it’s quiet.

First, this historic home which hosts weddings, meetings and other events has been around for a long time. It was built in 1894 by Dr. E.W. Herndon. The legendary attorney John Henry Faulk (for whom the Faulk Library is named) resided there, as did a number of other families throughout the years.

Green Pastures Restaurant Sign

Green Pastures Historical Marker

Historical Marker at Green Pastures Restaurant

In 1946 the Koock Family turned the home into a restaurant and today it’s still known world-wide for it’s 5 star cuisine and service.

The website sums things up:

“Green Pastures began its 60-year tradition of elegant dining rather quietly. But friends told friends, and the word spread. Austin’s neighborhood retreat quickly became known citywide as the place to enjoy sumptuous gourmet dishes, fine wine and true Southern hospitality.” – Green Pastures Website (

Not only can you enjoy fantastic food, but you’ll also feel like you’re on a southern plantation. The home is spacious inside and fitted with patios and covered porches overlooking acres of green trees, grass, gazebos, gardens and more. A number of peacocks roam the estate, including two rare male albino peacocks.

The bride and groom that I photographed at Green Pastures on wedding day got married outdoors, just behind the Green Pastures Home, beneath the shade of Oak trees. Since it was a little warm, as May and June in Texas frequently are, the reception was held inside the main ballroom of the house. There were many opportunities for great photos, such as when the bride descended the stairs in her gown, formal photos of the bride and groom (including the peacock!), the military sabers ceremony (also known as the Sabers Arch) as the bride and groom entered the reception as a couple for the first time and much more…

Bride Looking At Groom

Bride Tries To Sneak a Peek at Her Groom

Bride Descends The Staircase at Green Pastures Restaurant

See more photos from the Green Pastures Wedding at Martin Whitton’s Website:

Father escorts bride at Green Pastures

Bride prepares for wedding ceremony at Green Pastures


Martin Whitton is a passionate wedding photojournalist who lives and works in Austin, Texas. Email your questions to him at