Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Weddings and Texas History... two of my favorite things!

On Monday I tagged along with my son and his future bride, checking out two possible venues for their upcoming wedding. 
First stop, the Barr Mansion, posted earlier this week.

As promised, here are photos from the second venue... the historic Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin, one of my absolute favorite places because of its history and magnificent architecture... 
(despite the rumors of resident ghosts!) 

I've already posted here and here about the Driskill... but I was even more blatant with my camera this time.

Above, the front lobby.

The Driskill is elegant, rich with stars and Texas pride, but it's also very dark. 
I did my best with what I have...

The details in the light fixtures are amazing!

So much "Texas" everywhere. I love it!

Did you know "Texas" means "friends"? 

Lady Bird Johnson met LBJ in the Driskill Ballroom.

This is the actual wedding reception floor... a giant T-shaped hall with parlours and ballrooms, such as the Driskill Ballroom, opening off of it and a balcony overlooking 6th Street on the opposite end. 
Again, very dark! 
You'll just have to take my word for it... it's beautiful!

This mirror is one of several hanging in the "Maximilian Room" that Emperor Maximilian of Mexico gave to his Empress Carlota.

I have no idea what's behind these doors but I love them! 
Such beautiful leaded glass.

The engaged couple graciously posed for me...

...but I couldn't resist snapping this one soon afterward. 

Makes my heart sigh.


  1. looks like both places would be the photos of the most important parts..the sweet young exciting for you and ours..
    Warm hugs,

  2. a beautiful, historical place, but the new memories those 2 will have are what make the wedding worthwhile. :)

  3. What an amazing place! Love those lights.

    (I do prefer Barr Mansion though with it wooden charm)

  4. This looks like an amazing place Barbara, and what a beautiful couple!

  5. Awww! I have been away too long! Love the photos--especially of the radiant couple. Congratulations on the addition of a daughter-in-love. Lots of good things happening for you!! Yay!!

  6. You are seeing some beautiful buildings Barbara! Such a lovely couple!
    xo Catherine

  7. Another beautiful setting. So cool that you're making us part of the process. OK.. a witness to the process. ;)

  8. Very nice place, Barbara! And what a handsome couple!

  9. this venue screams pomp and circumstance!


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