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.