October 29, 2020
Inspired by French baroque architecture, The Olana is a lovely mansion that sits on an expansive 40-acre estate. It was built as an homage to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Paris, making it the perfect setting for Brides aching for the old world charm so hard to come by in Texas. The estate features a tea room modeled after New York’s Tavern on the Green, an indoor and outdoor pool, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a basketball court, expansive private suites with stunning staircases, and long corridors to connect it all. From the marble floors to the gold-plated elevator, to the hand-carved spiral staircase – the mansion seems to be painted with layer upon layer of rich detail, artfully crafted for the couple captivated by exquisite architecture.
I found myself lost in a dream world as I wondered down many of the quiet hallways searching for the next secret spot. I could imagine a wedding day created a thousand different ways and captured from endless angles. The beauty of this vast venue is the potential for your story to be told in a way only you two and your guests will experience, never to be recreated quite the same again. I could envision a groom leading his bride down one of the long corridors for a moment alone just before entering their reception. I saw groomsmen in the library musing on the couches and glancing through the books, bridesmaids captivated by the Chanel closet, and lounging around the indoor pool, waiting to have their hair and makeup done. Lastly, I saw a couple escape to the very top of the chateau—the dome so high up, you feel as though you’re floating up in it—looking out at the sun setting on such a profound day, her head nestled into his chest.