Everyone deserves to feel like royalty on their wedding day – but that doesn’t mean you have to commit to getting married in a dusty old castle to make your dreams come true. The Iron Manor wedding venue in Montgomery, Texas (just outside Houston) is a beautiful luxury event space that will make your wedding look like something straight out of a fairy tale. With a few contemporary and industrial features up its sleeve, it’s a one-of-a-kind venue for a one-of-a-kind wedding.
While Iron Manor and its signature event space, Crane Hall, have over a century of history here in Montgomery, its story is rather unusual. Crane Hall was originally built for the Pure Oil Company over 120 years ago in 1903. It featured steel beams manufactured by the classic American company Carnegie Steel. These beams are now historic features, each branded with the famed Carnegie Steel Co. seal.
In 2015, the skeleton of Crane Hall was preserved and removed, and in 2018, it relocated to its current location. Iron Manor broke ground shortly after that, and over the following two and a half years, it became the incredible venue space it is today. It was a true labor of love, featuring collaborations of engineers, architects, industrial artists, and many other artisans nationwide.
Today, it hosts some of Houston’s most exquisite events that look like something straight out of a fairy tale. The balance of rustic castle-chic blended with the industrial history of its signature beams makes it a truly unique venue fit for an exceptional couple.
It may be hard to believe, but one of the most exquisite spaces in Iron Manor is actually the bridal suite. This luxurious retreat has beautiful exposed brick walls and plenty of vanity space for everyone to prepare for the main event. Part of the bridal suite is an incredible glass-ceilinged conservatory, a circular space with arched alcoves of chevron-patterned weathered brick perfect for a hanging dress shot. An ornate chandelier hangs from the ceiling, and a full-length mirror is ideal for full-body portraits. It’s a lovely space for a first look with family members or your partner.
Your ceremony will occur in the spectacular Iron Chapel, a stately space with tall, vaulted ceilings. The walls feature more exposed brick and stone, a beautiful contrast to the towering steel beams reminiscent of the building’s historic past. You and your partner will exchange vows in front of a tall, arched window overlooking some of the property’s beautiful green space and trees. Furthermore, you can adorn the altar with an archway or a cross and plenty of your signature florals to bring your unique touch to the space.
Following the ceremony, your guests (up to 350) can enjoy a cocktail hour in the outdoor courtyard before heading into your reception in the stunning Crane Hall. Similarly to Iron Chapel, Crane Hall features more exposed brick and steelwork, giving off a modern-industrial-meets-old-world-castle vibe. On one side of the room is a spectacular bar serving your guests drinks all night. There is plenty of space for your guests to dine, dance, and mingle. Additionally, there is an adjacent 600-foot lounge space perfect for continuing conversation over a cocktail.
The possibilities for floor plans are endless in Crane Hall. A magnificent set of wooden doors makes a gorgeous backdrop for a sweetheart or head table. In front of the doors is a beautiful hanging trellis, perfect for draping with florals and greenery for an extra opulent look. The rest of the room also features elegant crystal chandeliers and other glamorous touches. These touches make the space feel like a castle ballroom – with a few contemporary twists.
Iron Manor is practically a wedding photographer’s dream. Beginning with the glass-ceilinged conservatory in the bridal suite, we’ll take many stunning individual and party shots of you and your favorite people. The bright light is also perfect for must-have flat-lay shots that capture your wedding day’s small details.
If you choose to do a first look, we can host it in the gardens or indoors in the Iron Chapel or Crane Hall before your guests arrive. The gardens and courtyard are exquisite photo backdrops with elegant fountains and water features. The courtyard boasts tall brick walls with beautiful archways, which are great for dramatic and romantic pictures.
Between all of the bright light and the thoughtful detailing and design that has gone into Iron Manor, there’s no doubt in my mind you’ll adore every photo in your wedding album.
Iron Manor is owned by Walters Wedding Estates, a company known for its luxury venues and comprehensive wedding services. As such, a wedding at this venue can be as inclusive as you want. You can choose from three levels of packages – Essential, Exceptional, and Elite – with your catering, beverages, and special touches.
Firstly, The Essential Package includes everything you’ll need for a wonderful Iron Manor wedding. This includes amenities like:
Secondly, The Exceptional Package includes upgrades like a plated option for your meal, appetizers, an upgraded bar selection, and even your wedding cake. It also includes custom-designed stationery, a floral package, and everything included in the Essential Package.
Thirdly, if you want the finest event possible, their Elite package includes extra special details to make your wedding an even more incredible event. In addition to all of the features of the Essential and the Exceptional Package, you’ll also have:
In conclusion, an Iron Manor wedding is an exquisite event with elegance, style, and plenty of storybook charm. It would be my honor to photograph your wedding and help you capture every perfect moment of this incredible day. If you like my style as much as I like yours (and if you’re considering an Iron Manor wedding, I LOVE yours), reach out so we can get your wedding on my calendar!
- kim hymes
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