Since I heard about this place, I have been obsessed with the wedding venue Iron Manor. Houston wedding venues can feel like they are all similar (barn venues namely), so to see a venue going up that looks more like a modern day castle is so refreshing! And now that I have captured a few weddings there I thought it was time to do this venue spotlight: Iron Manor. If you don’t remember, I captured this magical bridal session with Laura, as well as this stunning fairytale wedding with Bill and Colleen. Remember the alpacas? I sure do! As a big animal lover, the alpacas were a highlight!
Houston Wedding Venue Spotlight: Iron Manor
Originally constructed in 1903 for the Pure Oil Company, Crane Hall was built with beams that were manufactured by Carnegie Steel, a company founded and run by one of America’s great industrial magnates and philanthropists, Andrew Carnegie. Every column within the building boasts the Carnegie Steel Co. seal, each one a true piece of American History.
After the local oil boom in Montgomery County began to wind down in the early 1990s, the building changed hands among owners until finally becoming what many in the local area will remember as the Fire and Ice Hall, located on modern day FM 2854 near Honea-Egypt Road. The owners restored the building over 2 1?2 years, and they did an amazing job. This Houston wedding venue looks and feels brand new, not like a building that is over 100 years old!
The front of the wedding venue is stunning. They have a fountain intermingled with a garden of fresh roses and greenery. It has a very French garden type feel to it and it captures spectacularly. The fountain centers perfectly with the arch at the entrance of the building, which is a nice touch. There are other potted plants in the gardens and pockets of grass, that make portraits easy to capture there. I even love the drive to the venue, with their long driveway. It’s just so inviting!
I couldn’t do a Houston wedding venue spotlight: Iron Manor without talking about the Iron Chapel. This space for a wedding ceremony is majestic. It has a 26′ tall wall of arched windows to get married in front of, as well as windows on the left. Above the window at the front of the chapel are three chandeliers that make the space look one-of-a-kind. As a Houston wedding photographer, I have seen a lot of chapel spaces, and I can tell you this is unique. In fact, this room is a whole mood. I also am obsessed with the huge doors at the end of the room that the bride makes a grand entrance from. Both for portraits and when she is revealed.
Now this wedding reception space is where all the castle vibes are. This space can accommodate up to 350 guests, the main hall includes a dance floor, bar, food and beverage set up, cake table, and a photo-booth station. And if you adjoin the 600 square foot room, you can use it as a lounge area, VIP room, or sectioned off for food service. My couples have used the extra space for food service. Others have not used it at all and had a curtain go across to hide it. One of my favorite things in this space is the moving chandelier. It sits above the sweetheart table during dinner and moves to the dance floor after. Favorite spots in this hall? The floating cake area and the bar area. There are two floating cake spots, which is perfect for the groom’s cake. This space is so grand that it never feels tight. And the bar area? It has decorations in it from a Star Wars set. Badass, am I right?
This is my favorite room. There was so much thought that put into this space and you can tell. There is ample room for hair and makeup to happen, but it is the reveal area that blows me away. All of my brides have loved doing their first looks while standing on the white pedestal and having the curtain draw across. It’s dramatic. And it elicits so much emotion every single time. To say I am obsessed is an understatement.
A lot of attention was put into the groom’s space. I love that newer venues these days are investing in the groom spaces, as they give the men more space, natural light and fun things to do. This room boasts a vintage-style barber chair for shaving, a poker table, a Golden Tee Golf arcade machine, gaming consoles and Satellite TV. All the guys I have captured in here have loved this room. It’s also got great window light so all the photos taken there look great.
When I first saw the courtyard, the first thing I thought about was Harry Potter. I just felt like Hogwarts. I love the rounded ‘windows’ at the back of the courtyard with the chandeliers, it has this grand effect when you are in the space. This space is perfect for cocktail hour, it has a bar space in it and has plenty of space for tables and seating. It’s also great for having alpacas there, as a photo op! You know, if that is your jam. Have you been to Iron Manor yet? If not, this is your sign to do so! It was so fun doing this Houston wedding venue spotlight: Iron Manor. It shows how truly unique this venue is.
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