“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi
Upon entering Sanctuary Event Space it is clear that this venue is truly unique to Austin. As described by Director of Events, Jessica Ryan, it is an urban sanctuary with a secret garden appeal. Huge oak trees fill the property creating a tree canopy which provides shade throughout the entire venue. String lights are strewn throughout the property, creating a romantic glow and mixed level terraces provide for a variety of seating arrangements. However, it is not just the natural beauty and ambiance that makes an event at Sanctuary most beautiful and meaningful. Its owners and customers are truly passionate about the purpose behind the event space.
The Sanctuary Event Space is predominately a wedding venue, rented out for events on the weekend. During the week, the space is used by the Amala Foundation and home of Sanctuary Yoga. Both the venue rentals and Sanctuary Yoga classes are a means to raise funds for the Amala Foundation non profit organization. Founded by Vanessa Stone, The Amala Foundation has a mission to unite, serve and grow youth all around the world through social emotional learning programs such as youth summits, camps and leadership training opportunities. They are focused on “Inspiring people to grow as individuals and leaders in service to humanity.” Jessica explains that the customers who rent this space are a huge part of the reason she loves working there. Often social workers, teachers, and non-profit workers, they reflect the mission of the organization in their everyday work and care that their money goes to support a worthwhile cause.
Outside ceremony seating can be quickly transformed to seat up to 150 guests in the terraced seating areas with the use of either round or rectangle tables. Sanctuary Event Space provides a Ceremony Arbor with lush green jasmine vines that bloom fragrant flowers in April and May. There is a quaint house in the center of the space to stage catering and buffet-style food service in addition to the two-story house toward the back that provides an area for live music and dancing. Upstairs is a quiet Tree Top Loft with a beautiful bird’s eye view over the property, which is ideal for couple’s photos or setting up a sweetheart table for a private romantic dinner. The interior space includes a living room with space for hair and makeup and getting-ready photos, a second kitchen, bedroom, and private bathroom.
There are a multitude of Airbnb properties within minutes of the property and downtown hotels are a mere 7 minutes away so that guests can stay nearby the venue and benefit from ride-sharing to arrive home quickly and safely after the evening’s festivities. Fun note! Because Sanctuary is in a residential area all events must end by 10pm but The Highball and Gibson Street Bar are right across the street and provide amazing after-party libations so your guests can continue late into the night.
Sanctuary Event Space is open to working with new vendors, allowing food trucks parked in front of the venue and customer’s choice for various event providers in most cases. An impressive team of vendors pulled together this styled shoot at the fabulous Sanctuary Event Space.
Event Planner: Jessica Ryan, 3 of Cups. In addition to being the Director of Events at Sanctuary Event Space, Jessica owns a boutique wedding and event planning company, 3 of Cups. She offers collaborative planning, in addition to on-site coordination services. Jessica is passionate about wedding planning. Her approach to working with her clients is personal. She and her rock star team are very well accomplished with 5 years of experience, published styled shoots, and all 5-star rave reviews. You can find 3 of Cups listed on the Preferred Vendor List at local Austin and Hill Country Wedding venues.
Photographer: Lee Hardin, Hardin Photography. Lee has an incredible gift for telling a story and capturing the moments that make up your fairytale. As an Austin native, she grew up loving photography and eventually fell in love with the wedding industry in particular. She loves capturing each chapter of your story from the proposal, to the bridal portraits, to the wedding festivities and eventually the newborn and family photos! She provides a personalized experience, and is proud to say her clients are her friends that allow her to continue to photograph their journeys as their families grow into the future.
Event Florals & Linens: Fabian Salcedo, Monarch Event Rentals. Monarch has a new in-house floral division led by the talented Fabian Salcedo who has worked with the likes of David Tutera and other great event professionals. They provide bouquets, wedding party florals, wedding design and event design for all types of corporate or private events and as one of our rental partners, Monarch’s rental inventory can be reserved through Loanables website.
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