“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 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.
Sanctuary is a non-profit event space whose purpose is to help support the work of the Amala Foundation. In fact, it is utilized throughout the week as offices for the Amala Foundation and prepared each Friday afternoon for events. The Amala Foundation, founded by Vanessa Stone, 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. As the website describes, 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. 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 bridal suite complete with one bed, bathroom, and space to allow the bride to spend the night before the wedding or for her entourage to get ready in the morning.
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.
The space is vendor-friendly allowing for clients to choose from up and coming caterers, florists and photographers, among others. We have a few favorites that 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. Jessica stands out among other planners because of her experience as a venue director herself. She understands the importance of following venue guidelines and processes and knows the right questions to ask that lead to a smooth and seamless experience in coordinating the various aspects of each unique event.
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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