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One Bride’s Vision Brings Country Charm to the Big City

Written by: Lisa Y. Taylor
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BYOV: Build Your Own Venue

When Tricia Fleming accepted the proposal of Dylan Schleicher in Wisconsin, she knew there was no place like her hometown of San Antonio to tie the knot.

“I always wanted a natural and beautiful rustic wedding,” she says.

She didn’t have to look far for the perfect place. Her father, owner of the acclaimed Magnolia Pancake Haus, had been contemplating what to build on the land next to their medical center location. Tricia’s engagement inspired him to construct Magnolia Halle–An Urban Barn in time for his daughter’s October 1, 2016, wedding.

“The Hill Country has a lot of amazing venues, but there’s also a huge demand for a rustic destination within the city to celebrate weddings and other occasions,” Tricia says. “With its spreading oak trees and serene landscape, there’s really nothing like Magnolia Halle in San Antonio.”

Natural Elements

The 6,500-square-foot Magnolia Halle evokes a genuine barn feel with its timber framing, board-and-batten wood exterior, and sliding barn doors. With a dedicated dance floor included, the venue can host a reception for as many as 250 guests.

Inside the venue, exposed wood beams, a pine ceiling, stone-clad fireplace, corrugated metal wainscoting, and a stained concrete floor complement the natural surroundings. Clerestory windows emanate sunshine near the top of the barn, and rustic chandeliers and strings of Edison bulbs provide inviting lighting. Spacious rooms for the bride and groom supply comfortable areas for the couple to prepare for their big day.

A quaint wood bridge connects Magnolia Halle to the shady Bier Garten of Magnolia Pancake Haus. Ceremonies and cocktails can be hosted in the garden that flourishes with magnificent 200-year-old oak trees. The garden also features a deck, full bar, stage, fire pit, and arbor that can be decorated to suit a wedding couple’s preferences.

“Dylan and I will be exchanging vows under the arbor and hosting the cocktail hour in the garden,” Tricia says. “It’s such a relaxing, picturesque spot.”

For more scenic ambience, Magnolia Halle will also house The Farm, an educational urban garden being co-developed by Tricia’s father and the nonprofit Culinaria.

Everybody Eats Events and Catering by Magnolia will be the exclusive caterer for any breakfast and lunch events as well as the preferred caterer for any evening events at Magnolia Halle. Couples can also choose from a list of preferred caterers for their wedding receptions.

“The Everybody Eats culinary team can provide a gourmet customizable menu to suit any event and occasion,” says Tricia.

Authentic Appeal

The creation of Magnolia Halle is both personally and professionally significant to Tricia who is the venue’s construction project manager.

“In Wisconsin, I received my degree in civil engineering, and while working for a general contractor, I managed a wide array of construction projects,” she says. “My parents were confident I had the experience and education to take charge of the building of Magnolia Halle.”

In addition, Fleming is the director of brand management and special projects with the Magnolia Pancake Haus. Since her youth, she has given her time and talents to the restaurant founded by her parents in 2000.

“When I was 12, I asked my mom to let me start waitressing,” she recalls. “She said I was too young, but I really wanted to help out when the restaurant was busy.”

Though Magnolia Halle reflects Tricia’s desire for a venue with rustic Texas appeal, she has been mindful of the wishes of all brides and grooms.

“When I was collaborating with the architect and my father on the design, I tried to think of how others will use the space,” she says. “My hope is that any couple, from those wanting a simple function to those envisioning an elegant affair, will imagine the possibilities when they see Magnolia Halle’s authentic rustic architecture and lovely setting.”

 

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