If you’re a bride who desires culture, history and elegance for your wedding, look no further than the Jack Guenther Pavilion at The Briscoe Western Art Museum. Situated downtown on the banks of the famed River Walk directly across from Arneson River Theatre is the city’s latest contemporary event venue. Its River Walk front, convenient location and nearby attractions make this new space a highly desirable place to celebrate.
Located just off Presa and Market Street sitting adjacent to The Briscoe Western Art Museum (opening 2013), the Jack Guenther Pavilion offers the excitement and energy of surrounding downtown San Antonio while providing a the unique seclusion of a distant destination.
“The Jack Guenther Pavilion is in the heart of downtown, surrounded by the rich culture of the city, but it offers a sense of feeling very tucked away. Its beautiful architecture combines contemporary design with the historical appeal of the attached museum. There is undoubtedly a unique atmosphere in each of the venue spaces that make up the Jack Guenther Pavilion. The beautiful landscaping in the McNutt Courtyard and direct River Walk access are just a few of the many inviting features of the venue,” says Sonya Villarreal, sales manager for Rosemary’s Catering a preferred vendor at the venue.
The Jack Guenther Pavilion possesses several unique areas ideal for any celebration, but it’s the space’s prime location, sophisticated design and cultural ties that make this new venue so desirable.
“The Jack Guenther Pavilion is located right across from Arneson Theatre and La Villita on the River Walk and within a short walk from reputable hotels like the Hilton Palacio del Rio and the Hotel Contessa,” Sonya says. “It’s especially spectacular during the holidays when the trees are sparkling and the holiday spirit is surrounding the venue in downtown San Antonio. The beauty of the River Walk during the holidays just makes the venue space even more beautiful.”
Whether a bride is having an intimate affair or a large celebration, the Jack Guenther Pavilion highlights four distinct spaces ideal for an array of parties at any time of year.
The McNutt Courtyard
Paved with flagstone, surrounded by a live oak trees and native plants, the McNutt Courtyard is speckled with character in every corner. An Italian pergola creates a raised stage area perfect for a ceremony or entertainment during the reception. Plenty of electrical sources throughout the grounds provide adequate components for several entertainment options. Built in anchors for tenting provide the ultimate convenience and make sure the space can be used throughout the year.
The McNutt Courtyard is the perfect fit for receptions, ideal for outdoor ceremonies or a cocktail hour. Its lush landscaping, cool breezes and striking presence offer the perfect backdrop to say “I do.”
River View Room
For the couple looking for a contemporary space with little or no need for additional décor, the Riverview Room is ideal. With direct access to the McNutt Courtyard and the River Walk, this spacious, first floor space is perfect for events up to 500 guests. Its high ceilings, expansive windows and modern horizontal-planked walls highlight the venue’s exquisite architectural detail.
With easy access to the McNutt Courtyard, guests can enjoy an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception with ease.
The Gallery is located on the second floor of the Jack Guenther Pavilion and provides the perfect space for cocktails, a lounge area or even a holding space for entertainment and the wedding party. Neutral tones and natural light provides a nice backdrop for a celebration of up to 350 seated guests. The Gallery is perfect when combined with any of the other three event spaces for larger events.
City Overlook Room
Set above the treetops on the third floor of the Jack Guenther Pavilion, the City Overlook Room features stunning architectural design and an exquisite birds-eye view of downtown and the River Walk. Natural light streams in from the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the entire space and the forged mansard-style roof provides a refined elegance communicating a unique feeling of bringing the beautiful outdoors in.
No matter which space a couple chooses, they can rest assured their special day will reflect the sophistication and service they desire.
“The RK Group works very closely with the amazing team at the Jack Guenther Pavilion to provide all brides easy access to our wide array of services. Our partnership with the venue is an added bonus for brides looking for a seamless experience when planning their big day. There really isn’t any limit to anything we can do for our clients,” Sonya says.
“Because The RK Group is a one-stop-shop, couples will experience the ease of having me communicate directly with the venue as well as coordinate catering, floral and rental needs. And on the day of the event, I’ll be there to ensure all the services are executed flawlessly as well as working directly with the special events manager of the Jack Guenther Pavilion, Sylvia Carrier. Every couple will enjoy two people managing their event, making sure that everything is perfect.”
In addition to its rich history and alluring charm, the Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Western Art Museum is the perfect place to celebrate the beginning of a lifetime.
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