The River Rock Event Center provides a treat for the senses. Throughout its pastures, deer frolic through wispy grasses and under canopies of oak trees. In the garden, breezes carry the fragrance of fresh herbs, and, under the patio, water gently splashes from a stone waterfall.
At River Rock, you don’t have to choose between the Hill Country and a convenient location in the city. This tranquil venue is found just minutes fromSan Antonio in the quaint community of Fair Oaks, near Boerne.
“The property is very pastoral,” says River Rock’s owner, Janis Fair. “With the deer out here, it’s so picturesque.”
As late as the 1960s, River Rock’s property was used for the Fair family’s cattle ranching operation. While the land’s natural beauty has been preserved, Fair used her artistic eye for design to transform its charming buildings into an enchanting destination for weddings and other special events.
With its stunning wrought iron chandeliers, exquisitely polished & stained floors along with stone and paint textured walls, the event center offers a magnificent setting for both wedding receptions and ceremonies. The room has what we call a 'rustic elegance', It’s amazing how chandeliers and country architecture combine to create such unique character.
Though the facility’s loft ceilings give a sense of history, it’s hard to imagine that it once served as a tractor storage room. On chilly days, woods burns in the center’s large stone fireplace which boasts a mantel perfect for adorning with greenery, flowers or candles.
The center can accommodate up to 175 guests with plenty of space for entertainment and a dance floor. Its covered courtyard can also be used for a band, DJ, dancing or a bar.
The event center is fitting for indoor weddings because of its ample space, warm chandelier light and expansive windows ornamented with stained glass hangings. And couples preferring an outdoors ceremony can wed by the lily pond that sits on a hill overlooking Cibolo Creek.
River Rock’s in-house catering can cook up anything from the fine cuisine popular in its Event Center to mesquite-grilled barbeque and everything in between. Signature dishes include filet mignon with mushrooms and marinated beef and chicken kabobs with red jacket potatoes. The chef uses fresh meats, and when available, organic vegetables and produce from River Rock’s own gardens.
At many places, high quality cuisine and service would come at a steep price, but not so at the River Rock. “We are very reasonably priced."
For pre-wedding events such as showers and rehearsal dinners, our Event Center provides a warm setting. Antique furniture sits on each side of the stone fireplace, and intimate square tables are coupled with hickory-framed chairs.
The Event Center was a former grain mixing room and looks out into a covered patio which can be used for outdoor seating. Here, guests can smell the sweet combination of sage, rosemary and basil as well as enjoy a waterfall softly flowing into a genuine aqueduct stream.
If River Rock’s surroundings are not calming enough, a bride can experience a pampering massage at its wellness spa. For further relaxation prior to the ceremony, she can take advantage of her dressing room’s amenities including a private bath and sink, antique vanity, floral arrangements and cozy chairs.
After the wedding festivities, newlyweds don’t have to worry about trekking to a hotel. Instead, they can spend their first night in one of two River Rock guesthouses. Each two-bedroom, one-bath cottage comes with hardwood floors, plush bedroom linens, an outdoor fireplace and front porch. The cottages, which come with a full kitchen, also make comfortable quarters for parents and out-of-town guests.
At the River Rock, with so many services available in one place, it’s easy to feel as relaxed as the deer that roam its meadows.
“You get the feeling of being out in the country without actually being far away from the big city” Fair says.
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