Modern brides and grooms are keen on a certain aesthetic often found in the hearts of cities like New York, L.A., Seattle, and Chicago. But a little closer to home, in the South Texas Hill Country is a renowned, state-of-the-art production facility that offers a sophisticated, industrial-chic wedding venue in an idyllic natural setting. “Studios at Fischer is not the typical Hill Country barn—it is totally different, modern-industrial architecture in that Hill Country aesthetic. Our studios look like urban, New York loft-type studios,” says Director Lisa Snow.
Studios at Fischer opened its doors in 2009, and a mere two years later, a friend of the owner’s daughter asked if she and her fiancé could be married on the campus. Since then, couples from San Antonio, Austin, and beyond have fallen in love with the venue featuring four buildings that accommodate both sides of the business—productions and weddings. Brides, especially, get excited about the professional hair and makeup salon with an actual hair washing station, three professionally lit makeup vanities, a cosmetic area, and a spacious dressing room upstairs. The groom is also well taken care of in his own groom’s garage featuring a large screen TV, pinball machine, plenty of comfortable space for everyone to relax, and usually one of Studios’ vintage automobiles being stored indoors—a perfect photo op for the groom and his gents.
“Even though Studios at Fischer wasn’t built for weddings specifically, the layout of the campus is very conducive to hosting weddings and events,” Lisa says. In fact, the venue offers unbelievable versatility, says Events Coordinator Emily Santana. "Each couple who gets married here surprises us with a new setup that is tailored to their individual style," Emily says. "This gives us an edge compared to other venues because we host a variety of settings and design options that allow for the ideal customization of any wedding or event.”
An average year brings about 30 weddings and corporate events to this modern venue, which never books weekend productions or more than one wedding per weekend. But perhaps one of Studios at Fischer’s greatest selling points is the progressive-style event brides and grooms can create for their guests. “When you’re bringing guests to the Hill Country you want to take advantage of the setting,” says Lisa. “But it’s an amazing thing to have your guests show up, park, and go to the ceremony grove; then progress from the beautiful green grove to the manicured lawn overlooking the Hill Country with the setting sun and cattle grazing; and then walk inside for dinner and be blown away. They never expect the modern setting that’s so different from what they’ve just experienced outside.” That’s why Lisa likes to convince couples of the progressive events. “We want them to enjoy every aspect of the space.”
The Nature Grove surrounded by a verdant landscape, stone archway, and trumpet vine altar is ideal for saying “I do” before enjoying cocktails on the poolside flagstone patio with a natural amphitheater, rock stage, covered entertainment and grilling area, and wood-burning fire pit. The venue also boasts picturesque vistas of wildflower meadows.
And with its urban chic architectural details showcased in such a natural landscape, Studios at Fischer is a beautifully blank canvas for couples to work with. The venue rental fee includes tables, chairs, and unique lighting and backdrop options, but for everything else, couples get to bring in their own vendors to make the event exactly what they want. If couples wish, Emily and Lisa can confidently refer clients to a list of vetted vendors they know do quality work with quality service. And when it comes to entertainment? “Studios at Fischer works with an amazing, talented pool of musicians," Lisa says. "We are probably the best resource out of any venue in the area when it comes to live music referrals.”
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