When Sally Miniel bought Twelve Oaks in 2010, she thought she wanted to retire. She soon realized she wasn’t quite ready, so she established a bed-and-breakfast. When guests of hers asked if their daughter could get married on the property, a new idea was born. Sally hosted the young woman’s intimate elopement in the great room in front of the fireplace, and suddenly Twelve Oaks was a wedding venue.
Today, the picturesque Hill Country venue can accommodate outdoor celebrations from 45 to 100 guests during peak season from mid-March to mid-October or more intimate elopements indoors throughout the year for up to 25 guests. And the best part is that Twelve Oaks offers an incredible variety of packages.
“Our most popular wedding package is probably the Catered Elegance option, a full all-inclusive package, first off because it’s easy and takes away a lot of the stress of having to put the bits and pieces of a wedding together on your own and also because it fits well with most of our couples’ needs with a ceremony and reception all in the same place. It’s completely hassle-free and stress-free,” says Becki Phelps, Twelve Oaks’ on-site wedding coordinator. “Another package that’s popular is the elopement package because it can be setup pretty quickly and is available all year.”
The true draw of Twelve Oaks, however, is the 1940s-era gazebo illuminated with hundreds of twinkling white lights.
“The gazebo is our claim to fame,” Becki says. “It’s a romantic detail a lot of couples are looking for—and has even been compared to the famous gazebo in the recent movie Twilight.”
Just 20 minutes from San Antonio, this Bulverde property boasts a lush Hill Country landscape with acres of land covered with trees including a 150-year-old oak tree with an expansive canopy and wide-spanning branches, ideal for a ceremony backdrop.
The all-inclusive packages offer couples several hours of access, a private loft suite for the bride and her party to get ready the day of, an ordained minister or wedding officiant, a wedding photographer, the fully-decorated gazebo, ceremony music, setup and teardown of tables, linens and chairs, the wedding cake, and on-site catering. More hands-on, DIY brides have the option of renting the venue and doing everything on their own, bringing in all of their own outside vendors.
The bigger elopement package for up to 25 guests provides essentials such as an officiant, photographer, wedding cake, and champagne toast while the intimate elopement package is only available Monday through Thursday for up to five attendants.
“Our packages are what make us unique,” says Becki. “But then there’s also the venue itself—we sit just on the edge of the Hill Country, covered with trees and absolutely beautiful.”
For couples wishing to extend the celebration, a honeymoon suite in the bed-and-breakfast is available for the wedding night and comes with a three-course breakfast the following morning.
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