Elmwood Gardens by Provence Est. 1980

680 County Road 446, Palestine, TX 75803, United States

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Let this serene Texan wedding venue capture your heart and imagination.
A setting for personal fairy tale, from childhood fantasy to adult reality, these old-fashioned country gardens, with their rustic benches and secret paths, make for a surreal experience. Plus, these 32 acres of rolling hills and ponds offer up grandiose views of gorgeous sunsets.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Garden
Views
Garden
Lagoon/Pond
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Field
Style
Country
Elegant
Garden Party
Romantic
Rustic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Baby Shower
Bachelor / Bachelorette Party
Birthday Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Situated on 32 lush acres, Elmwood Gardens by Provence is a unique country venue offering discerning couples rustic elegance and one-of-a-kind Texas weddings. Our meticulously restored ranch has great character, award-winning cuisine, a gorgeous outdoor Chapel, two tranquil ponds and three unforgettable ceremony sites filled with roses, Sweet William, spirals of foxglove, wisteria, and floral scents that fill the air and kiss the pathways as if to greet your guests the moment they arrive.

Once your ceremony or event has ended, the real magic of Elmwood Gardens by Provence begins. Welcome to your Texas-sized celebration!  And the options are endless. From a fun-filled social or cocktail hour with a biscuit bar in a colorful garden to an outdoor family-style Texas BBQ dinner reception for 500 people underneath the stars, to an indoor Masquerade Ball, the sky’s the limit when planning your special day. With its’ indoor and outdoor venue options, Elmwood Gardens by Provence can host any event no matter what the weather. Our expansive and well laid-out property features four cottages, two built-in bars, a honeymoon cottage, groom’s room, hi-tech game room, horse drawn carriages, an elegant Roadster and even an outdoor dance floor that’s perfect for dancing the night away under the wide open Texan night sky. 

As the venue's exclusive onsite caterers, Provence Catering and Texas Rose Catering are all about exceptional food, incredible weddings cakes, rustic-style elegance, and world class service. Recently featured on the front cover of Wedding Planner Magazine, couples rave about Provence’s delicious food, innovative presentation, professional staff, flexibility and overall attention to detail. Chef Pamela and team will exceed your every expectation.  The more you know about Provence and Texas Rose, the more you will appreciate their passion for décor and culinary wizardry. Both companies only use the freshest of ingredients and sources locally allowing for farm to table packages, as well as, specialty cuisines like Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Kosher and Gluten-free menu options. 
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
500
Buffet
N/A
Standing
500
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1980
Curfew
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
There are four different antique cottages set up for the bride, bridesmaids, mothers and other special VIP's to have a unique area to dress for their special day. There is also a separate man-cave for the groom and/or groomsmen to prepare and to enjoy the day watching sports on a big-screen television prior to the event. There is also a honeymoon cottage complete with a four person hot-tub and charming vintage décor. It is the perfect respite for a couple to unwind and rest for a night before they set off on their honeymoon. 
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Covering the classic elements of Elmwood Gardens by Provence wedding venue, the entry way signals the transition into serenity, incorporating arbors and architectural structures of years gone by. Brides describe the Gardens as a personal fairy tale re-created from their childhood. Rustic benches and secret paths invites them to linger, surrounded by Roses, Sweet William, spirals of Fox Glove, Wisteria, and floral scents that feel the air and overflow the pathways as if to greet the guests. 

One of our brides described her first visit to the gardens; “as I strolled along the paths totally surrounded by new surprises at each turn, I felt like Alice in Wonderland.” Sometimes a place that you visit captures your heart and imagination. Welcome to the world of Elmwood Gardens by Provence. It is truly an experience. This secret garden is tucked away in rural East Texas on thirty-two acres of rolling hills, ponds, and open views of beautiful sunsets. 

Design:

Imagine a place that embodies everything you love about East Texas. A beautiful, old homestead with charm and character, with multiple gardens and original pioneer homes. Picture the bride being led through a lovely outdoor wedding walk, with flowers on either side of the path, and hanging chandeliers lighting the way to her groom. Think how beautiful it would be to watch them say their vows standing underneath a lovely wrought-iron gazebo. Bradford pear trees surround the ceremonial area, giving the ceremony an intimate, private atmosphere. This would be the perfect setting, the missing piece needed to complete the perfect day is you.

The history of the Gardens was originally designed by the Turnages who began to cultivate the homestead’s natural allure into easily identifiable areas like the wedding walk and gazebo. They built a fifty-four hundred square foot indoor reception hall which has a storeroom and a room specifically for catering preparations. There are four different antique cottages purchased from the surrounding farms and set up for the bride, bride’s maids, Moms, and other VIP's to have a unique dressing area for the special day. Not to forget the  men, there is also a separate man-cave for the groom and groomsmen to prepare and to enjoy the day watching sports on a big-screen television prior to the event. Alongside, there is also a honeymoon cottage complete with a four person hot-tub and charming vintage décor. It is the perfect respite for a couple to unwind and rest for a night before they set off on their honeymoon. The old family farm has become a full-fledged wedding venue.

Standout Venue Features:

Our expansive and well laid-out property features four cottages, two built-in bars, a honeymoon cottage, groom’s room, hi-tech game room, horse drawn carriages, an elegant Roadster and even an outdoor dance floor that’s perfect for dancing the night away under the wide open Texan night sky. 

The whimsical indoor/outdoor chapel is a romantic, quixotic sanctuary with ancient looking gothic cast iron windows and is partially open to the outdoors. Wedding guests can watch the ceremony from homemade benches built from refurbished antique wood salvaged from a historic old mansion being torn down at a nearby farm. A copper clad cross sits at the roof line sanctifying the chapel and all those within it. Continuing the open-aired celebration area is the outdoor dance hall. It is a saloon-themed structure with vintage hanging lights, and lighted signs giving it a true feeling of an old fashioned dance hall perfect for dancing the night away with family and friends. Next to the dance hall is fashioned an outdoor covered bar for drinks and refreshments topping off the setting for a perfect evening. Everything that could make your wedding or celebration the most memorable of the year is all available for you there.

Extra Perks:
Elmwood Gardens by Provence can accommodate much more than the fairy tale wedding. If you want to add some personality and enjoyment to your corporate function, or find a place to throw a classy anniversary party, sweet baby shower, or themed milestone celebration, we can serve you beautifully. Any type of large gathering would reap the full benefits of all that the Gardens can offer, and Elmwood Gardens by Provence can host any event no matter what the weather. Come rain or shine, you can be confident that your event will go off without a hitch.
Awards & Notables

As one of the oldest, most popular venue in East Texas, the awards for Elmwood Gardens by Provence are numerous and speak for its notoriety. 

The facility has received the 'Best of the Best' awards for five straight years for being the perfect wedding location and event facility from one of the most outstanding premier bridal and event magazines in East Texas, the Wedded Bliss.

Other awards include the 2013, 2014, and 2015 pick from the renowned Knot magazine for best of weddings.

Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
As the venue's exclusive onsite caterers, Provence Catering and Texas Rose Catering are all about exceptional food, incredible weddings cakes, rustic-style elegance, and world-class service. Recently featured on the front cover of Wedding Planner Magazine, couples rave about Provence’s delicious food, innovative presentation, professional staff, flexibility and overall attention to detail. Chef Pamela and team will exceed your every expectation. The more you know about Provence and Texas Rose, the more you will appreciate their passion for décor and culinary wizardry. Both companies only use the freshest of ingredients and sources locally allowing for farm to table packages, as well as, specialty cuisines like Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Kosher and Gluten-free menu options. 
Bars & Lounges:
As Elmwood Gardens by Provence continues it's pursuit of excellence, there are many new changes coming it's way. In the near future there will be a brand new posh outdoor living room to provide ample time to relax with your friends and family, a rustic, outdoor wood-burning pizza oven, as well as, two new chic outdoor bars with great presence for cocktail or social hours. With a continued high level of attention on the currently beautiful landscape and gardens, we plan on creating additional recreational outdoor areas like a beach volleyball court, bocce ball courts and the ever-popular horseshoes.  Elmwood Gardens by Provence is a place where you can come and stay, relax, and most importanlty, have fun!
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