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This or That: Southern-Style or Modern-Rustic Wedding Venues in DFW

posted on May 30, 2023

Looking for a wedding venue in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex? You’re not alone! Dallas-Fort Worth is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the U.S. It seems like soon-to-be-married couples can’t get enough of what this vibrant region has to offer – from gorgeous weather to an abundance of recreational opportunities. And the food scene? *Chef’s kiss* What’s more, the destination offers something that few others get right: that perfect mix between big-city appeal and Southern charm. That’s why it’s no surprise that more and more couples are selecting the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex as their wedding destination.

In this series – called “This or That” – we are focusing on two unique Walters Wedding Estates wedding venues in the Dallas–Fort Worth region: The Milestone Mansion and Morgan Creek Barn in Aubrey. Varying in styles, features, and wow factors, these two properties offer everything you need for an unforgettable Texas wedding experience. With southern-style and modern-rustic elements, they each showcase spectacular aesthetic features. Find out more about these venues below.

Ceremony Site

Your ceremony space is where you’ll first exchange your treasured promises; it’s also where your journey as a married couple officially begins. Needless to say, the atmosphere has to be right!

Indoor Ceremony at The Milestone Mansion, Aubrey

If you’re looking for a venue that toes the line between modern and classic, the Milestone Mansion fits the bill. The beauty of this indoor space is its simplicity. Think: walls awash in whites and creams, a soaring ceiling, and dark wooden flooring. Exchange your rings and share a long-awaited kiss at a raised altar in front of a wall of windows that look out to the lush outdoors.

Outdoor Ceremony at Morgan Creek Barn, Aubrey

The Morgan Creek Barn, on the other hand, a couple of ceremony options. If you’ve always imagined a ceremony en plein air, go with the venue’s outdoor pavilion. Fully covered and protected from inclement weather (especially on hot summer days), the rustic-modern structure is a showstopper in its own right. Steel columns, large fans, an outdoor fireplace, wood accents and benches create a breathtaking outdoor visage. If it’s an indoor fête that you’re looking for, the whitewashed barn can also accommodate your vision.


Cocktail Area

While you and yours sneak off for your portrait shots (and some fun photos with your nearest and dearest), you’ll need to keep your guests in good spirits until your return. That’s what a cocktail party – otherwise known as “mingling hour” – is all about. Both the Milestone Mansion and Morgan Creek Barn offer designated spaces for that post-ceremony, pre-reception hour. Right off the reception area, you’ll find a covered patio that’s made for a cocktail fête. Opt for formal table-and-chair groupings or set up a plush lounging area for a more relaxed affair. Then, pass along the drinks and hors d’oeuvres!

Reception Space

Reception Space at The Milestone Mansion, Aubrey

If modern simplicity is your wedding mantra, then the Milestone Mansion’s reception space is the perfect fit for you – and here’s why. It’s spacious, bright, and airy, offering a clean look that can be dressed up or down as you please. Paneled windows make way for sweeping views of outside – and lots of natural light. Other noteworthy features include coffered ceilings, sparkling crystal chandeliers, gleaming hardwood floors, and hedgewall bar. 

Reception Space at Morgan Creek Barn, Aubrey

The Morgan Creek Barn’s climate-controlled barn is a true gem, mixing modern amenities with a rustic-chic aesthetic. On the outside, the whitewashed barn looks clean, and minimal. Inside, it’s completely awash in a timeless wooden palette. Crystal chandeliers interspersed with string lighting lend the space a whimsical elegance. A grand rustic wood staircase allows for a dramatic entrance, and a spacious dance floor invites your guests to move and groove throughout the evening. Need a bit of fresh air? A little taste of the outdoors? Guests can open the reception space’s barn doors for sprawling views of the Aubrey countryside.


Photo-Worthy Special Features

The Milestone Mansion, Aubrey Landscape

One of the top items on any wedding photography checklist? Those getting-ready, glamming-up moments. Welcome your photographer to Milestone Mansion’s dedicated wedding suites; ample natural lighting and clean aesthetic make it an ideal setting for indoor photography. After you and your partner say your “I dos,” break away for your wedding portraits in front of the mansion’s stately facade. The Georgian-style estate is surrounded by 52 acres of countryside – stunning landscape shots are guaranteed! 

Morgan Creek Barn, Aubrey Landscape

Morgan Creek Barn also dazzles with its one-of-a-kind features and architectural elements. The grand staircase is worth another mention – it practically begs for a creative entry. The venue’s rustic-modern wedding suite is where you’ll take those morning-of, getting-ready shots. Hang your showstopper of a dress on the distressed ivory mirror and give it its moment in the spotlight. When it’s time for your portrait shoot, the venue’s outdoor pavilion is a must-have on your shot list – and so is the reception hall’s grand wooden staircase.

Surrounding Area

Just under an hour north from the hustle and bustle of Dallas, Milestone Mansion and Morgan Creek Barn are both situated in the quaint little town of Aubrey, Texas. Full of Texas charm, Aubrey has an undeniable small-town appeal. The biggest draw of the area is its quiet character. The area surrounding the Milestone Mansion and Morgan Creek Barn offers 52 acres of wide-open green spaces dotted with lush trees and perfectly manicured landscaping. Whichever venue you select, you’ll find that the grounds offer an abundance of peace, fresh air, and natural beauty to admire.

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