and the courthouse and the garden. Your guide to gettin’ hitched in Denton.

Story by Augusta Robinson Photos courtesy of Kelly Sparks Photography Denton Live Spring-Summer 2015

Denton is original and independent. There is hardly a time when this value is more important than a wedding day. Selecting the right place and setting the scene are the underpinning of brides’ dreams, and Denton has venues to make them all come true.

Little Chapel in the Woods Atop the hill on the edge of Texas Woman’s University campus stands the Little Chapel in the Woods. Inside, sun reflecting stained-glass makes rainbows dance on rock-tile floor. An ornate wood alter contrasts hand-mortared walls. Famous architect and Denton son O’Neal Ford designed, and university students and faculty built, the Little Chapel to accommodate 110 people. It was dedicated in 1939 by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Groom by Kelly Sparks PhotographyCourthouse-on-the-Square Where better for two hearts to become one than this iconic spot, Denton’s holy ground? The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square is nearly 120 years old. A canopy of twinkling oak and pecan trees shade its native limestone blocks and pillars. A vast, lush lawn surrounds the beloved building like rich carpet. This crown of the county, Denton’s community living room, is a stunning backdrop to “I do.”

Buffalo Valley Event Center Buffalo do indeed roam the plains spreading round the white, vaulted venue under wide open Texas sky. Here at Buffalo Valley, rustic nature meets elegant sophistication. A live band is the soundtrack to 550 guests enjoying multi-course dinners on fine china. A picturesque lakeside pagoda outside the ballroom is a favorite among Buffalo Valley’s stage options for presenting the new Mr. and Mrs.

Ashton Gardens The fairy tale feel of Ashton Gardens is heightened by towering evergreen forest and natural light, outside and in, courtesy of wall after wall of floor-to-roof windows. Long timbers border the ceiling where chandeliers catch light and dazzle guests with tiny rainbows. Ashton Gardens’ elegant ambience is enhanced by exquisite décor. The chapel seats 300 guests, the reception hall up to 400. Fine champagne bubbles in crystal flutes, and cheers ring out as another bride’s dream comes true.

The Milestone The Milestone mansion accommodates up to 300-person parties in grand, southern-plantation style: great, white pillars, fountains, polished wood floors, and a spiral staircase reminiscent of “Gone with the Wind.” Manicured lawn, gardens, and a water-side gazebo all surrounded by big Red Cedars make indoor and outdoor weddings equally spectacular.

Wildwood Inn The Wildwood Inn’s architecture is so distinctly European, guests sometimes forget they are in Texas. The inn sits on four wooded acres minutes from Denton’s city center. Each of its 14 guest rooms are uniquely and richly appointed. Behind the inn, a shaded pool reflects a leafy green canopy. A stone path ambles to an arbor where couples exchange vows. Wildwood Inn’s extravagant atmosphere and formal-yet-alluring grace accommodates 125 guests for events.