28 total reviews
We had our daughter's wedding outdoors here in early May, 2014. I can't praise the venue or the staff too much - the entire experience was perfect!
Sacred Oaks is exquisitely set up. The outdoor chapel, under the trees with an arbor, is picture-perfect and the trees provide a cool shade. A stone terraced amphitheater allows everyone an excellent view. We had no difficulty with acoustics.
We planned the wedding for 6:30, to take advantage of the sunset for photos. As an aside - after dark the trees are lit with myriad streamers of tiny lights. It is a fairlyand! You almost want to repeat the ceremony in the dark - beautiful.
A well-appointed "brides room" with makeup stations and a washroom allows the girls to arrive, do hair, makeup and dress onsite and stay in the air conditioning until the ceremony. An equally well-appointed groomsmen area lets them get ready in private.
The purpose-built reception venue had a spacious lawn for the photographs (and for kids to run around on later) overlooked by a large patio where the guests had cocktail hour and could watch the picture-taking. We had stand-up tables and a cheese/fruit station on the patio, and passed hors d'oeuvres which were scrumptious.
The bar, immediately off the patio inside the reception hall, had no difficulty (with two bartenders) keeping up with the guests. We provided our own alcoholic beverages, which can only be served by the bartenders. We had Camp Lucy provide all non-alcoholic drinks, both at the bar and at a separate serve-yourself table. Most people used the bar for both.
The spacious and spectacular reception hall had plenty of room for a U-shaped head table (for about 20), tables of 8 for the rest of the guests, an area for the DJ and an area for dancing. Acoustics were great. A balcony, accessed by a spiral staircase, provided a platform for tossing the bouquet and garter (as well as some overhead photos of the guests).
Dinner - we chose buffet style - was amazing. I've been at catered events all over the world, and this was the BEST catered food I have had, bar none. There is a huge list of suggestions - grouped by themes - on the website, and the catering staff (Tiffany and Randi) had excellent suggestions but were also willing to create new items based on our ideas. The bride and groom went to a tasting session some weeks in advance, and loved EVERYTHING they were served - it was hard to limit ourselves to a few dishes. Many guests told me they were astounded at the quality of the food - good to hear!
Because we (parents of the bride) were out of state, we went with a Camp Lucy planner / co-ordinator (Kim Hunt), and used Camp Lucy / Whim for rentals, floral, and catering, which made everything much easier. Everything was lovely. Kim in particular organized everything well in advance, developing a moment-by-moment timeline from first arrival through very last cleanup. Then on the day she kept everything running smoothly through all the busting groups hither, thither, and yon.
During the reception and as they were leaving many guests told me this was
the BEST wedding they had EVER attended. As hosts we were exceptionally pleased to hear that - and relieved it all came off so well. We wanted our daughter's day to be perfect, and it was.
Access: out-of-town guests stayed nearby at the Sleep Inn (new and lovely) which provided a shuttle to take its guests to and from the venue. There is handicap parking close in, easy access.
I had been looking at Camp Lucy since it first opened, this April we finally said "I do" and we are so glad to have had it at the Sacred Oaks at Camp Lucy. The site in itself was exquisite, decorations were minimal for us because the scenery itself made it just that romantic and intimate. We had numerous compliments from our guests about how beautiful the site was, how delicious Whim Catering was, and the staff was so professional. My questions were answered in a timely manner and they woked alot with us on what we wanted. Even though we were only allowed to use their catering and their bartenders, everything turned out fantastic. This is a gorgeous location to have even just the smallest wedding, with it's stunning view of dripping springs' classic hill country, you won't be disapointed!
I got married at Sacred Oaks at Camp Lucy early this March. My experience was awesome. It POURED on my wedding day. The venue let me wait out the entire day to see if the rain would hold up for my ceremony time, and I didn't make the decision to move it inside until 45 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Tammy and Kaley from Camp Lucy were very understanding and supportive, and they helped make my suddenly indoor ceremony perfect. Despite my missing out on those gorgeous twinkling lights hanging from the Oak Grove, my wedding was still incredible. The rain let up after the ceremony, so the outdoor photos were awesome with the wet scenery! Loved my experience with Camp Lucy!
Our experience with Camp Lucy was pretty great!! We absolutely adore the venue and thought it was beautiful. The grounds were so peaceful and our guests absolutely loved it.
My only complaint is that, when we booked the venue, Camp Lucy did not have an in house catering team, which I believe they do now. At the time, they had a list of approved vendors that you had to use for catering. While I know this is standard for the industry, and none of the vendors on the list could accommodate the dietary requirements (South Asian vegetarian) of our family and friends. Still, we were required to pay a hefty outside catering fee and a kitchen use fee. In addition, the night before the wedding, while I was about to head to one of my events, I received a call stating that we were not allowed to use the kitchen, though we had already paid a fee to do so. I referred Camp Lucy back to the relevant clause in our contract and the matter was quickly resolved but I definitely think that they should have raised the issue long before the wedding and, referred back to our contract, if they had any additional questions on the night before.
That said, Diane was our main point of contact leading up to the wedding and she was very pleasant and polite, and we enjoyed working with her. In addition, the staff was pretty great, overall, and, did I say that we loved the venue already?:) I would definitely recommend the venue!
Everything was absolutely beautiful, could not have imagined a more perfect day! Coordinator, Kim Hunt, goes above and beyond to make your dream become a reality. Whim Florals did a stunning job on all the flowers; they were even better than I could have even imagined they could be. Whim catering did an outstanding job with the food it was so good and presented so nicely; the lines ran so smooth so no one had to wait too long! Whim rentals also did a wonderful job helping us figure out exactly what we needed and set it up perfectly for the wedding.
Camp Lucy is the most beautiful venue in the Austin area and all the staff is so great, helpful and professional. I am so happy I chose to have my special day here! It was absolutely perfect!
Beautiful venue & grounds...but if you aren't blowing the lock off with them, they will make you feel that way. Service is obviously based on the amount of money you spend with them. We did not use their floral (they own the event rentals & catering company, Whim and you have no choice). We also provided our own liquior and cake. It was a small daytime wedding, very sweet and lovely. If they have a wedding the day before yours, the staff isn't up to par for your day. No rehearsals the night/day before so you have to "wing it" on your one and only day. No signage and GPS doesn't work out there. They say chapel holds 150....only if everyone is slim. I've been to mid afternoon weddings (cake & champagne only) at 5 star hotels with 50 people and we were all made to feel like royalty. We had 150 guests for a luncheon and were treated as if in the cheap seats. I gave two stars because of the beautiful setting.
As the bride's aunt, we know you wanted the best day for your niece and, please know, we did as well, as we do for all of our brides. As you may know, your niece's Sunday wedding was booked just 30 days out. Because it was within such a short time fr...
From the minute my (now) husband, Tim, and I stepped into Camp Lucy over a year ago, we were in love! Every inch of the venue is so detailed and perfect. You will get a perfect picture no matter where you are standing. For us -- we wanted an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception in one location that would accommodate around 200 guests. And Camp Lucy offered everything that we were looking for and more. We couldn't have created a better location if we had built it ourselves.
Tim and I were planning our wedding from halfway across the country in California. So, of course, I was anxious to get back to Camp Lucy to see it again after a year of being away. Our wedding coordinators and Terri Hawkins at Camp Lucy scheduled our rehearsal the day before our wedding day. And Tim and I were pleasantly surprised that not a single thing had changed. Every detail that we loved was even more beautiful after being away for so long. We envisioned how our entire wedding day would look and feel, and we were so excited!
We had the most romantic and magical wedding day at Camp Lucy. Terri was absolutely amazing, she was attentive and helpful all day. Our coordinators executed every minute with perfection. My bridesmaids and I relaxed in the Bride's Cottage and Tim and his groomsmen hung out in the Groom's Quarters before all the festivities began. These were the perfect places to get ready for our big day. And we were so lucky to have perfect weather in the middle of October. All week weathermen were saying there was a 50% percent chance of rain! But sure enough, the rain held out until 11:05pm after we and our guests had left!
It truly was the most special day, and Camp Lucy provided a gorgeous backdrop. I highly recommend this venue, and I'm hoping I get a chance to visit or attend an event at their new venue Sacred Oaks. From the photos I've seen, it's just as lovely!!
Thank you so much Terri and Camp Lucy for giving us the wedding of our dreams!!!
We had our 9/21/13 wedding at Camp Lucy, from the first time I stepped onto the grounds I knew I had found something special. I would have moved mountains to marry my best friend here and I'm so lucky we were able to have our beautiful and perfect day here. The ENTIRE process was smooth, welcoming and fun. I can't tell you how many guests commented on our wedding saying it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to, I know it was largely thanks to the magical setting that is camp lucy. Thanks to everyone there including Diane and the Camp Lucy floral team.
I got engaged October 2010 and got married at Camp Lucy in December 2012. I knew Camp Lucy would be my venue just by looking at their website! When my husband and I took the drive through beautiful Dripping Springs to Camp Lucy I knew I wouldn't need to look anywhere else. I remember calling my parents after our tour of the property and making our deposit that day! We didn't even look at other venues, Camp Lucy was everything I ever wanted! We were married in the beautiful french colonial chapel which was just heaven! All of our guests were blown away by this hidden gem outside of Austin. The staff at Camp Lucy were incredible to work with and always quick to respond. I'm just glad I got married here before any of my friends did, hehe! :) Thank you for the perfect day, I'd love to do a vow renewal when we're older here. What a magical place.
All the best,
Lauren Postler of Austin, TX
My wedding was Alice in Wonderland themed and I could not imagine a better place than Camp Lucy for our special day. The hill country setting was magical! Our wedding was on May 19th, 2013 and we were joined by 300 guests. Even with such a large wedding, the venue accommodated everyone comfortably.
Before booking the venue, I had attended a couple other weddings at Camp Lucy. It was amazing to me how each bride was able to truly make the venue their own and I was so excited to do the same. We had an outdoor ceremony under the stone arch overlooking the beautiful Texas Hill Country. The path down the aisle was winding and lined with colorful potted flowers. After the ceremony we made use of the lawn for croquet and cocktail hour. We then moved to the beautiful reception hall where we had brunch and dancing.
I was also very pleased to have booked Camp Lucy’s staff for my floral arrangements as well. They did an amazing job! The arrangements were so colorful and creative – whimsical, just like my theme! The staff listened to my ideas and made sure they were implemented above and beyond my expectations.
If you're considering Camp Lucy for your venue, then look no further! This stunning hill-country retreat offers a variety of flexible spaces for a range of guest counts and styles. Of course, the in-house kitchen, manicured lawn space, and onsite chapel are a bonus, but it's the venues impeccable attention to detail and the attentive staff that really capture our love for the venue.
Although Camp Lucy lends itself to the natural rustic landscape, it boasts an appealing flavor of international flare with it's imported hand-made details from all over the world. As planners, we're always looking for a venue that offers our clients the very best and Camp Lucy is high on our list!
*Event Planner has planned events at this venue.
This place is absolutely gorgeous. There is so much space to utilize here, the possibilities are endless. The people are amazing to work with and very nice and they have good ideas to help you make your day. They also did our flowers, and the florist knows her flowers and also has great ideas. We loved our flowers! A must visit!
I would highly recommend Camp Lucy to anyone and everyone! Such a gorgeous back drop for our wedding day! The staff is professional and on point, assisting with anything you need. The reception hall is stunning and even with minimal decorations, the place looks amazing! We had 300 people at our wedding and there was more than plenty of space to dance, drink, socialize, and eat. I can't wait to attend someone else's wedding at this location!
My husband and I fell in love with Camp Lucy because of the chapel. It is stunning. Plus, my husband's mother is from Vietnam so being able to mesh together the history of the chapel and pavilion with my Texas roots was just perfection. The inside of the chapel is small, so if you have a larger wedding it is not the best but we had about 160 and it seemed fine to me. Many people seem to have the ceremony outside also. We had our cocktail hour outside by and under the pavilion. The events hall is also gorgeous, really charming, and huge. All of my guests LOVED everything about Camp Lucy. We are still get comments about how beautiful it was. The bridal cottage is very sweet (a little small) and the groom’s quarters is small but opens to this nice patio overlooking a cliff – my husband and his guys loved it.
I agree with some of the other reviewers that the price was out of my budget, esp considering that your fee doesn't cover everything if you have a bigger wedding size BUT I am so glad we choose Camp Lucy! I had great interactions with the staff. Everyone was pretty flexible and helpful and responsive. Tammy was our day of coordinator, and I received great feedback from my personal wedding planner that everything went smoothly.
The only downsides to Camp Lucy are that Dripping Springs only has one hotel for guests and Austin is a good drive i.e. you don’t want your guests driving back to Austin after possibly having a drink or two because of the distance and back roads. We did hotels downtown and in Dripping and hired buses to transport guests who did not want to drive; you also cannot have amplified music outside.
Highly recommend this location for your special day!!!!
Our wedding was nothing short of spectacular. The venue is absolutely gorgeous---from the Bridal Cottage to the Groom's Den, to the Chapel and Pavilion, to the Events Hall. Just looking around you can see how much attention was paid to detail, giving Camp Lucy a magical and whimsical feeling. If my rating were soley based on the venue itself, 5 stars wouldn't do it justice. However, I must say that all Brides be forwarned: lots and lots of planning will have to go into have a wedding here. The venue is pretty much as is---meaning you sign your contract and get to get married there and that's it. From when we signed our contract to when we actually got married I noticed several things had changed, which thankfully didn't affect us. For one: the Kitchen-use fee. There is not an in-house caterer so there is no choice but to bring in an outside vendor, hence there's no way around this fee. I find that rather ridiculous. This venue isn't exactly cheap, and when having to hire multiple vendors (caterer, DJ, photographer, videographer, coordinator, florist, bar service, officiant--etc.) it all starts adding up---FAST.
In the end, we ended up spending much more money than we had anticipated when signing our contract with Camp Lucy---but one thing is certain, it was fantastic.
So it's up to the Bride's out there... When considering Camp Lucy as your venue just make sure that you understand all the work and extra funds it's going to take to have your Dream Wedding at Camp Lucy. To me, it was worth it :)
When my daughter became engaged she was away at college and her fiancée was stationed in Japan so they had only seen Camp Lucy on-line. I went for a viewing and booked it for them site unseen. She was so excited when I text her and said "booked it", she thought I was joking. Camp Lucy is the perfect place for a wedding. The grounds are beyond beautiful and the history makes it even more special. The layout of the entire facility has a great flow and makes it easy for your guest to get around. Picture opportunities are endless.
Not once in the year of planning did I ever feel neglected by the Camp Lucy staff. They were always very quick to answer any questions or concerns and respond to my endless emails.
The day of my daughters wedding, our onsite coordinator, Diane, was so helpful; I couldn't have done it without her. She was always one step ahead of us and went way above and beyond her call of duty to make sure things ran smoothly. She was a God send for me that day and I'll never forget it.
I would definitely recommend Camp Lucy, and their staff, for any event you're planning.
From the time we began our internet search for venues we loved, we knew Camp Lucy was the place we wanted to say our vows! The venue offered so many beautiful areas with a stunning view and lots of unique touches to make it a dream wedding I always wanted! We can not wait to see our pictures from our photographers! The bridal cottage was everything a bride could ever want, the chapel added an extra touch in our pictures, and with all of our decor to bring out our personality and style, the reception hall was absolutely gorgeous! Without our wonderful wedding planner, LizzeBelle Event Planner, Petal Pushers Florist & Verdes Catering, we could not have had the wedding we had! Clint & I are loving all the wonderful compliments, "best wedding I have ever been to" to "couldnt have had a prettier venue"!! Just remember to plan to rent out everything and have lots of vendors to make it all come together! Thank you to all involved!!
Camp Lucy is one of the most beautiful venues that I have ever seen. As soon as we drove up the road and around the circle drive I was done searching for a venue. The combination of the intimate bridal suite, the beautiful chapel, the stunning grounds and pavilion and the spacious but inviting reception hall was everything I had dreamed of as a bride-to-be. This venue stands alone and doesn't need much to make your dream wedding a reality. We had such a wonderful time and got so many compliments from our guests about how beautiful Camp Lucy was. I truly cannot wait to see our pictures!
The staff was really great and I have to give a special shout-out to Brittany as she was so wonderful to work with.
As a bride with a budget, I will say be prepared to provide all other services as nothing comes with the price of renting the venue. You will need to find your florist, a caterer (which can only come from an approved list of somewhat pricey caterers), DJ/band, planner, bartenders, clean-up staff, guest lodging, etc. Also, be prepared to rent all of your necessities like tables, chairs, linens, glasses, etc.
Camp Lucy is a beautiful venue for any special occasion. Our daughters wedding and reception was just perfect thanks to CL. Tammy, our on site coordinator did a great job, she helped everything run smoothly. All of our Guest loved being there and thought it was perfect for our daughters wedding and reception!
Where do I begin? The minute I saw the website for Camp Lucy, I knew IT WAS THE PLACE FOR ME...However, as skeptical as I can be at times, I thought...surely, the pictures were edited and not a true representation of this place?? Well, the venue was even more beautiful than the pictures. I was sold on the location the minute I got off the car and smelled the hill country air...I want to live there! Camp Lucy's staff changed a few times on me during my planning however, who I ended up working with was Tammy Garrett and she was a "God Send." She was patient, professional and made me feel great about my choice and my decisions along the way (she was honest as well). The venue does have a list of caterers that are recommended...I chose to go with the in-house caterer Verdes Mexican Padilla. Another reason why this location as absolutely fantastic! The food and the service provided by Verdes (Joel and Allana) was extra special! Together, they made me feel like the "Queen" for a day! Again, I would pick Camp Lucy everytime!!
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The Texas Hill Country's wedding destination!
Stunning Texas Hill Country venues for unforgettable weddings including our legendary Ian's Chapel which includes a French Colonial chapel, Events Hall, pavilion, Great Lawn and more, and our stunning Sacred Oaks venue which includes an tree canopied ceremony site, Great Hall, Bell Tower, and more.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liability Insurance, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Site Fee, Tented Area, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
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