The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
A wedding venue that truly exemplifies the raw beauty of the south, Ox Ranch offers a natural rural experience unlike any other venues in the city. Located south of Camp Wood in a dazzling Texas Hill Country two hours away from San Antonio, Ox Ranch's 18,000 acre property is famous for its free-roaming wildlife, adventurous activities and its gorgeous lodging and event spaces for special occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries or family gatherings. Couples and their guests enjoy diverse activities in the ranch before or after the special event. Its one-of-a-kind authentic antique accommodations date back from over a century ago, are reassembled piece by piece and built in a solid foundation. Modern-day luxuries and facilities are added for comfort and convenience.
Ox Ranch's location in the midst of the wild creates an exotic yet secluded and tranquil venue for ceremonies and receptions. Picturesque landscape spanning from every direction make for stunning outdoor backdrops for wedding photography. The site also provides a dedicated wedding venue facility that easily accommodates about 250 guests indoors.
The Lodge. The main event space for weddings and receptions, the Lodge epitomizes the native lodge-style Texan dwelling with its rough-cut limestone walls, horizontal aged planks, metal roof and wooden portico. A functional stone fireplace is built in the center of the room with animal trophy heads hanging on the adjacent wall. The interiors of the lodge are made mostly of aged wood, while leather furnishings, wall sconces, lantern light fixtures and leather furniture complete its Texan country look. An antique bar houses spirits, wines and liquors, while guests sit hind leather-backed stools. On the second level of the lodge is a game loft installed with a pool table, poker table, shuffleboard, pinball, darts and electronic arcade, making it the perfect spot to pass time during relaxing cocktail hours or bachelor parties.
The porch on the side of the lodge features a fully-stocked outdoor bar, picnic tables and long wooden benches that overlook the large spring-fed lake behind a row of towering trees. Located right next to the Giraffes and Organic Garden, it is not strange to see giraffes freely roaming around the house.
The Grounds. The spacious grounds outside the lodge accommodate over 100 guests. Couples wed in front of the lodge or at the back where they exchange vows in front of an arbor set right next to the lake. Its close proximity to the lodge give couples a quick backup space in case of inclement weather.
What You Should Know
Ox Ranch offers wedding venue rentals and catering services. Its exclusive kitchen team prepares food using local ingredients and offers an authentic farm-to-table experience at every occasion. The ingredients are sourced from local wild game, organic crops and produce from the ranch's very own garden. The site is equipped with two professional kitchens for separate events and convenient servicing of events with guests greater than 500.
The site provides the couple with a professional event coordinator to help them prepare for their upcoming special event. The event coordinator presents a list of vendors that have successfully worked with the ranch during previous occasions. The site offers DJ equipment for entertainment throughout the event and big-screen TVs for playing the couple's memorable videos or stills together. Couples can arrange for a scheduled tour prior to booking.
The strategic location of Ox Ranch allows it to offer a number of free activities for couples and their guests. Some free activities that the guests and to-be-weds enjoy while staying at the Lodge and any of the cabins are as follows.
- Antique hilltop honeymoon lodge accommodations
- Hand feeding giraffes
- Cave exploring and spelunking
- Kayaking and paddle boarding
- Bass fishing
- Farm experience
- Photo safari
- Access to the gym
From the Vendor
Ox Ranch Hill Country Weddings with Safari Flair
The Ox Ranch is in the process of making an event venue unlike one ever seen before. Situated on a secluded 18,000 acres of prime Texas Hill Country, our venue provides the ultimate atmosphere for any Ranch or Safari themed wedding. Over 40 native and exotic species freely roam The Ox Ranch, with our friendly Giraffe, Zebra, and Kangaroo being photo favorites. Our truly beautiful Live Oak Creek, 6,000 square foot Lodge, Luxury Log Cabins with spring-fed lake views, Reception Pavilion, Honeymoon and Bridal Suites, and Hilltop Log Chapel are just some of the aspects that make The Ox Ranch one of the most pristine wedding destinations in the world. Call our Event Coordinator or visit our website to find out more about our many amenities and activities. (Military Tanks, Caves, etc..)
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Farm + Ranch, Barn, Country Club, Religious Setting, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Wedding Planning, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Tents, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff, Shuttle Service, Transportation
Victoria made our Wedding Day Truly Amazing! We Eloped all the way from Northeastern PA . Without her this Special Day for my Husband & I wouldn't have been possible. She greeted us on the 1st day at Ox Ranch with open arms to the last day of departure. She took time out to socialize and play with our children 4&17. All the arrangements from hair & makeup in our cabin, booked a photographer, & a great pastor to marry us. Victoria ordered us the most beautiful round camo flower wedding cake & gave us a bottle of champagne to pop for our toast to the New Mr. & Mrs. Gryzik. Victoria we cannot Thank You for all you have done to make this day even possible. I can go on & on. She didn't give up on tracking the Wild Giraffes for my wish. To have Wedding Pics with the Giraffes was my dream. For the Groom to get a Fabulous Whitetail in his Wedding Attire on the Day of his Wedding. Victoria at Ox Ranch A+,100%, Superb, Out of this World. Can't say enough about her. Who needs a 💒Chapel when you can Elope to Ox Ranch 🐂🐃🐎🐗🐪🐎🐖🌵
Words can not explain how wonderful The Ox Hunting Ranch made our wedding. I called and booked the ranch for our wedding 2weeks before our wedding date. Victoria took care of everything. From schedule hair, make up to booking a hunt for my husband. She took care of a photographer and let me tell you I'm blowin away with the pictures. Giraffe at sunset 🤗 Our wedding took place on a Hill Top which was absolutely breath taking. The official was amazing,which Victoria also hired. As we roamed the ranch to take pictures, she was the perfect guide. Telling us about every animal that we came across. We loved feeding the kangaroo bananas. The ranch is so beautiful along with the staff. My husband had an amazing breakfast while I was getting all prettied up. The ranch and Victoria made our wedding day perfect. I couldn't have ask for anything more.
I couldn't be happier with the outcome of my wedding at Ox Ranch. The ranch is beautiful in itself along with the employees who work there. The scenery is rich and romantic with animals covering the entire property including friendly giraffes roaming in during pictures. Victoria the wedding coordinator is great with getting deals with local vendors. Save yourself time, money, and a headache and use her advise. This venue is worth every penny as everything is done in house from amazing food(Thank You Eric), to the staff that will coordinate a perfect day. Your all amazing, Thank You Ox Ranch for making my dream wedding come true.