Coming to Park hill Ranch was such a treasure as wedding photographer, since it has EXACTLY what any bride may want. Then spending the day shooting with the gorgeous Taylor Lowery was just literally icing on the cake. Here is my feature from Charm Magazine East Texas and story on Park Hill Ranch, styled by the talented Leigh Ann Farmer with florals from Liza’s Garden , cake artistry by the Tastry and dress by Maggie Sottero of Rubie & Jane Bridal Boutique. Enjoy!
Nestled in the rolling hills of Crockett, on over 100 acres of land is the timeless weddings and events venue, Park Hill Farm which is owned and operated by Rings True Events. The property boasts several buildings, from barns to cottages, however its main gem is the century and a half old mansion at the top of the hill. The 6,000 square foot mansion was built by Tom Collins prior to the civil war and it is everything from charming to timeless. The front and back facade nearly mirror each other and there are screened in back porches where a sweet southern tea would be perfect on a hot day. This venue is everything a bride may want to have on her wedding day, but more than that Park Hill Ranch is equipped to give an inclusive week of wedding bliss to remember and also serve as a getaway for couples and families alike.
Owners Dan and Kim Huggins and Robert and Laurie Norris came to acquire the property over a year an half ago and since then have poured a labor of love into restoring it into a masterpiece. One example is literally wallpaper peeling off the walls, so they went so far as to restore the existing wall paper to ensure the historical and stately nature of the mansion. From there they have the 2 guest cottages and are also converting a barn to sleeping accommodations, in order to provide lodging for over 40 people. Final designs are being drawn up for their large, glass reception hall and catering kitchen which will be a new structure and will somewhat mirror the look of the mansion, with plans to have competition by this late summer.
As a wedding photographer myself, and owner of The Silhouette Studio Photography, I have photographed hundreds of weddings at countless event venues. When coming to Park Hill Ranch I was blown away as soon as I pulled through the gate. They have the timelessness of the stately mansion that shouts nothing but forever from it’s centuries old foundation and the landscape provides views that rival the rolling hills of central Texas with the faint outlines of the East Texas Pineywood Forest. The sun sets a golden hue along the hills of the rolling pasture with longhorns grazing and horses galloping off in the distance. This is something out of a movie and the entire farm is reminiscent of everything the south embodies; family, tradition, value and celebration to name a few. This venue is sure to leave a lasting impression on your closest friends and family, as well as provide a place to cultivate memories that will last a lifetime.