For over a century, the Allan House has been a destination to a vast amount of guests, brides and even school girls. Built in 1883, the same year the University of Texas at Austin was built (Hook’em!), Scottish immigrant John T. Allan had bigger dreams for his estate. Known as the Father of Industrial Education in Texas, he left his home to the State of Texas for the intended use of education at the time of his passing. Shortly after, the Allan House was used as a girl’s boarding school in efforts of expanding the opportunities for young women who strived for a better future. Eventually, the home was sold to the Thrasher Family, owning the Allan House for 94 years until selling the Allan House estate to Daniel Ross in 1999. Ross has since renovated the home, making the Allan House the ideal wedding venue for hundreds of events.
Intelligent Lighting Design spoke Juliana Ross, Allan House Events & Sales Manager, and asked her about the great trends, wedding seasons and insights of the Allan House venue.
“My favorite wedding season tends to be whatever the season is at the current time,” said Ross. “[Right] now I’m all about Spring. Everything is green and bloomy, [and] the days are long and beautiful.”
The Allan House has a unique, historical feel that so many brides fall in love with. The idea of a beautiful, big white house in the courtyard, surrounded by century old oak trees, is a breathtaking sight in itself.
“My personal favorite spot is one that tends to be popular with the brides, the wrap around verandas,” said Ross. “The upper porches are popular for photos, and are a great private and romantic getaway spot for the bride and groom.”
When it comes to the lighting the event held this wondrous estate, our team only feels we should deliver the best possible service in illuminating the intricate details.
“[Lighting] depends on the style of the event, but I love festoon lighting and crystal chandeliers hanging from trees in the courtyard. [But] my lighting dream for the Allan House is to have a pattern projection light against the front façade of the house.”
Our ILD team feels more than proud to be able to work with such an impeccable staff and incredible venue. Through every special occasion, we dedicate ourselves to the utmost service to our vendors and will continue to showcase the Allan House in the best light possible.