When Knoxville Ranch owners, Butch and Robin Mogavero bought 50 acres of wooded land north of Waco they had no idea that they’d be putting together one of the biggest wedding venues in Texas.
“We purchased the property to build our dream home, but right before we bought it we were blessed with our first grandson,” Butch Mogavero said. “We lived right down the street from him, so my wife didn’t want to move 15 miles away. So, we decided to build a wedding venue instead.”
They started with some artist renderings of a quaint destination with a few cabins, some exotic deer and a small reception hall. But, as they began to dream about the venue it grew in size and capacity. Now the venue boasts 30,000-square-feet under roof, 11 cabins currently with 4 more to come and a host of other amenities.
Knoxville Ranch, named for the owners’ grandson Knox, has a 2,500-square-foot bridal suite that contains a complete makeup station with mirrors, lighting, blow dryers, flat irons and everything a bridal party would need to prepare for the big day.
And if the bridesmaids need a place to stay the night before the wedding, the venue has four luxury bedrooms on the first floor with two bathrooms, a laundry room and a shower across the hall.
“The bridal suite also contains a huge master bedroom,” Mogavero said. “It’s 500-square-feet with a king-sized bed and a huge master bathroom with six shower heads, a big garden tub, and large makeup area. It also has three picture windows that look out onto the whole property.”
But the amenities aren’t just for the ladies. There’s also a 2,000-square-foot “man cave” for the groom and his men that includes pool tables, shuffle board, juke boxes and a bar. And both rooms flow into a 3,000-square-foot VIP deck that also overlooks the venue.
Downstairs, the venue has a 5,000-square-foot ballroom that is decorated with dozens of sparkling chandeliers and a rare imported wood. A full prep room is adjacent to the large reception area and includes a full, commercial kitchen with fryers, warmers, and a 1,000 pound-a-day nugget ice machine.
And if your dreaming of an outdoor reception, Knoxville Ranch can accommodate guests in their 11,000-square-foot pavilion adjacent to the property’s fishing pond and customizable outdoor lighting.
The venue also offers brides and grooms the chance to ride away from their wedding in style in one of three antique cars—a 1925, fully-restored Rolls Royce, a 1953 Bentley, or a 1946 Dodge Powerwagon.
“So far, we’ve had nothing but good experiences,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of important people out here and they just absolutely love it out here.”
For more information about how Knoxville Ranch can make your wedding day memorable, visit www.knoxvilleranch.com.
Jessa is a part-time freelance writer and full-time mom to two energetic children. She was a long-time resident of Bell County, but is now enjoying life in the Waco area, running around with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity in craft projects and home decor. She finds inspiration everywhere she goes and uses these experiences to create articles that inspire and touch those who read them.