An Inside Look at Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Historic Texas Wedding Venue

When it comes to architecture and design, Chip and Joanna Gaines have an undying love for historic structures. So much so that they even said “I do” in one of Texas’ most historic wedding venues. And, ironically, the venue was once a fixer upper!

Curious to know more? We take a look inside Chip and Joanna Gaines’ historic Texas wedding venue, ahead.

1. They got married in Waco, Texas

Waco, Texas

It’s fitting they tied the knot in Waco. | Hundley_Photography/iStock/Getty Images

In typical Chip and Joanna Gaines fashion, the design duo got married in their hometown of Waco, Texas. According to their book, Magnolia Story, Chip’s love for Waco was one of the first things Joanna noticed about her groom. It’s also where they first met. So, it’s only fitting that they tied the knot there.

Next: Joanna’s something old is not what you’d expect.

2. The venue

Earle-Harrison House

The historic mansion is the oldest house in Waco. | Earle-Harrison House via Facebook

Joanna didn’t need to worry about having something old on her wedding day because she got married in the oldest house in Waco, Texas.

The Earle-Harrison House is a gorgeous 5,000 square foot estate in classic Greek Revival style. The structure features nine cypress columns that wrap around the house with stunning exterior sheathing made from longleaf heart pine. In addition, the interior is equally as stunning with 14-foot high ceilings on the first floor, large, open rooms, and walkthrough windows.

Next: How they paid tribute to their first date.

3. It looks similar to where they had their first date

Designers Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed this kitchen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

The house reminds Joanna of where she had her first date with Chip. | HGTV

In addition to being the oldest house in Waco, the Earle-Harrison House also holds resemblance to where Chip and Joanna Gaines had their first date. In their book, Magnolia Story, Joanna describes the house as “a historic mansion that looks an awful lot like the place we had our first date.”

Next: It has a lot in common with their Fixer Uppers.

4. It’s historic

Waco, Texas, aerial view

It holds a lot of history for Waco. | ChrisBoswell/iStock/Getty Images

Like many of their fixer uppers, their wedding venue has a lot of history. Not only is it the oldest house in Waco, Texas, it’s the only restored antebellum building. Built in 1858, the mansion originally belonged to Dr. Baylis Wood Earle, his wife, Eliza Harrison Earle, and some of their family members.

Next: It may be a historic house, but a huge part of it is not actually original.

5. The location

Earle-Harrison House

It’s not in its original location. | Earle-Harrison House via Facebook

While the house is historic, it no longer sits on its original property. In the ’60s, the mansion was slated for demolition in favor of a new motel. Instead of wiping away history, it was decided that the house would be relocated and restored. Too bad Chip and Joanna weren’t around to spearhead the project!

Next: The unique story behind its home decor

6. The furniture also has history

Waco Chamber of Commerce

The people of Waco actually donated many decor items for the house. | Hundley_Photography/iStock/Getty Images

Another unique aspect of the wedding and event space? It’s furniture also has a lot of history. While some of the pieces were left behind by Earle and Harrison descendants, much of its fine Victorian furnishings and home decor items were actually gifts from the people of Waco.

Next: How Joanna’s Fixer Upper design style played a part in their big day.

7. The wedding decor

Red roses and other flowers

Joanna Gaines had a bouquet of red roses. | Konoplytska/iStock/Getty Images

While the couple hasn’t exactly spilled every detail of their wedding day, they have shared a few snapshots from their big day that give us a glimpse of what the decor might have looked like.

Between her vintage-inspired engagement ring, modern wedding gown (by 2003’s standards) and bouquet of red roses, we can only assume the wedding decor was — like her Fixer Upper style — a mix of vintage and new.

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