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Weddings don’t have to be stressful and expensive but they should be interesting. See how this couple took advantage of a legendary place to have a Bonnie and Clyde Texas wedding. It made for a no-hassle old west weekend for the bride and groom, their family and friends.
An old west wedding venue with a back story
The couple made it legal in Llano, Texas which is about a hour and a half from Austin. Llano was the edge of the western frontier until 1875. It’s not hard to imaging that frontier even today as you leave the traffic and noise of Austin far behind when you cross US 281 on Highway 71.
The bride, groom and guests had completely taken over a Llano venue that had operated for over 100 years. The Dabbs Railroad Hotel, built in 1907, is the last of the old Texas Railroad and River hotels with the Llano River flowing out back. The most frequent visitors were railroad crewmen. They would stay overnight at the Dabbs and then return to Austin, the hotel being the final stop on the line that linked the state’s capital to the granite-rich Hill Country. More fittingly, it was a favorite hideout for another Texas couple, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The duo became national celebrities in the 1931-1935 “Public Enemy” era, due in part to Bonnie’s writings and playful photos found in some of their abandoned safe houses. [Read more…]