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The idea to build a wedding venue came from friends of whose daughter’s weddings Karen had coordinated. “We are always in search of a beautiful Texas Hill Country wedding venue that was rustic but not rusty. We were also in need of a space that could hold more than 200 guests and also have a rain plan.” When the search ended Karen could not find what she had always envisioned. So her friends encouraged her to build it. “They said build it and they will come”, and they were right! When not doing all things weddings Karen enjoys spending precious time with her husband & doodles, Gracie & Elli.
Melanie’s love of weddings started in elementary school with a picture of a wedding dress in a JCPenney catalog; it has only grown since then! Melanie loves the emotions that weddings bring out in people; the joy, happiness, pride, and sometimes the crazy. Working in the wedding industry for over ten years, Melanie has worked with florists, planners, bakers, rental companies, and high-end resorts and venues. She is currently a coordinator for Something to Celebrate, an Austin based event planning company. Melanie knows how to handle any unexpected event that can occur on your wedding day so you can enjoy your special day with friends and family. Melanie’s spare time is spent with her husband, Ian, and their two children, Logan and Amelia. They love to bake, cook, read, exercise, shop, and play together in their adopted home of Austin!
Graduating from Louisiana State University in 2012, Michelle earned a degree in Family and Child Development, helping her learn about family dynamics and understanding the psychology of couples for their wedding. Family brought Michelle to Austin in 2014. Upon her arrival, Michelle accepted a position with the wedding planning company Tracy Collins Events (formally Events by Decisions) and is a part-time assistant coordinator where she is gaining extensive knowledge about the wedding industry. Having a French heritage herself, Michelle was drawn to Ma Maison’s French inspiration and currently is the site manager for the property. On Michelle’s off days she enjoys the outdoors, hiking and kayaking in her own personal kayak.