The Grand Texana  &  Farmstead  Estate

My husband & I are blessed with
2 daughters, 4 grandkids, 1 great-
grandson, 2 son-in-laws and  1
The first wedding I hosted was for our oldest granddaughter and
I then knew for sure that our homestead definitely needed to be
lovingly preserved & happily shared!
Wyatt Hedrick, builder of The Grand Texana historic wedding barn
Daughter, Ellen Cooke
Francis Jarvis Cooke
Texas Centennial  Marker
Stephen F. Austin
Wyatt Cephas Hedrick  
'Man of Distinction' Honor
historic Dairy Barn at Texas Tech University
Wyatt Hedrick's 1st Dairy Barn, built 1926
Texas Tech University -  Lubbock, Texas
National Historic Landmark
Wyatt Hedrick's last Dairy Barn, built on this farm  
The Grand Texana, Hempstead, TX.
Texas Historic Landmark
Historic Landmark for The Grand Texana barn wedding venue

I am a graduate of Dallas Baptist
University and was actually our first
bride at The Grand Texana nearly 5
years ago! I live in Tomball with my
husband, Ryan & son, Redford.  
I am also a former teacher, I value family above all else & am
thrilled to be participating alongside Nanna, a.k.a. Anne!  
I am creative, fun & have a great sense of humor - I have
never met a stranger that wasn't automatically a friend!

My #1 goal is to help you have a stress-free wedding & always
look back fondly on the day you married the love of your life!
Leah Nicole Photography
Mychelle Levan Photography
We decided that the historic dairy barn needed to be
preserved & spent a year renovating it.  I felt it would be an
amazing place to share with others and that hosting a few
weddings a year could be a perfect fit.  I could see both of our
guest houses as charming places for dressing on wedding day.
And, the sweet Greenhouse was so picturesque, I envisioned
romantic weddings & keepsake photos in front of it.
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Missing our life in the country, we were blessed to move to this
beautiful property we had admired for so many years.  The
setting is serene, green & surrounded by rolling ranchland.  The
Texas history was an added bonus, as we are all about Texas!
Did we mention our family loves to have fun?
JAMES HALL:  first
owner of this property.  
One of the "OLD 300"
families given land
grants from Mexico
through Stephen F.
Austin from 1823-1926
FRANCIS J.  COOKE:  1816-1903  
A young soldier and hero in the Texas
Revolution.  Fought in Battle of San
Jacinto and guarded Santa Anna after
his capture.  He and his heirs owned
this property for 90 years.  He died
here in 1902 and was buried in nearby
Salem Cemetery.  His grave marker
was memorialized in 1936 during the
Texas Centennial Celebration.  His
daughter, Ellen Cooke, owned the
property when the existing dutch
colonial, gambrel roof home was built
in 1934.   The grandson, Herbert
Cooke, sold the property to famous
architect, Wyatt C. Hedrick.
WYATT C. HEDRICK:  1888-1964
One of top 3 nationally recognized
architects in early 1900s. Famous
Texas architect designing over 300
buildings. Projects included Love
Field, Will Roers Coliseum, Texas
County Courthouses, churches,
public schools, University buildings,
banks, etc.  He owned this
Farmstead, purchased from Cooke

He built the famous 1926
Texas Tech Dairy Barn,
designated a National Historic
Landmark.  He built his last
dairy barn on this property
that he owned.  Both dairy
barns were designed with
dutch colonial gambrel roofs.
We love family, we love celebrations and we love sharing our
beautiful country setting with others.  We are a down to earth,
fun and warm family.
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