Fort Worth: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
With its soaring curtain walls and dramatic angles, this stunning museum devoted to often edgy and occasionally LGBT-relevant contemporary art hosts weddings in the lobby, with its towering concrete walls, and the foodie-approved restaurant, Café Modern, which overlooks a serene reflecting pool. Designed by iconic Japanese architect Tadao Ando, it’s one of several celebrated museums in Fort Worth’s Cultural District—the Kimbell Art Museum (Louis Kahn and Renzo Piano) and Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Philip Johnson), however, don’t host ceremonies.
Dallas: Nasher Sculpture Center
This dazzling complex designed in 1998 by Renzo Piano is a shining star of the 19-acre downtown Dallas Arts District. The ultimate spot for an open-air wedding dinner and dance is the grand terrace and verdant sculpture garden. What could be more memorable for art lovers than celebrating on a lush lawn surrounded by sculptures and stabiles by Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso?
Austin: The Contemporary Austin
The capital’s premier art center comprises an art school and two distinct event venues, each with its own singular appeal. West of the city with a dramatic setting atop a 14-acre bluff overlooking the Colorado River, the Contemporary’s Laguna Gloria campus occupies an early 20th-century Italianate villa—its enchanting fountains and gardens delight romantics. For more of a modern, urban vibe, book the swanky 3,300-square-foot roof deck of downtown’s Jones Center.
Houston: Museum of Fine Arts
It’s one of the nation’s largest museums, comprising several alluring reception venues. At the main campus in Houston’s Museum District, consider the airy North Foyer of Mies van der Rohe’s Bauhaus masterpiece, the Caroline Wiess Law Building, or celebrate under the stars in the Isamu Noguchi–designed Cullen Sculpture Garden. For a more peaceful, countrified setting, the museum’s 14-acre Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, anchored by a 1920s Classical Revival mansion, positively exudes old-world grandeur.
Houston: Rothko Chapel
Although you can’t hold your reception there, this very special sanctuary founded by the philanthropists behind the nearby Menil Collection art museum is a wonderfully personal and peaceful venue for a wedding. The walls are hung with large mural canvases by the late abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. Many who marry here appreciate that it’s a spiritual space that welcomes those of all beliefs, and that the intimate dimensions lend themselves perfectly to smaller ceremonies.