The Venue

The Venue at Rafter E Ranch is a rustic yet elegant lodge nestled on a private working ranch only minutes from Fredericksburg. The ranch harbors towering 100-year-old oak trees, miles of the blue-green waters of winding Bear Creek, as well as panoramic views of the rolling Texas Hill Country in the Pedernales Valley. The Venue offers beautiful indoor and outdoor ceremony sites to best accommodate all of your needs. If you are looking for a stunning view of the Texas Hill Country to wow your guests, we are the venue for you! Our spacious venue is 7,500 square fee which will accommodate 300 plus guests. Private suites for the wedding parties are available with the bridal suite upstairs overlooking the main room. 

The Owners

Brian and Mary Eckert are native Texans from Fredericksburg. Together they have over 50 years of customer service experience. Mary has been in the retail business for over thirty years. She continues to own and run  In-Step Fashions in downtown Fredericksburg. Brian has a background in horticulture and landscape design. He part-time ranches at Rafter E ranch. Brian and Mary enjoy spending time with their family and working on the ranch. They are rooted in Christ and give glory to Him every day of their lives. 



Founders of

The Venue at Rafter E Ranch

Brian & Mary Eckert - Married 1988

Brian & Mary Eckert - Married 1988

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The Venue is committed to providing an exquisite event center, offering excellent customer service for it's guests, and allowing opportunity for lifelong memories to be made. 


Where Happily Ever After Begins.