Kristen Voss and her family began with a simple idea to build a small wedding chapel on their family property off of Ralph Fair Road. As lifelong residents, they wanted to put down even deeper roots and establish a small business…but none of them had any idea the size that it would soon reach and truly how deep their roots would eventually get.
Voss begins, “I was born and raised in Boerne and there’s absolutely nowhere else I would want to live. After my husband and I graduated from Southwest Texas State, we ended up in corporate jobs outside of New Orleans and, well, we were both just miserable. We definitely wanted to come back home.”
So with this mission in mind, the family began to brainstorm on what they could do on the property. Voss continues, “It was a lunch at Bum’s with my dad and we begin to think through some options, and the whole 8 hour drive home we were talking about how to do it. This was before venues were crazy popular and there really wasn’t much else out here. This is my dad’s property and everyone still lives here on approximately 300 acres. We initially wanted to build a small wedding chapel on the property, and we toured the country doing all the Southern Homes tours we could find.” Voss laughs, “The next thing that we knew, our plans had turned into a 400 person building!”
And with that, Kendall Plantation was officially born. What started as a quaint wedding chapel eventually became a 16,000 square foot, 400 capacity, state of the art “Southern Plantation” style facility geared to accommodate the Hill Country’s most elegant weddings. Built on the family property, overlooking an original pond that includes records going back almost 200 years and features an exquisite building, multiple verandas, wildflower fields, romantic swings, staircases, and literally everything that any bride could want.
As for response from the public, Voss and her family had 37 weddings booked before the slab was poured. “Facebook was just blowing up in 2011 when we opened, and I started using it to simply create a vision for brides about what we were doing. As soon as word started getting out, things just exploded.”
Averaging 110 weddings a year (which is unheard of), Kendall Plantation has quickly become the area’s premier destination for weddings and has plans to only continue with their growth. “We have plans to expand, but I’m not ready yet to talk about it. We are considering what our clients want and will have something soon to complement the Plantation and we trust that it will be equally as impressive.”
As their business grows, we all know the area has grown equally as fast. “We call Hwy 46 as the Wedding Mile now. Hopefully Boerne recognizes a great influx of customers on the weekends so when they’re coming from Dallas, Midland, the Valley…. they’re eating sleeping and shopping in Boerne and that’s a big deal for us. We send our dinner parties to all sorts of local businesses. That said, we have a huge concern about growth. We have a lot of acreage so we’re pretty safe. Cordillera is outside my back door and they’re beautiful but there’s so much stuff coming into Bergheim and who knows what it will look like soon.”
Heavily involved in Cibolo Creek Community Church, and perhaps equally involved in the coordination, volunteering, and coaching of their children’s baseball teams, Kristen, her husband Jeremy, brother Jonathan, and her entire family continue to set the standard for Hill Country wedding venues in the area with a history of deep roots and an even deeper appreciation not only for their business, but for their family as well.
20 Guthrie Rd, Boerne, TX 78006 • 830-229-5090 • www.kendallplantation.com